Flora - Blueberry | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flora aged on blueberries.

2014 Release: 568 bottle count

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 245
Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, October 12, 2018 bottle dated, poured into a Black Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a bright garnet color, cloudy complexion with some beet red hues and a foamy off white head, minimal retention and no lacing. The aroma is nice, blueberry skin, funk, grape must, tart blueberry juice, lemon peel, light oak barrel and a bit of "bandaid" aroma that seems a bit plastic like and fairly bitter. The flavors are good, juicy and tangy blueberry, pleasantly tart, lemon zest, wine barrel, musty oak, tannins and a vinous acidity that brings out a nice mineral water forward finish. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy with a lively and bright texture that finishes with a tart and dry bite.

Verdict: A very nice fruited Flora variant from Hill Farmstead. The "bandaid" character mellows out as it warms up and is really only present in the aroma, but it is certainly a distraction. That being said, the expression of blueberry feels very natural and is quite nice.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Oct 12, 2018.

A: Pours a clear garnet with a cap of bright white head with largish bubbles. Recedes quickly to a razor thin ring and then to nothing. Minimal retention and no lacing.

S: Sharp, earthy blueberry, moderate grainy wheat and pretty hefty horse blanket, dry spiced oak.

T: Watery, lightly acidic blueberry, mild earthy funk, barnyard, and grainy wheat. A lingering medium-light tartness imparts a nice refreshing aspect.

M: Light bodied, crisp, with medium-high spritzy carbonation.

O: Smells exceptional, but the taste is a bit watery with muted brett flavor. This would be a very good warm weather beer.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours out a beautiful glowing ruby color with a very fizzy pink tinged-white head. inviting aromas of berry melange, tart blueberry, green apple, earthy hay, mellow barnyard funk - smells like a country beer! the flavors follow beautifully with under-ripe blueberries, grape skin, tart apple, hay, oak, mild earthy funk, almost a musty grape quality, sweet tarts, mellow vegetal quality, supremely crisp and effervescent. ridiculously refreshing and delicious!

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Photo of Sp015
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark purple with a quick dissipating head

S - Strong, juicy, blueberry with a lot of wine-barrel.

T - Blueberry and grape juice is front and center, and overall, another beautiful tasting beer from HF

M - A bit more sour than I was expecting, but likely came from some age. Medium-bodied overall.

O - This is a beautiful BA saison, that is close to perfection.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful violet color with a thin short-lived head. The nose is full of a cheesy sweaty funk, hints of sweet blueberry, vinouse wine, woody dryness, and earth. I get more blueberry on the mouth than the nose, reminiscent of juicy fruity blueberry jam mixed with wine. The finish is earthy and mildly funky. Medium body, clean and fairly juicy mouthfeel with soft and faint carbonation. Not the best blueberry beer available but I definitely enjoyed this.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First review in months. Been slacking, but I figured Blueberry Flora was a good time to start up again.

Pours a radiant dark blush purple, gorgeous fizzy head tinged with color highlights of the brew itself. Head settles quickly and leaves a beer much in common with a Shiraz in appearance.

Aroma is big wine barrel presence, raspberry much in the framboise nature, blueberry jam, oak, and soft vanilla. Big, juicy, bright nose on this. Most barrel I've had in my nostrils from Hill Farmstead.

Taste reveals another beautifully balanced masterpiece by Shaun. The fruit is front and center giving way to dried blueberries, raspberry skin, grape sweetness, and some wine grape tannins. The woodsy oak and vanilla add depth while base flora flavors come through giving off some flower notes and a more tropical type of fruit vibe.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower carbonation level, and the lowest end I've encountered from the brewer. But there is enough to prickle the taste buds and help clean the fruity flavors away. Tart but not super sour much to my liking.

