Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

134 Reviews
Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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, this Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, Organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Soft, cloudy, and fresh, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence.

Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat; American and European Hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

Added by skivtjerry on 08-18-2010

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank at Armsby Abby in Worcester, MA today as a 4 oz sample; a little more tart than I typically like in my saisons but an excellent beer in all ways; basically no flaws at all

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

rustic and beautiful beer. for me, the very best beers in the world no not often contain fruit or cocoa nibs, require extended barrel ageing or artful blending, instead they are comprised of relatively few high quality but simple ingredients, and they employ relative simple and traditional methods, and this beer is perhaps a perfect illustration of what i mean. nothing about this is futuristic or process intensive, its just a perfectly made beer with some quality grains. hazy straw colored beer with a bit of body to it, some decent carbonation, and a lasting white lace head that is downright gorgeous, an inch high with some beaten egg white peaks that rise and fall as i agitate. aroma here of funky wild yeast, really farmy, maybe a mix of brett and some mild saison strain, a hybrid of sorts, but its obviously rustic and bone dry, and its clearly flattering to the fresh pale wheat malt. some must to it at first, but then real clean, a touch of lemon and accompanying acidity, but all very delicate. the flavor is cool, the wheat is fresh and dry, giving some body and earthy heft to this, without taking over any of the other subtleties. the hops have an old world feel to them, and while i do get some light limey citrus to that aspect, its more of a hay loft dried grass and bitter complexion, which i think also flatters the wheat and leaves more space for the funky yeast to flavor the beer in the finish. i like it more and more as it warms, as the layers seem to get more space between them, despite the overall perfectly cohesive nature of this, the nuance abounds. carbonation is amazing, it tickles the roof of my mouth each sip including the last one. exceptional beer overall, head of its class!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at armsby abbey

Translucent yellow

Aroma of lemon, tropical fruit, bubble gum , tutti fruit

Taste of tart Apple , grassy

Sour notes, low sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice almost clear golden straw color, white head recedes quickly with no lacing.

aromas are fresh and zesty, slightly tart and slightly funky with wheat coming through. palate is similar with a tarte apple note up front, herbal and grassy hops, crackery malt, wheat, and a hint of funk. mouthfeel is light and finishes dry and slightly sour.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, bottle purchased at the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy bubbly golden brew, lacing seems to want to stick around for a while. A bit of funk and tartness in the nose, lemon, phenols, herbal tea, crackers, yeast, and mineral. Some smoothness, kiss of tartness with a growing dry character. Water crackers, lemony tartness, bread crust, and a hint of funk on the palate. A dig this brew, I see the point of it ... so much depth yet so simple for the palate to take in. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dujayhawk for sending this bottle! 2016 vintage, consumed near the end of 2016 (I didn't record a specific date). Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy light gold, with a half-finger of white head that fades quickly. Visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Funky and minerally, biscuit malts and yeasty. Earthy, mild lactic tartness and citric acid. There's farmhouse and barnyard and layered funk. Some citrousy orange and lemon (I’m assuming this is from hops, but not a big hoppy aroma). This is heady and nice…very, very nice.

T: Lemony citric acid, earthy farmhouse funk. saison yeast mustiness. Cracker malts with yeasty presence, lesser wheat grist flavor, but without big husk character. Lactic tartness. While certainly musty and barnyard funky, I'm not convinced of any Brettanomyces presence in the flavor. Mild citrus and grassy hoppiness near the end, and it finishes dry with fading lactic tartness.

M: Crisp body with good carbonation sensation, but I think the wheat gives it more heft than it might have had otherwise. Low alcohol presence, if any.

O: I thought this was really enjoyable. As it warms, there is some husky character that starts to show up, but it stays mild. Regardless, this is quite solid – this would certainly be a regular in the fridge if it were on the shelf around me (especially if it was in a smaller format).

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Photo of jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Yellow, moderate haze, white frothy head settles slowly.

