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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 540
Gots: 77 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a couple snifters. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a fluffy white head. The cap hokda fairly well and as it recedes, produces a stringy webbing of lacework on the glass. A light swirl brings up a finger of yellowish cream.

The smell is tangy with citrus inclusion that are partially leaning towards lighter fruit elements coupled with a floral quality. As the brew opens up there are sulfuric tones mixed with cheese. Some mild tannins from the barrel and a pleasant vinous quality shows itself once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature.

The taste is quite tart with a flavoring of something along the lines of chardonnay. Fruity hints of pears, apples and lemon meets up with wheat, grass and earth. Towards the backend are some sulfuric notes that focus more on the earth and sulfur with a mild cheese to grassy character.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. It is tangy and vinous more than expected. Overall a very good brew but despite its range of character, I kinda lost interest in this half way through my glass. It shows promise and its something id like to revisit again sometime but i wasnt the biggest fan of the sulfur and cheese inclusion. That aside, there are some good things going on here.

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3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle slightly chilled and split with a friend. Poured into two Hill Farmstead tulip glasses. This is a Batch 4 that I picked up from the Brewery Saturday.

Appearance: Light straw yellow in color. A bit hazy. Gushed just a bit upon opening, but none of the beer was lost. Really nice white head.

Aroma: Really strong tart notes are noticable right off. Lemon, some definite funk, green apple are there. Some light wine barrel notes do a nice job smoothing this out too. Took me a while to want to taste this as the aroma was so outstanding.

Taste: Nice, crisp but strong sourness upfront. The lemon and green apple notes are really big. This almost feels more at home being called a sour than a saison. Plenty of funk and a slight sweet tone to balance out the sour from the wine barrel. The wheat does well here too as a counter to the tartness. Really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and really light. The carbonation is pretty spot on.

Overall, I thought this bottle of Flora was near perfect. Really strong sour character and bright flavors really work well here. I have had batch 3 previously and I don't remember it being this sour or nearly this good. Highly recommended.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead wine stemware glass.

A little bit of a minor gush out of the bottle, Hits the glass with a classic creamy and whipped up tiny bubbled white head. Lots of clingy lacing while drinking. Body is a mix of opaque and clear with some whispy lacing coming off the side. Real nice glowing brassy gold, and lemon and peach apricot brown hues.

Nose is quite impressive. Hot brett, and toasty white baguette baked bread. Little lemon, lots of fruit, white vinegar, faint pepper. Fruit angle hits in many places, apricot, peaches, really nice smell.

Taste on the palate is wine like vinous, bringing all the brett like heat but tolerable. Lots of toasty bread finish on the aftertaste. Lemon zest, citrus and apricot. Real great thick white vinegar character on the palate.

Overall a great dry bretty saison, with huge fruit flavor character to it. Real fantastic brew.

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Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.