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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 495
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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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Urbancaver, May 28, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Mebuzzard, May 28, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

RuckusDu, May 27, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

standardcherry, May 21, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -10%
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.

DefenCorps, May 20, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -9.5%
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!

scottfrie, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

WanderingFool, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Bardwashrind
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3

As many have stated, there are characteristics in the beers from Hill Farmstead that ring true and nearly iconic. I certainly have caught the bug and fallen under the spell that come with each new bottle or growler from this impressive brewery. I have had a previous experience with Flora, and yet, Batch 3 caught me off guard.

This is simply near perfection.

Funky but restrained, wild but with character, tart but wonderfully balanced and complex in such a long, heady way, there is something special about this bottle. While it shines with flavors that are comfortable and even defined, there is still a slight edge of origin that can't be replicated. This beer, possibly more so than other HF brews, sings with sincere voice of truth as to where it was created.

Flora doesn't plow one over with loud intensity, it's the subtle whispers that infect your head as the first glass is nearing end. Each sip is like a growing beam of light that takes over, heightens the moment and boarders on euphoric. I'm in envy of any within a 100 mile radius of this brewery.

It's the space in-between movements. The silence after the bang. The first light from beyond the darkness.

If this is the direction Hill Farmstead is taking with their spontaneous cultures/wine barrel aging program than we have a great deal to look forward to. This truly is the most engaging and exciting brewery in America, possibly the world. I only hope to one day see the view from the farm.

ISO: Flora batch 3, permanently.

Fucking magic right here.

Batch #1
Bottle came from the generous hands of RSchaeffer. Thanks so much for kicking things off like this.

The obsession fully takes hold after this bottle.

Upon the warmth of a later summer evening, the thought of a wine barrel finished Saison made perfect sense.

Flora poured with a lively head that topped our glasses with thick foam. Yeasty bread and peaches came to mind after first whiff. Some barrel notes, perhaps nutty and even hay based without being at all funky. Pleasurable with a rustic styled approach.

The initial taste brought upon a faint smile for it was so bare bones in application. Brett, stone fruit (peaches), more yeast and a distinct Saison element showed through. The mouth feel came off a touch on the lighter side but multiple sips allowed for the barrel presence to continually be felt. Quite nice because the base style could still be known. Not dominated by wine or oak but fairly obvious that more than just stainless was being applied.

Only the third Hill Farmstead I have tried but the first where I feel I understand where this brewery is coming from. While intentionally looking for subtle flavors, they can be found, if just drinking for thirst quenching reasons, the beer is still delicious.

Most likely one of the closest comparisons to that of the rural breweries of Belgium/France that specialize in farmhouse styles.
Flora was very enjoyable and the end of the bottle brought a sense of desire through delight that will only be fulfilled by experiencing more beers from Hill Farmstead.

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Bardwashrind, Apr 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Joeybones3, Apr 09, 2012
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
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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

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

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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

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

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

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

meechelle, Feb 05, 2012
Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.