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Flora | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#211
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
713
pDev:
8.54%
Bros Score:
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, batch 1, received from youbrewidrink. Thank you, Joe. The bottle mentions this is 5% ABV.

Pouring a hazy straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is top notch as far as appearances go. Lacing is minimal, but that's OK. The nose is pretty excellent. Opening with a blend of straw, grass and light honey, the saison base is still extremely noticeable here. The Brett hasn't done too much here, though there is a very nice blend of clove and light tropical fruit notes that complement the saison yeast. The wine character is mild, with the fruity vinous notes working well with honey. Both the nose and appearance suggest white wine barrels were used. The nose is wonderfully integrated and very harmonious, creating a deceptively simple nose that's actually quite deep.

The palate opens with a blend of straw, hay and Brett-derived flavors of clove, a little pineapple and some more wet hay. The base saison was probably too dry to give the bugs a lot to chew through, though. Mildly floral with a touch of honey on the mid-palate, this dries up on the finish leaving a blend of hay and clove. The wine barrel character comes through as a mildly boozy white wine with some tannins. There doesn't seem to be much from the saison yeast here, though that could be the age.

Ultimately, the palate is a let down compared to the nose, it just doesn't mesh together like the nose. The bone dry beer just doesn't have enough of a foundation for the Brett to work with. Rousing the yeast does help. Light in body and highly carbonated, this does feel a little watery on the palate at times. Solid stuff, though I have a feeling this beer shouldn't really be aged.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Michael!

A: Pours a lightly hazy citrus golden with a couple fingers of bright white head that slowly faded into a bubbly film that left streaks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Light notes of peaches and other light fruits, wheat, straw/hay and earth. I’m getting a few lightly tart notes from the wine barrel as well.
T: Big notes of wheat and lightly tart citrus, lemon peel, chardonnay, hay, grass, straw, earthy funk, peach, apricot, and herbal, earthy hops and spices.
M: Medium-full body, soft and fluffy but ample carbonation, drying but not a desert. Decent barrel influence.
O: The wine barrel adds an interesting tartness to this saison that sets it apart from the other ones that I’ve had from this brewery. Unique and interesting, but not my favorite of HF's lineup. I'd drink this again though. Cheers, SneezyAchew!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlabeled 750ml with a mysterious 'F' written on the cap shared by Kat/Cam. Thanks Kat/Cam!

Color is cloudy pee yellow, 1-finger white head retains well and leaves some lacing.

Super bretty scent. Lots of lemon/lime/funk/hay. Quite nice.

Taste was somewhat of a letdown after the smell but still good, it seems to focus mostly on a funk/hay/grassy/barnyard aspect. Still getting a lemon/lime feel which seems unique. Light sour fruits like apple, orange, etc.

Light crisp mouthfeel.

A nice funky saison, pretty much solid all around. Easy drinking even with it's brett-forwardness.

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Another bottle generously shared by Todd at my birthday bash. Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar and a few specks of lace. Murky dark straw body that's appropriate for the lower ABV.

S - Earthy and musty brett, peppery yeast, hint of sweet malts, oak, wheat, and an aged quality that is mildly evocative of an old attic.

T - Taste has more bready malts, with notes of spicy oak, funk, mild acidity, and an earthy and leather finish. Again, there's a nebulous 'old' quality to this - not sure what batch we were drinking - but it's not off-putting and seems to work with the earthy flavors.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant moderate carbonation. Dry, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty much what you'd expect from a barrel-aged 4.8% wheat beer.

D - Another solid beer from Hill Farmstead, but in the lower tier of their Saisons. Would rather have Art, Anna, or Clara over this offering. Still, quite easy to drink and helped break up a chain of heavier beers at the party.

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Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 713 ratings
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