Flora - Satsuma Mandarin - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
375ml bottle from the recent September 2013 release, shared 3 ways with the wifey and Doug, poured into a Founders snifter today, 10/22/2013. Thanks a lot to Respirologist for being generous enough to trade me a bottle.
Pours a beautiful clear yellow-straw body, with great fizzly carbonation. It comes with a 1cm white head that fades into a beautiful, thick collar. Its honestly one of the prettiest beers I've ever seen. Leaves some lacing, looks like straight up carbonated lemonade.
Smells so funky with a faint hint of orange zest, which I assume is the mandarin oranges.. perhaps these oranges have started rotting. Its already very subtle, which is why I'm glad I opened this up sooner rather than later. There's a crisp maltiness, perhaps attributable to the wheat aspect, and a little bit of oak. In some ways it reminds me more of an American wild than an saison. Yet, it is so clean and crisp that tells me this is a saison.
Such a nice crisp complex funkiness on the tongue. It's simultaneously leathery, funky and oakey while bringing sweet citrus that complements the funk very well. It's a saison for the ages, yet I wonder if there is an American Wild component. Given that this is a coolship beer, I'm not surprised. This beer comes with a nice subtle acidity that complements the funk and the zest very well.
Mouthfeel is typical Hill Farmstead- well-carbonated and creamier than a typical saison. Aftertaste is mostly a nice orange zest with a touch of funk. Really fantastic here.
Not going to lie, this is the best saison I've ever had and probably will ever have. That's why I give it a 5 overall. Its a nice crossover between a wild ale and a saison, yet it brings a nice balanced funk with the satsuma mandarin oranges. Highly recommend, though I wouldn't quite give up a Fou' Foune for it unless I was a huge saison fan.
10-23-2013 04:24:49 | More by Stevedore
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4.68/5 rDev +2.9%
My 1000 review. I couldn't find a more worthy brew than a version of one of my highest rated beers. 375ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a thin wisp of a white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear pale yellow. Lacing is spotty and minimal. Pretty average.
Nose is citrus, lemon and a prominent sweet mandarin. Light yeast, spice, and a soft woodiness linger in the background. Subtle but very solid.
Opens sweet and sour orange. Very fresh and zesty. Citrus, lemon zest and fresh mandarin sweetness in the middle. Fruit is subtle but prominent at the same time. Tart and dry hay with a subtle yeasty backdrop. Dry in the end with hints of oak, spice, and yeast. Tart and puckering aftertaste. Perfection in a glass.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and puckering and dry going down. Bone dry finish with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Outstanding.
Is this better than Flora? I can't tell without having them side-by-side. Suffice to say though, my mind is blown by how good this is. Drink it fresh people. That subtle mandarin fruit flavor isn't going to last forever. But while its there, this is one of the best beers of the year.
10-09-2013 01:18:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.09/5 rDev -10.1%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Pale yellow with a slight haze. Small white head.
Smell - Lemony. White wine. Citrus. Mild citrus, but its there. A little acidic.
Taste - Lemony tartness. White white follows. Some oak. Minimal grain. Citrus takes over. It's not super strong, but it's enough to dominate the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Nice tartness. Medium carbonation.
Overall - The citrus masks some of Flora's complexity. Still a very tasty beer.
12-17-2013 01:19:33 | More by Alieniloquium
4.21/5 rDev -7.5%
Thanks to Jeff for this bottle. Bottled 07/2013. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.
A - Translucent bright yellow colour with a very thin layer of cream coloured head.
S - Funk and oak up front with a bready malt profile. Not getting any of the mandarin at all in the nose.
T - Tart with a nice funk presence at first that give way to a bready malt sweetness and some yeast esters. A hint of mandarin orange flavour and a touch of bitterness in the finish that is not nearly as prevalent as I had hoped or expected. Still a solid oak aged saison.
M - Medium body and somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.
10-24-2013 23:33:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Flora - Satsuma Mandarin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.