RateBeer
Home >

Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
100
style
Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Saison
Greensboro, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2784) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
bottle shared with a friend. poured a beautiful deep dark purple colour with a dissipating slight pink head. the nose is hit with a clear juicy aroma. still after 2 years this on is bursting with fruit. blueberry, oak, blueberry marmalade, raspberry, crisp minerals, clear wine barrels, and slight vanilla oak aswell. very nice and bright aroma. taste is very blueberry and grape juice forward. dried sweet blueberries, raspberries, and slight bitter grape skin. slight wet wine oak in the finish. after it starts to warm up, there is more base flora shining trough in here. for my personal taste this was tasting fairly sweet. just a little tart note in the finish. but overall this is a brilliant brew from shaun again. a great balance of freshly raw fruit with a great balance of funk and farmhouse. a very clear notice of the wine barrel. however for my personal taste, the normal flora is just a little bit better for me. and this one was allready brilliant!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (713) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
500 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 7/2/2014. Nice purple body. Small pinkish white head. Medium collar. Nose is acidic blueberry. Kinda yogurty. White wine. Some oak. Blueberry flavor is really nice. Still has a yogurty sourness. Oak. Lightly funky and woody finish. Light and crisp. Woody and well carbonated. Excellent. The blueberry character is impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1476) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Aroma is rather blueberry forward with a bit of a candy like character. Some light oak notes with a bit of tropical fruit. Medium light acidity with hints of citrus. Light phenolics, and certainly less than some of the weird blueberry beers out there. Pours a deep reddish purple with a small, thick, pink head that recedes to the edges where it lingers. Medium light lacing and small legs. Flavor has a medium light acidity with moderately strong blueberry notes. Some light stone fruit and citrus character. Hints of the oak and a touch of a leafy character. Medium light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty nice beer with a lot of nice blueberry character. Might be one of the best blueberry beers I have had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3662) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle at my Hill Farmstead Tasting. Pour is deep purple-pink with a big white head and good lacing. Funky, medicinal, tannic, red berries, some oak notes, light butter, some grapes, and wheat in the aroma. Taste is big blueberries, some raspberry skins, funky, urine, lemony, somewhat tannic, dark grapes, and ginger with a big sour finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Really nice and a ton of berry left.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0’s HF party. Thanks André and Stephen. Pours a bit cloudy, deep maroon, purple appearance with an off white head. The aroma is somewhat herbal and funky with some berries, wood, and bit of chemicals. Wild berries, mild plastic, funk, and yogurt. Fine but not nearly as good as Plum Flora.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (398) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (5277) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10740) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 5


Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50