Flora Mélange | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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 a single barrel of Flora and aged it on fresh, Vermont-grown pawpaw; rowan berries; cherry crabapples; and gooseberries.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 10
Photo of kevanb
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, bottle date is March 29, 2018, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer poured a bright golden color, honey hues with a cloudy and lightly hazy complexion that sports a thin white head that offers no retention and no lacing. The aroma is wonderful, lots of paw paw fruit and tart gooseberry, citrus peel, soft oak with a soft white wine grape and vinous acid quality that brings out a soft pale grain and mineral water. The flavors are excellent, soft grains and a light spicy yeast that brings out a really delicate funk profile that really highlights the tart and tangy gooseberries and brings out the juicy paw paw and citrus qualities with a bit of bitter crabapple that finishes with musty oak that's vinous and earthy and offers a bit of bright grape. The mouthfeel is good, lively medium body, coating and vibrant with a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: An excellent fruited Flora variant from hill Farmstead. The paw paw is juicy and rich with a great counterbalance of tart crabapple and gooseberry. The funk and barrel character is well developed and offers more layers of complexity but keeps a great sense of balance.

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Photo of npolachek
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color - gold and straw
Mouth - smooth, a bit of tartness
Taste - wheat, pawpaw, berries, apples
Overall - extremely well balanced, an award winner IMHO.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into wine glass

A: gold blonde body with great clarity Soapy big bubbles white head.

S: lots of wine blackberries vinegar apple skins a little oak a touch of honey as well.

T: lots of wine again sharp berry flavors and apples softer tones of wheat and light honey.

M: medium bodied decent carbonation.

O: really well put together beer.

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Flora Mélange from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 10 ratings