Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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.

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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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3.07/5  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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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 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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into my tulip. Shared courtesy of Andy. Pours with a finger of bubbly white head. Golden yellow body. The head dies down quickly and leaves a bit of sparce lace.

Lots of grains here. Somewhat toasty and buttery with a little bit of lemon zing to spice it up. Floral flavor with a little bit of sweet bubble gum flavor. Toasty flavors and a lot of grains. A touch of lemon pepper and spicy hops to round this one out.

The carbonation is a little low on this one. Probably just didn't hold up in the growler as well as we could have hoped. Nice light body though. Not a bad beer but this is kind of a no-thrills saison. Tasty and a well made beer but so far this is the weakest beer from Hill Farmstead I've had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to cbanker for sharing this one.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but is probably one of my least favorite Hill Farmstead beers to date.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Quick review: Pours a hazy yellow with fluffy white head. Nose is spicy like a Belgian white, corriander or maybe orange peel here? Clean and crisp smelling. Palate is crisp with a faint tartness. Spicy white-pepper saison yeast, and I'm fairly convinced that there might be orange peel here.

Wonderfully clean and light. No hop influence here, which is unusual given Shaun's previous offerings. A nice change of pace and well made.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours very light yellow. Could be mistaken for a Light Lager. White head hangs around and is very lean. Body is transparent.

S-Wheat and yeast. Both are light. A bit of farmy funk. A tiny sprinkle of spice. Pale fruits and bread crumbs.

T-Rather light but the spice is set quite perfectly. Yeast and light funk are tasty. Zesty lemons. Grains and grass. A subdued but semi-complex Saison.

M-Light, light, light. Spritzy carbonation. Sessionable. Crisp.

O/D-This was pleasant but it isn't anywhere near Hill Farmstead's better beers. I stuck with their hoppy brews at the bar.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sierrags for sharing the growler.

A: The saison is lighter and clearer, a golden straw color that can barely be described as pale. A white head comes along for the ride, lacing following on its tail.

S: The nose is fruity sweet, the yeast lending a pear aroma to the saison. Peppery spices follow but the pears stand out to me.

T: Grassy hops and pears are strong, the yeast fighting the hops for center stage. I'm gonna call it for the yeast. The sweet sugary flavors have pears in the forefront. Behind them, hops are present but never make the impassioned stand that I expected. The result is a yeast-centric saison that shuts out most other aspects, including the wheat base.

M: A sweet but uninspired saison. I kept waiting for the twist that never arrived. The pears are nice though.

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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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Burlington , Vt.

Pours clouded/hazed lemony banana, with a gauzy eggshell head and relaxed bands of lacing.

Light wheaty malts and lemon infused nose.

Notes of more lemon, light pepper, yeast and wheat malts on the palate. Refreshing, flavorful and yummy....quality summery brew, would love to try some on a warm day with with a nice lunch of salads, cheeses, breads.

Well worth a try if you are fortunate enough to see this available

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Photo of Kinsman
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a foamy bright white head on top. Lots of yeast character on the nose. Strong fruity notes mixed in with some peppery spice notes. A little bit of earthy aromas can be found but plays a rather minor role.

A very delicate array of flavors takes over on that palate without having any one dominating character. Bready malt backbone sets a nice foundation for the fruitiness of the yeast to build upon. Finishes with a bit of a lingering musty and spicy note that reminds you this is a farmhouse ale.

Wonderfully light and refreshing on the mouthfeel but doesn't quite have the bubbly crispness I like in a saison. Overall, a very tasty saison but it doesn't quite stand out above the rest like some other HF beers.

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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 rudzud
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the prohibition pig. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.

A - Poured a slightly hazy straw with a rocky two finger head that fades to leave a soapy blanket with light lacing.

S - Aromas of light wheat granules and faint citrus phenols. Nice and inviting.

T - right to the start there is nice wheat and slightly cereal note with very good slightly barnyard funk. Good light citrus notes as well, light lemon. Super crisp.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Super drinkable with almost a lingering bubblegum note on there after.

O - Overall this beer was alright. A good saison but not my favourite from Hill Farmstead. Glad to try it though.

