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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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

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Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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Photo of mobius387
4.45/5  rDev +3%

incredible nose, big wine and french oak characteristics. a little light on base beer flavors but as it warmed up it got a lot more robust. overall another fantastic offering from HF and right up there with the other BA saisons/farmhouse ales

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Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Batch 2 bottle, courtesy of Knifestyles, into a tasting glass.

A: Clear straw body with some floaties (I got one of the last pours at the tasting table; others' glasses are totally clear); one-finger head of super-fine white bubbles; Great retention, solid sheets of lace. Very nice.

S: Beautifully floral (and therefore aptly named) and winey, with lightly fruity white wine and delicately leafy + floral hops. Some dry, toasty oak as well. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose - white wine fruitiness is up front, followed by some vanilla oak and finally a dry, floral hoppy finish. Great.

M: Light body with moderate, soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Excellent beer; I don't know about calling it a Wild Ale, but the barrel definitely added some nice depth and complexity to this fresh and refreshing brew.

Cheers!

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Photo of emerge077
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one with us! Quick review from written notes.

Hazy gold color, with some visible micro sediment, topped with a thin layer of white foam that showed some lasting retention.

Light fruity sweetness in the aroma, along with some white wine minerality.

Tart and juicy grapefruit taste, puckering dry tartness in the finish. Effervescent, clean, crisp feel. Fresh and fruity. A very quenching Saison that hits all the right notes for me. Probably the closest to Fantome that's brewed stateside in my opinion. Highly recommended. Thanks again Mark!

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Photo of Skrip
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. batch 4

A~ crazy multiple hues of glowing orange. nice fluffy white head and a tad bit of lacing.

S~ lots of lemony tartness up front followed by some nice peppercorns. then of course the bready saison yeast on the finish.

T~ pretty much follows the nose with way more wine funk. heavy citrus and lots of pepper. just an all around great saison! mmmm....! the tartness!

M~ i love how wine barrels seem to give a thicker, slight oily feel. other than that, nice carbonation all around and a slightly dry finish.

O~ oh how i love HF saisons! i would drink any of them every day if i could! this one is aged in wine barrels so of course its a little superior =] overall i'd say... DELICIOUS!

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Photo of jrenihan
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very lovely saison. It has the nice tartness that is characteristic of HF saisons, leaving a bit of a pucker but not in a dominating way. Flavour contains grape, oak, lemon and peach, with a slightly dry finish, with the oak really coming out. The mouthfeel is also terrific - nice and lively without being irritating, a softness that makes it very pleasant to drink. Hard to be too complimentary of this beer - it is a terrific example of a saison, with the yeast playing a very large role and light fruit flavours dancing about. The barrel treatment is also well done - it is notably better than Florence, which is already a very good beer. A pricy bottle but certainly worth it - I would have bought more if they let me!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead wine stemware glass.

A little bit of a minor gush out of the bottle, Hits the glass with a classic creamy and whipped up tiny bubbled white head. Lots of clingy lacing while drinking. Body is a mix of opaque and clear with some whispy lacing coming off the side. Real nice glowing brassy gold, and lemon and peach apricot brown hues.

Nose is quite impressive. Hot brett, and toasty white baguette baked bread. Little lemon, lots of fruit, white vinegar, faint pepper. Fruit angle hits in many places, apricot, peaches, really nice smell.

Taste on the palate is wine like vinous, bringing all the brett like heat but tolerable. Lots of toasty bread finish on the aftertaste. Lemon zest, citrus and apricot. Real great thick white vinegar character on the palate.

Overall a great dry bretty saison, with huge fruit flavor character to it. Real fantastic brew.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6 --- poured into a HF Tulip
Golden yellow, mostly clear, with a frothy white foam, which after it settles to a thin rim around the edges looks like it could be a miller lite.....
Nose of funky brett, apricot, and cat-wee...
Taste is tart apples, dried apricots, lemon, and funky-goodness...
Love this beer, have had it several times, missing the in-your-face concentration of Le Sarrasin, but not that far behind!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass. Clean, a hint of tartness, some oak, a little pepper and yeast. Endlessly drinkable. My favorite offering from HF at FOFA.

