Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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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1,028
pDev:
7.6%
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5%
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keith40
1.55/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

750bottle dated 7/19/17 purchased at the brewery on 4/18/18 and poured on 4/21/18. It was as though I had poured glasses of Mountain Dew, let the carbonation decrease and added salt water. The wife took 2 sips and poured it down the drain and I had trouble finishing half. Was the problem a bad bottle or was 10 months too long? I suspect the latter and if true, shame on Hill Farmstead. Sign says all sales are final where you pay before your order is filled, so no recourse. Glad we only had 1 bottle and will not be making a return trip.

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Photo of benjaminsa
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dry taste (which I like). Light enough to drink more than one.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Bottle

A very active and lively looking white golden color, rushing bubbles for a pretty amazingly fluffy, high rising, dense white foam. A full 3" high.

The aroma is very intense for a wheat malt based ale. Thick, musky earth tones just explode off the weizen glass. Hearty grains, herbs and spices, crispy and sour toned wheat with a very spicey and earthy hop attack on the nose. Black pepper on sour berries and dried wheat all over the place. Sharp and funky, metallic style aroma's from the wild style yeast.

Whoa! A very sour/metallic/funky yeast flavor crushes the taste buds. Crispy butvsour wheat is ultra light in body but very heady in flavor. The mouthfeel and body texture is unreal! Light and airy, then amazingly smooth with a bit of a dry finish. Sooo light!!! It dances on the palate!
Sweet tart candies, tangy fruits, herbal spice rack mixture, sooouuurnes!! The organic Vermont wheat is just awesome in feel and flavor. Old and new world hops hold down the low end with an abundance of grainy, earthy notes. Zesty lemmon....this is a very sour yeast. Reminds me of the Russian River sour classics like supplication or beatification. Much more sour than any traditional Belgian or French Saison. This is more like an Belgian-style sour in style. Regardless of style guidline's...I mean, is that really a thing anymore anyway??.....a sour farmhouse!
A very intense and wild wheat ale. Intense sour with a very healthy blend of excellent ingredients. Cheers Florence!! You must be very proud.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -1%
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a long stemmed tulip

Gorgeous appearance. The hazy, bright lemon yellow colored liquid was capped by a fluffy, two-finger tall, bone white crown that slowly dropped to a lasting halo. Drippy rings of lacing coated the upper portio of the glass.

The aroma was much more subtle than I anticipated. Crackery malts were most apparent initially. Somewhat grainy too. Bit of dry yeastiness. As the beer sat, lemon and wheat notes appeared. Some lactic sourness was also detectable.

Unlike the nose, the flavor profile was really punchy and bright. Zesty lemon and crisp wheaty notes dominated. Really tart and snappy. Bit of lime too. Loads of lactic sourness. Subtle grassy hop presence in the center. More tartness and acidity on the back end. The beer finish bone dry with some minerality and earthy bitterness.

The liquid was lighter bodied and contained a prickly, larger bubbled effervescence. Lively and sprightly on the palate. Immensely refreshing.

Although Florence Wheat Ale is classified as a saison, it reminded me more of an American pale wheat ale crossed with some wild ale yeast strains. This might not be one of Hill Farmstead’s more complex farmhouse offerings, but it was tasty nevertheless and would be perfect on a hot summer day.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With huge expectations, I'm opening this bottle on my birthday. It's the first time I'm having a Hill Farmstead brewery. Just to think that the whole of this beer comes from the places surrounding the brewery, I get goosebumps. After all, it's not just the local wild yeast or the harvested wheat. The whole body is composed solely by the water of the well of Hill Farmstead. It's magical.

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: The body is yellow and hazy but has little to no opaqueness, just like a regular wheat beer would show itself. On top, a white head that shows amazing retention. It's very promising.
S: The aroma is so rich. At first, the funkiness - that horse blanket followed by apples, clove and wild yeast form together a huge thing. I'm already salivating.
T: The taste is crisp as a beer can be, so light. In the beginning, there's a cider-like, apple tone to the beer, that is met with clove from the wheat and right after, there's a gap in flavour jumping to the wild yeast funkiness with a mildly dry finish. It's so crisp. This should be drank on a summer evening. Not in a cold February afternoon.
M: Body is low, amazingly low for the type of beer. I know it's a Saison but even the lightest saisons I've had have bigger bodies. No alcohol shown. Slight sweetness, bigger but mild funkiness and no bitterness at all.
O: It's a bit different than what I expected. Expected for simple, belgian-wise, flavoured saison. This is different. It's filled with local soul.

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4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great mixture of slight acidity and tartness it is also dry as some nice citrusy and earthy and funky flavors. It is very complex but yet not overwhelming Skype prickly carbonation. Extremely drinkable extremely enjoyable

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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I hope

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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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