Overall a brilliant brew that has so much in common with fresh lambic krieks and framboise. Balance, raw fruit nature, subtle funk, and lovely oak properties to round out and perpetuate complexity. But the wine barrel elevates this to the level of Lou Pepes vs standard fruit lambics. Don't get me wrong, this is unique in every way possible and the lambic connection is really only meant to be taken with a grain of salt. It's the depth which makes me relate this to the fruited lambic realm. Highly recommended, will go down in the books as one of those memorable drinking experiences.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Hill Farmstead in 6/2014

A- Body is a translucent raspberry hue that pours with a light maroon 2-3 finger very foamy, fizzy head. The head quickly and disappointingly fades almost completely to a thin collar. When held up to the light bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S- tart blueberry, sweet blueberry, acidic sourness. The blueberry is very authentic but I'm not getting any of the wine barrel or original characteristics described in flora or florence.

T-Flavor is a little milder than the nose. Tart blueberries upfront with very mild white wine overtones, and a background of faint oak barrel, a very faint hint of beady yeast and funk. The finish has some mild acidic tartness to add...but it consistent with the initial flavors. The complexity really comes through as the beer warms. There is just the slightest hint of funk to it.

M- Very low carbonation, relatively flat. Body is medium weight and has a slightly acidic consistency and a slightly watery consistency.

O- Overall this is a very well done, complex beer. I have not had Florence but I am having trouble finding the base beer after the wine barrel aging and addition of blueberries. I really like this beer but before my rating the rating that this beer has is just about equal to a very famous belgian blueberry lambic. Although this is a nice complex beer- it is not really the cream of the crop.

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

I've never had ann or mimosa, but this might be Mr. Hill's best beer. I don't want to like it as much as I do. I can also see this aging quite well. Brought comparisons to LP Kriek (which we had about 45 minutes prior). Hate on the man who brewed it all you want, this beer is the real deal.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep purple. almost black. a small, centimeter or two, pinkish head, with weak retention but some lacing. hazy and with some sediment.

Smell: tart blueberry maybe hinting towards dark fruits such as cherry. oak and wooden flavors. some funky earthy yeast to it. vinegar acidity.

Taste: opens up with some sweet blueberry pie filling. fruitiness extends to possible cherry to dark berries. tartness plays in along with some of the fruit. after initial fruit it is full of earth to funky yeast. ending has some strong oak notes and slight vinegar acidity

Mouthfeel: slightly dry. medium to light. acidic. medium sourness.

Overall: a well balanced and flavorful sour. I don't see this going wrong with any beer fan. great complexity with just the right balance.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Pour is a transparent blood purple with a pink head. Nose is a really nice blueberry cake aroma, nice faint grain and a decent yeast, faint vanilla and some fair oak, leathery brett towards the back. Taste is very nice, lots of bright blueberries, a bit of yeast, notes of oak, brett is just a hint strong in the back thinning out the great flavors a small amount with a bitter finish. Body is bigger, a bit prickly in the back, strong carb.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from the bottle into a HF tasting glass.

Appeared a dark purple color with a small, off-white head.

Smelled of fresh blueberries, some tartness, a bit of sparkling wine.

Taste is delicious- fresh blueberries, solid tartness, finishes dry. Blueberry is present but not overpowering. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is light and quite bubbly.

Overall this was a special treat, one that I am thankful to get to try. Awesome!

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.5/5  rDev 0%

bottle shared on 8/26/14

One of the most beautiful beers I've poured. Overall, thought the beer could use some more carbonation and some more souring, but that's just me. The blueberry flavor was a homerun, but having this after BB Flanders left me wanting more acidity and funk to this beer.

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Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Reviewing Blueberry Flora from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro, Vermont.

Score: 87

February 2014 vintage bottle from the June 2014 release, served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead taster glass and enjoyed on 08/06/14. Thank you Paul for the chance to tick this one!