Aroma of grass, funky earthy, fresh cut hay, floral and zest of lemon.

Lemon juice candy tartness and earthy grasses followed by cracker like malts and wheat. The tartness is present but subdued, allowing the palate to experience the layers of subtle flavors.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Delicate with layers of flavor.

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is golden straw. Nice white head that dissapates rather quickly. Not this beers strong point.

Smell is where this beer is a real stand out. Brett, Barnyard funk, pineapples and cream, horse blanket.

Taste is tart, biscuit, brett, lemon cake. Really nice and refreshing. Would be awesome on a hot summer evening.

Feel is dry, high carbonation, refreshing

Overall a nice beer. HF never dissapoints.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 9/1/16
Palate Contaminants: none

The look is a slightly hazy yellow, like almost any wheat brew. It has a moderate amount of fine head, too.

The smell is pungent candied lemon. It has a little sour funk.

The taste is both mellow and tart, a combination I haven't run across before. Lemon and wheat are the two basic flavors, and I just don't get much else.

The feel is the most interesting thing. It's both tart and light. A swish around the mouth gets some fine prickly carbonation. The aftertaste is mostly sweet and tart.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy sunset yellow with a moderate white frothy head.

Smell is lemon, banana, hay and pepper.

Tangy, tart lemon, wheat bread, with a hint of mint on the palate.

Florence is refreshingly fluffy with a moderate body. As usual, a very well made and immensely drinkable brew by Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to CanConPhilly for this
750 ml, dated 9/1/16, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Wheat, pears, floral, light fruits, tart lemons, peppercorns, funk and hay

T- Tart lemon, some Granny Smith apples, pears, wheat, a floral/coriander thing going on, hints of peppercorns and funk, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A tasty tart Saison and another great Saison from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date of 05/25/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and pale yellow with an off-white, half finger head that fizzes away as fast as I can type this. Leaves behind a mostly barren surface with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Prominent sourness with lemon and a touch of funk. A hint of spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant lemony sourness with a note of spice and funk. Lesser lime. Underlying wheat buried well beneath. Finishes as sour as it begins, with a hint of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitey and surely acidic with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Good and flavorful, but fairly simplistic. A bit like drinking margarita mix and/or reconstituted lemon juice, to be perfectly honest. I really can't say I love it, but it is impressive to get this amount of sourness with the ingredients used, and for that I give it serious props.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow with lots of fast rising carbonation, topped with a finger of bright, white head.

Coriander, pee, salt, lemon juice, Belgian phenols and funk.

Light coriander, light pee, then the sourness floods in. Its quite tart, but very light.

Very light body, high carbonation.

Got at Hill Farmstead last week in Vermont, drinking in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Enjoyed Oct 3rd, 2016. Very well done Saison. The tartness is amazing, and its so light.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, straw-colored. Medium nose with earthy tartness. Taste was crisp and light with moderate but balanced tartness. Good beer, balanced, not overly tart.

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Photo of Myotus
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 45°F from a 750ml bottle (no date) into a tulip. Consumed on 24Aug16.
SMELL: Strong sour green apple and earthy yeast aromas dominate the smell profile. Mild aromas of wheat, salty minerals, lemon zest, black pepper, earthy hops, and hay joined by subtle peach, mango, apricot, white grape, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and grass aromas compose a wonderful complexity.
4.25 out of 5.
TASTE: The taste profile commences with a strong tartness. Mild flavors of hay, black pepper, and earthy yeast immediately present a spicy funk that complements the sourness. Mild wheat, salty mineral, and lemon zest flavors expand the complexity of the brew as the flavors of black pepper and earthy yeast grow slightly stronger. A mild fruitiness quickly develops from flavors of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot, and white grape as the earthy yeast flavors continue to grow. A minute increase in the perception of the lemon zest and salty mineral flavors becomes apparent. The taste theatrical concluded with subtle flavors of earthy hops and grass as all prior flavors now maintain.
4.5 out of 5.
NOTE: This was a marvelous Saison. Never have I experienced such an exquisite treat that was not wine barrel-aged nor (re)fermented with fruit. The tartness had a strong presence that was not overpowering. The supporting flavors shared the stage to allow a complex, yet easy drinking beer to emanate from the glass and onto my taste buds.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow cloudy beer, starts with a 2 finger head that disapears. Smells of wheat dough, tart lemon, and floral hops. The taste is a bit tart, dry, sweet, and bready. Spicy and peppery notes as well.
Solid saison, more tart than I am used to, however its very citrusy. Really like this beer.