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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 hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy bright straw yellow, big puffy white head. eventually fades to light retention.

sharp floral hops and lively wheat, very forward

flavors are fairly light through out. a dominating wheat and malt body carry through out. a faint and light floral hop presence ads a crispness that pops the flavors in your mouth.

lots of sharp carbonation, adds to flavor, keeps it interesting. light as can be.

good, very good. if i lived near HF, i would drink many. not something i would trade for again most likely but overall very good.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottled procured in March 2013. Pours a bright golden-yellow with a fluffy, one-inch, bright white head. Tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap; thick swaths of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly clean - lemon and a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose - tart and lemony (very berlinner-weisse like) with a slight bready quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively/prickly carbonation and some astringency that stimulates the salivary glands along the side of the cheeks. Overall, very pleasant and refreshing, but not what I expected from a Saison. As mentioned previously, I definitely get a berlinner-weisse vibe from this beer and I'm pretty surprised that this doesn't have some lactic acid in it due to the tart/sour character.

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

Bottle to HFS sniffer

A: It is a light golden yellow color that is actually pretty bright and vibrant. The beer is deceptively cloudy, but clean looking and is semi transparent. It has a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin lacing around edge that is basically gone 10 minutes post pour.

S: definitely has a yeasty smell upfront with a bit of barnyard funk but all some lemony to grassy smells that could be coming from the wheat but that is not abundantly clear. Overall not really a pleasant smell but not horrible for a saison.

T: The taste follows the nose in terms of the lemony grassy wheat taste but not as much in terms of the yeast which is there and gives it a good barnyard flavor without being overwhelming whats so ever. The flavors are all really light, but the wheat is the dominant flavor.

M: The feel is very light it is somewhat crisp but still maintains notes of the barnyard funk though it is almost watery it is so light. Goes down very easily but that is as to be expected given the low abv but it is definitely but to par in terms of that.

O: Overall this is a good but not great beer, compared to the other HFS saisons (especially flora which was a vast improvement on this) though it is not my favorite. That being said it is a nice light farmhouse ale that does not have any super strong overpowering flavors and is really drinkable so I would recommend it worth a try especially if you like lighter drinkable saisons.

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Photo of orangesol
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Pours hazy golden yellow with a one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving very little if any lace on the glass.

Smells of bready wheat, earthen minerals, light musty funk, some yogurt and some lemon zest. Taste is pretty straight forward. Wheat and lemon zest up front with some yogurt, musty funk and the typical HF mineral rounds it all out. Tart, slightly chewy feel from start to finish.

Overall a solid saison. Don't get me wrong, I would never turn it down, but I definitely think some of the others are just better.

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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 Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow. Huge white head. Great surface foam. Laces nicely.

Smell - Pale malt. Lots of wheat. Very yeasty. Hint of acidity. Lemony.

Taste - Sharp lemony yeastiness. Grainy. Very dry. Lingering tang.

Mouthfeel - Light and highly attenuated. Well carbonated.

Overall - This is pretty tasty. Dramatically different from Flora.

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

64 oz flip-top growler into a couple of Hill Farmstead stemmed Belgian-style glass.

Pours a hazed golden honey color in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with some frothy edges that whip up into a robust ½ finger when swirled, leaving back a nice looking cascade of spotty foam. The aroma smells grassy overall, with extra notes of light earthy funk, soft ripe fruit, tart lemon, and zesty spice. The underlying wheat notes combine with the citric character here to give this an overall crisp, tart, and slightly funky sweetness in the nose.

The taste has a fresh and grassy feeling citric bitterness to it, complimented by a splash of lemon tartness, and balanced by a mix of crisp honeyed grains and a touch of softer fruit. Light peppery spice notes are dispersed throughout the profile, adding to the already crisp bite here. The finish features some lingering tartness to it but it’s mostly dry with some light funky earth notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a gentle prickliness that then smoothes out into more of a creamy feel along the back. Alcohol is well hid, helping add to the overall crispness of this.

This was good. A well flavored and moderately complex take on a Saison, which had a good drinkiblity to it. There was just enough of a thickness to the flavors to keep this from what I would consider being thirst quenching, as I was good after my 2 + glasses of it. This was still a well crafted Saison though. I’m glad I picked it up.

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