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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

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Avg:
4.33
pDev:
23.56%
 
 
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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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass at the fall harvest event.

Pours a nice hazy orange color with a small light white head - turns into some fine lacing. Nose is similar to Florence but there's a noticeable funk presence here that I really like.

Taste is again very similar to Florence but pumped up in every way, it's got a more earthy tone to it, with some of the funk and oakiness to it. Really a nice step up from the normal version. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and mellow, nice smooth carbonation lends it to being a damn easy drinking beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another well crafted unique take on by hill farmstead. with a wonderful late spring refreshment of sour hints and wheat. pour is yellow golden with nice consistent head. nose of champagne and adjunct grain qualities. when agitated a hint of mineral. palate is very mind sour and a broadness that is developed by the tannins and minerals that don't have a harsh overtone on the beer but a balance. dry like toothpaste with a creamy finish. my drinking buddy called it a distant public pool quality. there is subtitles beyond measure in this one especially because its so low in abv. a bit of fantome pritemp and a bit of brute. but in hints. and not as expansive due to delicacy.

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Photo of kevanb
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 lovindahops
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

October 4th 2013 marked an incredible day for me at work so I felt my first Flora would be well deserved!

A- Flora pours a golden light orange with a glow all around the body. Crackling colors are seen throughout the glass. Weblike, thin lacing is caked to the edges if the glass, while a thin layer of white foam floats around. Flora glows as a fluorescent saison in a glass

S- massive Brett, vinious, white grape funk reaches out of my HF stemware and reaches my nostrils. Some peppercorn and wheat flavors are enrobed in some light wine characteristics. The time in the barrels did Flora well! You can go back and forth between a barn yard and vineyard companionship that delivers with a bready twist. Best scent EVER for a saison

T- light and elegant, yet so complete with the full bodied saison flavor profile Shaun seeks to deliver with. The bready yeast flavor layers the tongue with fresh cut grass and musty grape themes. Then the properties of white wine linger so softly leaving a mouth watering desire for more. So bold and spicy, yet so sweet. This beer is perfect due to the complex opposite themes occurring all over. Even better, they clash than match perfectly

M- perfect flavor drapes the palate with excellent carbonation

O- Hill Farmstead has made the best saison I will probably ever have. Flora dominates the physical features that one would want in a saison. Absolutely amazing with the combination of farm house funk meeting a detailed, delicate vinious brew. Great day to celebrate with the best saison I've ever had'

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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

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.

Flora pours a dark golden color with a nice white cap.

The aroma is lemony, a little bit like a gueuze. Dry crackery malt and some funk add depth.

The flavor is dry, with crackery malt up front, some wild sour flavors next, with a lingering lemon tartness. There are some pear, green apple, and grassy notes in here as well. The finish is fairly clean.

The body is dry, with medium carbonation and a lighter body.

Overall I felt this was a nice beer, pleasantly tart in a style that I do not normally enjoy as much.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass capped and corked bottle. Batch #1. Been in my cellar upright for about a month or more, opened at 55 degrees. Poured into a Triple Karm stem.

High crackle is noticeable right off the bat. Clarity is impeccable. The air fills with the aroma of french cider or calvados. Nose is flowery and perfumed with the faint scent of wheat. Palate is crisp and really really clean. The flavors are all about a really light wheat ale and calvados barrels.

The palate lacks the creaminess that I noted in the draft version back in Oct. I think I prefer this one. I have a batch #2 in the cellar and will post an update when I try that one.

Update: Batch #2 opened next day. Capped, no cork this time. Flavors and aromas are consistent with Batch #1, but it's a little more muted all around. Not as flowery perhaps. The other main difference is in the carbonation level. Batch #1 has more of a champagne crackle to it, while batch #2 is a softer, more creamy carbonation and has better head retention and lacing. I prefer batch #1!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing another beer from Hill Farmstead. Poured into a chalice. This one pours a light straw with about an inch of fluffy white head. Lots of lively visible carbonation on this one with sticky lace.

As andy was pouring this I could smell apples. Granny Smith apples are a dominant aroma here with a little bit of lemon and some oak and grapes. More of a brett flavor is dominating the pallet. A lot different than the aroma. Lots of brett and oak on the pallet. Soft white grape flavor here with a little bit of a floral hop flavor to finish.

Really a nice light body here with soft carbonation. A really well done saison. The wine barrel aging seems to be pretty well done here.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Gosox8787
4.72/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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 RuckusDu
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - large white head which quickly falls to an 1/8 inch. Body is cloudy yellow/gold/wheat. Good lacing.

