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Flora - Satsuma Mandarin - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 268
Gots: 39 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Barrel-aged farmshouse ale further aged on Satsuma mandarins.

(Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 08-14-2013)
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
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4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Jan 09, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Seanniek91
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml bottle into HF stemmed Tulip.

Pours a very clear gold with quick finger of bubbly white head that leaves no lacing. Smell is straight up funky brett and citrus. Some mild Tangerine and orange is present. Don't know about Mandarins though. Taste is beautiful. Definantly some Citrus, but I still get tangerine and orange. Barrel flavors are vanilla and oak with light grape and green apple notes. Quite sour. Mouthfeel is intensely carbonated and quite sour with a lingering dryness akin to a nice Champagne.

Overall an absolutely beautiful beer that reminds me of a Geueze. Should have drank this last October when I got it, but never the less, it's still pretty awesome.

Seanniek91, Sep 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

tectactoe, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

joel66, Oct 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

DaSolomon, Oct 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

doremite, Dec 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

williamjbauer, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

BobbysLiquors, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

acurtis, Nov 07, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +2%

Iparedman, Sep 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

leschkie, Nov 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

blabaer, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

joshwith, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

innuendobrewskiman63, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

Atomicskis5, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jegross2, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

uncccegr, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Mike, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

campfirebrew, Apr 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

OnryAndMean, Apr 09, 2014
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Flora - Satsuma Mandarin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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