Flora Blueberry/Raspberry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Flora Blueberry/RaspberryFlora Blueberry/Raspberry
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.12 | pDev: 5.58%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Flora Blueberry/RaspberryFlora Blueberry/Raspberry
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 blueberries from Greensboro, Vt., and raspberries from Shelburne, Vt.
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear, vibrant crimson in color with a minimal white head that quickly dissipated. I would have liked to see some more head here but the color is just so wonderful that I have to give high marks for appearance. Aroma is heavy on the raspberry with some light notes of oak and funk. Taste is full of jammy, lightly tart raspberry with a little earthy/herbal/funky note that is very familiar but I can’t specifically pinpoint. There is a spike of sweetness midway through the palate but the finish is a bit acidic. Good mouthfeel, body is tough to pin down but feels appropriate for the rest of the beer. Overall a good beer but it just doesn’t quite live up to the high expectations that come along with the Flora name.

Feb 16, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, bottle dated October 12, 2018, poured into a black Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a bright ruby and blood red color, thick and cloudy with a pinkish colored head that rises about a finger high and has good retention with no lacing. The aroma is okay, dirty funk, lemon peel, raspberry skin, musty oak and a prominent wine character that is a bit smokey, charred wood and has some "bandaid" character. The flavors are good, lots of berry skin, both blueberry and raspberry preserve, harsher "bandaid" plastic like flavor, a bit of smoke, oaky and vinous with a nice funk profile. The mouthfeel is good, coating, creamy, smooth but lively body that has a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A good fruited Flora, has a bit of a smokey and plastic like quality that is very distracting and hurts the balance of this beer. There is a good jamminess and the two berries are distinct and complimentary but it fails to achieve its ambitions.

Mar 25, 2019
Flora Blueberry/Raspberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 10 ratings