Flora - Blueberry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Flora - BlueberryFlora - Blueberry
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Belgian Saison
Ranked #13
not listed
Ranked #242
4.52 | pDev: 7.96%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Flora - BlueberryFlora - Blueberry
Notes: Flora aged on blueberries.

2014 Release: 568 bottle count
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 272 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

 3,189 characters

Photo of jheimbigner
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

 335 characters

Photo of Vidblain
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 435 characters

Photo of unclekeith
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
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

 232 characters

Photo of Shogun250
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 232 characters

Photo of _JLPK_
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

 172 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

 861 characters

Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

 1,000 characters

Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

 638 characters

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

 460 characters

Photo of Sp015
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

 377 characters

Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

 463 characters

Photo of MarcWP
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 1,669 characters

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

 1,413 characters

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

 291 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

 784 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

 444 characters

Photo of TWStandley
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

 427 characters

Photo of jaken0ss
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

 294 characters

Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev -17%

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.

 1,588 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

 787 characters

Photo of SadMachine
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

 1,121 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

 396 characters

Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

 712 characters

Photo of Ian_B
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

 261 characters

Flora - Blueberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 272 ratings