Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #125
Ranked #2,543
4.22 | pDev: 7.58%
Mar 27, 2022
Aug 18, 2010
Notes: 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.
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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Large, but large bubbled, head. It settles quickly and leaves few spots on the glass. The liquid is a cloudy, straw color.

Less wheat to the nose than expected--present but muted. More pronounced is the farmhouse smells and yeast.

There's a light lemon to the flavor, almost like a Shandy. This brings a tartness to the flavor. The body is thinner than most with a slightly elevated carbonation. The finish is closest to lemonade without the sweetness.

Mar 27, 2022
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - golden clear nice rimming
Smelll - grainy slight malt caramel citrus
Taste - grainy
Feel - light slight carb
Overall - ok beer

Mar 26, 2022
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Mar 06, 2022
4.35 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2022
4.6 by AD17 from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2021
4.25 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sparty1224 from Michigan

Brief Review:

Shout out to SadMachine for sending this my way. Haven't had any HF in a while, and never had this one. Real nice to get to try their more available offerings. Pours a little paler than I'd expect; it's pretty clear. Aroma is nice, very earthy. More tart than I expected, almost comes off as a gose or weissbeer. But it's very nice, very drinkable. What you really look for in these types of beers from HF. Great beer to share, or have at dinner. Nicely done.

Recommendation: Maybe not the best beer I've had from HF, but it's still darn good and a must-try.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Bottle dated 7/15/21:
Light white haze on a pale Golden background, modest head with brief streams for lacing. Nectarine tang with a little mix of citrus and apple cider vinegar in the nose. This comes through in the taste.

Nose gains a little sweet bread as it warms, but the taste keeps its tart edge. Light without waterlines, carbonation seems to be from micro bubbles, but the tartness covers for it. Little longer on yeast in back that holds on to some of the stone fruit.

Dec 08, 2021
3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Oct 19, 2021
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Jul 01, 2021
4.46 by cd34 from Illinois on Jun 24, 2021
4.58 by shimmyk26 from New York on Jun 12, 2021
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4.98/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by pinthouse_pizza from New York

Unbelievable ale. This one of the finest farmhouse ales ever produced, and the best I've ever had. The light, refreshing tanginess coupled with the smooth mouthfeel add up to a highly highly drinkable ale. The tartness isn't bitter, and more reminiscent of sweeter New England apples and fresh apple cider I grew up around. Finally, the freshness and quality seeps through noticeably, likely a result of the fresh well water Hill Farmstead is known for utilizing.

Apr 25, 2021
5 by CreightonSM from New York on Apr 18, 2021
4.44 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Feb 22, 2021
4.4 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Jan 22, 2021
4.25 by paresis from Massachusetts on Dec 06, 2020
4.53 by djcira from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a sudsy white head, with the body adding a slightly hazy hue as you continue to pour from the 750ML bottle. Gorgeous beer.

The nose has “that funk” that is joined by some citrus aromas (lemon and tangerine) and tart apples. The tart apple taste, like a Granny Smith apple, is forward on the taste, and the lemon flavor follows, and there’s a subtle wheat flavor as well. Simply delicious.

The mouthfeel is bright and effervescent, mimicking Anna and Arthur with their champagne-like quality. What a wonderful beer this is from a world-class brewery.

Nov 21, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

750ml bottle dated 10/21/19.

Pours clear yellow with an inch of white fluff. Nice retention with some smears of lacing. Minerally and grassy in the nose with hints of lemon and apple skins. Crisp and snappy on the palate with a light body. Lemon, soured apples, and grapefruit on the palate. Finishes dry with a lingering tartness, zero malt, and minimal bitterness.

Nov 08, 2020
4.04 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Oct 14, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

750ml bottle - Vintage 7/17 - poured into a teku at 40°F.

A heartfelt thank you to Alan for this one!

Pours a lightly cloudy honey-straw golden, topped with a large finger of coarse grayish-white head that quickly recedes to an airy collar, leaving no lacing behind. Plentiful streaming effervescence.

Nose: The complexity here is simply unreal. Never before has a beer smelled more like cellar stone than this. Gentle wheat and pale malt beneath massive aromas of dusty stone cellar, damp earth, wet forest floor, petrichor, wet hay, damp musty farmhouse, dead leaves, tree bark, and a truly unreal note that I couldn't possibly describe. Almost like a classic 80's cologne, with lemon-lime, and exotic outdoorsy floral aromas that words cannot describe. This is the aroma of magic.

Palate: Florence greets the palate with delicate but pronounced acidity and that beautiful signature Hill Farmstead minerality that tickles the palate. The flavour profile so perfectly mirrors the aroma, it's unbelievable. Old wet stone, dusty cellar, damp hay, firest floor, dead leaves... Flavours that don't even make sense as flavours, but they're there! This is the definition of funk - not barnyard stable horse funk, but earthy, woodsy, floral funk. It's the air after a summer rain, the most that rolls over the lake, the chill autumn morning. Flavours that can really only be described with pictures. Yes, there's some lemon and lime oil, some apple blossom, some pear, apricot pit, coriander, rosemary, dill, and wildflowers, but the rest is this whole new dimension - Florence. She is bone dry, bright, and ever-so-slightly tannic, finishing tart with clean wheat, bergamot, juniper, spruce, lilac, and lemon, with a gentle peppery spice.

