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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 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
375ml bottle... Pours a very pale grassy pilsner like hue and topped with a thin creamy white head... Oaky wine barrel presence with a touch of vanilla followed up with a mandarine orange finish. Splendid... More of the same in terms of the flavor with more of a pronounced tart sourness with white wine grapes and more of that mandarine orange goodness. Sour semi-dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle, generously shared by quackus42, 10/18/2013. Pours a pale cloudy golden straw color, thin layer of hazy foam on the surface. Aroma is wheat, pulpy orange with soft barnyard notes, sharper orange concentrate coming through, citrus as well. Taste is sharp tangerine, wheat undertones, lingering citrus, brett, oak on the tongue. Light, bright body, creamy. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (5892) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle shared with and compliments of Alan, thanks man. Pours a light hazy gold color with small white head, went away immediately. Aromas of heavy oak, lemons, barnyard blanket, tangerine, mandarin orange funk, Cali orange bud, and white vino. Flavor is insanely bright and juicy with mandarin, sour peach, and grapefruit zest working together with the horse funk, oak, and earthiness. Light to medium body. Another gem from HF.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (5293) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2013
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of oranges, tartness and sourness, oak and wine, some wheat and pale malts, and light fruits. Flavor a great blend of oranges and the wine and sour/funky notes. Average to smooth texture. Another great HF beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Pours a golden orange with no head. Aroma is funky lactic and basementy with some sharp citrus/orange. The orange is less prevalent on the taste but a sharp citric acidity is present. Really nice beer but not quite as good as regular Flora.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Dry as the desert, this citrusy and tart Saison evokes summer-y flavorscapes amongst the gentle prickling of natural carbonation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam clings to the sides of the glass around the misty pale gold.
-The nose is not as complex as their Arthur’s, or many of their other Saisons for that matter.
-A touch of wood adds depth.
-Brettanomyces flavors are well leveled with the rest of the brew’s talkative profile.
-Salt crackers are perceived in the aroma.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3542) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2013
The beer is clear and pale yellow with a soft white head. The aroma offers lemons, funk, oranges, tangerines, floral notes, oak, white wine. The flavor is beautifully balanced. What an elegant beer. Simply terrific. Sweet, fresh oranges complimented by delicate tartness and light funk. So smooth and easy to drink. A fantastic beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle. Clear pale gold pour with no head. Aroma is quite fruity, nice light citrus aroma, fruit salad, sour wheat notes, tons of white wine, oaky. Taste is tart with a mild fruity sweetness, light orange-ish flavors, again quite reminiscent of white wine. Palate is dry, light carbonation. Very easy drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle shared by Arin! Hazy golden pour with a frothy white head. Fruity citrus aroma, a lot of orange coming through, wood, yeasty vibrance and oak. Bright refreshing flavor of mandarin oranges, lemons, yeast, oak, yeast funkiness and hay. Light, refreshing and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (4108) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to Arin! Pours a hazy pale yellow with no real head or lace. Aroma of sweet maple, hint of wood, orange, and slight sour. Taste is way more sour with lots of tart orange. Amazing! Hardly a saison, but very nice.

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