Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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972 Ratings
Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
972
Reviews:
138
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
189
For Trade:
28
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2.03/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of renegadeburger
2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ok mrs florence here we go its time to meet

this one pours out pure white head and a little bit of lace behind a nice straw color definitely a nice haze there gotta love saison

smell has crazy sweet fruit thing going on like apples and pears is that supposed to be there seems weird

taste is off too its very sweet my impression is that a good saison should have rich dry spice flavor and character with a lot of yeast and herbal quality and some hops instead this one had a ton of fruit or fruit esters in it not going well with me

little bit lacking in brightness and mouthfeel though too

overall average beer at best but not nearly as great as the pales and double ipas i had

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.07/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 13oz tulip for $6.25
Sampled 07JUL12

[A] A finger plus of creamy foamy head, bright white and very dense. Excellent retention laying lace down in full sheets as it slowly recedes. The body is a hazy golden straw color with light brown tints. By the end of the glass,
the sheets dry out to create a fine pattern of craquelure.

[S] Intense wheat with very strong herbal qualities. Mild wintergreen. Semi Skoal-like. Interfering and hard to enjoy after the comparison was made.

[T] Well, the taste is a little better than the nose led on. The herbal qualities are dialed back but the wintergreen is still clearly recognizable.

[M] Mouthfeel is crisp throughout with a particularly snappy finish. Light body, with lots of flavor.

[O] Florence is an interesting take on the style but ultimately, the aroma and flavor profiles aren't for me.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks very nice. Extremely pale, straw yellow with a fizzy and soapy white head that settles into an outside ring.

Smells like funky farmhouse yeast and sour, like white grapes.

Taste is very tart. Actually tart doesnt really cut it. It is like chewing on fermented grape rinds and a sour green apple jolly rancher with a slice of lemon. A slight spice, corriander, and a sour aftertaste. Tons of carbonation. Very dry. I do not taste any wheat, which is disappointing.

Not a fan of this one at all. I should state here that I do not like many champagnes or wines, and this one drinks like both. I would call it a brut style (beer or champagne version, take your pick). Way too sour and sparkly for a farmhouse ale for me.

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3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SneezyAchew
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a growler filled last weekend into a Hair of the dog snifter.

Light body, orange with a lacing that sticks to the glass for the duration. It's a rather dry, light drinking saison. Strong wheat flavors, and unsurprising bready farmhouse flavors with some lemon that sticks around for a bit on your tongue. Not too spicy, but the lemon's nice. Still, nothing too special here. I would expect to find it in six packs from another brewery. Seek out Arthur or Anna for more readily available saisons from Hill Farmstead instead.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp. Light. Surprisingly refreshing. May I have another?!

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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 SportsandJorts
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%

Appearance: Light straw yellow color. Small white head that leaves a slight lacing. Slightly hazy but some brightness and clarity. 3.75/5

Smell: fairly light and delicate whiffs of lemon and other citrus, a wheat malt base along with some belgian yeast character. a fairly strong vinegar along with some green apple skin. 3.5/5

Taste: Opens up with a slight wheaty tartness. rustic belgian yeast that plays in with the wheat to make notes of hay and some spices. lots of lemon and hints of lemon bread sweetness. backend is full of acid and vinegar. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: extremely light and whispy. Tart and acid. 3.5/5

Overall: I really like the use of some tartness in saisons, but the lightness of the body and the overly vinegary notes take away a bit too much for me on this one.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping for a Saison and got something that tasted more like a Berliner Weisse. Major tart lemon bomb. I wouldn't buy this one again personally, but I'm sure many would like it. The two people I shared it with loved it.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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