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Photo of professorchow
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber. Excellent saison. Crisp, subtle, sweet but lightly citrusy, very balanced. It would be easy to drink in dangerous quantities on summer evening. My rating may be depressed by my having this beer shortly after sharing a bottle of Ann, which Florence does not match. But I'm not a wheat beer enthusiast, either, and I thought this was pretty great--so those who love the style more than I do might find bliss here.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color with a large foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, bananas, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. Then some mildly sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but they create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Saison to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle share at Steve's. Soft gentle tart. Pale, hazy golden pour. Witbier? Close. Mildly fruity, light bodied. Wheat gives the style a bit different character.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip from a bottle bottled on 12/29/15.

A: A translucent gold with a white bubbly head.
S: Lemons and slightly tart. Some farmhouse funk.
T: Lemony with some farmhouse funk.
F: Effervescent and not super smooth.
O: This is alright. About what I'd expect from a Hill Farmstead saison. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is fantastic.. beautiful straw yellow color... light sour wheat smell(in the best way) taste is so smooth.. this is a great base beer.. so well rounded.. an amazing saison.. mouthfeel is fantastic.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 9/11/15, cheers liamt07 for sending the bottle

A hazy straw yellow, a little light in color with lots of tiny suspended particles throughout, massive but loose soapy head sits around for a few sips and but strangely leaves no lace

S lots of ginger, some clove and white pepper, a hint of bubblegum, has a wet stone, mineral thing going on, fairly earthy with some fruity hops popping up here and there

T a fair amount of spice and yeast, some cereals, lots of earthy notes, not far from the nose I suppose

M light bodied, very airy from the bubbles but stops short of foam, a little slick on the palate, earthy finish with a little lemon rind

O fairly big flavors in a fairly small beer, easy to drink and not really lacking anywhere

I'm not getting a whole lot of wheat but I'm not sure that matters all that much because at the end of the day this stuffs solid and I'm only missing a hot sun to drink it under

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a large snifter. Pale yellow body with a fizzy white head. Good lacing. Strong notes of wheat and tartness from their house yeast. Straw, lemon rind too.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Yellow, mostly opaque, but still quite translucent. White head forms moderately and fades quickly. Lacing is extensive.

S - Sour wheat notes, lemon and a touch of blanket that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - Follows through with the nose. Open is a burst of sourness, lemon juice and pith notes, coming with a mild grapefruit and minerality, along with subtle tropicality, suggesting pineapples. The close narrows into juicy sourness. Lovely.

M - Very bright, with a definite carbonated spike. The close trails, leaving a certain presence on the tongue after the close. Not problematic, but present.

O - Wheat beers are not my favorite, but this is an excellent example of what can be done with the grain. Glad to have picked one of these up, since I was on the fence. Reminds me a bit of Saison Dupont, which is a definite complement.

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Photo of Ri0
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a nice 2.5 finger white head. Retention is excellent and a thick cap with lacing remains for the session.

S - Aromas of citrus, peach/nectarine, and floral notes. There is breadiness from the pale malts and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints grain.

T - Quite citrusy, with light peach/nectarine flavors. Floral and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic carbonation. A tad granular on the finish.

O - Another favorite from HF.

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