Appearance: Pours a murky blueberry juice purple color, with a thin layer of head that completely settles. No lacing or retention, with a little residual oiliness that clings to the sides of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Blueberries and oak. A hint of citrus, and a little bit of wine/tannic character on the back half of the whiff. Some blue cheese/yogurty funk too. 3.75/5

Taste: Tart, but delicate blueberry flavor throughout. A hint of lemon zest upfront, with a wine flavored finish. Has a bit of that cheesy/yogurt funk lingering on the finish too, which I do not love, but which is also not pronounced enough to ruin the beer. Notes of oak and wheat on the finish too, increasingly so as it warms, masking much of the funk. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. Has a delicateness to the sourness, without much acidity, though the finish is like a white wine with a mild tannic character. A little bit creamy on the mouthfeel. The dregs of the bottle make the last sips super dry. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer is complex and has an excellent mouthfeel, but I would prefer more blueberry fruitiness/tartness and less funk. I much prefer a blueberry sour more in the vein of Blueberry Flanders to this brew (though they are entirely different creatures).

Cost: $20 for a 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Thanks Dustin. Poured into a taster glass 8/9/2014.

A- Beautiful purple-blue body with a nice half finger pink head. Wow. This is so unique and beautiful looking.

S- Blueberries galore. This is full of rich, bright blueberries with that Vermont funk. Lots of white vinous smell here as well. Fantastic.

F- Unfortunately it doesn't quite live up to how it smells; fairly restrained with a fair amount of white vinous tartness mixed in with a touch of blueberries; there's a bit of that base Florence wheat flavour as well.

M- Medium in body, fairly well carbonated. The finish leaves a bit to be desired compared to Flora. I'd have liked a bit more of a dry white wine finish to it.

O- Regular Flora is still king.. But this beer looks and smells absolutely phenomenal.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 7/27/14

A- Pours a deep glowing purple with a small light pink head that quickly recedes to a collar that leaves some nice lacing. Little legs of small bubbles climb to the top. Some blueberry sediment is seen in suspension. Super pretty!

S- Bright, tart citrus and blueberry burst from the glass! There is huge influence from the wine barrel, and a good amount of pleasant funk. Lemony tartness, a touch of wheat, and nice oaky tannins. Pleasantly yeasty, with a characteristic Brett aroma as well as lacto.

T- Tangy and tart, yet a bit restrained, not overdoing anything. The wine barrel and grape influence is noticeable throughout. Nice acidity, lightly sweet, but balanced by dryness and tartness. There is a distinct taste like the finishing taste of a blueberry. An utterly delightful saison!

M- The mouth feel is very dry, light to medium in body, and well carbonated.

O- Everything about this made for a delightful experience! It is super refreshing with all the bright citrusy and tart flavors, and the dryness just begs you to take another sip. Another Hill Farmstead masterpiece!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nice purple body. Small pinkish white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Tart blueberry. Kinda yogurty. White wine. Some oak.

Taste - Blueberry is really nice here. Still has a yogurty sourness. Oak. Lightly funky and woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Woody and well carbonated.

Overall - Excellent. The blueberry character is impressive.

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Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes from last night.

Appearance: Pours a deep raspberry/maroon color and leaves a finger of white head that fades to a rim around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Nice funky blueberry, grassy funk, nice mild sour aroma. Pleasant wine-y influence as well.

Taste: Matches the smell quite well - balanced funky blueberry, grassy funk, nice dry wine-y finish. Very well balanced and drinkable.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a great blueberry beer - the blueberry flavor matches the fruit not the artificial blueberry stuff. Nice and mild, with the right amount of funk and sour.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A lovely, dark blueberry colour with hints of ruby shining through.

Mostly oak and sour farm house must on the nose, but with definite notes of blueberry and a tiny bit of wheat.

Sour funk and oak lead through a wonderful balance of sweet blueberry and wheat.

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Photo of HookemHoos
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into wine glass. The color was a fantastic dark pink with very little head. It had a tart amazing smell. The taste was tart and funky with a ton of berry. It was so smooth to drink with an awesome mouthfeel.

Overall this is an amazing beer. It met all the high expectations that I had for it. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass, a gorgeous dark pink. Fairly see through. Very little head that dissipated rapidly. Hugely drinkable. Really just want to chug this. Supremely subtle, nice wine flavor. Picking up the blueberries only slightly in their sweetness and tartness. Lots of carbonation. This is going down way too easy. Really good.

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Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huuuge thanks to threelions for this.

