Flora - Satsuma Mandarin | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Flora - Satsuma MandarinFlora - Satsuma Mandarin

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmstead wheat ale aged in oak barrels with satsuma mandarins. Flora is the wine barrel aged version of Florence (1915-1967), our grandfather’s sister as well as the name of our wheat farmhouse ale. In her honor, amidst the fleeting days of summer, we chose to fill French oak wine barrels with Florence and store it away. After many months, a Biere de Table emerged.

Added by Rochefort10nh on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.96/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A cloudy, golden beer fills my glass. Little head and less lacing.

Smells an awesome combination of fruit and mustiness.

The fruit hits at first taste followed by the oak/

Feels awesome. Just dry enough to beg for the next taste, but not too dry. Medium body keeps the mouth coated.

This is a solid beer and a slight improvement over an already awesome beer. A must try!

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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a slightly cloudy yellow color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is citrusy, the oranges are definitely in there. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced between the malts, the funk and the oranges. The feel is lighter bodied, tart and dry. Overall it's a very nice beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this bottle. Bottled 07/2013. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Translucent bright yellow colour with a very thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Funk and oak up front with a bready malt profile. Not getting any of the mandarin at all in the nose.

T - Tart with a nice funk presence at first that give way to a bready malt sweetness and some yeast esters. A hint of mandarin orange flavour and a touch of bitterness in the finish that is not nearly as prevalent as I had hoped or expected. Still a solid oak aged saison.

M - Medium body and somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from the recent September 2013 release, shared 3 ways with the wifey and Doug, poured into a Founders snifter today, 10/22/2013. Thanks a lot to Respirologist for being generous enough to trade me a bottle.

Pours a beautiful clear yellow-straw body, with great fizzly carbonation. It comes with a 1cm white head that fades into a beautiful, thick collar. Its honestly one of the prettiest beers I've ever seen. Leaves some lacing, looks like straight up carbonated lemonade.

Smells so funky with a faint hint of orange zest, which I assume is the mandarin oranges.. perhaps these oranges have started rotting. Its already very subtle, which is why I'm glad I opened this up sooner rather than later. There's a crisp maltiness, perhaps attributable to the wheat aspect, and a little bit of oak. In some ways it reminds me more of an American wild than an saison. Yet, it is so clean and crisp that tells me this is a saison.

Such a nice crisp complex funkiness on the tongue. It's simultaneously leathery, funky and oakey while bringing sweet citrus that complements the funk very well. It's a saison for the ages, yet I wonder if there is an American Wild component. Given that this is a coolship beer, I'm not surprised. This beer comes with a nice subtle acidity that complements the funk and the zest very well.

Mouthfeel is typical Hill Farmstead- well-carbonated and creamier than a typical saison. Aftertaste is mostly a nice orange zest with a touch of funk. Really fantastic here.

Not going to lie, this is the best saison I've ever had and probably will ever have. Its a nice crossover between a wild ale and a saison, yet it brings a nice balanced funk with the satsuma mandarin oranges. Highly recommend, though I wouldn't quite give up a Fou' Foune for it unless I was a huge saison fan.

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Flora - Satsuma Mandarin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.52 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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