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Hill Farmstead Flora (Blueberry)

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15095) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
13th August 2014
Tasting at Jack’s RAH Annexe! Thanks to Leighton for the HF goodies! Lightly hazy purple - pink beer, small pink head! Palate is light, crisp and dry. Sourish blueberry with lesser blackberry and raspberry. Light dry sherbet seltzer. Dry finish brings just a touch of acid. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4371) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
bottle shared by didier and simon, many thanks! pours cloudy red purple with a creamy purplish head offering good retention and a nice lacing. citric blueberries - faintly discernable, other miscellaneous berries - sourish fruit juice, cheese, but also some acetic notes - never overwhelming, slightly gastric, quite spicy - cinnamon upfront, slightly oaky - light woodsy vanilla/coconut, some dust. light carbonation, light body, firmly tart, leafy astringent and grassy-citric finish. tasty and good fruit sour but as my bros said, this concoction does not come close at all to the excellent ’’regular’’ flora.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1303) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Thanks to Simon and Didier for sharing their bottles with us. Pours a blueberry purple with a small white rim that leaves good lacing. Nose is of bread yeast (huh), fruits and light barnyard. Taste is fruity and for sure it is blueberries, moderately acid. Some oak but this is not really the focus here. Body was medium, carbonation too and mouthfeel is vinous. Overall a really solid sour fruit beer, not much saison character in this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2798) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Thanks to Didier and Simon for sharing. Hazy pinkish/purple with a small pink head and little lacing. Aroma is quite mineral with fresh blueberries, hints of vanilla, acidic notes and winey presence. Taste is a little more blueberry forward, but also quite mineral with vanilla, nice acidity, oak, winey notes and brettanomyces. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oaky finish. It’s quite tasty, but like the Satsuma version, it doesn’t come even close to the regular Flora. The Saison character is a tad hidden behind the fruit too. Still a really good beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8714) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, big thanks to Leighton for another HF production, 13/08/14. Ribena berry red with a moderate light crimson swirl atop the glass. Nose is tangy red berry, damp carpet, straw, spice, tarte blueberry notes. Taste comprises tangy blueberries, mild dose of acidity, red berry sherbet, light oaky wood presence, Ribena berry pangs. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent tangy berry saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle, cheers to Leighton! Deep purple pour with a small head. Mellow ribena and mashed blueberries. A bit of dirt-rubbed berry skin. Lemon tart, sherbet. Taste is quite jammy. Blueberry fruit leather. Light acid on the finish. Nice balance. Simple, but very tasty. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours deep red-purple with a decent pink head. The nose is musty, wood, juicy, funk, blueberry, jammy, vanilla and toasted coconut. The taste is tart, juicy, blueberry, jammy, earth, blackberry, cherry, vim to, pip, earth, wood and mild acidity with a dry, fruity finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty delicious. Fruity and tasty. Amaze-balls.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up at the brewery. Pours clear purple with a creamy white head. The nose has tart blueberries, mild sweat, some funky wood, pepper. Light sweet flavor with nice, lightly biting acidity, faint berry jam, some blueberry skin bitterness, wood. Light bodied with average, spritzy carbonation. Tart and extremely cleansing on the finish, a bit more pepper, tangy blueberries. Sublimely quenching. Gorgeous.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1316) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Just a taste during the new glarus R&D gathering. Glowing blueish purple colors. Aroma of sour blueberry. Has quite a bit of Brett and funk going on in the taste to complement the sour and fruit. Have not been impressed with some of the other sour beers from HF, but this was quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle... Lightly-hazed purple pour with a small, creamy, pinkish/off-white head. The aroma is bready and lightly acidic with a suggestion of blueberry. Light-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor is tart and lightly fruity, but fairly thin. Finishes watery, tangy, and then dries out. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!


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