Flora Plum
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #4
ABV:
5%
Score:
100
Ranked #86
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 5.19%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
373
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
100
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Notes: Flora is the wine barrel aged version of Florence (1915-1967), our grandfather's sister as well as the name of our wheat farmhouse ale. Selected barrels were aged on a variety of hand-picked organic plums from Elmore Roots Nursery in Wolcott, Vt., for several months. The result is a vibrant, refined expression of both harvest and craft.
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw gold. Nose of plum, Lemon, hay, and traditional HF nose. Taste follows with a well blended plum, lemon, hay, minimal acid. Feel is light/medium with medium carb. Overall, this is an excellent fruit beer that is well balanced with the base beer.

Apr 30, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alan, I cannot thank you enough for this bottle.

375ml bottle - 2018 vintage - poured into a wide tulip at 44°F.

Pours a clear, yet ever-so-slightly foggy true gold hue, with all but a loose ring of white foam forming, that sticks around permanently. Some lazy effervescence is visible.

Nose: In classic Hill Farmstead form, the aroma is beautifully delicate and fragile, beginning with subtle notes of malt and wheat, with a rustic sort of grainy note about it. Atop this, gentle acidity and beautiful minerality act as a conduit for a melange of bright vinous fruits in the form of lemon, pear, apple, nectarine, white grape, and gooseberry, and then this subtle, yet spectacular dark fruit note that is quietly jammy, sweet, and plummet, almost evoking a hint of grape juice and grape pixie stix. Finally, threads of oak, hay, grass, attic, leather, parchment, wet moss, and petrichor stitch it a together. Absolutely spectacular.

Palate: Immediately, the defining notes of the base beer - Florence, are beautifully showcased here, rounded by maturity. She greets the palate with the most restrained acidity with a hint of lemon-lime, and then that unique floral, fresh coriander-eucalyptus note peaks through. Bright fresh fruity notes of pear, gooseberry, white wine grape, underripe plum, and tart plum skins all play together, surrounded by a racey, vibrant minerality that sparkles over the palate. There is a subtle thread of funk, lending damp earth, moss, hay, wet oak, white grape pomace, river stones, and a whisper if dusty brett, before the lemon-lime and exotic fruity floral notes resurface. A slight minty/camphoraceous element cools the palate, and then the oak comes in to dry out the fruity bits. Flora Plum finishes dry and clean, with a faint hint of grain, and zero acidity.

Mouthfeel/Body: Delicate, light, and crisp, yet managing to avoid being watery or lacking in any way. Perfect gentle acidity, which is complimented by a zippy, sparkling minerality, and lively, but delicate effervescence. Perfectly dry with just a hint of fruity sweetness and plum-skin tartness. Subtle drying oak, and as clean as you could imagine.

Overall: This is a truly spectacular farmhouse ale. I thought blueberry was divine, yet I believe this exceeds it - and I'm a sucker for blueberry. It's just so delicate, elegant, and tasteful, while truly conveying all the character of Florence, softened by oak and time, and delivering this subtle, but beautiful fruity plum influence. There's a reason this beer is so highly revered. Practically flawless, and utterly Hill Farmstead.

Oct 05, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Displaying a unique color of lightly foggy pale orange or even crayon peach, a moderately dense white blanket settles down to a curled, quietly active ring.

The nose has faint, mildly dusty oak pairing with a pleasantly subtle floral perfume that's just hypnotizing.

Uniquely and cleanly juicy, a lightly herbal, drupe-influenced sort of pear character with just a kiss of tartness is dreamily weaved throughout the zippy effervescence of its satisfyingly palate massaging medium-light body before coming to a vanishing semi-dry swallow.

Flora Plum is such a perfectly quaffable yet delicately complex brew, it's beyond words. I love being floored by subtly delicate complexity like this. The experience is pure, even without a discernible Hill expression. It seems to even transcend that already high bar.

Apr 21, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #3, drank on 7/6/2019. Quite sour, excellent plum. Beautiful, thick pour.

Batch #4, drank on 7/14/2019. Dry and excellent plum flesh. Zero funk. Tart. Super good. A bit more transparent than batch #3.

Sep 30, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beautiful, light pink/purple color. Medium carb and light feel. Full flavor with sweet plum and some lemon flavor. Really easy to drink, refreshing and hard to put down. Outstanding

Jun 21, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hill Farmstead Flora Plum

I’ve been very excited to try this beer courtesy of

By way of background I’ve never had a fruited beer from Hill Farmstead beer, and I’ve never had the base beer, Florence.

