Flora Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Flora Blueberry/Black Currant/RaspberryFlora Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #22
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Ranked #429
4.45 | pDev: 7.87%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Flora Blueberry/Black Currant/RaspberryFlora Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry
Notes: Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, Organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Soft, cloudy, and fresh, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence. Florence becomes....Flora(Barrel aged Wheat Saison) is our Wheat Saison (Florence), brewed with Butterworks Farm Organic Vermont Winter Wheat, aged for 8 to 14 months in French Oak wine barrels and complimented by the terroir of our resident microflora... Becomes... Flora aged on blueberries, black currants and raspberries: A few barrels of Flora were selected, and that beer was aged further on a blend of fresh, hand-picked berries from Greensboro and East Hardwick.
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Photo of M-Fox24
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Glowing, vibrant colors, with a grape highlighted mainstay to the reddish hue and ruby glow. A minimal head with durable retention, and siphoned lace

S: Aroma is quite animated with the jammed funk essentials, and a gracing vinous class. The fruited counterparts meld and interchange their dominance with hints of skunked barnyard berries, citrus fruited skins, damp to evolving lush plums, ripened seeds, and fusty oaked cracked peppercorns

T: Synchronization plays onto the palate, as the light, soft delicacy continues. The aeration cultivates winter wheat berries, knot wooded barley, wild quailed gin, spiced fielded greens, moist lemon, and dry leaf up-comings. More softening with sweet, cassis yogurt that deviously extracts mint and vanilla

M: Effervescent, bright, and lively carbonated to the tempered body, which settles in the intervals

O: A vintage coordination that evolved without a vinegary, sweet assault: funk, jam, and fruited treacly were in check

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light pinkish/reddish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like a light and clean citrusy funk, with more blueberry than the others, grape, wine, and oak.

This is definitely one of the higher levels fruited Floras. The berries and fruit meld well together, and primarily just appears as blueberry. There's some great citrusy funk, some tart wine flavors, and the perfect amount of acidity.

This is light bodied, pretty soft, and very drinkable.

This 2016 bottle has aged very well. I hope they make this one again.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage served on tap at the brewery.
Pours a beautiful glowing ruby garnet, with low levels of bubbly head.
Aromas are tons of berries and sour yeast.
Flavors are delicious, a beautiful balance of berries, lower levels of sourness.
Mouthfeel so good as usual.
Overall, a beautiful edition of Flora.

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Photo of BEER88
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled NOV.2016! Looks like a purple/pink dream! Smells of funk and the fruits listed in wafts. The taste is a tad less fruit and more funk, light tannins come in from the oak. Feel is medium and kinda slick/light bubbles. Overall i love it and want more inside me! Cheers.

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Photo of earljones199
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 release. The color is a lot like blueberry juice. The smell is the typical Hill Farmstead light brett with some fruit and sour notes. Taste is nice and refreshing with a brett flavor that isn't overpowering. This is an easy drinker. Not too sour and with a ton of balance.

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Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into an HFB stem goblet.
A - Claret backdrop, set the scene for a delicate carbonation. feeding a quick to run cap.
S - Currant, white wine, green grape skin, hint of cinnamon, delightful aromatics.
T - Is this young Cab Franc? A wonderful tart feel, a bit on the wine side but what a chameleon this offering id. Fruit forward. then a snap of needed reminder that the offering is wheat based, nice grains balance.
M - Oh my, delicate display of craft, a bit tart, a bit sweet, and then the long finish, berries, oak, winter wheat. what a pleasure.
O - The offering is delightful, so close to a fine claret that one must pause. A must for the intreped taster.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in Hill Farmstead stemware retro to May 2016. Black currants up front with a nice woodiness from them. Faint acidity and a bit of blueberry. Underlying beer is a bit overshadowed though

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Photo of Shaun_S
4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5L bottle shared amongst 11 glasses and consumed on-site at Hill Farmstead brewery.

