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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 495
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 10-03-2010)
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wine, funk, and spice. Taste is much the same and is quite sour. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good and drinkable beer with some great aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -9.3%

zestar, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.4%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Unmarked bottle.

Poured a nice bright yellow color with a good white head and a bit of retention. The nose was really nice and complex with some good barnyard funk as well as hay, light fruits, stone fruits, and a bit of light sweetness. Flavor is quite complex as well with a good dose of light fruits, hay, grain, and a mild funkiness. Body was light and crisp. Really nice and another solid hit from Hill Farmstead.

Thorpe429, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Sep 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -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.

womencantsail, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Knapp85, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rating is a composite of the two batches.

Batch 1:

Milky pale blond with a tall lasting white head.

Smells great. Very floral, perfumey. Nice fruitiness, very berry-like, specifically blackberries. Vinous notes, citrus, strawberry.

Palate has a sharpness to it up front, a nice blackberry-strawberry fruitiness. Citrus, too, along with vinous notes and a mild lactic character. Very light with a dry and tannic finish. Exceptionally good.

4
4.5
4.5
4.5
4.5

Batch 2:

Same appearance as batch 1. Tons of cheesy funk on the nose here. Very bretty, a bit metallic. Tastes cheesy, lactic, funky, vinous. Dry finish. Not great, this batch has an overwhelming blue cheese character. It's drinkable, but it doesn't live up to batch 1.

4
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.5

largadeer, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Never had a barrel-aged saison before (that I can remember, anyway...), so this oughta be a fun li'l experiment. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises red wine grapes, tart-ish orange, dank oak, and a touch of grass. The taste holds notes of sour grapes, wheat, honey, sourdough, light clove, and some very light mandarin orange. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a very nice saison, one that definitely seems to get a boost from the wine barrels.

TMoney2591, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one with us! Quick review from written notes.

Hazy gold color, with some visible micro sediment, topped with a thin layer of white foam that showed some lasting retention.

Light fruity sweetness in the aroma, along with some white wine minerality.

Tart and juicy grapefruit taste, puckering dry tartness in the finish. Effervescent, clean, crisp feel. Fresh and fruity. A very quenching Saison that hits all the right notes for me. Probably the closest to Fantome that's brewed stateside in my opinion. Highly recommended. Thanks again Mark!

emerge077, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle into a couple of glasses. Thanks go to Stakem for sharing this during a recent Hill Farmstead tasting.

Pours a hazed gold, with a finger of frothy bright-white head. This stays rich and bubbly and coats the sides of the glass with swathes of creamy lacing. There’s a nice robust look to this. Wine barrel jumps right out in the aroma, with a tannic fruitiness that sits dryly in the nose. Honey, tartness and light funk sit along the back.

The taste is tart and earthy lemon character, some dark fruitiness, wheat, a touch of vanilla and honey. A dry tannic feel from the barrel sits on the edges of this, while a mildly funky tartness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm bubbly creaminess to the carbonation that expands out into the mouth. This overall flows pretty easily in the mouth and helps handle the strong tartness.

While I certainly found this to be interesting, the combination of wine barrel, Brett and wheat gave this a rather funky tartness throughout the profiles which my palate never did fully adapt to. I’m glad that I was able to try but I think that they’ve pulled off better with their barrel-aged Saisons from here.

Kegatron, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing, batch 3.

Erupts over the top after popping the cap, big fluffy head fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, super hazy golden wheat orange color, bit of yeast chunks at the bottom.

Nose is like saison brett, really nice saison farmhouse with light lemon, hint floral spices, floral saison yeast, nice brett, funk light barnyard, light musty vinous like aroma, hint of tart fruit and acidic wild sourness, light chardonnay and toasty oak.

Taste a bit sweet then quite sour, tart fruit and light lemon, acidic, a bit of brett like funk and some dry bready malts. Nice lactic acid, lambic. Then saison, light farmhouse saison, touch of light wheat, fluffy, hint spices, but a bit thin. Hint of a vinous like chardonnay, and hint of toasty oak. Finish is juicy,a bit of lemon peel bitterness and tartness, bit more lactic acid, bready malts, an interesting wheat and farmhouse saison dry finish as well.

Mouth is a bit thin, feels like it should have lots of carbonation but somehow doesn't which I think makes it feel a bit thin overall.

Overall fantastic, great saison base, nice funk and wild flavors, great lambic like tart fruits and lactic acid, bready malts and light wheat flavors add a move twist, as well as light chardonnay barrel.

jlindros, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 shared by someone at a recent tasting, thanks!

Beer is yellow with a haze, nice big white head, small and medium bubbles, some lacing.

Aroma is Brett and a little grain with a mild malt sweetness behind it, strong overall, I like the aroma.

Beer is light in body on a dry finish, mildly bitter, a little grainy, the midpalate is all yeast, Brett b probably maybe some fruitness from some Brett c as well. Fruity and floral with a funk and oakiness at the back half, a nice saison and I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a hint of orange. There is a layer of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slightly funky and quite herbal. Light and crisp, very nice.

Taste: Very light with just a touch of funk. There is a wine tartness. This beer is really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Light and easy to drink with a mild wine note. I thought this was a very good Saison.

oline73, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Rifugium, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Thanks to whoever shared this one.

a - Pours a bright yellow color with a tiny bit of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, earthy notes, barnyard funk.

t - Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, light funk, light sweet tropical fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - A nice beer from Hill Farmstead. Lots of floral notes, mixing with some sweet fruit and light funk. A nice saison I would certainly have again.

mdfb79, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

beernads, Oct 20, 2013
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Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.