Flora Pear
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #34
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Ranked #761
4.48 | pDev: 4.69%
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 Farmstead® wheat ale. We selected several barrels of Flora and aged it atop organic pears, including a selection of dessert pears (Stacey, Summercrisp, Luscious and Nova) as well as Siberian pears—all from Elmore Roots Nursery in nearby Elmore, Vt. Soft, subtle fruit notes and a delicate golden hue marry with Flora's singular elegance to embody and exemplify the elements from which it was crafted.
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color with minimal head. Pear, hay, delicate and traditional HF nose. Taste follows with great pear with some lemon tart, HF well water. Feel is light medium with nice effervescence. Overall, dang! Great pear character with traditional flora and HF character, and greatly balanced acid

Apr 30, 2021
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 2018 harvest, 375 ml bottle into the test glass.
A - Superb clarity, you can watch the Champagne style carbonation dance its way topside all day. On the initial pour a thin white cap formed and mophed into one ring to bind them all.
S - Floral and expressive, with ripe pear skin, riding the waves of white burgundy, grape skin, oak tannin, a kiss of sulphur, and chalk. Lemon grass is sublte, with a lovely white pepper kiss.
T - So complex, with ripe fruit, pear, green grape, leading the way, then lovely mineral threads meet up with barrel notes light oak and the slightest tannins. Mixed cultures and house yeast put the HFB thumbprint squarely on the offering, showing a bit of tart that accentuates the lovely pear element. Make no mistake this is Flora first with the fruit acting in a support role. As it warms the wine like elements recede and nice light grain character steps up for a quick appearance.
M - Tart start, quickly balances against a rich dusty mineral wave, rushed out by semi sweet fruit threads, quickly rushed out out with a vinous push out the door. the finish is farmhouse and a bit funky, ashen dry in the best way. All that in a split second it seems.
O - A very special variant of a very special beer. Of the fruited versions this is my favorite. Never leaving the base Flora, the pears add a layer of complexity, some fleshy fruit skin threads, on top of an elegantly expressed Barrel treated largely wheat saison. As contradictory as it may sound.
Simply a Masterpiece

Jul 26, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (03Dec2018) into a Belgian-ish glass

L: crystal clear light golden yellow, with a small white head that fades quickly. Some foam around the edge, not much visible carbonation

S: the great HF farmstead aroma you want, with a little more lambic-style tart/funk. Hay, lemon, white wine, some oak, wouldn’t say I’m getting much pear

T: very much like the flavor here, but you have to work to find the fruit. Label calls it “subtle” so guess it’s what Shaun intended. Opens with a slightly tart white wine note, with some lactic acid sour/funk to it. Toward the middle get a flavor reminiscent of a good slightly grainy pear, but it’s very faint and I may be trying to make it happen. Medium/long finish - find it tingly, slightly drying

F: medium/light body, lighter carbonation, slightly drying

O: a very good beer that I have to knock a little bit as the pear flavor is faint enough to nearly non-existent for me. Luckily the base beer is amazing, dinged for the fruit not coming through but hey label makes the level of fruit flavor known from the outset

Jun 17, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottled december 3 2018

beautiful, almost glowing, light straw color with a bright white head that fizzes away quickly. on nose there is earthy and grassy character, wonderfully rich pear aromas, some funky and slightly spicy character. on palate there is some funkiness and very mellow fruity acidity, rich and complex pear flavor steals the show! getting candied pear, sweet and ripe almost invoking that soft texture, there is mellow spice and a baked pear quality and plenty of sweetness, almost reminds me of slurping the syrup out of the bottom of canned pears. there is a pleasant wheat character throughout and a fairly mellow but zippy tartness that makes this one so crisp and quenching. each sip begs for another!

Feb 20, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant almost neon yellow-orange with a loud fizzy white head quickly fizzling out to nothing.

Tart and cleanly beautiful farmhouse funk features loads of pear and apple, both the flesh and the peel, with a complexity that even simulates apricot. Unique white wine-like oak is bright yet exhibits some welcome age. The tingly crisp body has a semi-dry finish.

Wow this is amazing. Impossible to explain, yet easy to thoroughly enjoy.

Apr 20, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy and glowing light yellow color, with a small head, and a little bit of acling.

This smells like funky but slightly sweet pear juice, lemon zest, mineral funk, vanilla, and sour candy.

I think pear is basically a perfect fruit to add to the Flora base. It's a light enough flavor so that it doesn't overwhelm the Flora base itself. The pear adds a sweet juiciness, but also a nice funky citrusy acidity. There's some candied fruitiness, too, along with earthy lemon, a touch of vanilla, and some white wine. It's delicious.

This is light bodied, fruity and clean, with a great level of drinkability, and a nice softness.

This is certainly a top tier Flora variant.

