Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

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 TartyHearty
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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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

Photo of moltch
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sheppard
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw golden, it's transparent. Lemon and funk on the nose. Wow, there's some acidity on this. It's lemony, funky, but it's pretty acidic. Not quite puckering, but enough to make the teeth contemplate life. It's good but it's a little overwhelmed by the mixed culture.

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Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The wheat has a classic but light clove punch to it, but the saison notes are just a little bit muted & it ends up being of a straightforward blonde wheat, which is perfectly fine and it is well done

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Straw colored beer with a good amount of white head. Little white bubbles continue up the sides for awhile.
S: Lemon, crackers, wheat, earthy scents, a slight hint of pepper.
T: Tart lemon, wheat and bread. Also some floral notes.
F: Light bodied with a super dry finish.
O: Every beer i have had from these guys has been excellent and this is no different.

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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

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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

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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of festizio
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NiceTaps
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's in Philly, 9/28/18.

Pint glass filled with bubbly light colored liquid wheat. 1-plus F white cap, sticky lacing.

Lemon, wheat, yeast funk, citrus, and spice.

Funky sour yeast, lemon, light grass and grain. Citrus hops and berries.

Dry and clean. Slightly hoppy with puckering bite.

Americanized saison, a bit of pale ale in the mix. Perfect abv compliment.

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3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz draft poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Cloudy straw blonde with no head.

Nose
Lemon zest, coriander, and wheat.

Taste
Lemonade, tangy wheat, lemon zest, and coriander. Lightly grainy with touches of orange citrus.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, clean, and tangy.

Overall
Tangy with a balanced spice. Very simple, very overrated.

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4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blueberry
Raspberry
Floral

Hint of oak
Hint of pineapple

Lots of flavor.
Bitter finish.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My thoughts on Florence, from @hillfarmstead: A: pours a hazy clean yellow with a nice one finger head that fades rapidly.
S: has a nice, lemon aroma with some understated brine and some nice, tart wheaty notes and a hint of brett-ish funk. (I wish it was more fragrant.
T: bracingly sour, with strong lemon with floral notes and of course wheat, some funk, but the sheer tartness of it keeps you from exploring said funk, touches of brine.
M: very dry, but very soft on the mouth as all of their beers are.
O: I haven’t had a whole lot of their beers, but this is probably my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent beer, but part of it I think is that I did not expect for it to be so bracingly sour so I was taken aback. It’s great though, and is like all of their beers that i’ve had, worth the effort to seek out.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled October 2017. So easy drinking and pleasantly tart. Strong and continuous citrus and yeast esters the blanket the palate. Some earthiness and a light touch of spice that makes the tart funkiness more complex. Great thin to medium body and prickly mouthfeel. Always add that last bit of spent yeast from the bottom of the bottle. That plume of sediment adds to the deliciousness. Really unique brew.

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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings