Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
956 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:
956
Reviews:
134
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
182
For Trade:
28
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 956 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of efrankmcguire
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rammed96
2.03/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of hopkrid
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frekky
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zythophile
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 9/1/16
Palate Contaminants: none

The look is a slightly hazy yellow, like almost any wheat brew. It has a moderate amount of fine head, too.

The smell is pungent candied lemon. It has a little sour funk.

The taste is both mellow and tart, a combination I haven't run across before. Lemon and wheat are the two basic flavors, and I just don't get much else.

The feel is the most interesting thing. It's both tart and light. A swish around the mouth gets some fine prickly carbonation. The aftertaste is mostly sweet and tart.

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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 Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to CanConPhilly for this
750 ml, dated 9/1/16, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Wheat, pears, floral, light fruits, tart lemons, peppercorns, funk and hay

T- Tart lemon, some Granny Smith apples, pears, wheat, a floral/coriander thing going on, hints of peppercorns and funk, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A tasty tart Saison and another great Saison from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of crobinso
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of stella77artois
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coorsy
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Philcassella
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 edthehead
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BNarc
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 SenatorSpaceman
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 956 ratings.
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