Mar 14, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color ale with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of acidic notes with some funky yeast and clear pear notes. Taste is also a mix of pear notes with some acidic and funky yeast notes and limited sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I liked how the pear was offsetting some of the acidity on the base beer.

Dec 24, 2018
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Brennan. Thank you so much!

Aug 12, 2018
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a slight haze, a baby finger of head, tiny specs of lace. Aroma of pear, wheat, slight funk. Aroma and taste really opens as this warms up:. Young pear, wheat, white wine, oak, light barnyard funk. Lighter body.

Jul 11, 2018
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CayseyW from Connecticut

4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There are beers that blow my mind and then there are beers that make me rethink what amazing beer can be. This is the latter, and there are very few in that category for me. In terms of the technical merits, it looks the part with its slightly hazy, straw-colored body. And it has the right mouth being tart but not unbearably sour. The carb is on point but just a bit sharp (I'm nitpicking). But what sets this beer apart is the aroma and the complex flavors. I have had a lot of beer (nearly 1,000 logged on here alone thousands more beyond that), but I have never seen fruit integrated this well. And the fact that it's pears?! This is pure alchemy. The nose bursts with pear aromas, backed by nice funk and earthy tones. Pear isn't absent in the flavor either, anything but. But there are also great saison malt characteristics along with wine and wood layers. This is so f#cking good!

Jul 05, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a HF oversized wine glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- plenty of ripe pear on the nose, with undertones of earthy yeast that adds aromas of white pepper, dried hay, basement must & some phenolic notes

T- slightly tart juicy pear starts it out, along with complimenting notes of white wine. Mid-palate brings out some oaky undertones along with more pear. The finish adds some peppery yeast, adding notes of hay, lemongrass and light phenolic notes on the linger

M- medium-light body with medium bubbly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a semi-dry finish

O- subtle yet refined, the juicy pear is prominent and lasts long after the finish, so easy to drink and perfect for a hot day

Jun 04, 2018
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow body with a white head.
Nose is sweet pear, farmhouse funk, lemony, hay.
Taste is funky along with a small fruity side (pear,white grape), medium to high tartness.
Vinous Perry alike mouthfeel, finishes dry, crispy carb.

Really doesn't feel like a beer at like!

May 15, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuzzy and bubbly looking initially, settles into weak looking cloudy oj. Smell is farmhouse funk with a fruit juice background. Taste is pear and bret, funky and tart. Dry feel, slight wordiness. Damn good.

Apr 22, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, dated January 10, 2018, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color, bright and vibrant with a soft lemon color with a fluffy white head, about a finger tall that has moderate retention and yields some nice swatches of sticky lacing. The aroma is fantastic, beautiful bright pear, lightly tart, somewhat earthy, ripe and fresh, light stone fruits, a hint of citrus peel with a beautiful floral bouquet and a nice delicate funk with just a kiss of cereal grains. The flavors are superb, beautiful expression of pear, ripe and juicy with soft earthy pear skin, a bit of funk, light pitted stone fruits and pear seed, a bit of toasted oak, white grape and lemon zest with a nice funkiness, tart and fruity with a lingering dough and mineral water finish. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp and lively with a lighter medium body, coats well and finishes with a tart and dry bite.

Verdict: An excellent fruited version of Flora from Hill Farmstead. The pears are expressed so beautifully, tons of juicy fruit that is also earthy and has a nice counterweight from the underlying saison and the wine barrels. A very complex beer that showcases the pears first and foremost, but doesn't lose sight of the whole picture.

Apr 20, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't crazy about this. It feels a little more sour from an acidity stand point. It's not bracing, but it's noticeable to the point where it's detracting from the overall product. The pear quality is actually nice, giving it some depth that the base beer seems to lack. The pear provides a flesh fragrant nip at the end of this onslaught of tart Flora. It's not the worst Flora fruited I've had, but I haven't had a good fruited Flora yet.

Apr 19, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out as a yellowish gold color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a boat load of pear aroma that blends really well with the subtle funk that is in there too. The taste of the beer has a pretty good balance of pear and funk. The feel is light to medium bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall I found it impressive that the pear aspects of the beer was as forward as they were, I enjoyed it and I wish more beers with pear would be more like this one.

Apr 03, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Lightly hazy golden. Strong pear aroma. A little wine. Tastes of tart pears. White wine. More pear throughout. Light body and crisp. I didn't expect it, but it's 90% pear. Even gives the mouthfeel of eating a pear.

Apr 01, 2018
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellow, slightly hazy small white head that fades fast. Aroma is the familiar Hills farmsread but a little bit more tart. The taste is fruity and funky with a citrus like acidity. The carbonation is prickly and the beer is very drinkable . Some nice light pear notes

Mar 24, 2018
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