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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.

Added by skivtjerry on 08-18-2010

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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.58/5  rDev -15%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pale hazy yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with some floral notes is enticing. Taste is a nice mix of Brett notes with some floral notes with light tart notes. Body is light with god carbonation. Good but I feel that the Brett notes have overtaken the other flavours – this one would have been better fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 990 ratings
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