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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 539
Gots: 78 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 10-03-2010

Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.
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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle generously shared by Todd at my birthday bash. Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar and a few specks of lace. Murky dark straw body that's appropriate for the lower ABV.

S - Earthy and musty brett, peppery yeast, hint of sweet malts, oak, wheat, and an aged quality that is mildly evocative of an old attic.

T - Taste has more bready malts, with notes of spicy oak, funk, mild acidity, and an earthy and leather finish. Again, there's a nebulous 'old' quality to this - not sure what batch we were drinking - but it's not off-putting and seems to work with the earthy flavors.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant moderate carbonation. Dry, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty much what you'd expect from a barrel-aged 4.8% wheat beer.

D - Another solid beer from Hill Farmstead, but in the lower tier of their Saisons. Would rather have Art, Anna, or Clara over this offering. Still, quite easy to drink and helped break up a chain of heavier beers at the party.

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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an HF wine glass. Batch 3.

Appearance - Golden orange. A little hazy. Big white head that leaves a bit of lacing and large surface wisps.

Smell - Earthy notes, akin to brett, without ever being bretty. Lemon zest. Wheat grain. Wine and a hint of acidity.

Taste - Strong white wine flavor. Much more acidic, but not sour. Grainy. Bright lemon tang. White wine lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light, but the flavors linger well on the palate. Well carbonated.

Overall - Lacking the complexity of the other barrel aged saisons, but still the barrel adds a great deal. The base beer is just lacking a little bit.

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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this bottle from aapp and poured with kingkong and wino47. My first HF saison, have loved the IPA's. First pour results in minimal head a heavy carbonation, clear and light gold in color. The late pours are hazy with sediment. Smell is sour acidity with barny notes and orange. The barrel's come through more in the taste. I'm a big fan. Only slightly sour with lemon peel and hay. I didn't get as much "horse blanket" as the others I was tasting with. This is light in body but complex in flavor. Very drinkable, a perfect warm/hot weather beer.

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4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Birthday treat to myself picked up at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a clear light golden color and a foamy white head with a nice sticky lace.

Wine notes come across the nose right away with a nice fruity note and some spice note in the background. Bready backbone lays a nice foundation for the palate upon with the cider and grape flavors build on. Lemon citrus notes come through midway and take over from there on. A bit musty and spicy from the base beer but the barrel flavors hide it pretty well.

Light crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a good saison is only made better by the barrel treatment. Enjoying this quite a bit more than Florence.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 (batch 3) poured into a tulip glass.

Poured with a huge, wispy head. Settles leaving thick lacing. Color is a gorgeous, radiant orange.

There is a musty grass aroma with a hint of citrus.

There is a dry citrus flavor upfront followed by sharp, dry tartness.

This is so light and refreshing. Just dry enough to leave me wanting more....sip after sip.

Definately another Hill Farmstead beer to seek and try.

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4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Todd for sending me this beer. Capped bottle from Batch 2.

A: The beer pours a very cloudy yellow/straw color with a big white head.

S: There is a nice lemony tartness with a hint of green apple. A decent amount of funkiness, particularly grass, straw, and musty oak. Some fruit notes and a fairly strong aroma of wheat.

T: Light fruit notes of apple and pear with lots of lemon zest and some green apple. Big wheat aroma with a bit of bread. Some bacterial notes with a bit of grassy and earthy funk.

M: Somewhat light in body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: I liked this one a bit more than Art. Really nice and complex.

Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.