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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle at home with friends. Huge thanks Andre!! Pour is slightly hazy lemon peel with a fizzy white head. Huge funky, floral, grassy, very dry, doughy, lemony, tangy, and straw aroma. Taste is very dry, tart lemons, doughy, peppery, spritzy, and honey with a lightly tart crisp finish. Light body with crisp carbonation. Easy drinking and somewhat fruity, but not as good as the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Moins d’effervescence que la régulière et la présence de la mandarine fait de l’ombre au vieillissement en barrique mais la rend plus juteuse. La buvabilité est moins féroce sur cette version mais j’adore l’acidité de l’agrume sucrée qui habite son corps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3380) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle generously shard by Seth. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Whispery citrus aromas. Mild citrus, muted mandarin orange, lemon zest, and grassy hop/yeast notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Hazy straw-colored ale with a tiny, fizzy, white head that’s gone in a flash. Lemon-like citrus acidity plays nicely with sourdough-like lactic acidity. Medium to full-bodied with tickling carbonation. The acidic, fruity flavor is moderately sour and jam-packed with stone fruit and plum skins. Lengthy, tart, crisp finale. Holy shit, Shaun - a Hill Farmstead beer with some actual texture to it? You are definitely onto something here. World class beer provided by a world class dude - landhoney!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
Je ne suis pas un grand amateur de vin et c’est pourquoi je me serais peut-être fait avoir, mais à l’aveugle j’aurais probablement parié que ce liquide était du vin mousseux et non de la bière! Cependant, on goûte bien aux mandarines et ce petit côté surette nous rappelle qu’il s’agit bel et bien d’une bière, quoique assez particulière comparée aux bières auxquelles je suis habituées. Bref, on sent que c’est réussi dans le style, mais c’est un style qui s’éloigne de ceux que j’apprécie en général.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottled late summer, enjoyed the 375ML by myself, full pour for the haters. 55F temp leaving an ounce behind for dregs.

A - Looks like a rich Chardonnay, slight tint of yellow with champagne like bubbles. The little head there is fades in about a minute.

S - Nose is earthy / funky with a slight citrus zest. Not as overpowering as I anticipated. Nose is also slightly grapey with musty tannins and oak.

T - The taste is still unquestionably Hill Farmstead Flora. Nice explosion of wheat, tart grape, apple and pear notes and an earthy rustic, slightly bitter finish. The orange however, it’s there...it’s totally there but in no way does it raise its hand and draw attention. I would just say this is a Juicy Flora or a more acidic citrusy Florence with an added tart and oak presence.

M - Very dry body, carbonation doesn’t erupt as only 50% of the beer turns of foamy bubbles on a very heavy swish. This was also not a bottle bomb or gusher. I’d say the carbonation is spot on.

O - As far as Hill Saisons go, this beer rests somewhere between Arthur and Ann for me. Art, Flora, Mimosa and Arthur being my top beers followed by Ann, Anna, Florence and Edith. I’d drink Arthur over this beer but it still holds its own and a beer I’d love to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
375mL bottle, side-by-side with regular Flora, pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma brings out white wine, floral notes, and a little citrus. Flavour brings out loads of the satsumas - which is surprising - I thought there wouldn’t be that much difference. There isn’t much of the wine barrels left on this version. This is much more citric than regular Flora. I think this eclipses regular Flora ever so slightly - it’s quite a different beast. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2931) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Aroma: Oranges, Mild White Wine, Mild Peach Appearance: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing Taste: Mildly Bitter Orange, Mild White Wine, Mild Peach Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Thanks Sam Lee. Pours a hazy gold, white head. So this one is good. But the Satsuma addition has taken away from what is probably one of the best beers in the saison category that I have hever had. The Satsuma muddles it. Takes away from the crisp and clean flavors. Its still good, but I would never choose this over regular Flora.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Boring gold pour with virtually zero head. Totally out of character for HF. Turns a hazy yellow color with a splash of yeast. Emboldened mandarin aroma with this addition.

Puckering, fruity, oaky, citrus galore, so nicely balanced. Improves significantly as it warms and with yeast. Oaky character didn't even show up until the bottom 20% of the bottle. Perfect amount of citrus and pucker. Excellent.

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