Flora Cuvée (2012)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
Not listed
Score:
100
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 5.84%
Ratings:
61
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 27, 2019
Added:
Oct 03, 2014
Wants:
  47
Gots:
  8
SCORE
100
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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4.7 by Hopheadhiker from New York on Jan 27, 2019
 
5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Jan 25, 2019
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4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
 
4.68 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Mar 17, 2018
 
4.83 by Samact from Vermont on Mar 16, 2018
 
4.9 by stevec32 from New York on Jan 16, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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
 
4.79 by Oakhtar from California on Oct 15, 2017
 
4.35 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jul 02, 2017
 
4.77 by ncaudle from Virginia on Apr 30, 2017
 
5 by JeanJacketLover from Massachusetts on Apr 02, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by doremite from Vermont

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
 
4.68 by Dirtinabottle from New York on Sep 24, 2016
 
4.39 by Ohiovania from Ohio on Aug 21, 2016
 
4.48 by JonnyRebel from Michigan on Aug 13, 2016
 
4.5 by Dicers from Colorado on Aug 07, 2016
 
4.3 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 16, 2016
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4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

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
 
4.66 by Toledo187 from New York on Jul 03, 2016
 
4.87 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Jun 12, 2016
 
4.59 by Bugs318 from Canada (QC) on May 30, 2016
 
4.75 by Kurmaraja from California on May 28, 2016
 
4.25 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2016
 
4.24 by BostonPhilly from Massachusetts on Mar 07, 2016
 
4.74 by pisano from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2016
 
4.75 by CTJman from Connecticut on Feb 22, 2016
 
4.35 by Mesa512 from Connecticut on Jan 26, 2016
 
4.5 by Thishops4u from Kansas on Jan 23, 2016
 
4.6 by bobv from Vermont on Jan 07, 2016
 
4.52 by POTABLE83 from New York on Jan 04, 2016
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4.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by SadMachine from New Jersey

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
 
4.7 by Bferber from New York on Dec 28, 2015
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BeerCrazyCrow from Iowa

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
 
4.25 by oline73 from Maryland on Dec 13, 2015
 
4.96 by dkw0063 from Texas on Dec 08, 2015
 
4.35 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Dec 08, 2015
 
4.63 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Dec 07, 2015
 
4.19 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Dec 06, 2015
 
3.9 by thegerm87 from Massachusetts on Dec 06, 2015
 
4.75 by emottram from Massachusetts on Dec 05, 2015
Flora Cuvée (2012) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 61 ratings