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 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 patre_tim
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow with lots of fast rising carbonation, topped with a finger of bright, white head.

Coriander, pee, salt, lemon juice, Belgian phenols and funk.

Light coriander, light pee, then the sourness floods in. Its quite tart, but very light.

Very light body, high carbonation.

Got at Hill Farmstead last week in Vermont, drinking in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Enjoyed Oct 3rd, 2016. Very well done Saison. The tartness is amazing, and its so light.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, straw-colored. Medium nose with earthy tartness. Taste was crisp and light with moderate but balanced tartness. Good beer, balanced, not overly tart.

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Photo of Myotus
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 45°F from a 750ml bottle (no date) into a tulip. Consumed on 24Aug16.
SMELL: Strong sour green apple and earthy yeast aromas dominate the smell profile. Mild aromas of wheat, salty minerals, lemon zest, black pepper, earthy hops, and hay joined by subtle peach, mango, apricot, white grape, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and grass aromas compose a wonderful complexity.
4.25 out of 5.
TASTE: The taste profile commences with a strong tartness. Mild flavors of hay, black pepper, and earthy yeast immediately present a spicy funk that complements the sourness. Mild wheat, salty mineral, and lemon zest flavors expand the complexity of the brew as the flavors of black pepper and earthy yeast grow slightly stronger. A mild fruitiness quickly develops from flavors of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot, and white grape as the earthy yeast flavors continue to grow. A minute increase in the perception of the lemon zest and salty mineral flavors becomes apparent. The taste theatrical concluded with subtle flavors of earthy hops and grass as all prior flavors now maintain.
4.5 out of 5.
NOTE: This was a marvelous Saison. Never have I experienced such an exquisite treat that was not wine barrel-aged nor (re)fermented with fruit. The tartness had a strong presence that was not overpowering. The supporting flavors shared the stage to allow a complex, yet easy drinking beer to emanate from the glass and onto my taste buds.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow cloudy beer, starts with a 2 finger head that disapears. Smells of wheat dough, tart lemon, and floral hops. The taste is a bit tart, dry, sweet, and bready. Spicy and peppery notes as well.
Solid saison, more tart than I am used to, however its very citrusy. Really like this beer.

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

From a bomber. Excellent saison. Crisp, subtle, sweet but lightly citrusy, very balanced. It would be easy to drink in dangerous quantities on summer evening. My rating may be depressed by my having this beer shortly after sharing a bottle of Ann, which Florence does not match. But I'm not a wheat beer enthusiast, either, and I thought this was pretty great--so those who love the style more than I do might find bliss here.

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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 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 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 Kraj30
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is fantastic.. beautiful straw yellow color... light sour wheat smell(in the best way) taste is so smooth.. this is a great base beer.. so well rounded.. an amazing saison.. mouthfeel is fantastic.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 9/11/15, cheers liamt07 for sending the bottle

A hazy straw yellow, a little light in color with lots of tiny suspended particles throughout, massive but loose soapy head sits around for a few sips and but strangely leaves no lace

S lots of ginger, some clove and white pepper, a hint of bubblegum, has a wet stone, mineral thing going on, fairly earthy with some fruity hops popping up here and there

T a fair amount of spice and yeast, some cereals, lots of earthy notes, not far from the nose I suppose

M light bodied, very airy from the bubbles but stops short of foam, a little slick on the palate, earthy finish with a little lemon rind

O fairly big flavors in a fairly small beer, easy to drink and not really lacking anywhere

I'm not getting a whole lot of wheat but I'm not sure that matters all that much because at the end of the day this stuffs solid and I'm only missing a hot sun to drink it under

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

Poured from bottle into a large snifter. Pale yellow body with a fizzy white head. Good lacing. Strong notes of wheat and tartness from their house yeast. Straw, lemon rind too.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Yellow, mostly opaque, but still quite translucent. White head forms moderately and fades quickly. Lacing is extensive.

