Flora Blue/Black | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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 (1915-1967), our grandfather's sister as well as the name of our wheat farmstead ale. Only a few barrels were selected, and that beer was aged further on a blend of fresh, hand-picked berries from Greensboro and East Hardwick. The result is a complex, elegant, fruit-forward blend that both marries and highlights each of its constituent elements.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-13-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
252
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
Wants:
68
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42
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mltobin
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into globe onsite. 375ml. Many Flora variants onsite on 3/15/18, celebrating the life of the beers namesake.

Appearance is a radiant and clear (with careful pour) ruby red. A brilliance shines through when held up to the sun shining through the window. Starts with a thick foamy just off white head that settles into a thin cap with a bit thicker collar.

Aroma is fresh tart blueberry, rich earthy barrel and some dark fruit.

The flavor is layered with moderate tartness, background of earthy funk with fresh blueberry flesh and skin. the currants come through as a layer of dark fruit depth that smooths the tartness into a very accessible level.

Soft and dry, a bit above medium body, moderate carbonation.

Complex, a great version of this base brew. The fresh berry flavor melds perfectly with the currants. Tartness of fruit and brew work great and the barrel adds just enough oomph to make this really special.

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Photo of BEER88
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

HD this for a minute. Held up nice and is tasting great! Feel is light. Yumm

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Photo of JeanJacketLover
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnlatona
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coz
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tregan_20
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not as jammy as the Flora BBR by still very solid. Flavors and tartness are more muted. Wish it had a little more body.

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Photo of tblack4d
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilfluff
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BostonPhilly
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pisano
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful reddish purple sunset hue with a thin collar that quickly dissipates. Lovely aroma. Tantalizing berry character. Awesome flavor and palate feel. Tart with subtle berry sweetness. Chuggable. Absolutely delicious beer.

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Flora Blue/Black from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 252 ratings