Flora Plum | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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 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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-15-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#51
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
291
pDev:
5.19%
 
 
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Photo of peterpunk15
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmarlowe
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.

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Photo of FlintB
4.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buking21
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nedster10
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Eternal218
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach_Attack
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.

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Photo of Dadthew
4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Hill Farmstead - sourgasm!!

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Photo of sbrock22
4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gcamparone
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.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
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.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.48/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grahuba
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sk8sean86
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Virby44
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pcshotsauce33
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of imyourhero21
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.

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

Photo of TaborTime
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OleDixie
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
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.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Flora Plum from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 291 ratings