Flora Raspberry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #96
ABV:
5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,914
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 4.51%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
33
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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Notes: Flora is the wine barrel-aged version of Florence, our grandfather's sister as well as the name of our Farmstead wheat ale. We selected two barrels of Flora and aged it atop fresh raspberries from Fisher Brothers Farm in Shelburne, Vt.
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argock from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on Sept 27, 2019, on label. Poured from 375ml brown bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Vibrant raspberry pink hue with quickly dissipating off-white head with no lacing and some floaties.

S: Aroma is sweaty with a touch of lemon and raspberry.

T: Flavor is interesting combination of fruity berry sweetness in the early palate with pale maltiness and wheat mid-palate followed by lemon tartness in the finish. Light phenol And tannin in the finish and aftertaste, balanced by the sweetness without clashing. Acidity is low.

M: Crisp and lively with moderate-high carbonation and light body made lighter with the acidity and tartness in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable fruited spontaneously fermented beer with a superb balance of sweetness and tartness. I wouldn’t be surprised if the blackberry Flora isn’t even better with more tannins/polyphenols.

Oct 11, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Bright red with a small white head. Smells of raspberry, a little white wine. Tastes of pleasantly tart raspberry. Never too strong. White wine. Wine even lends some sweetness. A little wheat. Light body. Simple and very nice. Been a while since I've had one of these fruited Floras, but I think this is one of the better integrations of the fruits from the series.

Jul 06, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a golden and vibrant reddish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Like most wild ales with raspberry in them, this doesn't exactly exhibit a ton of complexity. The raspberry is unsurprisingly expressed well on the nose, with a touch of funk. It's mostly raspberry, though.

Even at about a year old, there's still loads of fresh, sticky, and lightly acidic raspberry here. The Flora base is such a tremendous beer, it's always a shame to cover that up. There's some lemon acidity and a touch of funky bitterness, but it's 90% berry goodness.

This is light bodied, super refreshing, with an only slightly lingering bit of acidity on the back end here.

I still haven't come across a Flora fruited variant that's better than the base Flora, but they're usually at least fun to try.

Jul 02, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow.

This American wild exhibits such a pristine expression of raspberry that it damn near or even exceeds lambic-style constructs.

The appearance is glowing and shimmeringly clear vibrant red, but only with a short, moderate collar that is bright white.

Feel is crisp and moderate of body with a surprising balance to the tartness.

Mar 16, 2020
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby color, jammy raspberry with a lemon tartness. Taste follows with a nice raspberry pie and a lemon tartness and acidity. Feel is clean, light, and refreshing. Overall nice raspberry wild that is not overly acidic - which is a tough feat - but not the most complex HF beer.

Jan 06, 2020
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jammy on the palate with a sharp tartness and a lingering bitterness on the end. Sucrets on the nose.

This beer will likely get better over time as some of the fruit flavors mellow, allowing the funk from the base beer to shine through.

Jan 02, 2019
Flora Raspberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 33 ratings