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 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 StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

rustic and beautiful beer. for me, the very best beers in the world no not often contain fruit or cocoa nibs, require extended barrel ageing or artful blending, instead they are comprised of relatively few high quality but simple ingredients, and they employ relative simple and traditional methods, and this beer is perhaps a perfect illustration of what i mean. nothing about this is futuristic or process intensive, its just a perfectly made beer with some quality grains. hazy straw colored beer with a bit of body to it, some decent carbonation, and a lasting white lace head that is downright gorgeous, an inch high with some beaten egg white peaks that rise and fall as i agitate. aroma here of funky wild yeast, really farmy, maybe a mix of brett and some mild saison strain, a hybrid of sorts, but its obviously rustic and bone dry, and its clearly flattering to the fresh pale wheat malt. some must to it at first, but then real clean, a touch of lemon and accompanying acidity, but all very delicate. the flavor is cool, the wheat is fresh and dry, giving some body and earthy heft to this, without taking over any of the other subtleties. the hops have an old world feel to them, and while i do get some light limey citrus to that aspect, its more of a hay loft dried grass and bitter complexion, which i think also flatters the wheat and leaves more space for the funky yeast to flavor the beer in the finish. i like it more and more as it warms, as the layers seem to get more space between them, despite the overall perfectly cohesive nature of this, the nuance abounds. carbonation is amazing, it tickles the roof of my mouth each sip including the last one. exceptional beer overall, head of its class!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the memory of the Hill Farmstead roots, Florence is remembered in the form of a classy farmhouse ale. One that is true to tradition with premiere dryness, a spice-forward balance and with peps of wine and cork. With just enough of a wheatness to prevent total dryness, the ale remains soft from beginning 'til end.

The ale erupts in the glass, looking as much like champagne as it does ale. Only its glowing haze and its perpetual head retention speaks otherwise. Its creamy foam-stance is of honeycomb as intricate lace trickles down the glass. All this transpires on a canvas of goldenrod hues that's straw-like at its edge.

Bright and tangy aromas leap right out with the scent of fermented fruit. This sheds light on its wine-like undertow with peps of apple, spiced pear, white grape, under-ripened orange and a certain lemony twang. With its short wafer-thin malt support, balance is achieved instead with a pang of fresh cracked peppercorn with earthy cumin, cork, hay and fennel lurking behind.

Its malt taste is delicately bready, and perhaps more cracker-like. But that's all short-lived as the tart and tangy fruit flavors are slightly citrusy but more of the orchard varieties and nearly evoking teeth churning behavior. Playfully acidic and earthen, its chardonnay-like taste stems from the fruit and trends corkish with spicy hop bitterness and an herbal flavor of damp hay and lemongrass.

Its light and bubbly body keeps the ale floating above the tongue and ushers in a fast fleeting finish. The bulk of the beer's finesse flavors are almost more appreciated in aftertaste than on the early or middle palates. Its finish of spice, warmth and acidity is followed only by an echo of whole wheat.

Hill Farmstead does it again- the creation of traditional Saison in all its classic glory, with the perfect balance, the perfect body and just enough dry fruit and pepper- its a taste straight out of the Belgian Low Countries.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw capped by a full three fingers; excellent stickage and copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Tangy wheat, tart lemon, coriander spice, lactic tones and barnyard funk

Taste: Wheat bread flavors in the background, but the tart lemon and lactic tones take over from the outset; coriander and funk elements intrude, in the middle; the spices and lactic aspect grow bolder in the finish, leaving a chalky aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A flavorful Brett beer with a nice lactic, spicy character

Thanks, bittermestupid, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

This is a very light beer with a very mild golden hue. There is a layer of off white head. The smell is light and yeasty with hints of citrus fruit. I thought the flavor was very light and crisp. The yeasty notes show up along with some citrus and a mild bready malt. The finish is bone dry and very crisp. This is a nice, light easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary Party. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed golden yellow color with a solid white head and nice retention on the sides of the glass. The nose brings some nice earthy character plus a bit of light citrus and spice. Maybe a bit of pepper. Taste is a bit spicy with some mild fruit. Really nice and easy to drink. Body is light and really crisp. Super, super refreshing. Surprise, surprise, it's another really nice HF saison.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at prohibition pig

Big fluffy 1 finger messy bubbly head fades very slowly with tons of soapy lacing, hazy lemon yellow color.

Nose is pure saison, farmhouse funky yeast, dry light bready malts, wheat, hints of citrus and spices, light sweet golden malts, hint of lemony hops and floral aromas.

Taste Starts with light sweet pale malts, plenty of wheat as well, nice light bready toasty saison malts and hint of creamy malts. Plenty of saison yeast flavors, dry bready rustic farmhouse flavors. Juicy lemon and hint of citrus, plenty of typical saison spices. A light bitterness from the yeast spices and some from the light floral lemony hops. The bitterness ramps up to a nice level on the finish, which dries and lingers with plenty of farmhouse saison and spices, wheat, and lemony citrus.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall nice, well done saison with nice rustic flavors, spices, lemony citrus, wheat, bready malts, just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness. Shawn seems to know how to do every style perfectly, damn!

