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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 468
Gots: 49 | 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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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

10-23-2013 03:32:40 | More by illidurit
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-04-2013 13:46:15 | More by aasher
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-11-2013 19:04:48 | More by sweemzander
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml Batch 2 bottle, courtesy of Knifestyles, into a tasting glass.

A: Clear straw body with some floaties (I got one of the last pours at the tasting table; others' glasses are totally clear); one-finger head of super-fine white bubbles; Great retention, solid sheets of lace. Very nice.

S: Beautifully floral (and therefore aptly named) and winey, with lightly fruity white wine and delicately leafy + floral hops. Some dry, toasty oak as well. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose - white wine fruitiness is up front, followed by some vanilla oak and finally a dry, floral hoppy finish. Great.

M: Light body with moderate, soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Excellent beer; I don't know about calling it a Wild Ale, but the barrel definitely added some nice depth and complexity to this fresh and refreshing brew.

Cheers!

07-27-2011 01:13:05 | More by woosterbill
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -10%

Shared with JLindros, batch #3.

A - Poured into a golden hue with a fluffy two finger head that left lots of big, sticky side lacing. That nice two finger head slumped down to leave a nice thick blanket.

S - Nice funky yeast notes with good sour notes from seemingly almost Brett. Lots of those taste, aromatic white wine barrell notes too. Good lemon citrus aspects too.

T - Starts off with nice lambic sour qualities, very nice vinuous notes from the white wine aging. Fades to leave a very bready wheat note with a nice flemmy finish. The sourness definately draws one back for more. Aftertaste is very bread like.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit flat due to the bottle blowing up upon opening. No warning at all! Slightly dry at the end.

O - Overall, this isnt my favourite beer from Hill Farmstead. Its still a tasty beer and I'm very glad I bought it. Dont think I could have put back a whole bottle myself.

03-01-2012 20:52:18 | More by rudzud
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Thanks to the eager, fast-shipping baconsausage for one more bottle of Hill Farmstead. I think I'm almost ready to get off my hiatus, my friend, because I need more of these excellent beers you send me! (though I still owe him a box, hurry up, Surly Five)

Flora comes in a plain, big bottle that looks bigger than 750ML. Not only capped, but corked, too - my first encounter with this was earlier this week, now two, man, I suck with a cork, I hope this isn't a trend. Poured into a cute matched pair of snifters, this is pale to the point of shut-in. Clear. Nose bring lemon spritz, funk, waving fields of grain. Good start.

Flora brings the funk hard, first & foremost this is a buried-in-the-ground beer that is high on sour lemons, earthy hops. There's also a big wood component that's seriously drying. Wheat, grass. My wife is digging this & she isn't wild about sours or saisons...me, I think it's pretty good.

Pretty good brew, but not quite the killer that previous Hill Farmstead beers have been for me. But hey, expanding my wife's already broad horizons? Worth the price of admission!

05-29-2011 03:46:04 | More by maximum12
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BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-24-2013 18:54:28 | More by BGsWo22
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Pour a slightly hazed golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Nose has a light oak and hint of vanilla. Light mineral note, a bit if dusty cob web brett with a bright lemon, hints of pepper and a lighter yeast note with a touch of soapy hop. Taste is actually a bit tart, a touch more soapy and the oaky vanilla flavors are more subtle. Still a bit of bright lemon juice and golden fruits that makes it rather enjoyable with a touch of mineral towards the finish. Body is light and drinkable with a moderate carbonation.

02-11-2014 00:45:38 | More by cpetrone84
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

Originally posted under Florence (incorrectly) This is the beer I had and the bottle confirms it.**

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for providing this bottle in one of our informal trades. Patrick is a great Ba member and a fantastic trading partner.

Enjoyed this bottle at a tailgating pre-party for the Zac Brown/Kenny Chesney concert. The beer was a perfect match for the sunny somewhat hot afternoon. A nice refreshing saision.

A fluffy cloud like head formed and showed excellent retention. Slightly hazy, dull gold straw in color. Excellent lace.
Very fruity, a touch of barnyard, earthiness. Some yeast and some spice. Very intriguing. Yes, the aroma is very saison like.
Nice effort here. Deep and complex come to mind immediately. Bright and lively as well. Light fruit, pepper, yeast and spice all blend to create a wonderful flavor. Plenty of earthy notes in the flavor as well. Maybe green apple, pear. Not sure I would have ever noted wheat as a special ingredient.

Very refreshing and light. Flavor is complex and body is delicate. A nice combination.

I had no expectations here and really enjoyed this beer. It did fit our event perfectly and I really enjoyed it. Well done! Thanks Patrick

11-21-2011 20:41:32 | More by Reagan1984
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-26-2013 18:31:21 | More by outoffocus
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-08-2012 19:32:02 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-03-2013 03:45:25 | More by Holland
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-11-2013 02:19:29 | More by kscaldef
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Florida9

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2%

A: Very cloudy straw colored pastel yellow. Forms a large white head that quickly reduces to a mere surface coating.