Look: The first thing I notice is the beautiful color of this beer. It’s pours a translucent and slightly hazy appearance. The color matches what is describe as the pale, pinkish orange color on the inside of a plum. If I had to name the color in would say “pink champagne.” Bone white head that settles to a thin layer across the top, a thing ring of bubbles around the edge. One of the prettiest, and most uniquely colored beers I have ever seen.

Smell: Fruity, acidic, funky, all in unison. Peach and plum fruitiness with lemon and white vinegar acidity. The funk comes through as body odor and hint of plastic. Sweet, floral aromas. A touch powdery. Some light berry notes including strawberry and raspberry. There is a dry, crackery, wheat-like component to the beer. The most complex aspect of this beer.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue some lemon zest and juicy plum sweetness. Then the tart acidity takes over. Tart, unripe plum, plum skin, lemon warhead. The beers dried out quickly. There is not really any funk coming through on the flavor profile. I assume the wine barrels used for this beer held white wine as opposed to red wine.

Feel: Low carbonation and very light on the palate. Very dry with tart acidity hitting the jowels.

Overall: A delicate and highly drinkable beer. It’s not the most intense or complex saison that I’ve had, but it’s right up my alley with the fruit and acidity. It’s a beautiful expression of plum. It has some funk on the nose, but the flavor profile relies exclusively on the fruit and acidity. Really excellent. Clean and crisp.

Jun 16, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

insanely tart and funky, bright acidity, lemon, white grape, ripe ripe berry quality, hay, oak, barnyard character, spicy pepper note, just really complex funky sour qualities. its aggressive but so perfectly executed.

Mar 09, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 release.

A: Pours a very light pale, hazy, kind of berliner-like, with a cap of bright white head which quickly fizzles out to a sharp ring. Nicely effervescent. Minimal retention and no lacing.

S: Moderate sour plum and grainy wheat, hefty amount of barnyard funk and a hint of spice.

T: Rich juicy plum and wheat, light earthy funk, finishing with a crisp medium-light tartness on a fairly lengthy finish.

M: Medium-high, somewhat sharp carbonation. Light bodied.

O: Tasty, refreshing, drinkable, and exceptionally well balanced. The sourness is restrained and the fruit is delicious.

Nov 18, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

03/2016 - I want to like this more but the nose is just unpleasant to me - it smells like plastic, basically. Thankfully, the palate is chock full of plum, nice oakiness, juicy fruit, with a touch of tartness in back; the finish is creamy, tart, and has a solid acidity.

Sep 26, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a HF bulb. Batch 2. Thanks Ryan for sharing this.

Pours a pinkish-purple hazy body with a one finger frothy head. Doesn't leave much lacing or retention.

Aromas are out of this world, nearly a 5 in this category - straight fresh plums and stone fruit, candied plum, tart lactic, light funk.

On the tongue, the plums don't pop as much but they're definitely present. Typical Hill Farmstead funk, citrus, but not too acidic. Subtly tart and very balanced, this might be least sour Flora variant I've had. Mouthfeel is nice and easy drinking, light and refreshing.

Overall an outstanding beer, and my favorite of the fruited floras.

Aug 23, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle poured into a teku at a share.

Pours slightly golden with a pinkish hue. Minimal head that dissipates quick. No lacing down the side. Champagne like bubbles.

Aroma is funk, tartness and sweet plums. Smells absolutely fantastic.

Taste is amazing. Super balanced. Fruity and funky but not overpowering in the funk area. Subtle tartness to balance out the plum. Simply delicious.

Feel is thin and light as expected for this style. Bubbly with lots of carb.

Overall, this is an amazing Flora variant. Maybe my favorite. The addition of plums makes this super delicious.

Aug 15, 2018
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imyourhero21 from California

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

This is probably the best Hill Farmstead beer ive had. It takes Floras great base beer and blends perfectly with the plums to create a something amazing. Id drink one of these a day if i could, it was that good.

Jul 17, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a perennial wine glass. pours the color of ruby red grapefruit juice with some soapy white head which dies down to form a white collar around the glass. smells of fresh plums, lemons and grapefruit plus oak and a tinge of white wine. it has a much livelier acidic nose than most HF. taste is citrus and plum with lemon and oak. not really sour at all. refreshing and super easy and enjoyable to drink. mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation. not overly so but enough to give it a lively spritziness. overall, the best fruited flora i’ve had and one of my favorite HF saisons.

Jul 17, 2018
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

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

I had the great fortune of sharing a bottle of Flora Plum with a close friend when visiting Cape Cod in the summer of 2018. Quite possibly the best sour I've had. Beautiful color and such delicate flavors, worth the money (which was substantial, I think this was the most expensive glass of beer I've been lucky enough to enjoy), truly spectacular.