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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color with a large foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, bananas, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. Then some mildly sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but they create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Saison to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Burlington, VT

Half pour into a stem glass, cloudy straw-yellow color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of citrus zest, wheat, grass. Taste was light and flowery, grass, grains, lemon zest, mild yeasty spice...basically delivered what it promised: a hybrid wheat-saison. Crisp bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied, light flavor, very pleasant, and quite drinkable overall.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer. The wheat addition adds a great dimension to this.

Taste is somewhat oaty and a little thicker than expected for a saison, in a good way.

Excellent mouthfeel.

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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 mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12/29/14 notes. 750ml bottle poured into stemware. Bottled in 11/2014.

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one finger of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Lots of brett, citrus, wheat, grains. Taste has more spices, cloves, wheat, and bread. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very nice.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer. The nose is great and while the taste is a bit mellower and not as complex, it is very good. Well worth checking out.

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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blackback in Waterbury, VT.

The beer is hazy and golden yellow hued with a half inch of pure white head. The aroma offers lemons, yeast, coriander, citrus. The flavor brings spice, citrus, yeast. Light bodied, even a bit thin, with moderately low carbonation. Good, but not great. A tasty beer, but a lesser offering from the otherwise fabulous Hill Farmstead.

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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 stakem
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

July '14 bottling coming up on almost a year old so time to review. Poured into a matching large HF wine glass the brew appears a clear pale golden yellow color with a white froth and patchy lace.

The smell is tart almost like lemon grass and earthy wheat. Some sulfur towards the backend. Overall the smell is pleasant.

The taste is lemony with a slight undernote of unidentifiable fruity character that blends to tartness contrasted by mild bitterness and earth. A wheat-like grain sweetness is the last thing noted.

This is medium to light bodied, moderately carbonated and overall just a nice balance and very enjoyable brew. No frills or fluff about it, I could drink this by the gallon.

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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 GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, bright yellow coloring that is slightly hazed, with a filmy, foamy, clingy, white head. Very herbal on the nose, with clove, all-spice, lemon grass, and coriander on a banana bread backbone. Flavors of banana bread and lemon square, with a solid spice blend of clove, nutmeg, and all-spice. Slightly tart sweetness, with a bitter balance of grassy hops, all of a toasted grain backbone. Some subtle sour notes sneak in here and there, too. Smooth and light bodied, with an herbal and lemon aftertaste. Clean, crisp, light finish, with a subtle tart and sour linger. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a trade a while back with chippo33. December 2013 bottling, served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Creeping gusher. Big voluminous white foam eventually settles to a soapy cap and class-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - Lots of wheat, lightly toasted grains, with a light lemony twang and tame phenols. Really excellent, but perhaps hard to distinguish form other Hill Farmstead offerings without virtue of a side-by-side comparison.

T - Surprisingly tart, refreshing almost. A lot more lemon and lactic acidity than I've ever gotten from growler or draft iterations of this beer; seems to be souring up in the bottle. A pleasant surprise, as it's evocative of the best Fantôme offerings. Clean grain and mildly peppery yeast.

M - Soft, creamy, medium body, with pleasant natural carbonation. Spot on, like virtually ever other Hill Farmstead beer I've had.

D - A pleasure to drink. I remember being indifferent to this beer in the past, but this bottle was excellent. Would happily drink again. Had no problem with the 750ml bottle.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT. Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a murky, very hazy golden yellow. Huge, 4 inch head erupts, and won't subside. Nice lacing throughout the session.

Aromas of lemon, wheat, cloves, grass, and orange.

All of the aromas play forward into the flavors, with some apples and pears joining the orange, grass, wheat, cloves and lemons. An incredible yeast bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip- makes your tongue feel wonderfully prickly and alive. Some hop bitterness as well.

Full, cloudy body. Very crisp, especially from the bitterness. Medium bodied.

Simply an amazing saison. Probably my favorite of the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Farmhouse. Served in snifter.

A - Pale yellow. Half a finger of white head. Good lacing. 4

S - Cloves. Belgian yeast, bready malts, light banana, citrus and spice. Crisp and clean.

T - Cloves, Belgian yeast, wheat, light citrus and banana. Some spice.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation. The typical HF dryness, which is love, is present here as well.

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Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a straw yellow color.

The beer hits of lemony tart qualities up front, a good amount of wheat in the middle, as the beer lingers on with some spicy yeast, and the tart slowly tames down with a dry finish.

A good amount of flavor for its ABV, but less complex compared do its siblings like Arthur and Anna.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Hulmeville Inn, in Hulmeville PA. 12oz portion

Florence sports a light body with a yellow/light bronze mix with a sparkling white cap up top with good retention and decent lacing. Bubbles rising. Smell is bold as most HF beers are. A nice saison yeast with some wheat backing. Spices are light with a grassy hoppy scent rising up. A great sniffer! Taste is light but full of flavor, Florence does not pounce, but lets you know what's up. Wheat, light clove, saison like yeast, some grass, florals, nice stuff, well rounded. The body is light and at five percent this is just all too easy to drink up.

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