Flora Pear
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #31
Ranked #422
4.47 | pDev: 4.7%
Oct 13, 2022
Mar 03, 2018
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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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Rated: 4.43 by not2quick from Missouri

Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by hopley from Massachusetts

Sep 07, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jheimbigner from Washington

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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
Rated: 4.94 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
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
Rated: 4.41 by vfgccp from New York

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Stevedore from Oregon

May 10, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by TimG_0913 from Delaware

Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Rated: 4.37 by kewharton from Florida

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 4.66 by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by WoolEnthusiast from Connecticut

Jun 02, 2019
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Rated by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
beautiful fresh ripe pear aroma and flavor, subtle oak wine barrel with a refreshing tartness, super drinkable
May 16, 2019
Rated: 4.65 by Argento from Rhode Island

May 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Mar 17, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Rated: 4.44 by Beerbom from California

Jan 15, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by Bum4ever from California

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev -16.3%
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
Rated: 4.25 by xdtfx from Illinois

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by coz from Illinois

Nov 30, 2018
Rated: 4.68 by Xantanamoss from Connecticut

Nov 29, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by y2kawakami from Hawaii

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by robgage from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by dogdrule from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by pisano from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Sep 24, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by edthehead from Maryland

Aug 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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
Rated: 4.59 by Trio2shine from California

Jul 24, 2018
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Reviewed by yasky from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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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