Florence Puncheon
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Florence PuncheonFlorence Puncheon
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #24
ABV:
5%
Score:
97
Ranked #770
Avg:
4.56 | pDev: 4.39%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
62
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Florence PuncheonFlorence Puncheon
Notes: Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, we craft this wheat Farmstead® ale from American malted barley, organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well.

This version of Florence was aged for many months in our puncheons—not quite Florence, not quite Flora, but magical all the same. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

florence by itself is a special beer, even it is one of the more attainable from these guys, that doesnt diminish its greatness, not one bit. i didnt even know this special puncheon edition existed until my homie brought it over the other night, what a treat to drink this with him and my brother for holiday time, really awesome stuff. this is just as pale and delicate as the original, almost clear, fizzy from the bottle, minimal in body but full of complexity in aroma and flavor. there is a familiar funky character to this, lightly musty, very rustic and old worldy, with hay and straw and grass to it, some lemon and brine as well, but now this smooth almost white winey oak and tannin profile to it that really does add a lot, hints of orange peel and green gooseberry in the mix as well, lemon juice and pith, and of course the grains that comprise this, which seem raw, organic, light, and fresh. gorgeous earthy pale malt flavors, wheat and pils character too, simple and farmy, but also really complex. the wood is somewhat subtle, but i feel like the ageing has given the funky elements a little more time to come alive, which they really do here, this is no more acidic than the original, but it seems more bretty and wild to me. still dripping with citrus, clean though on the swallow, and even refreshing for how nuanced it is. another special beer in this style from hill farmstead, i wish i could drink this every day of my life...

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Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We had regular Florence before opening Puncheon, but the differences in appearance between the two was surprisingly minimal by comparison to other HF side by sides. Puncheon is a little darker orange, nearing amber, with a similar minimal head.

The medium-light body crisply delivers a little more of a woody character, although that's still a light presence in the big picture. And as tart as regular Florence is, this has even more acidity, bringing up some toasted cracker. The lemon and apple notes from the base are still present, but it was hoppier than Puncheon, which features a little more hay, straw and funk.

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Photo of bobv
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottled.
Bottled May, 2017.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a very bright body with some lacing. Nose of wheat, funk, citrus, oak, grass, and hay. Wonderful taste of lemon, oak, a bit of funk, and finishing grapefruit tart and exquisitely crisp. Very nice feel and overall, yet another gem from HFB of Greensboro Bend, VT. Thank you Shaun! Cheers!!!!

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Photo of kevanb
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, bottled in May of 2017, poured into a Hill Farmstead etched Rona wine glass. Enjoyed on 05.04.19, reviewed from Tasting Notes.

The beer pours a bright golden color, hazy complexion with lemon and straw hues and a white head that rises about a finger high with modest retention and nice lacing. The aroma is very nice, pleasant funk, nice puncheon character, very floral and soft with light vinous acidity, soft grains and a light berry presence. The flavors are excellent, wonderful and complex funkiness, layered with bright bacterial and fruit esters but also a nice earthy quality that plays well with the woodiness, white wine grape and a very expressive floral bouquet with a touch of spice that rests on a nice pillow of soft cereal grains while mineral water lingers on the finish. The mouthfeel is very good, it's coating and almost creamy with a lighter medium body that still has a nice vibrant texture and a lightly tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A very good saison from Hill Farmstead. Not quite Florence, not quite Flora, but something wonderful on it's own and not necessarily "in between." There is nuance, complexity, layers and it's so balanced and refreshing. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle. Teal Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a cloudy golden lemon yellow body, one and half finger frothy white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is freshly squeezed lemon, mild acetic tartness, touch of wheat, oak, white wine, a bit of leathery brett and slightly damp mineral hay. This also translates nicely on the palate- it's in some ways delicate- a lot of nuance and flavours come out, mainly lemon, leather, hay, white grape must and light vinegar- but without overwhelming each other, serving to build each other up into something greater and delicious tasting. Very enjoyable drink to share and consider. Medium in body, good carbonation- a bit drier than I'd like, but still very easy to both drink and sip on- I found that my preference early on was to just drink it, but the latter half of the bottle seemed to bring out more grape skin and complexity to it, that I felt compelled to conserve, sip and enjoy. I really do enjoy beers that get me to do this.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a light and hazy yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like hay, lemon candy, minerals, guava, lime, oak, and daffodils.

This is truly excellent, with a clean and bold acidity. There's your typical citrusy HF funk, with a bit more going on - it's super floral and bright, with a big lemon thing, a juicy and tangy tropical thing - maybe guava? - and lime candy, with a slight mineralesque bitterness on the back end. It's so complex, but it's also just stupid delicious.

This is light bodied, crisp and drinkable, and finishes so cleanly, with a nice soft feel to it.

This is crazy good. I had it back to back with regular Flora, and I think I might honestly like Florence Puncheon better. Sacrilege, I know.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, sunny yellow body with a thin white collar. Aromas of citrus, funk, oak, lemon, grass, floral notes. Assertively tart with pronounced citrus tones. A beer to make your cheeks pucker.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit! This is one I didn't expect to try but very glad I did. Bright carb and straw color. Amazing nose, lactic and tannins along with cracker malt. Flavor reminded me of pop rocks going off in my mouth. Great feel and superb finish. Lingering liberality and sweet tart candy. World class for sure.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

green apple, lemon, wheat, minerality, floral hop character, tart citric notes and bright acidity, crackery, pepper, yogurt, musty white grape, peach skin, mellow acidity, grass, hay, mellow funky quality, oak and a hint of vanilla.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a willie belcher glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of effervescent white head. The head quickly settles into a ring, leaving no lacing as it goes.

The aroma brings notes of tart lemon, citrusy hops, and bready yeast. Some slight funk and wood on the back.

The flavor is very tart, but also balanced and complex. Starts off with lemon and lime zest, green apple skin, white wine grapes, and grapefruit. Then comes a wave of doughy yeast, subtle wheat and cracked pepper. Finishes with flavors of green olives, oak chips and earthy hops.

The feel is on point. Light bodied with exceptional carbonation. Very dry finish with a modest lingering tartness. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall, a very interesting and flavorful farmhouse ale. This one has a some serious funk going on and has everything else that makes Hill Farmstead beers a delight in which to partake. Another lovely beer from the greatest brewery on the planet.

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Florence Puncheon from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 62 ratings