Flora - Satsuma Mandarin - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
4.45/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
375ml bottle 5.0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Bottled: July 2013
A ridiculously massive thanks to my new beer buddy jefeld For hauling this all the way to a safari camp in South Africa for me to taste!
Appearance: The beer pours a moderately cloudy pale yellow and is topped by a small white head. The head retention was average and I didn’t notice much in the way of lacing.
Smell: The initial nose offers a light tartness alongside notes of white wine and a fair amount of wheat. After a short while the nose begins to open up with lemon zest, a little sweeter citrus (smells like orange to me, but I am guessing it is the Satsuma Mandarin), a faint woodiness and a lovely floral character.
Taste: Just delicious! Tart white wine combines fantastically with loads of wheat and a little lemon peel. There is a touch of brett, some dry grass, a light floral note and a little oak also noted. The finish is lightly dry and just keeps you reaching for the glass.
Mouthfeel: The body is just a bit heftier than light and there is a medium-high level of fine spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Fantastic! Flora Satsuma Mandarin isn’t the most complex wild ale around and I wonder how different it is from the original Flora, but when it is this delicious I don’t really care! The light tartness and carbonation made this amazingly refreshing and the perfect beer to start a safari beer tasting.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 20:01:33 | More by Thehuntmaster
More User Reviews:
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 197 ratings.