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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.

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2127) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
375 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 10/16/2013. Pale yellow with a slight haze. Small white head. Lemony aroma. White wine. Citrus. Mild citrus, but its there. A little acidic. Lemony tartness in the flavor as well. White white follows. Some oak. Minimal grain. Citrus takes over. It’s not super strong, but it’s enough to dominate the finish. Light and crisp. Nice tartness. Medium carbonation. Tasty. Flora is simple enough that it won’t suffer from fruit, but part of me likes how simple Flora is without the fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12752) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0’s HF party. Thanks André! Pours a clear golden yellow appearance with a white head. Light white wine, citrus, lemon, funk, vanilla, and a bit of BO. Some acidity. Medium light body. Dry with light bitterness. Pretty juicy, lemon lime soda flavor. Lightly tart. A little bit of apple. Kind of fun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9107) - 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 (1459) - 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 (23333) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (428) - 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 (26145) - 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 (34639) - 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 (11996) - 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.

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