Flora
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #11
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
99
Ranked #215
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 8.24%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
776
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Notes: Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.
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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 776
Reviews by gcamparone:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a big frothy white head that leaves spotty lacing and a layer of retention.

Aromas are mesmerizing, citrus and tart green apple, funk and oak, brett, peppery saison yeast. As it warms the aromas get more potent and inviting. Can't wait to try it.

On the tongue is a balanced, delicate tartness, citrus and dry tart fermented fruit, delicious funk, peppery yeast, moderate oak presence on the follow through. Easy drinker, crisp and delicate, medium carbonation and light but flavorful body.

A true showcase of how micro-flora can work to make a beer world class. Amazing.

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

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Photo of dar482
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.

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Photo of rhong187
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of judkinst
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vissai
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of CTJman
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of PHBoiler
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.

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

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of sfr26
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rutager
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.

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

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

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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

Photo of IndyDad
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Zbeattie6
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 776 ratings