Jul 08, 2018
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1: Bright gold pour, light haze, smaller head that fizzles out fast. amazing balance in the aroma and taste here. Slightly under-ripe yellow plum, rustic notes, wheat, barnyard funk, lemon notes, lighter oak notes, light vanilla sweetness, light yogurt lactic sourness. Nothing here exhausts the palate - no one component completely takes over this beer. Lighter body, carbonation is spot on.

Jun 23, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear light honey golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of typical funky flora type saison. Light wine notes, fair amount of mineral notes, not much plum.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, good wine notes with pleasant saison yeast. Little bit of barrel, the wine is really pleasant however there is very little plum.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this was a very solid farmhouse, however, the plum notes were too subtle for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 02, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/12/2016. Pours a pale, hazy yellow with a tight white band around the shoulders. Nose expresses citrus, plum skins and a hint of spice. Not too much happening in the flavor department - must with a little citrus. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild carbonation and light acidity. Overall, solid; however, not much fruit is evident.

Nov 23, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Jon and Paul.

Sunshine yellow body, moderately hazy, small white collar. Aromas of brett, oak, wine, white grape. Plum character emerges more so in the flavor than the nose. Light and piquant. The finish brings sweet tart candies with a mild acetic note. Outstanding.

Oct 14, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 drank in a HF tulip on 10/7/2016

Look-hazy light tan with a hint of pink. Well carbonated but the head fades quickly.

Smell-fruity, tart, oaky, funky

Taste-funky, hay, oaky, red wine barrel very prevalent on the back end, nice mellow tart plums shine really well, almost citrusy. Just glorious!

Feel-super drinkable, perfect amount of tartness, flavors sit and linger nicely

Overall-wonderful. May be a tad underrated as this is just phenomenal. Well done Hill!!!

Oct 07, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.81/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flora Plum batch 2

Pours a hazed peach pulp colored beer with a dense, stable head to it.

Has a floral barnyard characteristic on the nose, consisting of wet hay, wild flowers, fresh plugged mushrooms, lemon pulp, leather and in this case fruity, sour plums. The plums got an awesomly intriguing appearance on the nose, with a soft stone quality coming through, together with a sweeter note, resulting from the plum skin.

Very silk on the tongue, this provides a soft, acidic driven plum richness from the start till the end, with a pleasant, fruity sweet note cutting through the tartness.

Tastes of hay and a stony mineral quality together with a lemony, funky tartness, revealing dust and leather, but also a flowery aspect. Plums get detectable once the initial, pungent tartness dies down by revealing an enjoyable, bright fruit pulp sweetness among prickly lemon and an aqueous softness. Finishes with more lemon, a late plum pulp sweetness and its initial flowery quality.

Comes well together with an enjoyable plum presence, bringing quite a few facetts to the foundation of the beer, without dominating the taste. Light bodied, very tart and aqueous during the finish.

Oct 02, 2016
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy ripe plums picked and appropriately timed to perfection in this beer. Incredible nectar and plenty of gleeky-sourness to it without the harsh finish, very smooth on the way down. This is hands down one of the very best fruited saisons I've ever had the pleasure to try. The pour is a hazy yellow trillium ipa with minimal lacing around the edge of the glass. Aroma is intense with fruit, something unique about the funk... it's not overwhelming but reminds me for some reason of a Russian River sour. The way the sweetness lingers through the finish and the smooth mouthfeel ends with no puckering, this thing is awesome.

Aug 04, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran on my wedding day- thanks a ton man.

This pours a hazy orange-ish color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like tart and super juicy plum, with lots of oak, a little bit of citrusy funk, and plum skin.

This is absolutely delicious. There's so much wonderful barrel oakiness that permeates everything. This is very very tart, and pretty sour, with lots of citrusy and typical HF like funk, and also lots of fleshy and juicy plum. It's hard to find fault with this one.

This is lighter bodied, with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, and a nice lingering sourness.

Awesome, awesome stuff, and one of Hill Farmstead's definite best entries.

Jul 24, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first HF Flora variant. And while I'm admittedly not that big into plums, I still found this to be an enjoyable brew. I'm glad I had this during summer, it was very refreshing.

Jul 20, 2016
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is head and shoulders above the other Flora variants and among HF's best saisons. Had both batches at a recent tasting. Both are excellent, but batch 1 had a flavor that had burned in and integrated, and a bit more funk that put it over the top. Seek out.

Jun 28, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced fruited wild ale. The beer is a vehicle for the plum. I miss some of the nuance of Flora as the base beer takes a backseat to the tartness and acidity of fresh plum. The mouthfeel draws character from the plum skin with a finishing dryness and crisp tartness. The flavors harmonize as they warm slightly with a fuller plum flesh flavor and aroma. Very nice expression of fresh plums.

Jun 21, 2016
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