Smell was incredibly potent and overwhelmingly dominated by Raspberry and poured a lovely ruby with a very light head. Taste was dominated by Raspberry and Black Currant with the blueberry at most providing a balance to the acidity just a light amount of sour. Feel was perfectly dry with subtle carbonation providing just a pleasant tickle for your tongue.

However the experience of consuming this will be a life time memory. Poured into 11 glasses but shared amongst a group of 12 who all chipped in to obtain the very last bottle on site. The merriment, joy, and cheer of our first sips will be something I never forget and thank you so much to all who made such a moment possible.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml dated 11-12-15 split 3 ways. Unfortunate to see some mixed experiences with this pricy treat, though I thought this one had its (slight) shortcomings it was pretty damn impressive. The scent is absolutely phenomenal with blueberry, currant and raspberry each making themselves known individually, striking a mix of fresh/sweet/sour dark fruits and barrel funk that is huge and unique. The taste just isn't as potent as the scent, but the triad of fruit goodness continues strong with more of the pinot noir barrel coming through here and a decent-but-light dose of farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is definitely the weak point of the beer for me, but not bad, quite light and delicate and balanced but a bit more carbonation here would've been nice. Despite the kinda flimsy feel the blueberry/currant/raspberry combo comes through pretty excellently, wine+barrel make for a nice combo and I appreciate the somewhat restrained acidity/funk which lets those fruits shine. Thanx so much to cbutova for this birthday(?) gift.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful rich red, minimal head. Some yeasty aroma, but not much fruit on the nose. It's got some mildewy cheese to it with not much fruit character. Some sweet red pepper. I was extremely excited to try this, but it underwhelmed greatly. Especially when you consider how phenomenal Flora is.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.33/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Most underwhelming beer I've had in years. This is simply a subtle, yet wonderful base beer completely ruined by a bunch of fruit that is misplaced. It lacks either the complexity of a good fruit lambic, with not much going on besides some muddled berry flavor. This isn't a terrible beer, but for being a $20 375 ml bottle and with HF hype behind it, you are much better off drinking something else. Hell, I'd take regular Florence over this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Ruby colored. Very pretty. Smells like a compilation of young and ripe berries. Really get a lot of tart blackberry/raspberry. Oaky nose. On the mark. The flavor was very delicious. Blueberries were more prominent here. Sweeter than the nose but only slightly. Currants making more of a debut? There is a prominent duality of unripe and ripe blackberry and raspberry. All of this wrapped in light oakiness. Light bodied. Very delicious. No news here.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

deep crimson purple (if there is such a thing)....smell is upfront funk, maybe some blueberries and hibiscus, but mostly just funk-- taste follows with a great sour berry forward flavor, heavy on the brett funk with nice tart raspberry and other flavors coming through--I love Flora as a base beer and dont always dig fruited versions of my funky sours, but this one is award winning!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Before I poured this beer, I thought I knew what a truly beautiful beer pour looked like, I now stand corrected. This beer is a stunning, deep ruby to medium, grapey purple in color and just absolutely enticing in the glass. A small and bubbly head is here and gone quickly with little lacing. The body of the beer is fairly translucent, offering a glowing impression in the glass.

S- Right off the bat, the berries make their presence well known as they greet the nose in a lightly tart and fruity scent. Ripe berries mix with light oak and light lactic tartness to make up an overall juicy and enticing scent.

T- Again, just like on the nose, the berries are first and foremost to hit the tongue. Big, juicy, sweet, and then tart flavors move across the tongue in that order. The blueberries are easily picked out of the lineup, with their sweet characteristic. As the flavor progresses, the raspberries ramp up a bit with a mild bit of their tartness and seediness. After the initial fruit, the beer turns a little more sour with some traditional, wild yeast sour flavors of acidity and oak dryness. At the back end, the fruits return and sweeten the flavor before the liquid is gone off of the tongue.

