Flora Cherry/Raspberry | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Flora Cherry/RaspberryFlora Cherry/Raspberry
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Average: 4.56 | pDev: 4.17%

Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 26

Belgian Saison | ABV not listed

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. 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 single barrel was selected and aged on a blend of fresh, hand-picked cherries and berries from Elmore and the Champlain Valley. The result is a complex, elegant, fruit-forward blend that both marries and highlights each of its constituent elements.
Flora Cherry/RaspberryFlora Cherry/Raspberry
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 26
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4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, bottled Dec. 2016, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red grapefruit color, pink and salmon hues, hazy and cloudy with a bit of sediment in the glass. A faint white head appears briefly with no retention nor lace. The aroma is quite pleasant, lots of jammy raspberry and tart cherry, soft and fleshy, lemon peel, a nice funkiness with a bit of pie spice. The flavors are nice, lots of berry flavor, jammy yet tart with a nice kick of tart cherry, a bit of pie spice, nicely developed funk, also a bit floral with soft oak barrel. The mouthfeel is okay, medium body, good heft, lively carbonation, coats well and finishes with a tart and dry kick.

Verdict: A very nice fruited Flora from Hill Farmstead. A bit tart and sour for my liking, but a great expression of both cherry and raspberry while showing off a nice amount of the base Flora saison.

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Photo of Skrip
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a unmarked oversized wine glass at Hill Farmstead.

A~ amazing glowing bright red with a little head and no lacing.

S~ mmm...! montmorency cherries which also bring a little cinnamon. raspberry jam, just amazing fruit all around! little black pepper on the end.

T~ way more raspberry here and less cherry. juicy, jammy raspberries!! and some amazing red wine like funk! holy fruit!!! slightly oaky on the end which sums it all together!

M~ super smooth, refreshing and soft nice carb.

O~ whoa! definitely my favorite fruited Flora!! whatever fruit they used just worked perfectly with the wheaty wine barrel saison. would drink all day every day! what a treat!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle. Hazy red body. Smells of raspberry, sweet pie cherry, and a little plastic. White wine and oak. Tastes pretty tart. Sour raspberry. White wine. Cherry lends sweetness. Oaky finish. Lingering raspberry sourness. Medium light. Pretty sour. My first pour was yeasty and tasted like plastic. A clearer pour was significantly better.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, served on premise at Hill Farmstead, in a stemmed glass. Pours a medium ruby grapefruit red body, one finger white head, great retention, appropriate lacing. Smell is rich cherry skin, touch of cherry flesh, along with a moderate acetic acidity, light oak, a bit of funk, touch of vinous character lurking behind. The raspberries don't come across as strongly here, although they poke their seeds out as it warms more. However, on the palate, there is a fruit explosion of cherries up front; mostly tart cherry skin transitioning to a tart cherry flesh, finished off by a tart raspberry flavour. The raspberry seems to contribute more of a tart flavour rather than a seedy jamminess; it's quite wonderful actually. The beer itself accentuates the fruit with white vinous notes, light mustiness, fair bit of oak and light leathery funk. The fruit plays well with each other as well as the base beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly crisp with a smooth carbonation on the tongue. Tart raspberry on the finish. Overall, a very tasty fruited saison, fabulous play of cherry and raspberry. Hopefully he makes this again to go.

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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured carefully for onsite consumption at the brewery.

Ruby red with a slight haze. Remains mostly translucent. Head is big bubbled foam with a pinkish hue. The head settles into a foamy collar and a few small floating islands.

Tart and sweet cherry and fresh raspberry fruit scents linger behind the base tartness and grassy wheat.

Cherry is the most aggressive flavor characteristic. Comes through as sweet and tart. The raspberry takes a bit of a backseat, but is still noticeable and adds a nice earthy balance to the moderate level of tartness and acidity.

Crisp, somewhat dry and refreshing. Bubbly, but not over carbonated.

Another great variant in this delicious product line. Cherry mixes well with the base tartness level and the berry helps smooth and balance.

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Flora Cherry/Raspberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 26 ratings