S - Sour wheat notes, lemon and a touch of blanket that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - Follows through with the nose. Open is a burst of sourness, lemon juice and pith notes, coming with a mild grapefruit and minerality, along with subtle tropicality, suggesting pineapples. The close narrows into juicy sourness. Lovely.

M - Very bright, with a definite carbonated spike. The close trails, leaving a certain presence on the tongue after the close. Not problematic, but present.

O - Wheat beers are not my favorite, but this is an excellent example of what can be done with the grain. Glad to have picked one of these up, since I was on the fence. Reminds me a bit of Saison Dupont, which is a definite complement.

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Photo of Ri0
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a nice 2.5 finger white head. Retention is excellent and a thick cap with lacing remains for the session.

S - Aromas of citrus, peach/nectarine, and floral notes. There is breadiness from the pale malts and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints grain.

T - Quite citrusy, with light peach/nectarine flavors. Floral and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic carbonation. A tad granular on the finish.

O - Another favorite from HF.

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Photo of Tommo
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If i were richer, i would drink this multiple times a week. Super light and crisp saison, good tartness level. Wheat is not overwhelming. I dream of being able to make this beer

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big lactic aroma, touch of pepto funk, becoming horse blanket.

Flavor is lactic sour, with wheat, pear, and peach rounding out the profile. A bit overrated.

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Photo of rjp217
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light, airy and refreshing. The lemon zest is fantastic. It plays off the wheat and yeast really well. The year of age on this bottle gives it a nice sour presence. Think Arthur Light. Fantastic offering.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Florence is certainly on the weaker end of Hill Farmstead's saisons, but it is still a very good beer. The characteristic HF yeast results in the tartness common among their saisons, while the body and taste are quite light and crisp. A bit fruity. Not as complex as Arthur, but certainly something I would be happy to drink almost any time.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trying to get around to all of the HFS beers and Florence was next on deck.
Opening the bottle there was immediately a nose of sweet and sour
Poured out cloudy with a chance of deliciousness
Taste exactly as it smells
A very drinkable beer

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

750 ml purchased on the July 4th weekend (hell of a bachelor party), poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Florence is a luminous goldenrod hazy-glass liquid with a sudsy half-finger head and fine lacing. It’s as good-looking a farmhouse ale as you can get. The nose is dewy and earthy, with lots of green apple, grass, lemon zest, grainy bread and only a hint of spice. The taste is wonderfully tart at the beginning, with a brace of apple and lemon. That subsides quickly, though, leaving a mealy, musky breadiness and more pronounced pepper and sage notes. There’s a nectary, floral, almost dandelion quality to the taste as well. As with the other Hill Farmstead saisons I’ve had (their IPAs as well), the mouthfeel is exquisite: refreshing but full-bodied, light but substantial. A perfect summer beer. Not my favorite HF ale, but still damned fine.

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Photo of Hab11
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with Three Lions from 750 ML bottled Nov. 2014.
Look:bright white head, minimal lacing. Straw to golden yellow in appearance.
Smell: citrus, lemon coriander, slight light pepper notes. Lemon candy. Fresh flowers.
Taste: citrus, lemon all of the pieces of the nose are evident in the taste plus lemon zest and wheatgrass. Candied sour apple.
Feel: really effervescent tart at the start and finishes sweet at the back of the mouth. Finishes crisp really nice beer for a warm breezy summer night on Hatteras island.
Overall: this beer is not fake or pretentious. It hits it's mark and is solid throughout. It's parts are impressive but the some of said parts make it exceptional.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Superb balance; I don't get much in the way of wheat, but it's a lovely, tart saison. It really checks each box I'd expect from a HF offering: complex, beautiful, tart, delicate, with a creamy, smooth feel.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at DeCiccos Armonk - into tulip. (very generous pour!)

Amazing...dry, tart, citrus, a bit of funk...smooth. Really an amazing Saison. Wish I could drink regularly (of course).

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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 944 ratings.
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