Decent pink purple fizzy fluffy 1/2 finger head, purple pink raspberry color, hazy murky.

Nose awesome, tons of blueberry, blueberry flesh and skin, mild tartness, general fruity aroma. That great flora base, mild saison like funk, hint floral flowery note, hint saison spices, nice berry seed and stem, effervescent as Hell.

Taste is more tart than I expected, starting with the tart flavours, generic berry fruit, with mild saison funk, flora with little extra tartness, mild saison with flowery floral notes. Then blueberries kick in, takes a bit of time, little flesh and skin bit fairly light, mild acidity and tannin note. Hint of vinous like and even touch of apple skin. Finish is drier but little sticky flemmy, tartness, hint generic berry, mild stem and touch of funk.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb, fair tartness.

Overall mixed, great nose, taste is good but blueberry is a little weak.

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Epic thanks to Threelions for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a glorious blueberry juice hue, lightly hazy, thin light purple head that leaves light wisps and a fluffy halo.

S - Aromas of funky flora goodness. Nice barrel notes, the blueberry was strong and juicy but faded some one it breathed in to more of a skin/stem note.

T - Taste is tart flora up front and wine barrel. Deep tasting brings out light blueberry juice then more skin. Nice dry wine notes, good sourness, however, not getting tons of blueberry.

M - Mouthfeel is very effervescent. Nice carbonation.

O - Overall this was good, however, wish the blueberry was more juicy. Delicious beer though.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle shared with JLindros and Rudzud.
Unknown ABV

A: Ummm...uuuhhh....Blueberry purple godlike brew. The little head that is there has a beautiful purple hue. No real legs/lacing. Intense color, darker than any other blueberry.

S: Outstanding. Up there if not better aroma than any wild blueberry/blueberry sour that I've ever had. After a few minutes the blueberry notes are fading into pure flora goodness.

T: Tart, delicious. Almost picked up an off flavor on the first few sips, just tart flora, but then when I took a bigger sip and let it hit the back of my tongue the blueberry was there in full force.

M: Effervescent, amazing.

O: I can't get over how much I like this beer. Of all the beers I've had in my day I must say that a really good sour blueberry is my all time favorite so it's hard to rate them objectively because they seem to just jump up on my like list. This is currently competing for my second or third favorite in this style. I can't figure out if I like it over Cascade Blueberry but it is definitely below Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Indigo. That being said, if I had access to this beer regularly I would drink it everyday and wouldn't really need much else.

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Photo of Skrip
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ blueberry jam! dark blue/purple. slight head and no lacing.

S~ tart wheat up front followed by a bunch of brett funk and blueberries on the back end. yup this is gonna be incredible!

T~ tons of blueberries! its exactly b5 Flora with mad blueberries! wheat, brett funk, blueberry!!!!

M~ extremely dry on the back end which really adds to this brew! otherwise great carbonation, i'm sure that will vary between bottles like Satsuma. refreshing and amazing!

O~ i'm obviously super impressed, no one has done a blueberry brew this well! you can actually tell its real blueberries and you can't beat the base beer of course! this definitely shines because of b5 Flora!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle acquired from the brewery.

Poured into a HF black logo wine glass. Vibrant bluish-purple color, with a small bubbly head that almost completely dissipated, but left a sheet of fine lacing on the glass every time it was tilted in for a sip. As soon as the bottle was opened, a wave of blueberry aroma filled the air. Upon closer olfactory inspection, notes of toasted wheat and yeast funk came out, with slight hints of tart lemon and cherry. Obvious blueberry in the taste, fresh and crisp and natural, and yet still delicate and not overblown, nice lacto tartness, notes of lemon and red wine, underlying flavors of grassy funk and toasted wheat. Nothing artificial, medicinal, or jammy. Light-medium body, crisp mouthfeel, amazingly drinkable. To be savored slowly. There's no other way to say it: this beer was glorious.

As much as I want to save some bottles, I'm sure the fresh flavor of this beer will fade over time...better not wait too long to drink them.

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Flora - Blueberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 245 ratings