Mouthfeel/Body: Florence is lighter than air - fluffy, but airy, with a gentle prickly effervescence, which is complimented by that tingly Hill minerality - presumably from their water source. The ale ia bone-dry, crisp, refreshing, and balanced with its mikd acidity.

Overall: Few ales possess the magic of this one. The complexity and nuance that this displays, both in aroma and taste are truly unrivaled by any ale that hasn't seen time in oak. There is an allure to this ale - aromas and flavours that cannot be described with comparisons. Sort of like how you cannot compare perfume to food or spice - this is like perfume, the way it lures you in and stimulates your olfactory senses, evoking images of forests and fairy circles. It's a beautiful ale, and I cannot imagine how incredible Flora, its barrel-aged counterpart is.

Sep 04, 2020
4.28 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Sep 03, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: A slightly hazy gold with a thick white head that dissipates into nothing with very little lacing.

S: Very tart smelling, nice funky apple notes as well as citrus. The bready malt is a nice backdrop.

T: Big notes of lime, apple and pear. Reinforced by a solid, fresh doughy malt backbone and some mild yeast spiciness.

F: Very dry and crisp

Overall: An excellent beer with loads of flavor and aroma. Not really huge in hop character but rather very much driven by the yeast culture that they are using. I recommend this beer to anyone who wants a refreshing, quenching treat.

Aug 15, 2020
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by bennyman12 from Missouri

I can’t imaging a better wheat beer. I’ve had two other barrel-aged wits tonight (2nd shift gin barrel hibiscus then look it’s got pockets) then a Stella then this 12/29/2015 Florence. Unintentional aging brought out an amazing complexity. Even a little thick on the tongue still. A little lemon, orange peel, white pepper but so balanced. Not sour. Almost gave this a 5 for being the absolute paragon of the style. 5% wit—how do I rate alongside 15% pastry stout? Even if it was t 95f right now this is the better beer

Jul 11, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Holderness from Massachusetts

L -- Slightly hazy straw body with a half finger of white head that, surprisingly, laces and retains quite poorly. A first for me in a HF offering
S -- Lightly funky wit aromas: wheat, hay, orange peel, coriander, and a general 'outdoorsy' character
T -- Straddles the line between a lacto lemon seed tartness and the refreshing fruity yeast character of a Belgian wit or a hefeweizen
F -- Incredibly drinkable, I could down this whole 750 in one gulp if I had more. Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb


Jul 09, 2020
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jul 06, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by npolachek from New York

Beer was decent but a bit tart for my liking. Golden pour with good Hill Farmstead classic foam on the top. Good funk in this beer and overall a solid.

Jun 21, 2020
4.17 by TomWight from New York on Jun 07, 2020
4.28 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
5 by pavpav12 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.33 by Handz from Rhode Island on Apr 15, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Sediment and haze on the followup/finishing the beer pour.

S: Tart and funky. Spice, citrus, andyeast.

T.F: Tart without being sour. Lemongrass and mild citrus. Some funk and spice... green fruit and apple skins. Citrus rind, coriander, and modest acidity. Crisp and refreshing... well carbonated and medium to light bodied.

O: An outstanding saison. Great mix of funk, yeast, lemon citrus, and drinkability. A fantastic beer from one of the worlds finest brewers.

Feb 15, 2020
4.25 by kdown from California on Feb 09, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Hazy, dark yellow with white legs; funk, deep lemon, melon rind, flowers, apricot pit on the nose; slight wheat, big tine, a ton of apricot, oily herb, preserved lemon peel, some earth, and rosemary; clean + slightly bitter.

4 4.5 4.25 4.25 4.25

Gentle tartness plays against big esters. A bright, expansive beer, zesty yet earthy. “Rustic”, says Simon - that’s not what strikes me most about it, but it is true to the roots of the saison as a farmer’s quencher. Layered yet very drinkable. Yeay, HF.

*from notes

Feb 07, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by OompaMentor from Georgia

4/21/2019 - Clear, Golden color - nice nose. Semi-tart. Easy drinking- very enjoyable!

Feb 05, 2020
4.19 by ChipChaight from New York on Feb 01, 2020
4.33 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jan 31, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours yellow gold and cloudy. It has a white head.

Smell: It has a spicy aroma with some earthly qualities and a bit of lemon. There are some tart notes as well.

Taste: It has a lemon and spicy flavor to it. There is a doughy quality to is as well. It is tart with other fruit esters. There are earthly qualities as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with a moderately tart aftertaste.

Overall, it is favorable and tart.

Jan 24, 2020
Florence from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1134 ratings