Flora
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #10
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
99
Ranked #213
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 8.24%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
800
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
99
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Notes: Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 800 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Rutager:
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Rutager from Canada

4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thank you to Montrealbcr89 for not only coming to my tasting, but bringing this gem. If there's one thing I've learned in my beer tasting career, a HF saison is something to be excited about.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with a thin white head.

Smell. Wildflowers, slight whiffs oranges and lemons, light barrel and white wine. My description can't do it justice and I spent a lot of time with my nose in the glass. Fucking amazing.

Taste. Some lemon sourness, light wildflowers and minerals. Again, I don't have the words to describe this one in a way that does it justice but it's subtly complex and somehting I could drink every day.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. As always with these HF saisons, one of the best beers I've put in my face. Thanks again Tyler!! Best one of the night imo, and against some pretty heavy hitters.

Oct 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of batch 5. Bottled 7/2013. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 4/24/2014.

A- hazy straw yellow body with a slight orange hue. Thick, effervescent three finger white head that recedes to one finger quickly and retains for a long time after. Tons of thick, sticky lacing.

A- white wine, oak, wheat character, funk, yogurt tartness, slight vinegar, pale malt. Explosive nose that is very complex indeed.

F- even better than it smells. Tons of white wine, wheat, funk and apple cider tartness. Some vinegar as well, with a nice wet oak presence. This is incredibly complex and interesting.

M- medium bodied, well carbonated but a bit lower than that of Florence. So drinkable, lots of white wine character perfectly complements the tart wheat aspects.

O- I see what the big deal is. Showcases a perfect saison blended with white wine character. This rates as one of the best I've had from Shaun, and I still cannot think of a better wine barrel-aged saison out there.

Apr 25, 2014
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obiwan_k3n00bi from California

4/5  rDev -10.9%

Less boring than Le Serrasin (or however you spell it), but still really boring.

Nov 06, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma has bright hay funk and lemons. A touch of white wine.

The aroma is better than the flavor. It hits of light lemon tart, a decent tart throughout with a wheaty body and a touch of floral honey. Lots of lemony white wine.

Surprisingly, this was less tart than Florence. Unfortunately, one of the most disappointing of HF's saisons.

Dec 21, 2014
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rhong187 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 02, 2017
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judkinst from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Jan 01, 2014
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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 31, 2017
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vissai from California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Sep 16, 2013
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CTJman from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Sep 27, 2013
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Dadthew from New York

4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 22, 2017
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AutumnBeerLove from Vermont

4/5  rDev -10.9%

Sep 27, 2012
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear, clean pale golden body with a big foamy head. This beer drinks like a white wine with green grape peel and light acidity. The funk is mild overall on this younger bottle. It complements any food. The carb and cleanness of the body make the beer very quenching and easy to drink. Super light body. Just a pleasure to drink.

Mar 30, 2015
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PC_Principal from Texas

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sep 21, 2017
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Satchboogie from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -10.9%

Feb 27, 2012
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sfr26 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2014
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Gademost from New York

4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

May 07, 2017
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 06, 2015
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SuperDavidC from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 07, 2017
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Nov 14, 2011
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AOShabaz from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Aug 11, 2013
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some light messy lacing sliding right on into the beer. The smell takes on a quick sour grape to bitter grapefruit and then a subtle grapefruit, semi-sweet grassy contour. Beautifully floral and then a lemony sweet to bitter aroma. The taste takes on the same aroma roaming into a florally bittersweet dry aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the sourness to hit as a good penetrator for the harshness. Overall, this isn't a saison but a really nice American Wild ale.

Jun 08, 2017
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 27, 2015
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IndyDad from New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Jun 30, 2014
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Zbeattie6 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 21, 2017
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vfgccp from New York

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pillow of whip cream head leaves a spotted, but solid lace.

S – Light apple, peach, salt water taffy, and a hint of farm funk.

T – Light and soft up front. Tart and dry center with upripe white peach, touch of orange zest and white grapes. A kiss of oak settles the backend along with an agave sweetness.

M – Light up front but builds into a medium body. Soft throughout and lightly dry on the finish.

O – A great summer brunch brew.

Sep 30, 2011
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 800 ratings