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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 grandfatherís 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.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Tannic, light and clean, slightly doughy saison. Easy to drink, but a bit one-note in comparison to the really fascinating blend of citrus flavors and light herbal notes in Soigne. Really a very good beer, but no Brother Soigne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
375 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is dry with a moderate funk, yeast, vinous white wine, orange citrus, some acidity, pepper and earthy tones. The flavor has dry grass, orange citrus, white wine, yeast, pepper, and very tasty. Would like to have this again sometime, solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1364) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2015
Hazy golden dark yellow pour with no head. Really nice nose. Flora plus some funky tart citrus. Dusty Brett and lemon zest lead to a musty floral end. Neat. Low carb and lemony tartness to start. Palate is malty sweet to a tart end. Taste is a fantastic version of flora. Musty, sweet, floral, lemony Flora-y goodness. Bretts are strong in this one. A fantastic version of Flora a.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (19112) - MalmŲ, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (357) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle pours a deep golden color, small off-white head, nice spotty lacing. Aromas of wheat, wet oak, light citrus, must and hay. Taste is much lighter than expected. Light hints of the mandarin oranges do permeate...minimal tartness....more of a wine barrel inflection over a some light funk. All very delicate and subtle. Finishes a bit thin, but has a nice semi-dry wine character. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (23370) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30255) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Borup (7624) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
37,5 cl. bottle. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroam and flavour of malt, fruit, hops, oak, brettanomyces and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (34862) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1649) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2014
The still, hazed gold is left without the slightest framing of foam. Mandarin, must, and limestone, cave-like aroma. Very gueuze like ultimately, swimming in a funk of calcified cheeses, salty brine and pickled melon rinds. Curious, fascinating moments of vanilla bean, cardamom, and allspice can be separated from the sourness, fleetingly. Lemon pepper and more animal tones are apparent with a little warmth.

The flavor, possibly more fruit forward, is calmer and less funk-driven than the nose. Pear, lemon rind, saltwater, and yogurt cultures are the main flavors here. If this were fresh it would of course be a very different experience than this rustic, shoreline lambic flavor. As is, itís pulsing with acidity and wild character, and the gravelly, mineral framing to rein it in.

The palate retains juiciness and a bit of spry carbonation, but it is ultimately a bit washed out. A crazy, zinging pineapple and orange fruitiness feeds back in the nose before the finish. Lots of secrets to unlock in this unusual beer; fun for the fact that itís probably the most lambic-oriented, the most connected to recognizably traditional character that Iíve experienced from HF. Granted, of course, that I might be drinking this later than the brewer intended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle: Clear, golden-straw color. Bright, with a mild chill haze. Not much head on top of this one, just a slightly bubbled-up, foamy white collar. Lovely aroma; vibrant, fresh orange flesh (mandarins, I assume) with huge contributing notes of lemon, green apple, & pear as well. Quite tart on the nostrils, notable lacto with a strong, funky oak presence. Wet, sopping woody funk with a yeasty & barnyard blanket twinge rounding things out. Nice mouthful of crisp tartness, fresh graininess, & vivacious farmhouse yeast. Lots of funky hay, damp barnyard floor. Great flavor from the mandarins, big-time tart tangerines all over the palate. Hint of oaky tannins, edging on vinous, almost like a white wine but much more mild & intricate. Finish of sour stone fruit skins, manageable acidity, lacto yeast, fresh pale malt, & a crisp, damp hay funk thatís oh so reminiscent of that Hill Farmstead resident bacteria. Dry finish, lingering oakiness. A simply fantastic saison... Wow. Itís not even fair anymore.

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