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Flora Pear | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.46/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#522
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
68
pDev:
4.71%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by stevec32:
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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of CayseyW
4.86/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pisano
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Brennan. Thank you so much!

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Photo of GreenMind
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of yasky
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of lic217
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of acurtis
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Flora Pear from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 68 ratings