Flora Blackberry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #124
ABV:
not listed
Score:
92
Ranked #4,228
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 5.68%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
17
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating
Wants
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Gots
  0
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: Flora aged atop fresh, hand-picked blackberries from our neighboring town of Glover.
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Photo of kevanb
3.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, October 12, 2018 bottle date, poured into a Black Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a nice garnet color with amber hues, lightly cloudy with an off white head that has good retention and soapy lacing. The aroma is nice, soft blackberry, red grape, lots of funk, musty oak barrel with a soapy quality and mineral water. The flavors are good, a nice expression of blackberry, tart and jammy with a nice soft grape skin flavor that brings out a nice funk profile but there is a soapy flavor going on that clashes with some seedy bitterness and finishes with mineral water and lemon peel. The mouthfeel is good, lively and vibrant with a very bubbly texture that coats well and finishes with a tart and dry bite.

Verdict: A good fruited Flora from Hill Farmstead. The blackberry is nice but just doesn't leap from the glass like one might expect. There is a good depth of character but at times it comes across as soapy and there is an odd bitterness to this beer that tosses the balance out of sorts.

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Photo of jhavs
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured for onsite consumption at HF in September 2018.

Pours slightly cloudy with a careful pour and use of a second glass for yeast/fruit remains. Purple hued straw with big bubbled head. The head settles into a few floating islands with a bit of a bubbly collar.

Aroma is tart fresh berry, hint of earthy wood. Hint of sweet tart candy.

Flavor has a smooth but persistent tartness. The tartness is from the base beer as well as the fresh blackberries. Subtle berry sweetness and a hint of farmhouse funk.

Soft and smooth, moderate carbonation and a medium body.

Overall the blackberry is a great compliment to this excellent base brew. One of the better fruited variants.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375mL bottle at the Hill Farmstead brewery taproom on 2/7/18. Bottle split into two bulb glasses, shared with Brian.

The color of this beer instantly stands out, it's somewhere between maroon and dark pink. Lightly hazy with a small light-pink head that reduces to a ring.

Aromas are immediately noticable and potent - raspberries and tart fruit with some oak and farmhouse funk, white wine. A punch in the face of raspberries!

On the tongue it's pretty dry with tart but not overly acidic raspberry notes. Citrus and champagne-like wine, light oak and lemongrass on the finish. Light, crisp body with medium carbonation.

Overall a real treat, one of my favorite Flora variants.

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Flora Blackberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 17 ratings