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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 441
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-13-2011 23:36:06 | More by spycow
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-04-2011 17:23:03 | More by xnicknj
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-25-2011 20:01:34 | More by JAHMUR
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Jefe73

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-25-2011 01:26:10 | More by Jefe73
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-19-2011 14:33:54 | More by Kaydogg
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-18-2011 18:57:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-18-2011 00:53:36 | More by nmann08
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 19:19:01 | More by starrdogg
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-15-2011 20:08:37 | More by sideshowe
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-15-2011 18:10:10 | More by HopStoopid120
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Nuggethops

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-15-2011 16:37:14 | More by Nuggethops
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 17:41:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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claspada

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice very cloudy yellow/straw color with a big white head.

Aromas begin with a nice straw, wheat presence. There is a lemony tartness that emerges as it warms coupled with some grassiness, earthiness and a little oak.

The tastes begin with grainy wheat malt, some hay/straw and a light sourness. Light fruit notes of apple and pear with lots of lemon zest and some green apple. Some bacterial notes with a bit of grassy and earthy funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation, but it works with the stle here. Finish is dry and crisp, almost like a really good pilsner-like bite at the end.

Overall this was a very good beer, not the best of the style or something I necessarily need or want to have again, but this is also not a style I really love. Would be great during the warmer monthes of the year for sure, but is just not hitting the right mark for me on this chilly fall day. Still quite good and recommended if readily available to you or if it can be acquired easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 15:56:55 | More by claspada
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-14-2011 15:23:21 | More by jh1982
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 07:20:48 | More by homebrew311
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jbernier83

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash Coolship glass with lots of fluffy pale straw colored head with slightly darker liquid. The foamy cushion dissapated fairly fast leaving a thin layer or bubbles.

Smells is of apple, banana, honey, and plenty of funk.

White wine, tart lemon zest, slight oak, bretta funk, with a hoppy finish that is nice and bitter.

light dry mouth feel fairly bubbly, but leaves the mouth feeling a slight rubbery coating.

I really enjoyed this, taste the yeast seemed mild at the start yet very apparent in the finish. Felt refreshed after drinking it and would love another glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:56:15 | More by jbernier83
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Florida9

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pillow of whip cream head leaves a spotted, but solid lace.

S – Light apple, peach, salt water taffy, and a hint of farm funk.

T – Light and soft up front. Tart and dry center with upripe white peach, touch of orange zest and white grapes. A kiss of oak settles the backend, and sweetens a bit with agave.

M – Light up front but builds into a medium body. Soft throughout and lightly dry on the finish.

O – A great summer brunch brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 23:24:48 | More by vfgccp
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:35:03 | More by TMoney2591
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

Served along side Hill Farmstead Art, Arthur, Civil Disobedience, and McKenzie Irma Extra.

The beer is yellow and hazy, with a sizable white head that leaves ample lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings brettanomyces, oak, citrus, pale malts, grain, yeast. The flavor is pretty good. Heavy on the brett character, and a bit unbalanced. Still, a tasty and enjoyable beer. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Good beer. I would have this again.

Update: had this again tonight. Lovely aroma and beautiful balance. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 17:44:05 | More by Huhzubendah
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, capped but not corked 750 mL bottle share by Mr. Thorpe. Tasted with Art, Arthur, et al.

Color is cloudy, pale golden with a thick white head. Head fades quickly to a collar of bubbles with nice sheets of lacing.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of funk, citrus, wheat, pale malt, straw, and grass. Some oak, but not as much as Art.

Flavor starts similar to Art. Light saison yeast; more sweet than spice or funk, before some fruit and wine transition into a dry, wheat and yeast based finish. Lemon, grassy and herbal with subtle wine and oak tinges. Brett funk is present throughout, but not as strong as others have mentioned. Very unique and enjoyable. Similar body to other HF saisons, medium thick with a crisp, dry finish.

Haven't tried both batches yet, but Number 2 is drinking well right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:17:37 | More by yourefragile
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for sharing this bottle.

This beer pours a very cloudy gold with just a little island of lazy white foam. The beer smells overwhelmingly bretty with huge funk that's like bad breath. The beer is very dry and thin, low in carbonation and has little hopping. The beer tastes mostly like funk with over ripe papyas, buttery oak and cracker-y malt. To me, it's a fairly one-dimensional brett-bomb and I was looking for a bit more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 15:58:44 | More by Soonami
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Had at a small tasting at wedgie9’s apartment and thanks to Ryan for the bottle. Batch 1.
Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy gold color. About a finger of head is achieved with a soft pour that dissipates slowly leaving nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A wonderful aroma of barnyard funk, lemon zest, apple, wet hay, leather, honey, and tartness.

Taste – To be honest, the taste is a bit of a letdown. I was expecting a bit more in your face funk and flavor, but it was a bit subdued. Perhaps a bit more of age would have been beneficial to this beer. The initial taste is not so much sour/tart as it is earthy. Hay and barnyard must (not funk) is prevalent, slight lemon and apple sour citrus flavors, wheat, oak, and bread. A complex beer, albeit not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation.

Overall – A good saison and one I am glad I was able to try. However, that said, I would take Bam Biere over this any day. I wish the sour/funk was a bit more dominant. Drinkability was great, and I would honestly love to try this with a couple years on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:54:35 | More by SpdKilz
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cosmicevan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:56:07 | More by cosmicevan
Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.