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Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry

Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Saison
Greensboro, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2628) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ian. Rose pour with a beige head. Overripe blueberries, tart and dry with some lemon rinds, oaks, epson salts, mild funk and some yogurt whey. Full body and moderate carbonation, smooth but challenging, layered taste with the funk developing nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2016
A dark burgundy red ale with a thin white head. In aroma, superb tart blueberry, lemon juice, acetic notes, intense and beautiful. In mouth, a nice sour dry beer, lactic acid, blueberry, horse blanket, complex and beautiful. Bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (3995) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1425) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1860) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10490) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (428) - 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 (6305) - 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 (10883) - 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.

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