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Flora Cuvée : 2012 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.63/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
12
Ratings:
61
pDev:
5.83%
 
 
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46
Gots:
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Samact
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of stevec32
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sheppard
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bugs318
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BostonPhilly
4.24/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Flora Cuvée : 2012 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 61 ratings