Flora Pear
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #31
Ranked #434
4.47 | pDev: 4.7%
Jan 12, 2022
Mar 03, 2018
Flora PearFlora Pear
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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4.27 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2022
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4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jheimbigner from Washington

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
4.94 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SABERG from Massachusetts

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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4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

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
4.41 by vfgccp from New York on Jun 13, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
4.43 by Stevedore from Oregon on May 10, 2020
4.46 by TimG_0913 from Delaware on Apr 06, 2020
4.74 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey on Apr 06, 2020
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Mar 17, 2020
4.49 by Gkruszewski from New York on Mar 08, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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
4.37 by kewharton from Florida on Jul 06, 2019
4.66 by Phineasco from Massachusetts on Jun 30, 2019
4.48 by WoolEnthusiast from Connecticut on Jun 02, 2019
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4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

beautiful fresh ripe pear aroma and flavor, subtle oak wine barrel with a refreshing tartness, super drinkable

May 16, 2019
4.65 by Argento from Rhode Island on May 15, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Apr 08, 2019
4.33 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
4.44 by Beerbom from California on Jan 15, 2019
4.55 by Bum4ever from California on Dec 30, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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
4.25 by xdtfx from Illinois on Dec 08, 2018
4.5 by coz from Illinois on Nov 30, 2018
4.68 by Xantanamoss from Connecticut on Nov 29, 2018
4.5 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2018
4.46 by y2kawakami from Hawaii on Nov 12, 2018
4.4 by robgage from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2018
4.37 by dogdrule from Massachusetts on Oct 23, 2018
4.42 by pisano from Massachusetts on Oct 02, 2018
4.5 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts on Sep 24, 2018
4.5 by edthehead from New York on Aug 14, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Bottle shared by Brennan. Thank you so much!

Aug 12, 2018
4.59 by Trio2shine from California on Jul 24, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by yasky from Canada (ON)

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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4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by CayseyW from Connecticut

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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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Pear really comes through as it warms

Jul 03, 2018
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