Flora - Satsuma Mandarin - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 268
Gots: 38 | FT: 5
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stevedore
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of justforrazors
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of rodkin
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Flora - Satsuma Mandarin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.