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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
98
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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 473
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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 GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I shared this one with everyone after the bottle share a few weeks back. Bought it at the Brass Rail for way too much money...I believe it was a Batch 2

A - Pours murky golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving very light streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of typical saison funk, lemon, green apples, fresh cut grass, oak and some wet earth. Nothing too complex yet still very nice.

T - Starts off with some fruitiness - mostly citric fruit and fresh green apples - quickly giving way to hints of oak, grass, damp earth and plenty of chewy wheat. I was expecting a bit more funk, all tho I am not sure if it needs it. Finish is dry, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly dry finish lingers on the pallet for quite awhile after each sip.

O - I had the base beer of this one and thought it was decent but this one is definitely an improvement on that one. The barrels really helped to round things out. Good stuff for sure.

orangesol, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -10%
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
Photo of DoctorB2B
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

DoctorB2B, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rudzud, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Satchboogie, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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 nathanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

nathanjohnson, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
4/5  rDev -9.5%

WMEugene, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of funkel81
1/5  rDev -77.4%

funkel81, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Ineedabeerhere, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of meechelle
4/5  rDev -9.5%

meechelle, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

THECPJ, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of RSchaeffer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

RSchaeffer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -20.1%
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 jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jsilva, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

CliffBrake, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

WeisGuy, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of cyrusthepup
4/5  rDev -9.5%

cyrusthepup, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

BeerThursdays, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.1%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.