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Photo of kevanb
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, Batch #6, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 7.4.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.


The beer pours a nice golden apricot color, lemon hues, hazy and cloudy with a large, billowy and soapy white head, about 3 fingers high that has fantastic retention and lace. The aroma is wonderful, tart wheat, oaky acidic wine character, loads of wildflower, mineral water, citrus fruits, and light berry esters. The flavors are great, wheaty and doughy malt, tartness right up front, lightly citrusy, rustic wildflower, saison yeast, wine barrel that is both earthy and acidic, chewy oak sweetness and hearty mineral water. Loads going on, plenty of nice saison base that plays really, really well with the wine character. The mouthfeel is quite nice, coating, super smooth, gentle carbonation, creamy, delicate, delightful tart finish.

Verdict: Another fantastic saison from Hill Farmstead and yet another example of Shaun's prowess with utilizing wine barrels. Plenty of complexity, brightness, nice tartness, very delicate, so refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion not always an improvement over florence (depends on the batches), but still a great beer.

The barrel seems to cut out some of the heavy oat flavor and make the beer more guezelike.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flora in my glass, this too shall pass.

Flora came to me looking very bright with a good head on her shoulders. Her view was a bright shade of yellow but not fizzy yellow like your grandpapas beer. I can for sure see some yeast on the bottom of the glass and I can smell said yeast from a distance. A small amount of suds on the glass. This is very pungent beer here. Notes of sharp lemon and other citrus busts out the joint. The white wine and oak are equally as appealing. Great scent on this girl!! And when I finally hooked up with her my eyes opened wide and I could tell than that we were a match made in Capone's. Lemon is what Im talking about and it's accompanied by more citrus pineapple slices with wine barrel oak. The yeast brings bread of course and adds another layer on and dries out the finish very much so. The body is light and the carb is spritzy and the aftertaste is very yeasty and did I mention dry yet. This is what I look for in a beer.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Appearance is light gold with good carb. Great smell with some funk that has a bit of a gueuze-like character. Taste is tart, citrusy, and incredibly balanced. Get a little bit of wheat and a little bit of oak. Overall a fantastic saison that is head and shoulders above others I've had from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of N17shelfside
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1 on tap at Farmhouse in Burlington. Drank alongside a fresh cantillon gueuze, which has much more farmhouse variety complexity, so some of my feelings might be tainted by that. Very dry, might actually have been a little past its prime. Had some nice funk to it, probably that natural Greensboro yeast. A little lemony, some grass, but overall just light and crisp. Overall a very good summer saison.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw golden body topped with a fluffy two finger head. Brilliant looking beer. Absolutely glowing when held up to the light.

S: White grape, pear, and French oak. A hint of acidity and funk as it warms. Epic.

T: Follows the nose, but even more wine focused. Oaky and dry white wine, with a juicy tartness and a bright fruity finish. Could drink a hell of a lot of this

M: Fantastically soft mouthfeel while still supporting the flavors with an appropriately dry finish.

O: Incredible. Everything I hoped for. Shaun Hill is a master of balance and subtle cohesion of flavors. Wish I had more!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.10.31
Bottled 07 2013

A - Pours a hazy, very light orange with a soapy off-white head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Tart lemon citrus, oak, subtle sweet funk.

T - Lemon, citrus, subtle funk, woody-oak, sweet hint from the wheat.

D - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Citrus, tart, delicious! A perfect BA Saison.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6. A nice tart beer with a noticeable layer of barnyard funk and white wine barrel presence. Good carbonation, super dry finish. A fantastic barrel aged saison.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage!

A - pours a very light almost watery glowing yellow color with a finger of light white head, decent retention and very nice lacing, especially considering the lighter appearance of this brew.

S - really great light sour and and wine tanin aromas, light bubblegum/yeastyness.

