Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison
987 Ratings
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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Photo of Daver32nh
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of CTbrew32
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nwsweene
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schinebd
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Summerteeth
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at armsby abbey

Translucent yellow

Aroma of lemon, tropical fruit, bubble gum , tutti fruit

Taste of tart Apple , grassy

Sour notes, low sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice almost clear golden straw color, white head recedes quickly with no lacing.

aromas are fresh and zesty, lemon, slightly tart and slightly funky with wheat coming through. palate is similar with a tarte apple note up front, herbal and grassy hops, crackery malt, wheat, and a hint of funk. mouthfeel is light and finishes dry and slightly tart.

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

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

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -5%
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 wonothesane42
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of CharlesK
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dujayhawk for sending this bottle! 2016 vintage, consumed near the end of 2016 (I didn't record a specific date). Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy light gold, with a half-finger of white head that fades quickly. Visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Funky and minerally, biscuit malts and yeasty. Earthy, mild lactic tartness and citric acid. There's farmhouse and barnyard and layered funk. Some citrousy orange and lemon (I’m assuming this is from hops, but not a big hoppy aroma). This is heady and nice…very, very nice.

T: Lemony citric acid, earthy farmhouse funk. saison yeast mustiness. Cracker malts with yeasty presence, lesser wheat grist flavor, but without big husk character. Lactic tartness. While certainly musty and barnyard funky, I'm not convinced of any Brettanomyces presence in the flavor. Mild citrus and grassy hoppiness near the end, and it finishes dry with fading lactic tartness.

M: Crisp body with good carbonation sensation, but I think the wheat gives it more heft than it might have had otherwise. Low alcohol presence, if any.

O: I thought this was really enjoyable. As it warms, there is some husky character that starts to show up, but it stays mild. Regardless, this is quite solid – this would certainly be a regular in the fridge if it were on the shelf around me (especially if it was in a smaller format).

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

Photo of Briggy
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11/1/16 750ml bottle.

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

Photo of jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Yellow, moderate haze, white frothy head settles slowly.

Aroma of grass, funky earthy, fresh cut hay, floral and zest of lemon.

Lemon juice candy tartness and earthy grasses followed by cracker like malts and wheat. The tartness is present but subdued, allowing the palate to experience the layers of subtle flavors.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Delicate with layers of flavor.

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Photo of Mattymystique
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of heerboth
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MerryTapster
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is golden straw. Nice white head that dissapates rather quickly. Not this beers strong point.

Smell is where this beer is a real stand out. Brett, Barnyard funk, pineapples and cream, horse blanket.

Taste is tart, biscuit, brett, lemon cake. Really nice and refreshing. Would be awesome on a hot summer evening.

Feel is dry, high carbonation, refreshing

Overall a nice beer. HF never dissapoints.

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Photo of user785335
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 987 ratings
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