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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
37.5 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, mandarine and citrusy. Smooth citrusy, mandarine and lime. Light wooden dryness. Citric and almost bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of lemons and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of straw and lemons, leading to a tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle at yespr. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity and light acidic aroma of oak and mandarin. Fruity and light acidic flavour of oak and mandarin. Tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23355) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear pale golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy tart mandarin aroma. Fruity spicy tart citrus flavor. Has a fruity spicy tart citrus mandarin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
9th May 2014
Leighton 10K tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to our ever dependable LKS for this one. Hazy pale gold beer, residual white head. Palate is very light and crisp. Light lemony sourness, touch of floralness. Very light mandarin. Light sherbet before the light finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18711) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle at the Black (IPA) Friday tasting, big thanks as always to Leighton, 09/05/14. Hazed orange with little in the way of a head. Nose is bitter orange, straw, mandarin, tangerine, light spice. Taste comprises tarte orange, tangerine, spice, grass, light herbal notes, orange pithdom, light yeast. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying grass laced close. Super solid saison, lots of flavour for 5% ABV, crisp and clean, super drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle share. Pours cloudy grapefruit. White head. Nose and taste of mandarin, oak, white wine, wheat malt, soured lemon, grapefruit and soured orange peel. Medium body. Refreshing tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14663) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2015
(375ml bottle) Pours a clear pale yellow body with a spare white head. Aroma of mandarin oranges, wheat, lemon, vinous, and florals. Flavor of tangy mandarin orange, lemon, grass, brett, and tangerine with a dry finish.

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