T - almost a dry carbonated sourness up front, Eventually mild sweetness and yeast come through. Aftertaste is a bit tart with wine tannin. Awesome awesome initial flavor

M - Lighter bodied, strongly carbonated. Fantastically drinkable. Great

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Festival of Farmhouse Ales 2015. This was first time trying Flora (I had previously had the Blue/Black variant). While this doesn't quite reach the heights of Ann and Art, it is a tremendous barrel-aged saison. Wonderfully tart with a deep and complex flavor profile.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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 corby112
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a light golden orange color that is opaque with a two finger frothy, soapy white head that slowly fades into a thick lingering head.  Spotty lacing and chunks of soapy rings left behind.  

Slightly earthy, funky aroma that's bursting with lots of tropical fruit along with zesty spice and bready yeast.  Peppery with faint barnyard hints and light fruit.  Hints of mango, blood orange, pineapple and grapefruit.  Amazing!

Medium bodied with a perfect balance of funky barnyard, estery fruit and subtle spice.  Lots of citrus character with hints of blood orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel.   incredibly complex and dangerously drinkable.  Excellent balance of sweeter notes, earthy funk and zesty spice.  Highly recommended!  

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Photo of jjdc
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

B6. Lovely hazy sunshine in the glass. The nose is bright, fresh and astringent -- lemon and minerals mostly. This a perfectly balanced beer that has citrus, pith, stone, vinous and oaky notes. Extremely smooth and endlessly drinkable. Another HF winner.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a medium sized fluffy white head that recedes to a half-finger and maintains well with good carbonation and leaves decent spotty lacing.

S- Wow! The aroma is incredible, with bright, tart citrus, white wine grapes, and oak tannins. A good bit of funky saison yeast pushes through along with wheat and some lemon. Absolutely glorious!

T- The flavor is similar to the aroma, with sweet and tart citrus flavors dominating (not the hoppy kind of citrus, totally different). Nice funky hay in the middle, followed by mellow oak and a wonderful dry, tart finish. The saison yeast and wine barrel yield so much complexity, with hints of lemon, clementine, and grass also coming through.

M- The mouthfeel is medium, smooth/mellow, and moderately carbonated.

O- Overall this is just a fantastic wine-barrel aged saison! Unbelievably enjoyable, and I wish I had more of this (other than the Satsuma variant I'm eagerly awaiting the occasion to drink)!!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Golden body, slightest bit of haze to it. Bubbly, soapy bone-white head. Aroma is tree-fruits, white wine, a hint of oak. Flavor matches the aroma, with lots of funkiness coming through. Feel is slightly prickly, medium bodied. An awesome beer, really good flavor.

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Photo of glid02
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Sally – thanks! Judging by the reviews this is Batch 1, it’s unlabeled except for an “F” on the cage.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with hints of wheat and large amounts of funk. Also present are earthy and floral hops, light citrus, and mild white grape aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though it manages to be even more complex. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by crisp light citrus and moderate amounts of funk. Midway through the sip a slight wheat twang works its way into things along with leafy hops that dry it out a bit. Near the end of the sip white grape flavors with hints of oak make an appearance, carrying through to a very crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could have a lot more of these.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer. Everything was done just to the right point and no one component was overdone. Very complex and well worth a shot.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle slightly chilled and split with a friend. Poured into two Hill Farmstead tulip glasses. This is a Batch 4 that I picked up from the Brewery Saturday.

Appearance: Light straw yellow in color. A bit hazy. Gushed just a bit upon opening, but none of the beer was lost. Really nice white head.

Aroma: Really strong tart notes are noticable right off. Lemon, some definite funk, green apple are there. Some light wine barrel notes do a nice job smoothing this out too. Took me a while to want to taste this as the aroma was so outstanding.

Taste: Nice, crisp but strong sourness upfront. The lemon and green apple notes are really big. This almost feels more at home being called a sour than a saison. Plenty of funk and a slight sweet tone to balance out the sour from the wine barrel. The wheat does well here too as a counter to the tartness. Really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and really light. The carbonation is pretty spot on.

Overall, I thought this bottle of Flora was near perfect. Really strong sour character and bright flavors really work well here. I have had batch 3 previously and I don't remember it being this sour or nearly this good. Highly recommended.

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Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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