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Hill Farmstead Flora - Satsuma Mandarin

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


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Farmstead wheat ale aged in oak barrels with satsuma mandarins. 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. In her honor, amidst the fleeting days of summer, we chose to fill French oak wine barrels with Florence and store it away. After many months, a Biere de Table emerged. At the end of a summer day, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle @ Chez Bruce. Hazy gold, tight white head. Very musty. Plenty of mandarin orange and lemon peel. Cotton candy. Countryside summery yeast. Woody. Taste is very tart. American saison sourness. Bugs, lactic funk. Citrus, peach skin. Light body, soft carbonation. Yeasty, ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up at the brewery. Pours clear, pale yellow with a creamy, white head. Super clean aroma, nice lemony citrus, a bit of hay, light floral notes. Light sweet flavor with lightly juicy lemon, mild acidity, slight bitter hay, a bit of jammy mandarin orange. Light bodied with average carbonation and airy mouthfeel. Nicely drying on the finish, good moderately tart lemons, slight bitter straw. Well balanced, refreshing. Very clean. Delightful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (12537) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy pale gold with a tiny white head. The nose is fresh, juicy, orange, sherbet, marmalade, mandarin, and some fruity tang. The taste is crisp, light tartness, sherbet, orange peel, mandarin, floral, some acidity and decent crispness with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp, dry and quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6196) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
375 ml bottle. Hazy gold color with lasting head in a tulip. Aroma is light tangerine, grass, hints of oak, white grapes and lactic acid.

Flavor is spot on the aroma. Very bright with a dry texture. Earthy hints with the oak, over top the tangerine, oranges, white grapes, and light tart funk. Body has a grainy texture and wonderfully tart. Awesome effervescent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
Review is of a fresh bottle, shortly after release with double damon. Thanks Starr! Side by side w b5 Flora. Pours a lightly hazed straw golden color with a wispy white head. Doughy malt nose and citrus juice; flavor is more acidic than fresh Flora and not as bright. Bottles drink much better with some age, developed a little more tartness and dough flavor has dropped out.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Pete and Mary Lou- pours hazy pale lemon, bright white brief head. Nose of perfection. Tannic grape mustiness, lemon, saison yeast and some oak. So appetizing. On the palate, light with some tannic acidity, quite drying almost like a good sour. Definite citrus notes along with the traditional oak aged saison hill farmstead is known for. A beer to strive for. At 5%, can I have it all day? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Tannic, light and clean, slightly doughy saison. Easy to drink, but a bit one-note in comparison to the really fascinating blend of citrus flavors and light herbal notes in Soigne. Really a very good beer, but no Brother Soigne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pour is a transparent pale yellow with a thin white head. Nose has a faint farmhouse note to it with a balance of wheat malt. Light oak and some white grape/tannic notes, a bit of lemon, some lacto, and a touch of citric acid. Taste is fairly subtle, nothing overpowering. I thought the citric acid would provide a light burn but it does not. Mostly white grape with hints of tannins. The citrus flavors don’t add much, the farmhouse notes have mostly vanished, the lemon comes out stronger as does the lacto. Palate is quite soft with a nice level of carbonation and a dry and fairly sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
375ml bottle shared by jsprime. purs mostly clear golden with a white head. sour citrus aroma. flavour is again sour and citrus for a lean malt body and high acid. drinks like a florida weisse. nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Brilliant. Clear yellow straw with low carbonation. Geuze like must and cheesecloth meats juicy mandarin orange an clementine. Juicy and vibrant with assertive and pleasant funk. Mouthfeel is fluffy and quenching with a super dry finish. A tiny bit low in carbonation, but great. Stellar, no doubt.

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