Flora Plum
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #5
ABV:
5%
Score:
100
Ranked #86
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 5.19%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
359
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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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4.84/5  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.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Apr 21, 2020
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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.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Sep 30, 2019
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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

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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.

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TheGent from New Jersey, Jun 16, 2019
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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.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Mar 09, 2019
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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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pmarlowe from Virginia, Nov 18, 2018
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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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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts, Sep 26, 2018
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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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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Aug 23, 2018
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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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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts, Aug 15, 2018
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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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imyourhero21 from California, Jul 17, 2018
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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.

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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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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts, Jul 08, 2018
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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.

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yasky from Ontario (Canada), Jun 23, 2018
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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

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Jul 02, 2017
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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.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Nov 23, 2016
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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.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Oct 14, 2016
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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!!!

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rabbott2 from Illinois, Oct 07, 2016
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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.

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aleigator from Germany, Oct 02, 2016
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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.

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M_chav from New Mexico, Aug 04, 2016
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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.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jul 24, 2016
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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.

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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.

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jjdc from District of Columbia, Jun 28, 2016
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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.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, Jun 21, 2016
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4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1. Super hazy yellow color with a rush of head when the bottle was opened. The nose is plum and earthy, but somewhat muted. Taste is a very full plum / sour taste. Feel is very juicy and feeling, just overwhelms you in a good way. Overall this is a fantastic beer.

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mrn1ceguy from Illinois, Jun 18, 2016
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4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this a while ago and was waiting for the right moment to enjoy it peacefully by myself....that happened last night and it was outstanding! Light tart, light plum fruit notes but decent fruit character! Extremely drinkable and refreshing and I would love to get more! Excellent fruited offering by HF!

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