Flora - Cherry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #30
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Ranked #633
4.46 | pDev: 7.62%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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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. Only a few barrels were selected and then further aged on a blend of fresh, hand picked Montmorency cherries. The result is a complex, elegant expression of the annual harvest.
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, 375ml bottle served in a HF stemmed glass. Bright lighter reddish pink body with a half finger pink head. Nice cherry skin tartness and mild acidity. Not all that funky like the base. Medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, refreshing on a hot day. Not particularly acidic.

Jun 08, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle dated 10/12/2018 into he test glass.
A - Beautiful Rose' color, excellent clarity. The steady column of carbonation steadily creates small islands of off white.
S - Flora is in there for sure, with the Sauvignon Blanc signature, add a load of ripe cherry , signature farmhouse elements.
A bit of rime, some funk on the nose as well.
T - Again Sauvignon Blanc, light oak touch, some tannin, white pepper, apple skin, green grape, cherry skin,
M - Starts out tart, then loosens up a bit with nice mineralty, a chalky wave rides through. Also an ashen dry finish compliments the tart cherry. In the middle a delightful sweet spot where the tart and minerals blend in near perfection. Finish is balanced with a bit of yeast to smooth things out.
O - A beautiful offering to view, the aromatics are stone fruit, white wine, oak, the palate is a treat. All in all a very good variant of Flora

Jun 07, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a slightly murky, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like very sour cherry, sour berries, juniper, and lemon.

This is definitely on the lower end for Flora variants, and definitely less balanced and more acidic than I'm used to for Hill Farmstead. It's got a bit of bitter spice, like juniper and lemon peel. There's basically no sweetness, and the usual Flora funk doesn't seem really prominent.

This is light bodied, kind of slick, and very tart on the back end. It's certainly a slow sipper, due to the intensity of the finish.

I usually always am head over heels about Hill Farmstead, but this doesn't do it for me a lot.

Mar 08, 2020
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, vibrant red in color with minimal white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is bursting with tart cherries. Taste is very tart upfront, after my palate adjusts I get cherry, red berries, and a light funk. This is a little sweetness mid way through the taste that helps balance the rather significant sourness. The finish is dry and there is a little puckering in the long finish. Light-ish body with low-moderate carbonation. Overall a great beer, maybe my favorite fruited Flora, the cherries really pop.

Feb 15, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a nice ruby red with fizzy white foam. smells of rubbery band aids with a faint hint of cherry. really do not care for the smell. taste is surprisingly excellent though. has that cinnamon pie crust flavor mingling with the cherry. you get a tad bit of white wine and oak but the cherry is the real star here. mouthfeel is spot on, with just the right amount of carbonation a touch of acidity making it pretty easy drinking. it’s really not sour at all. the cherries give us some acidity but it’s a very welcoming and smooth beer. i was a bit turned off initially by the rubbery smell but very redeeming qualities in the taste and per usual HF nails the feel for this style of beer. not my favorite fruited Flora but then again, cherries have never been my preferred fruit.

Feb 08, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 10.12.2018, poured into a Hill Farmstead etched RONA wine glass.

The beer pours a bright ruby red color, pink and garnet hues, cloudy and opaque with a fizzy pinkish white head that has no retention and yields no lacing. The aroma is pleasant, tart cherry, bright and delicate, lemon peel, fruity funk, a bit of earthiness and pie spice, light pale grain and some oakiness. The flavors are good, lots of fresh cherry, tart and rich, funk and pie spice, nice oak barrel, a touch of grain, lemon peel and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, lively medium body with a crisp carbonated texture that coats well and finishes with a tart and dry snap.

Verdict: A very nice fruited Flora from Hill Farmstead. The cherry is nice, well expressed, rich and tart at the same time that brings out a really nice funk profile and starts to lean into the cherry pie realm. Not quite as complex or dynamic as some of the other fruited Floras but this is a lovely beer.

