Flora - Satsuma Mandarin - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.7/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2013 04:24:49 | More by Stevedore
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4.49/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into the HF tulip. Pours a bright gold/yellow, slightly hazy. No head and no other bubbles either. A small amount of lacing on the side, though. The aroma is very nice. Citrus, lemon sticks out. A nice amount of sour funk in there. Nice amount of tart lemon and orange peel right up front. Also, very sour for the aftertaste, like biting into a sour citrus rind. Some nice flavor from the wine barrels make themselves known. A slight amount of carbonation. I'm a week removed from having flora with blueberries. I can see the similarities, but can also realize blueberries make this a better beer. This is also older, so probably not as juicy as it once was. The satsuma adds a nice mellow touch of citrus and then rounds it out on the end with a sour bite. Very nicely balanced, although i would like to taste some more of the oranges. I know, should have traded for it months ago, maybe fresh the orange flavor is more prominent. Maybe I'll go check out some past reviews while I finish the bottle. Still, a very nice beer. Super happy with the trade even if it is a notch below blueberry flora for me.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 02:14:45 | More by Mikeypnh
Flora - Satsuma Mandarin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.