Flora - Satsuma Mandarin - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured into a HF glass 10/17/13
A- Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a 1/4 inch white head that lingers. Excellent retention, low carbonation noted. Has the hazy appearance of a great saison.
S- Orange zest, lemon, an overall citrus quality followed with a solid acidity. Some musty barnyard and a rotten smell...but in the best way possible. Smells delicious.
T- Oh god yes. Tangerine sweetness and acidity mixed with lemon, brett (fresh fruit brett character) some yeasty flavor, and a bit of pepper as well. Some oak character is also present. Extremely complex, more flavors than my palate can comprehend.
M- Low body and medium carbonation play well together to provide a very gentle mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Some drying on the end, but it only makes you want to drink it faster.
O- Fantastic, very well made beer that I wish I could have gotten a case of. I haven't had the last batch of regular flora to compare it with, but based on my previous experiences with it, I feel like the mandarins worked to create more of a bright fruit character in the beer. Very well done... one of the best HF sours I have consumed to date, and that is saying a lot.
10-18-2013 01:20:05 | More by justforrazors
4.29/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to Joel and Dan.
Pours a pale transparent yellow, with a 1 finger head. Nicely visible carbonation.
Smell is tart wheat, lemon rind, floral (ha) notes, very light spice light orange citrus, and funk. Nicely balanced, it doesn't jump out at you but greets you pleasantly leaning into the glass.
Taste follows the nose. Citrus, funk, grain, slightly flowery. The flavors are somewhat mellow, but very balanced.
Prickly, playful carbonation. Light bodied, juicy. Really excellent body, almost unreasonably drinkable.
This beer is very good, really drinkable, and balanced, and I certainly don't regret trading for it. That said, I don't know that I would trade for it again. Hill Farmstead beers seem to inevitably generate massive hype, but the cost of entry for me doesn't always seem worth it. At any rate, if you want this beer I'd trade for it sooner rather than later. The mandarin presence isn't huge even now, and it won't get any larger.
10-18-2013 00:15:13 | More by rodkin
4.74/5 rDev +4.2%
A- a pale yellow, little head, looks 'bright'
S- lemon right away, followed by wine barrel, and then faint orange zest.
T- Sour and tart, right away. Lemon zest and wine barrel, balanced beautifully.
M- Unlike DB Damon, this is carbed perfectly. I am glad that only 1 of the beers I waited in line for wasn't properly carbed.
O- This 375ml went down way to quickly. One of the finest saisons that I have ever had the privledge to open.
10-10-2013 02:09:09 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
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
Flora - Satsuma Mandarin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.