S: Lots of funk. Gum ball, yeast, apple, and a little banana.

T: Starts off with a light lemon sweetness. Tart with a buttery chardonnay-like quality. Rather vinous. Yet the flavor is light. Reminiscent of a white wine.

M: On the lighter side, with a slight viscosity to it. Medium carbonation.

O: Very good. Rather complex set of flavors. Typically saisons are quick drinkers, but this one made me slow down and really appreciate it.

09-30-2011 01:29:07 | More by Florida9
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -13.3%

750ml bottle into Bruery tulip, thanks Chris!

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, white head, thin filmy cap and some spotty lacing. Some bubbles float about here and there.

S - Nice sour funk, Belgian yeast notes, barnyard, slight oak.

T - Slightly funky, some floral notes, yeast funk, some barrel. Not quite as "eventful" as Anna...not as much going on. That said, still pretty darn good.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, dry finish. Perhaps a little watery.

D - A good beer, although, not great. I enjoyed the funk and barrel notes but I was wishing that there would be a bit more complexity.

02-13-2011 02:11:36 | More by Sean9689
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-26-2014 19:11:25 | More by ShemRahBoo
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-21-2013 23:51:40 | More by warnerry
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this bottle. It's a batch 1, opened 2/16/2013.

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thin head. Very pretty.

Smells of wine, bread, flowers, not very bold aromas but nice.

Taste is more sour than the nose, but the tartness is still very mild, this is a subtle beer and not in your face. I get bread and flower character again, plenty of wine barrel with grape skins, maybe some apple.

This is a really nice beer but not necessarily a stand out in the HF lineup we had. Most of the easier to get saisons were just as good.

8.2/10

02-17-2013 15:35:27 | More by AlexFields
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-27-2013 02:57:56 | More by tom10101
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cosmicevan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -16.7%

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside art and earl.

golden straw yellow with a bubbly head that's gone pretty quickly. very wheat and musty on the nose...almost rubbery. someone in the group said it has that "new car" smell and that is a good way to describe it. pretty muted taste. again, somewhat rubbery and "new car." the mouth was smooth, not fizzy...good. overall a good beer, not great. the barrels didn't do much to the flavor and the base beer doesn't see so wonderful. glad i tried it, but not something i'd knock out my cellar to get, although this beer is as advertised, wheat saison in wine barrels, the summation just is not that spectacular in my opinion.

08-08-2011 02:56:07 | More by cosmicevan
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scottfrie

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Thanks for this one Michael!

A: Pours a lightly hazy citrus golden with a couple fingers of bright white head that slowly faded into a bubbly film that left streaks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Light notes of peaches and other light fruits, wheat, straw/hay and earth. I’m getting a few lightly tart notes from the wine barrel as well.
T: Big notes of wheat and lightly tart citrus, lemon peel, chardonnay, hay, grass, straw, earthy funk, peach, apricot, and herbal, earthy hops and spices.
M: Medium-full body, soft and fluffy but ample carbonation, drying but not a desert. Decent barrel influence.
O: The wine barrel adds an interesting tartness to this saison that sets it apart from the other ones that I’ve had from this brewery. Unique and interesting, but not my favorite of HF's lineup. I'd drink this again though. Cheers, SneezyAchew!

05-19-2012 08:51:47 | More by scottfrie
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-05-2013 04:04:47 | More by thegerm87
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Shared at a tasting last night, thanks to Kat for sharing a bottle I actually payed for, lol. Marked with just a marker 'F' on the cap. Purchased February 12th during the 2nd winter gathering.

A- Clear golden straw with a foamy, fluffy white head that builds up nicely with decent retention. Nice and creamy lace suds stick to my glass. Second pour is hazy once the dregs unsettle.

S- Straw barnyard but not hugely funky overall. More of a slightly sour fruit barn feel. Lemon with lots of nice ripe fruit notes like apple, cider and general citrus. Cider-like.

T- Dry barn straw with some spice and esters. Wild yeast giving off some nice citrus, lemon, apple and white grape. More 'funk' noticed in flavor. Oak is nice.

MF- Creamy light body with moderate carbonation.

DB- Has a gueuze-saision-cider character with an overall light feel. Drinks pretty smoothly because of a nice laid-back sour and funk.

03-05-2011 15:46:32 | More by cbutova
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-15-2014 23:19:48 | More by williamjbauer
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -15.6%

Thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this in the gang bang BIF.

A: pours cloudy yellow, thin layer of white head, not much in the way of retention

S: nose is fragrant with notes of citrus, in your face lemon with hints of banana in the background, sourdough bread, some floral notes as well

T: tart up front, lemon zest, some hops are present, slight bitterness in the middle, the finish is sweet

MF: high carbonation, light body, very refreshing

O: nice blend of spice and lemon, not a typical wild ale, has the taste profile more similar to a weiss of some sort, either way it is a nice beer.

10-31-2011 07:20:48 | More by homebrew311
Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.