M- On the palate, this beer feels like a combo platter of a Belgian sour and an American fruited ale. What I mean by this is that the beer is equal parts light and highly carbonated, as well as jammy and sticky on the tongue. It drinks rather easily, despite the tart and highly carbonated qualities it has.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome, fruity, and jammy beer. The base beer's tartness really shines through and is only enhanced by the fruit additions. The fruit itself is both sweet and tart and gives the beer a very well rounded overall flavor profile. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one side by side with blue and black (which by the way is drinking awesome now...didn't love it fresh but now...wow), but I digress. this beer smokes the blue black. really nice combo of berries. very easy drinking fruited sour. I really loved this beer. so good as it warms and opens up.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to share this lovely Hill Farmstead Gem with friends on my 40th Birthday! Lovely Red hue and a lot of tart aroma on the nose but was smoother than the nose suggested! Excellent balance!

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Photo of cbutova
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle purchased in December 2015.

A- 375ml bottle split between a wine glass and a goblet with a ridiculously vibrant pink purple body and a foamy light pink cap. Rising to about a half finger the head displays decent retentive abilities before dying to a small ring. Lacing does not want to stick to either glass; ends looking like a wine.

S- Although you can sense some tartness here the brew smells more like a mash of berries with all of the added players combining into something that actually reminds me of blackberries; raspberry, currants and then blueberries in order of strength. Lactic acid lemons, old wet oak, Brett band aid, slight barnyard, a large wine contingent and hints of wheaty bread.

T- For my palate the taste shifts a bit away from the berries which find themselves in the finish, still strong but a bit subdued. The flavor opens up with a duality of strong vinous barrel and grapes complimented by lactic acid bacteria and a hint of acetic acid. Black currants and raspberries are strong with blueberries in the background; jammy feel with seeds and all.

MF- Slick and acidic touch to a light-medium bodied brew, perhaps the wheat adding some substance. Carbonation at a moderate level and the texture is somewhat foamy. Finishes rather sour in the last sips.

Wine and lactic acid microflora join forces to decimate and accentuate bushels of flavorful berries. Although the raspberries and currants come out strong, hints of blueberries are certainly there and it makes for a complex brew with each sip representing mastery of brewing. Any $20+ 375ml is tough but these are the ones that are worth it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, dated 11/12/2015. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a dark, yet vibrant ruby red body, one finger white head with quite nice retention, dropping after some time into a medium collar that sticks around for quite a while. Not much lacing. Smells primarily of bright raspberry, black currant. Not so much the blueberry. A little bit of white wine, wheat, nice acetic tartness, even a little bit of fruit must and funk. Nice complexity, but most of all, jammy and tart on the level of a good Belgian framboise. Flavour is similarly fruity with a strong raspberry and black currant presence. More of the blueberry flavours come on the finish. Mild wheat germ, a touch of grain, oak, white wine dryness. The tartness is refreshingly dry without being overbearing like a lot of other AWAs can be. Very balanced fruit flavours and jaminness with tart dryness and a touch of funk. Very balanced, just about what I expected. This is a beer where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lively carbonation without becoming too fizzy, hefty black currant and blueberry fruit flavours on the finish. Very tasty beer that is incredibly easy to appreciate, and has everything that you could ask for in a fruited wild ale.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

loved everything about this wild ale... color is a beautiful magenta.. nose is strong fruits.. taste is not too sour.. really nice fruit characters with some oak to go with it.. great offering

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Photo of rlee1390
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart, blueberries, currants in the finish. The raspberries do not come through that much. If anything the combination of currants and blueberries gives off a blackberry flavor.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle. Pours raspberry red, fizzy head disappears immediately, no lace. Mostly wood and saison yeast in the nose, not much fruit at all. Taste is very well balanced of tart berries, fruity and just tart enough, touch of yeast in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very good fruity saison, first taste of HF.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/28/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for the acquisition

A: Markedly, almost hilariously, ruby in color - could pass for a pale red wine - deep purple at its core with some pink around the edges - hazy, but mostly clear - pours wit a small, pink head, fades to just a few wisps but maintains a small collar and leaves some spots of lacing

