Flora Peach/Pear | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.52/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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 Farmstead wheat ale. A few barrels were selected—a portion of the beer was aged further on Vermont dessert pears, while another portion was aged on ripe northeast peaches. The independent threads were blended, resulting in a complex, delicate and slightly tart Bière de Table—an ale we would proudly have shared with Florence.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-30-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
65
pDev:
6.19%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Sabtos
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale gold with no head, aroma is funky blue cheese, hay, barnyard and pear.

Taste brings more tart peach that's sweet and fruity with a touch of oaky, woody pepper in this crisp, perfect body that finishes semi-dry. White grape accompanies a little sting before a white wine exhale.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at FoFA 2018. I have a few of the fruited Flora over the year, but I think this one was the best I've had so far. Was in the top 3 for my favorite beers at the festival behind Residency 1 and Elaborative 5.

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

Photo of MRVermont
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Philcassella
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 2.3.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, hazy with little activity and a fizzy white head lots of large, loose bubbles, no height, no retention and virtually no lace. The aroma is quite acidic, peach fruit, funky with lots of bugs, lemon peel with oak and pale grain with a strong minerality that lingers. The flavors are more interesting, plenty of peach and apricot flavor, very floral and very tart and crisp. The oak barrel creeps up, very smooth, almost chewy and bringing out a nice subtle earthiness before the acidity and the sour bugs explode towards the finish with pear juice adding to the tartness and the characteristic Hill Farmstead well water flavor and soft pale grain. The mouthfeel is okay, coating, very lively and bubbly, crisp and dry with sour puckery finish.

Verdict: A good expression of fruit on the Flora base, but this suffers a bit from being overly acidic and not carrying enough of the base saison. The bugs and funk are nice, but just overpower the fruit from the beer and the pear is almost lost completely until the finish with just a pinch of tart earthy juice. A bit more balance and layering would've taken this to new heights.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The highlight of this beer is the pear on the finish that comes out more as it warms. The peach is fairly prominent up front and really kicks up the opening tartness. A little aggressive on the tartness for how I enjoy HF beers. Even as a small format, this was best shared. Not acidic but fairly tart.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of American_Hawk
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ncaudle
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotv
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trio2shine
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gushue3
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ clear gold on the first pour, got way hazier as the bottle went down. hardly any head and no lacing at all.

S~ tons of peach! like peach yogurt, followed by a little pear, white wine barrel funk and a little wheat on the finish.

T~ follows the nose but with more pear and way more acidicness here. more wheat and a little black pepper on the end.

M~ nice carb. but a little harsh from the acidicness.

O~ despite the harshness this is still one of my favorite fruited Flora's but only because i'm a sucker for pears haha! maybe I waited too long to pop this one but if it was smoother it would probably be a top ten for me!

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Flora Peach/Pear from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 65 ratings