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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
98
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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 525
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Pete27lax
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Trevdawg
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AndrewK
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of UnknownKoger
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DaveHack
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of beerhan
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of kels
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my awesome fiance for this surprise in my Christmas present this past year. I've been up that dirt road to Hill Farmstead in the summer...can't imagine it in December!

Pours a hazy bright straw yellow with vibrant visible carbonation and suspended matter floating about. The initial soft whisper of white head fades quickly to a floaty skim, leaving behind stringy rings of lace.

A tart yeasty funk hangs in the nose, accompanied by the slightest hint of herbs - parsley-like. Definitely smells more like a wine than a beer from the aging the French oak wine barrels.

Lock-jawingly tart is the first thing that comes to mind; however, in a quite pleasant way. There's refreshing lemon and a hint of green apple, and the floral/herbal finish has a heavy predominance of dill and parsley. Very nice, very crisp, very drying, very refreshing. Completely clean and dry finish.

Absolutely delicious, yet unusual enough to provide a challenge to my palate. Not one I could drink daily right now, but one I'd probably be sad to go without if I had a few more bottles to put down.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 05Harley
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3 (silver cap)
(150 calories)

Purchased on 2/18/12 @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT.

Pours a light golden color with a big two inch soapy white head. Tiny fines are visible suspended within the golden haze as heavy lacing adorns the glassware. A few lines of carbonation can be seen rising to the occasion.

Aroma is zesty with lemon leading the way followed by oak, grassy hops, pepper and a boat load of funk. Nice earthy tones here.

The flavor is rich in citric fruit, wheat bread, white wine and mineral water. A near perfect balance between sweetness and acidic aftertaste.

The body is light with moderate to low carbonation. Mouthfeel is acidic by nature and leads to a fairly strong tart feel. It doesn't take long to notice the dryness set in but it goes perfectly with the style.

Overall a fine example of the style, full of flavor and quite sessionable to boot. A must have for any BA.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - large white head which quickly falls to an 1/8 inch. Body is cloudy yellow/gold/wheat. Good lacing.

S - light tart flavors. Lemon, apple, and grapefruit. Some funkiness in there as well.

T - beautiful beer. Nice acidity of lemon and grapefruit. Well balanced.

M - light body and just less than moderate carbonation.

O - Kelsie likes it so it must be good. Wonderful.

Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, batch 1, received from youbrewidrink. Thank you, Joe. The bottle mentions this is 5% ABV.

Pouring a hazy straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is top notch as far as appearances go. Lacing is minimal, but that's OK. The nose is pretty excellent. Opening with a blend of straw, grass and light honey, the saison base is still extremely noticeable here. The Brett hasn't done too much here, though there is a very nice blend of clove and light tropical fruit notes that complement the saison yeast. The wine character is mild, with the fruity vinous notes working well with honey. Both the nose and appearance suggest white wine barrels were used. The nose is wonderfully integrated and very harmonious, creating a deceptively simple nose that's actually quite deep.

The palate opens with a blend of straw, hay and Brett-derived flavors of clove, a little pineapple and some more wet hay. The base saison was probably too dry to give the bugs a lot to chew through, though. Mildly floral with a touch of honey on the mid-palate, this dries up on the finish leaving a blend of hay and clove. The wine barrel character comes through as a mildly boozy white wine with some tannins. There doesn't seem to be much from the saison yeast here, though that could be the age.

Ultimately, the palate is a let down compared to the nose, it just doesn't mesh together like the nose. The bone dry beer just doesn't have enough of a foundation for the Brett to work with. Rousing the yeast does help. Light in body and highly carbonated, this does feel a little watery on the palate at times. Solid stuff, though I have a feeling this beer shouldn't really be aged.

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.