S - light tart flavors. Lemon, apple, and grapefruit. Some funkiness in there as well.

T - beautiful beer. Nice acidity of lemon and grapefruit. Well balanced.

M - light body and just less than moderate carbonation.

O - Kelsie likes it so it must be good. Wonderful.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice large sticky head atop a barely hazy light golden color.

As I poured this I got a strong aroma of apples. This delighted me because it reminded me of the aroma in the Fantôme Saison. Upon sticking my nose in there I get a slight hint of lemongrass and peach.

The taste is a wonderful balance of toast and biscuit malt in the front and fruitiness in the finish. There is a touch of honey and the oak makes it's presence known.

This is very light and drinkable, the carbonation makes a crisp and refreshing drink.

The aroma and appearance got my hopes up really high; though the taste falls slightly short of the best Saisons in the world, this is well deserving of high praise.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Birthday treat to myself picked up at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a clear light golden color and a foamy white head with a nice sticky lace.

Wine notes come across the nose right away with a nice fruity note and some spice note in the background. Bready backbone lays a nice foundation for the palate upon with the cider and grape flavors build on. Lemon citrus notes come through midway and take over from there on. A bit musty and spicy from the base beer but the barrel flavors hide it pretty well.

Light crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a good saison is only made better by the barrel treatment. Enjoying this quite a bit more than Florence.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 (Corked)

Pours a pale, clear, yellow with a frothy white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing behind on a Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

Light earthy sourness on the nose. A mixture of brett funk and some Cantillon acidity. Lots of wet hay with just a touch of lemon citrus.

Dry wheat and faded hop, mix with light grainy sourness on the tongue. Touch of wood barrel and grassy citrus.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with light sourness throughout. Crisp and refreshing. Feels more like a saison than your typical wild.

Drinkability is good. I love the nose on this beer. Reminds me of a true Belgian sour more so than any American wilds I've had. At 5.5% ABV this makes for a great table beer and it's currently pairing very well with some local cheese and grapefruit. Worth picking up a bottle or two to share with firends over a good meal.

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Photo of Soonami
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for sharing this bottle.

This beer pours a very cloudy gold with just a little island of lazy white foam. The beer smells overwhelmingly bretty with huge funk that's like bad breath. The beer is very dry and thin, low in carbonation and has little hopping. The beer tastes mostly like funk with over ripe papyas, buttery oak and cracker-y malt. To me, it's a fairly one-dimensional brett-bomb and I was looking for a bit more complexity.

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Photo of mobius387
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

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 dragonWhale
3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloud of gold fills the glass.
It stares back at me, judging.
We all fall short of the glory,
Under stars and a lemon tree,
The slight funk of the night
Wafting through, just right.
The fields of wheat blazed through
Cut down by an angry beast -
A foul-tempered yeast - The barrel
Gives a bit of itself, not too much.
Keeps some for itself, no doubt.
Through the clean tart finish
I lick my lips clean, desirous
Maybe just a pinch more.

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Photo of jjdc
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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 kels
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my awesome fiance for this surprise in my Christmas present this past year. I've been up that dirt road to Hill Farmstead in the summer...can't imagine it in December!

Pours a hazy bright straw yellow with vibrant visible carbonation and suspended matter floating about. The initial soft whisper of white head fades quickly to a floaty skim, leaving behind stringy rings of lace.

A tart yeasty funk hangs in the nose, accompanied by the slightest hint of herbs - parsley-like. Definitely smells more like a wine than a beer from the aging the French oak wine barrels.

Lock-jawingly tart is the first thing that comes to mind; however, in a quite pleasant way. There's refreshing lemon and a hint of green apple, and the floral/herbal finish has a heavy predominance of dill and parsley. Very nice, very crisp, very drying, very refreshing. Completely clean and dry finish.

Absolutely delicious, yet unusual enough to provide a challenge to my palate. Not one I could drink daily right now, but one I'd probably be sad to go without if I had a few more bottles to put down.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden with nice carbonation. Rim of white head. Nice wine barrel aroma. Great lemon character with some vinous grapey undertones. Touch of wheat on the finish. This is such a delicate beautiful beer. I wish that Shaun brewed straight up regular Flora more often.

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Photo of Shogun250
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well done beer. A little overwhelming flavor, but that is me being nit picky on what I enjoy.. It's the standard in my eyes for a crisp, awesome saison.

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Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.33 out of 5 based on 626 ratings.
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