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Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (353) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle, pours a pink/purple hue with a thin eggshell head. Aromas are light blueberry skin, light oak, vanilla, hay and some vinous notes. taste is much more subtle and delicate than expected with light blueberry tartness, some barnyard funk, hay, musty grape and oak. Very nice and soft, but seems a bit cautious. Really nice beer and glad to have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (4166) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
500 ml bottle shared by Heather_B, much thanks lady! Color shows a nice clear dark purple gold color with thin head in a snifter. Aroma is Chardonnary grapes, Brett, light funky wood.

Flavor is the said Chardonnary barrel, light blueberry yogurt. Nice sour pucker... Light tang hints with notes of vinegar. For the intense sourness I got to say I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Reddish pour, pink head. Nice sourness up front, the berries are there, some cheesy notes(in a good way), lightly funky, some yeasty goodness...this is really good but I still think I prefer regular Flora.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Shared with GT2 for my birthday. Beautiful purple garnet pour. Aroma is floral, sharp berry, vinous, Brett saison yeast. Taste is tons of blueberry, juicy red wine, refreshing, acidic, mild saison character in the finish (dry and bubbly) with no overwhelming sourness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 500mL ][ Trade ][ Trade ][ Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir ][ 2.22.15 ]
>> Blueberry Flora. Rating #8900. Pours a clear inky purple like Merlot or Pinot Noir. High carbonation, effervescent, dwindling out white foam. Nose is fruity red wine..Pinot Noir moving to a blend with Cab. Cantillon St Lamvinus immediately comes to mind with sharp acidic berry notes coming in, raspberry jam, mixed fermentation funk closer to lambic than HF house saison yeast. Taste is quite salty with biting assertive sourness, moving to a oak and tannic neutral mid palate. Salty, spicy finish with tannic red wine structure. Overall, it’s sort of like St Lamvinus Light or a blend of St Lam and saison. Refreshing with robust flavors that push this a little past saison and into more sour/wild. In a way, it seems like this is maybe what De Garde was looking for with The Lily. This is a really different beer from Hill Farmstead...showing just how much depth of skill they possess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14266) - 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 (2566) - 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 (1095) - 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 (3072) - 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_ (223) - 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.

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