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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Flora(Barrel aged Wheat Saison) is our Wheat Saison (Florence), brewed with Butterworks Farm Organic Vermont Winter Wheat, aged for 8 to 14 months in French Oak wine barrels and complimented by the terroir of our resident microflora... Batch 1: Corked. Blend of barrels. Batch 2: Gold Cap. No cork. Blend. Batch 3: Silver cap. Blend of barrels. Inoculated with culture from our coolship experiments. Batch 4: #4 written in box. Batch 5: Dated. Batch 4: Silver cap. Same brew day/batch as Flora 3 - but the beer progressed/rested longer in the barrels.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle at RBWG 2016. Juicy tropical fruit box nose. Reddish purple deep color. A drying mouthfeel at first with a lemon flavor and hay. Some tart berry cherry flavor as it warms. A very drying finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3102) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to tectactoe for sharing. Aroma is huge lemon candy with light brett, light yogurt and tropical fruit. Tastes awesome. So smooth. Great balance of lemon-y sweet tarts, brett, yogurt, stone fruit, and hay. Big tartness in the finish. Balanced, delicious and crushable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1647) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
R U Jokin or wat? Just had this back to back with CD15 and this is just a touch behind. God nectar. Tart, funky, bacterial, oak. Lightly vinous. This is excellence on every level.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlandersNed (385) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2015
25.4oz bottle - B6. Hazy yellow hue. Dry hopped saison nose. Very well balanced wood/barrel, hops, yeast, wine/dry white grape, taste. Medium-body and full carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (713) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
750 mL bottle. Batch 3. Originally reviewed 6/28/2013. Golden orange. A little hazy. Big white head that leaves a bit of lacing and large surface wisps. Aroma has Earthy notes, akin to brett, without ever being bretty. Lemon zest. Wheat grain. Wine and a hint of acidity. Strong white wine flavor. Much more acidic, but not sour. Grainy. Bright lemon tang. White wine lingers in the aftertaste. Light, but the flavors linger well on the palate. Well carbonated. Lacking the complexity of the other barrel aged saisons, but still the barrel adds a great deal. Iíve learned to appreciate its simplicity, though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6144) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Courtesy of tectactoe

Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate florals, lemon, lemon peel, and faint sweet tarts. Itís a hazy dull golden-orange with a small white head that fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tart citrus. The finish has light-moderate lemon, sweet tarts, and a touch of funk. Itís light bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (2459) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden with a medium sized white head. Nose has pepper, grapes, must, wood, cellar. Flavour follows. Medium body. Very musty and rustic. This is a very. Very. Good rating. I am an expert.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2015
Hazy golden colour, white head. Spicy aroma, vanilla, sour lactic acid, somewhat musty. Sweetish flavour, sour, quite spicy, peach notes. Bit herbal finish, light sweetnes, spices. Cool to have drunk batch #1, but think it was a bit on the old side.
(from 75cL bottle @ ACBF 2015, Vichte. 2011 vintage, batch #1. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck!!)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2772) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2015
batch 5 bottle shared by a friend together with florence. been dying to try this one! poured a straw cloudy golden colour with a white head. nose has a clear notice of funky brett, and white grapes, oak, and tart notes, citrus, and dusty funk. white wine. lactic yoghurt. wheat, and funky tart notes in the finish. a perfect saison transformed into a delicious funky white wine. wow. one of the best wine barrel saisons. canít wait to see if art and ann can beat this one. delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4852) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Batch 6 magnum shared by Adam on 7/25/15, with some really enjoyable kid rock playing in the background....sigh.
Just a crazy stupendously perfect appearance. Lightly hazy brass with just huge, dense, well-retained, white head atop.
Mossy, very earthy plant-like character in the nose is complemented by sulfur/poop-like yeast/bacteria notes that are quite enjoyable. Very nice and restrained on the barrels, no huge wine character and not a ton of tannin dullness. Love the stinky, funky nose and the beer seems very appropriately named. No alcohol or flaws.
Soft, gentle floral notes and cornflower-like delicateness creeping in between the moderate acids and light maltiness. Lilacs, mangoes, pineapple, honeyed maltiness and some dry, grainy wheat character. Nice balance on the sweetness/dryness and a fairly thick body. In that sense, the "thickness" or "fullness" from the wheat, the extra body or chewiness from the barrel tannin and the creamy-full texture from the carbonation donít really go together, I donít think, but itís still awesomely flavorful and itís ok that it drinks a bit bigger than it actually is.
Well, I guess Iím officially in the Hill Farmstead superfan club, but then, Iíve always thought very highly of Shawnís brewing (see my reviews for his saisons from his days at the Shed, if you care). These "saisons" are awesome, regardless on how you feel about style guidelines and what is a "true saison". Iím not afraid to admit how good they are and jump on the bandwagon with my high reviews. They really were almost unanimously awesome. Adam aging them in a cool cellar for a year via a magnum (which reduces oxidation) certainly didnít hurt either.
-End Justification for why I like beers I like.


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