Flora - Blueberry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Saison
ABV:
5%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 8.04%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
253
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 12, 2022
Added:
Mar 24, 2014
Wants:
  269
Gots:
  29
SCORE
99
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Notes: Flora is the wine barrel-aged version of Florence, our grandfather’s sister as well as the name of our Farmstead® wheat ale. We selected a few barrels of Flora and aged it atop three different varieties of local blueberries: Chandler, Patriot and Liberty. The resulting beer’s vibrant ruby colors complement its subtle, elegant and slightly tart flavors.
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Rated: 3.96 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Apr 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by ellswrth from Oregon

Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Mar 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by Jkolls from Ohio

Jan 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Skellbop from New York

Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.15 by JAWS from New York

Aug 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by Hopelessly0 from California

Aug 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by akang from California

Jul 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by dnb128 from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
12.7oz bottle - dated Oct. 12, 2018 - poured into a classic tulip at 50°F.

A world of thanks to Dave for this one. At last, the moment has come.

Pours a brilliant glowing ruby red - essentially crystal clear, with a fleeting fizz of quick pink foam. Sits absolutely dazzling in the glass, with the surface dancing from the rising effervescence. Absolutely stunning.

Nose: I could smell this as soon as I popped it. Big fresh aromas of berries - ripe, seedy, and wild, with secondary aromas of vinous raspberries, blackberries, and a slight kriek-y cherry note as well. There is a jammy component, but it's also inherently tart, wild, and almost like it's still on the bush. There's a big oaky backbone beneath the berries, and a balanced acidity that moves back and forth between tart lactobacillus, and a slightly sharp balsamic acetic character. A swirl brings some peppery spice and some subtle farmhouse funk with wet wood, hay, stable, dusty attic, and stone cellar. Very nice.

Palate: Immediately, I'm taken aback by just how balanced the acidity is here. It greets the palate with this wonderful tart tang. It's not even "sour" it's just beautifully tart, like malic acid. The blueberry jumps out immediately - the sugar fermented out, tasting very much like the skin of the berry. I also get some plum skin, some merlot grape, and plenty of actual wine barrel. Beneath the berry, the oak is absolutely massive, and serves as a driving force for the ale as a whole. The oak is musty, wet, tannic, and a little bit funky. The funk complexity here is truly something to behold. It runs deep, with huge minerality, wet stone, wet forest floor, damp cellar, lumber mill, leather, hay, dried grass, dried flowers, topsoil, overripe berries, and lots of earthy white wine notes - specifically chardonnay. The funk settles into a grainy wheat note, but it doesn't fully disappear, setting up the finish that lingers with berry skins, plum, all that wet oak funk, heavy minerality, white wine, farmhouse funk, stone, before concluding with this beautiful blueberry rock candy note, without the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Body: Now this is just spectacular. The ale itself is as light as a feather, but the level of effervescence is almost unbelievable. Just as bubbly as champagne, but the bubbles are even finer. It feels like poprocks on the palate. You can actually hear it bubbling in your mouth, and feel the dozens and dozens of bubbles simultaneously burst. Zero weight, zero stickiness or cloy, extremely well-attenuated. Slightly numbs the tip of the tongue with its ultra-fine effervescence. Lingering minerality. Absolutely perfect acidity. I don't normally give out 5's, but there's no choice here.

Overall: Very rarely do you encounter the pinnacle example of a style. I really don't know what to say here. As far as blueberry wine barrel-aged wild ales/farmhouse ales go, good luck finding one better than this. It cannot be improved on. The restrained, balanced acidity, the barrel presence, the wine, the blueberry, the effervescence... This is a remarkable example, and a very special ale. Truly deserving of its accolades. Place this on your bucket lists, and enjoy.
May 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
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Reviewed by jheimbigner from Washington

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottled oct 12, 2018 opened apr 24 2020

Pours a pink/purple with minimal head. Nose is blueberry, tart, traditional HF nose. Taste is very juicy blueberry, mild tart, sour, oak. Juice lingers. Feel is effervescent, light. Overall, this is the best fruited flora I have had. Excellent fruit that is juicy and compliments the base beer.
Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by Kurmaraja from California

Apr 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Argento from Rhode Island

Mar 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by Beerbom from California

Mar 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Mar 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I've had two vintages of this beer now - the 2018 bottles struck me as just a bit thinner and lighter than other Flora variants I've had, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. The blueberry is very natural and smells quite pleasant.

The 2019 bottle, drank more recently, is a very different color, much more red and slightly more tart. The blueberries are still natural and tasty. I'm a fan - it's such an easy drinker and so delicious.
Mar 06, 2020
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Reviewed by unclekeith from Alaska

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2018 bottle. Beautiful lavender with a thin white head. Blueberry works with the base beer - neither overwhelming the other. Still get the tartness and nuances of the Saison with nice blueberry flavor throughout. Bone dry. A stunner
Feb 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.67 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

Dec 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.42 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Dec 05, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado

Nov 18, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by PC_Principal from Texas

Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Shogun250 from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
10.12.18 bottle. Delicate light beer with good blueberry flavors. Not overwhelming or fake. Heard the older batch was more jammy but alas I will never have it. Still a great variant. Have 4 left if anybody wants it...hit me up.
Oct 31, 2019
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Reviewed by _JLPK_ from North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 375mL bottle onsite. Pink/red color with minimal head. Fruit and funk on the nose. Really delicious and drinkable beer. Delicate, not especially sour. Lovely.
Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Oct 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.63 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania

Oct 04, 2019
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Shared with Matthew on the patio. Beautiful autumn day.
Sep 26, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 vintage.

This one pours a deep but clear red color, with a small head, and a lot of lacing.

I had heard that there was some smoky/plasticky off-flavors in this batch - luckily, it's just delicious funky blueberry goodness on the nose, with tart blueberry skin and juice, lemon, toasty oak, grassy funk, and a sort of minerality.

Some of the Flora variants kind of overwhelm the delicate and absolutely delicious Flora base. This does that less than normal, as you get that lemony/citrusy/grassy flavor still fairly strongly. The blueberry is expressed well, still, and strongly featured here, mostly tart and sour, but with a slight juicy sweetness.

This is light bodied, crisp, and pretty clean, with not lingering sourness on the back end. It's quite drinkable.

This is definitely near the top of the fruited Flora pantheon - it's really nice stuff.
Aug 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Jul 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by cp45 from New Jersey

Jul 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Jun 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Jun 01, 2019
Flora - Blueberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 286 ratings