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Flora - Satsuma Mandarin - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 274
Gots: 39 | FT: 7
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:
Barrel-aged farmshouse ale further aged on Satsuma mandarins.

(Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 08-14-2013)
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +9.9%

10-20-2013 02:00:56 | More by Caudalie
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-19-2013 01:27:54 | More by s1ckboy
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justforrazors

Missouri

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
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rodkin

New York

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
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pisano

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-17-2013 11:29:52 | More by pisano
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FleetwoodMatt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-17-2013 05:24:50 | More by FleetwoodMatt
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bahnfire

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-17-2013 01:31:42 | More by bahnfire
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BrainTree

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2013 20:29:07 | More by BrainTree
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pendabev

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2013 19:29:15 | More by pendabev
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sirsteve42

New York

5/5  rDev +9.9%

10-16-2013 01:07:22 | More by sirsteve42
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spycow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2013 01:05:55 | More by spycow
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jrallen34

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

10-16-2013 00:45:14 | More by jrallen34
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2013 00:34:29 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-16-2013 00:31:15 | More by nrs207
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.1%

10-15-2013 18:16:49 | More by Shilt
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fbc24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-15-2013 14:21:00 | More by fbc24
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-14-2013 15:51:32 | More by CTJman
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

10-12-2013 22:31:21 | More by zestar
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -12.1%

10-12-2013 03:13:10 | More by ScaryEd
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-11-2013 19:51:25 | More by Gushue3
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-11-2013 02:10:59 | More by dhbiker0889
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-10-2013 04:01:27 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

10-10-2013 02:41:59 | More by mendvicdog
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HoppyKilaMonster

Pennsylvania

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
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.