Flora | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
95
world-class
651 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
FloraFlora
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.

Added by SFLpunk on 10-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
651
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
619
Gots:
111
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 651 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of GETTNCRUNKED
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Respirologist
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of cfrances33
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 and batch 4 bottles, about a week apart, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Flavor profiles and review notes were checked and were nearly identical for both batches.

Pour: A hazy, glowing light orange with a nice two finger white fluffy head. Head is pretty sticky and leaves very nice lacing. Body is quite radiant.

Smell: Tart lemons and pear skin up front, followed by a light funk and light breadyness. Some white wine notes in there as well. A really nice oak comes through as it warms.

Taste: Tart lemons, pear juice up front, and a white grape must. A light funk, and some bready sweetness. A little bit of oak towards the finish really rounds everything out. Finishes tart with lemon juice and is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable. The beer is supremely refreshing. Very juicy, yet equally dry. Begs you to have another sip right after the first.

Overall: This beer is perfect. More simplistic, yet more elegant than Juicy. More drinkable and flavorful than Civil Disobedience #5. Fantastic. If any difference between batch 3 and batch 4 were to be noted, batch 4 had a slightly greater wine barrel presence, potentially due to the longer maturation in the barrels

 1,195 characters

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of doremite
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This rating is for Batch 5...

29 characters

Photo of richobrien
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Danny1217
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of facesnorth
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Rish907
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BEER88
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Davelucas88
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: light amber liquid with slight white head and nice lacing.

S: floral tones with marigolds and elderflowers

T: I suspect the saison dupont yeast was used, but this is much more soft in its floral flavor profile.

M: medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: very soft and drinkable. Extremely approachable.

 306 characters

Photo of pesvmi
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SALUCRAFT
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DaPan
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AndrewSmith
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 4. 750ml capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

A slow gusher. Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with as always, great retention. Beer is a crystal clear goldenrod that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is thick, layered and web-like with excellent cling. Perfect.

Nose is white grape must tartness, some cobweb, wood, and floral/citrus/spice notes like coriander, orange peel, and a dash of peppercorn. Pretty mellow but very appetizing.

Opens citrus, froth, wood, and funk. Grape skins, coriander, and some Brett funkiness towards the middle. More spiciness at the back with a citrus and grape finish. A light, spritzy champagne-yeast tartness in the aftertaste. Delicious. Probably the best HF Saison I've had to date.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down quenching, smooth and aggressive. Messy finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. So incredibly drinkable and quenching at the same time. I could easily take down gallons of this and enjoy every sip.

This beer is almost perfect in every way. Possibly one of the best beers I've had from Hill Farmstead... which is saying a lot considering all of their world class offerings. Flora is magnificent from start to finish. It looks incredible, smells incredible, the flavor is complex, yet light and quaffable and the body and ABV are such that I could drink this all day, every day. Flora is a masterpiece. Do yourself a favor and seek it out!

 1,480 characters

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Golden orange, like a gueuze with the saturation turned up. The head dissipated to only traces of lacing.

S: Very gueuze-like - okay, so the gueuze reference in appearance only happened because the rest of the beer reminded me of such. It was very floral and with lemon-citrus and earthy notes as well. Like white IPA meets gueuze.

T: Lemon, soft floral, and a whole gentleness that was honestly quite shocking. Part of its lasting memory for me is that it seemed to cross so many boundaries. It had the floral qualities of a well crafted IPA, the earthy and gentle oak funk of a gueuze, and further saison and wheat beer qualities as well. Really complex.

M: Really soft water. Pillowy.

O: My mind was kind of blown, to be honest.

 741 characters

Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

 345 characters

Photo of DrewGingras
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of uvm2003
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmarsh123
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3

Pours hazy medium yellow/straw with a small off-white head and some aggressive bubbles. Slight lacing down the glass.

Aroma features light fruits such as lemon and pear with a little bit of a grape like sweet. Good funk and a nice clean tartness.

I'm not sure words can describe how good this beer tastes, but I'll try anyway. Starts out with lemon, apple and pear flavors. As it rolls over the tongue, the tartness increases. Never getting overly sour, but pleasantly tart. Some white wine notes come into play as there are moderate amount of oak and a little chardonnay flavor. Finishes grainy and sublimely tart.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation levels making the tartness really pop. I could've drank 3 bottles of this in one setting.

This is the best HF beer I've ever had and that's saying something considering how much I laud most of their stuff already. An absolutely perfect sour that was well balanced and complex without any one flavor or sensation overpowering the rest. I savored the last few sips of this and let it roll around all the parts of my tongue getting every last drop while secretly wishing I had chosen this to drink by myself instead of split with the girlfriend. Outside of Lente (which I'd need another taste of to compare) probably the best sour I've had.

If you have any bottles of this, please disregard the above review. They are bad. Send them all directly to me now for proper disposal.

 1,444 characters

Photo of aj_tuna
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best saison I have ever tasted!

31 characters

Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.33 out of 5 based on 651 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More