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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine stem. Pour: Crystal clear pale straw body with two fingers of frothy white head. Great effervescence. The head recedes to a rim, and leaves beautiful, light lacing. Smell: Bright, juicy tangerines, lemon, and zesty oranges. A clean white wine vinousness. Some musty funk, and a touch of oak. Wow. Taste: Acidic and tart tangerine and lemon up front, and that mellows out seamlessly into white wine and smooth oak. Beautiful funk midpalate. Some citrus zest. Through the finish, lightly acidic and tart tangerines, lingering white wine, and drying oak. Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbed. The mandarins added a lovely acidity to play off of Flora’s typical tartness. Refreshing, and supremely drinkable. Flavors linger long enough that this is able to be savored for quite a while. Overall: What can I say… I thought Flora was near perfection, and this bettered it. Well done Shaun, this is a work of brewing art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Wow!!!!! Amazing orangy flavor really makes the flora just take off, indescribable, the funk and bugs perfectly blend with the fruit to make essentially the perfect beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtafro (6681) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle. Golden pour with some bubbles. Light citrus, mandarin other fruit aromas. Brett, light saison tones, mandarin, fruit and other flavors. Very juicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3497) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (5761) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (10060) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to Frank. Pours a cloudy yellow with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong mandarin orange, oak, wood, funk. Thin mouthfeel with nice wine, mandarin orange, funk, with light dry finish. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle shared at the Collected Works tasting. Pleasant overripe clementine fruitiness melding well with rindy grapefruit notes. Yogurty lacto offsets some of the marmalade character of the fruit, giving a really nicely rounded overall impression. Back to back with regular Flora I say this one wins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (1353) - - OCT 1, 2013
Hazy blonde pour with a small head. Barnyard funk, brett, yeast, citrus zest aroma. A lot going on here, lighter citrus fruit, rinds, barnyard funk, musty, oak, white grape. The mandarins are more noticeable while im drinking this. Quite tart. Lighter body, medium carbonation. With every drink i notice something new.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6406) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy citrus/orange, light sweet tarts, faint lemon, and a hint of cotton candy. It pours a hazy dull yellow with the small white head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus/orange. The finish has moderate sour lemon and light sweet tarts. It’s light bodied with light carbonation.

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