Flora Cuvée : 2012
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
not listed
Score:
98
Avg:
4.64 | pDev: 5.82%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
61
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  46
Gots
  8
SCORE
98
World-Class
Notes: Flora is the wine barrel-aged version of Florence, our grandfather's sister, as well as the name of our wheat farmstead ale. In her honor, we fill French oak wine barrels with Florence and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After extended aging, a beautifully complex beer emerges; Florence becomes Flora.

On occasion, though, some portion of Flora exceeds even our highest expectations; Flora Cuvée represents that singular moment, a true zenith of Flora.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased for onsite consumption at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT. Bottled in 2012, originally released in 2013.

This one pours a light yellow color, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like peach, dried apricot, vanilla, lemon zest, toasted oak, grassiness, and funky cheese.

This is unbelievably exceptional. It's peachy/funky/creamy/oaky heaven, with a surprisingly earthy vanilla character from the barrel, and lots of sweet and rustic white wine character. It's also a little bit cheesy and funky, and there's a bit of orange marmalade as well. I can't get over how good this is, honestly.

This is light bodied, and so soft and delicate, with a very high level of drinkability. I wish this was easier to get, as I could imagine having this every day and not getting sick of it.

HIll Farmstead continues to dominate the American-made farmhouse ale game. This is the style as it's mind-boggingly best.

Aug 06, 2018
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really wanted this beer to be just a slightly better version of any other vintage of Flora out there (mostly to kill the hype), but when I finally got the opportunity to try this beer, it really stood out. There was a heightened flavor profile and a brightness on the palate that I have never experienced with any of the other Flora's I have tasted. This was a spectacular treat.

Overall, it was better than Ann and slightly better than most batches of Art. Simply world class.

Oct 17, 2017
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doremite from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree w Skrip on this one. Expectations were really high given my love of Ann, Art, and Flora (B5 esp). This was a fantastic saison and brought a nice pleasant and soft oaky funk. Endlessly drinkable w a mild approachable yet desirable mellow tartness but did not carry the wine barrel stick of Flora B5. Struck me more as a funkier B6. I can not imagine anyone being anything but thrilled with this beer. May just depend on your preferred level of wine presence developed through the ba time - and the distinction likely drives your place on the 4.5-5 range.

Jan 08, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a clear translucent golden straw. There is minimal white head but it dissipates quite rapidly. It is not effervescent. Close to still. There is an overwhelmingly pleasant vinous aroma that flows through the neck of the bottle upon opening it. It's gorgeous. There is a kind of an orange citrus like tartness that is held up by the body that the wheat provides. It isn't overcome by the tartness. There is vigilant vinous character that make this like a fine white wine without the burning alcohol sensation. It is light and dry, yet still flavorful. Regular Flora is one of my favorite beers, so getting a bottle of this was extremely fortuitous. This is truly one of the best beers I've ever had.

Jul 04, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.87/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful straw gold with a pure white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is immensely complex and funky! Beautiful barnyard notes of leather, lemon grass, hay, and distinctly Hill Farmstead yeast! Notes of stone fruit and delicate citrus. There are also buttery and oaky wine notes. The complexity is overwhelming, and I'm afraid I don't have the vocabulary to describe it well enough, but this is the perfect aroma for a farmhouse ale.

The flavor follows the the nose incredibly well, with slightly tart lemon grass, hay, leather, oak, and delicate stone fruit and citrus. Wondrous complexity, with amazing tartness, oak character, and a mysteriously wonderful buttery flavor.

Goes down as smooth as any beer I've ever had! Medium body with very light carbonation/small bubbles. Dry and lightly tart on the finish.

Just superb! The best farmhouse ale I've had that hasn't been aged on fruit!

Jan 01, 2016
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BeerCrazyCrow from Iowa

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, woot woot! Flora Cuvée pours a light golden color with fine white lacing and a head that dissipates quickly. Nose is pineapple, beatification, oaky buttery chardonnay notes and the taste follows with light vinous body and subtle tartness dominated by juicy fruits. Surprisingly this is considerably different tasting than any Flora b1-5 I’ve come across. The barrel notes and strong pineapple juiciness make it unique and very enjoyable. If you’re a fan of Florence or Flora you will more than likely love Flora Cuvée

Dec 25, 2015
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GoodHopBadHop from South Carolina

4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sheer perfection. The only HF beer than touch B2 Ann. Carbonation is perfect and the wine really distinguishes itself upfront before the wheat comes through. Will be looking to obtain more.

Nov 28, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Clear golden body. Nice white head. Strong oak and funkiness in the nose. White wine. Grassy aroma, too. Taste is sweet white wine up front. Wheat behind it. Oak comes through in the back end. Light tartness and grassiness in the finish. Medium body. White wine always seems to make these saisons taste heavier. Medium low carbonation. It's very similar to Flora. Less tart and some more funky oak presence.

Nov 03, 2015
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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a HF stemmed glass. Pours a bright yellow color. Very little head. Smell is citrus, funk, grass. Taste is very refreshing. So much lemon/citrus notes. Great barrel character with some nice dunk on the finish. Feel was nice. Very light, refreshing and easy to drink. Overall a solid Flora variant.

Oct 18, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. Pretty, blue wax over the cap. 2012. It poured a hazy yellow with flickers of bubbles that pop away. My nose was very pleased by this beer's perfume. Tart, very funky and clearly influenced by barrel and barn. The base beer Florence is actually one of my least favorite beers from Hill Farmstead. I was relieved one I smelled it and realized it was now nothing like Florence. The nose was impressive but the flavor was downright staggering. Immediatley my tongue is covered in a tight tartness riding a yummy funk. Very rustic with a bit of yeast spice; the only time I noticed the base that is Florence. The wheat has become gloriously funky and tart from the years in the barrel. Speaking of the barrel; this was the most impressive part of the whole beer. Perhaps the most pronounced barrel character in a beer's finish ever. Once the tangy, tart, funky flavor slows down, the barrel becomes more noticeable. It just sits and sits on the palate for what could be minutes. A truly blissful flavor of aged, dry wood. Akin to the after effect of a shot of whiskey. Beautiful woodiness. The body was light and bubbly. This was easily one of the best beers I have had. Just a truly legendary beer. Can't believe I don't love the base beer but it tastes completely different. Will probably never have this again. What an experience.

Oct 11, 2015
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a yellow hazy gold with a finger of white head. Oak, citrus, kiwi, lemon, hints of peppercorn. Really balanced with a good, mild level of tartness.

Oct 10, 2015
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ extremely clear glowing gold with hardly any head and no lacing at all.

S~ straight wheat wine barrel lemony funk! a little lime as well followed by peppery saison like yeast.

T~ less intense than the nose but its all there! nice tartness and awesome oranges on the back end that really linger.

M~ just enough carb, smooth and delicate.

O~ extremely good and a solid 4.5 but not really in the same vein as some of the other "high end" HF bottles (Ann, Art, etc...) pretty much slightly funkier and tarter than Flora b5 which is awesome but i expected a bit more. who knows maybe it'll get that funk! then this would really be top notch! Plum is still the best variant IMO though.

Sep 30, 2015
Flora Cuvée : 2012 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 61 ratings