Jan 11, 2020
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may be the best sour I’ve ever had. It is actually lol. Had on site when I got access to their special availability’s for a friends birthday. So happy I thought to arrange that because this was SO good!

Apr 18, 2019
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doremite from Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nicely done. Not as elegant as Plum (as I recall) but cherry blends nicely. Funk more muted than traditional Flora. HF once again does an amazing job bringing a flavor in that compliments without dominating. I remain a bigger fan of non fruited Flora (batch 5 wearing the crown, yet to try Cuvée) but these fruited variants are always a treat. I may like this more than Lou Pepe Kriek and that is saying a lot. This is way less funky so perhaps not even a fair comparison. Something about the wheat (?) and cherry just really works. No huge barrel presence that I can detect other than perhaps adding to the softness. That said, wine barrel may be bringing this together more than I realize.

Oct 25, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle snagged from the brewery a few months ago, shared with Joe in Pittsburgh for our tasting. Pours light reddish pink with a small fizzy head. Aroma of nice sweet and sour cherries, sour funk, oak. Flavor follows with a nice note of cherry that doesn't overwhelm the base funky brew, light wheat malts, a bit of sweetness, and overall rather sour (but pleasant). Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Nice brew.

Oct 01, 2015
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Stum-pub from Connecticut

4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First I would like to start off by saying that this beer is completely underrated. The nose was amazing, but the taste was even better. Smooth. The cherries have melded together to create a wonderful beer. Balance is an understatement. Grade A++++

Aug 24, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big nose of juicy cherries and nice (cinnamon) pit notes. Taste is similar but not quiiiite as impressive as the nose. Still, world class stuff. Kevin and Tom, bros.

Aug 08, 2015
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale pink hues with a white head that leaves good lacing.

Slightly tart cherry aroma and flavor. Mild funk. A bit muted, and not quite as good as the base, but still very good.

Delicate, smooth body. Light carbonation.

Another slight let down considering how good the base is. Still a very good beer.

Aug 05, 2015
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Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at a bottle share with friends. Pours a light pink/red hue. The cherry is at first subtle on the nose, very close to a crusty cherry pie flavor, and the taste and mouthfeel follow suit. An excellent and perfectly blended variant of the barrel aged wheat saison.

Jul 27, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Light reddish body. Clear. Almost no head. Cherry aroma is light. White wine. Really nice. Tart cherry flavor, but still pretty light on cherry. White wine and a bit of funk. Very light wheat. Has the aftertaste of a cherry Jolly Rancher. Light body with medium low carbonation. Anther great treatment of Flora.

Jul 07, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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

This is one beautiful beer.

The nose is Montmorency cherries with a slight hint of barnyard funk.

The palate follows with an explosion of tart cherries blended wonderfully with the base beer.

Perfectly tart and carbonated.

Overall, one of my very favorites from Hill Farmstead.

Jun 17, 2015
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a SARA Cellar oversized wine glass.

A~ glowing copper red, slight head and no lacing.

S~ straight cherries! plus tons of cinnamon! followed by brett, barnyard, wine barrel funk!

T~ follows the nose with a ton more cherries and cinnamon. crazy lemony tartness and nice dry brett horse blanket.

M~ super smooth, nice carb and a little dry.

O~ so as for Flora variants Plum>Cherry>Blueberry>Black/Blue but this is very close with plum! the Montmorency cherry is definitely what makes it though, dat cinnamon aspect! lovely!

Jun 16, 2015
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Tommo from Texas

3.32/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a combo review, but the long term review really dominates my opinion

June 2015 we drank this in burlington, it was a mildly tart, reasonably cherry flavored saison, but honestly nothing much to write home about

4/2/2016. Friend brought his bottle he had saved to a share. It was legitimately putrid. Like cleaning solvent style gross. Maybe its the cherry skins, or just the way this developed with time, but it as AWFUL.

Would not seek out. We actually went through the trouble of contacting someone we traded with to apologize and make amends if needed.

Jun 12, 2015
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