S: Holy berries, Batman - huge, sharp aromas of blueberry and raspberry - berry flesh and berry skin - currants somewhere in the middle - some dark fruits - well-rounded fruitiness - some rich tartness and funk - Hill Farmstead saison yeast, with its nice levels of funk and just a touch of spice - lightly earthy - bready and wheaty at the base, with some light bread and wheat bread

T: Tart, tart berries and some nice saison flavors - blueberries and raspberries in abundance, rounded out by currants - flesh and some skin - hints of strawberries and other light fruits - huge berry flavor without being overbearing or overly tart/sweet - actually somewhat balanced - nicely funky, with some oak funk, more clean than musty - sharp, ripe tartness from the berries and the aging - nice level of acidic sourness - some lactic notes - some wheat at the base, but mostly the flavor is dominated by berries, funk, and tart - finishes extremely dry

M: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, finishes tart and almost puckering, super dry

O: This is what happens when you take an awesome beer and make it more awesome

This is the first iteration of Flora that I've had, and it's a damn fine one. The berries and the oak aging works quite well with the already-lovely wheat saison base. I might have to drive up the next time one of these is released.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to randumink for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep purplish red with a slight haze. Minimal head. Flashes dark pink and then completely disappears leaving a vague notion of a collar. No lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Fruity and musty. Seriously damp wood with a ton of tart berry skin. Blueberry skin and tart berry juice. All sort of muddled and mangled black fruit. Mild lactic edge with some light wheat and pale malt. The fruit juice and skin dominates, but it's all rather soft. A touch of lemon juice and zest combine to offer a touch of brightness. Deeply fruity. A touch of something like tamarind. Loaded with oak. Deeply woody and almost adds some phenolic touches on the back. Sharp and sweet in good measure. Berry compote before you add the sugar.

Taste: Follows the nose with super tart and funky fruit skin. Ever so slightly vinous. Black currant jumps to the forefront immediately followed by a ton of blueberry. Tartness runs slightly lactic with a ton of dark fruit tartness as well. Fruit ranges from hyper ripe and juicy to underripe and tart. Deeply oaky. Soft tannins with wet musty basement. Musty...like seriously. Warming ups the blueberry and it dominates the finish. Raspberry pops on the front of each sip with currant settling in to the middle. The fruits work really well together. Malts offer just a touch of pale malt sweetness with some wheat ghosting through the back, but it's really a soft platform for the deeply macerated fruit.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly dry. Astringency is off the charts leaving a heavy cottonmouth with a slight pucker. Minimal to light carbonation with a medium to light body.

Overall: Now I need another bottle for breakfast.

This is juice in the best format. Each sip is screamingly dry and asks for another to alleviate it. A ton of blueberry, but the other dark fruits work their way in and offer a nice fruit depth. Deeply musty and another 6 months will likely turn this in to something absolutely stunning.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Francois for this one.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a wonderful lightly hazy magenta hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of loads of black currant, nice blackberry notes as well. Mixed berries, nice tartness and light barrel notes. Little bit of funk too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great tartness, almost puckeringly tart berries. Great black currant, very fruity jam. The tartness is moreso from the berries than the beer itself. Tasty berry though.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, though a bit on the flemmy side.

O - Overall this beer was a solid, great fruit notes, nice tartness. Really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Francois

No real head, dark bright raspberry red ruby color.

Nose bright fruit, big raspberry, tart berry drink, berry jam, little tart funk, little malty with sweet candy, little bitter seed.

Taste brings tart sweet funk, big raspberry and currant tart funk, little bitter seed, mild sweet malt and reddish malt, generic tart berry, tons of jammy fruit. Finish mild acidity flemmy little funk, lingering tart berry and currant.

Mouth is med bod, flemmy mild acidic, decent carb.

Overall it was decent but so much jammy fruit it overpowers the rest of the beer, tartness is more from the currant than funk, good beer but so much jammy berry.

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 219 ratings