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Hill Farmstead Flora (Blueberry)

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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. Only a few barrels were selected, and that beer was aged further on fresh, hand-raked organic blueberries from this year’s crop. The resulting Biere de Table is subtle, elegant and slightly tart-an ale we would proudly have shared with Florence to celebrate the harvest.

Editor’s Note: Released June 2014, 500ml bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle at Øl & Brød - Hill Farmstead Dinner. Cloudy deep red - white head. Lots of blueberries. Tart. Zesty. Flowery. Elderflower. Dryness. Minerals. Spicy notes. Light acid. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to JBPortland ! Pours a deep purple blue color with a finger of pinkish foam. Nose is beautiful expression of blueberry fruit. Very vinous with some musty wet wood, earthy grain and a hint of burgundy. The palate follows and the blueberry flavors are probably the best Ive had in a blueberry based beer. But I loose some of the essence of flora. That foggy morning dew softness is a bit muddled behind the vinous tart blueberry fruit which is delicious and quite burgundian in essence. Some nice earthy musty grain and forest floor fungus backs up the fruit profile and lingers with nice tannic structure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (929) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 5, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 500ml bottle pours semi clear brilliant red-indigo with blue edges and a finger of pink foam. Nose is subdued but very nice, some earthy farm blueberry, lots of vinous red wine notes and soft musty wood. Not a lot of funk. Taste is crisp, bright, not quite the level of complexity on the palate as hoped but overall, very delicious, straightforward bright blueberry and grape meet musty soft wood with balanced light acidity. Finish is semi sweet vinous blueberry, dry grain, touches of oak, fruit. The "Flora" characteristics are not immediately identifiable but rather play a subtle supporting role. Delightful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2337) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Opaque, dense fuchsia body with a ruby tint; lavender-esque foam bubbles up nicely atop the brew. Mildly slow gusher upon opening. Smells like a funky barnyard that is housing barrels of blueberries that just got rained on. Semi-tart blueberry skin & fleshy fruit notes, borderline jammy with an undertone of lemon-like acidity. A small hint of acetic acid, too, almost vinegar. Flavor is even more jammy with a huge blueberry presence; the fruits have hung around nicely. Blueberry jam, sharp blueberry skin & a nice lemon peel, lactic tartness trouncing about. As the tartness subsides a bit, the finish shows a damp barnyard & moderately tannic, woody finish with lingering pockets of blueberry skin. Very nice, very dry, refreshing on the palate. At the end of the day, I probably prefer the Satsuma Mandarin variant, but this is still a fabulous showcase of blueberries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luk_ (209) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Red purple with small pinkish head. Blueberries are very present in the aroma. There is also old wheat, yogurt and undegrowth. Taste is tart and lactic, blueberries and some acetic unfortunately. Medium bodied and low carbonation. A good sour, similar to mandarins, but not up to the awesome regular Flora. Carbonation is too low and the acidity is not as bright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1619) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle at Hill Farmstead Beer Maker’s Dinner at Øl & Brød October 11th. Pours a Lovely bluish red with almost no head. Aromas of funk, citrus, blueberry, oak and vanilla. Taste is funk, citrus, vanilla and blueberry along with some roasted notes. Mouthfeel is tart and crisp with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2241) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Pours cloudy red with low pink head. Aroma of blueberries, cherries, grass, red apples. Taste is initial heavy fruit and berry tart, followed by almond icing sweet, then fairly abrupt sour finish. Body is light and crisp with average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2014
bottle, if yo udidn’t tell me what this was I would say it was cantillon blabaer, Lots of blueberry flavors and a lambic like flavor profile. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle split 2 ways. Pours deep red and purple pour with minimal head. Aroma is blueberry, lactic tartness oak, lambic like funk. Taste is soft acid, funk, berry and mineral yeasty bitterness. Lacks characteristic hill farmstead soft carbonation and creamy mouthfeel however. Overall good beer that is worse then the phenomenal base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2022) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours hazy bright purple with low pinkish head. Aroma is of blueberries, fruits, wild yeast. Taste is of blueberries, some acidity, wild yeast, blueberries. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Tannic acid finish. Overall: Pretty nice blueberries. Unusual feelings for an HF beer.

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