Flora Plum
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #6
Ranked #63
4.61 | pDev: 5.21%
May 01, 2022
Mar 15, 2015
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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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4.52 by Affinity from Missouri on May 01, 2022
4.48 by bret27 from California on Mar 07, 2022
4.43 by Eziel from Ohio on Jan 31, 2022
4.42 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Dec 26, 2021
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4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by cavedave from New York

Original bottling

It is a clear, reddish plum pour with half a finger of pure white head. It looks less thick than many of the HF saisons I have tried, but "prettier".

Tart plum bursts from the bottle and fills the room. As I pour it gets even stronger. My salivary glands fire before I even put nose to glass. Such a delicious aroma, it calls, entices, with fresh plum, tart sourdough, raspberry jam, grape must notes, honeysuckle, hints of spicy alcohol and fresh flowers, in perfect balance to create a stunning aroma.

All the flavors of the nose are here, no need to repeat them, balanced perfectly, in a wonderful blend. It ends a lightly jammy whih fades into a tart, fruity linger. As it warms hints of an herbal bitterness enter the mix, quite lightly, and it gets even better.

Medium body for style, light carbonation which works well here, clean as a whistle, with a brilliantly flavored linger that is just right to bring on desire for next sip.

Another masterpiece from the master I regret not tasting fresh. It has either remained or become a beauty of a beer that is an artistic work of intoxicating refreshment

Dec 12, 2021
4.65 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 05, 2021
4.08 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Oct 01, 2021
4.48 by Travitten from Iowa on Sep 13, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ajcuster89 from Indiana

After Flora Pear, this is my favorite Flora. Excellent barrel character has been imparted into the beer. Pours a beautiful deep gold, big wine nose, effervescent with plums dancing in the background. Fantastic.

Aug 03, 2021
4.88 by JAWS from New York on Jun 16, 2021
4.8 by Eman17 from Illinois on May 22, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jheimbigner from Washington

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
4.68 by oddlandf from Washington on Apr 19, 2021
4.25 by Original_Gravity from Washington on Feb 14, 2021
5 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Feb 12, 2021
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4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

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
4.62 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Oct 02, 2020
4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 30, 2020
4.5 by Skellbop from New York on Aug 30, 2020
4.74 by Hopelessly0 from California on Aug 21, 2020
4.5 by monty79_1997 from Missouri on Aug 15, 2020
4.51 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Aug 15, 2020
4.59 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 11, 2020
4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Jul 24, 2020
4.5 by akang from California on Jul 08, 2020
4.75 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on May 31, 2020
4.5 by sordyl from Illinois on May 15, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.5 by tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.25 by Lare453 from Florida on Apr 26, 2020
4.87 by MJSFS from Florida on Apr 22, 2020
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4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2020
4.25 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jan 31, 2020
4.5 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2019
4.52 by ThirstyHungryLife from California on Dec 19, 2019
4.52 by Ajlvt from Washington on Dec 07, 2019
4.28 by ToddBeans from Kentucky on Dec 03, 2019
4.61 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Nov 29, 2019
4.35 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2019
Flora Plum from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 384 ratings