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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15840) - , 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 (11641) - 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 (9695) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9415) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9381) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8778) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8024) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (7183) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6880) - 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 16/20
BoBoChamp (5664) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
38cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, with mandarins, thx alot to Koen for sharing!, complex sour fruit brew, sour/fruity and slightly woody/floral, easy to drink, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew

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