orangesol (979) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013 I shared this one with everyone after the bottle share a few weeks back. Bought it at the Brass Rail for way too much money...I believe it was a Batch 2
A - Pours murky golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving very light streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of typical saison funk, lemon, green apples, fresh cut grass, oak and some wet earth. Nothing too complex yet still very nice.
T - Starts off with some fruitiness - mostly citric fruit and fresh green apples - quickly giving way to hints of oak, grass, damp earth and plenty of chewy wheat. I was expecting a bit more funk, all tho I am not sure if it needs it. Finish is dry, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly dry finish lingers on the pallet for quite awhile after each sip.
O - I had the base beer of this one and thought it was decent but this one is definitely an improvement on that one. The barrels really helped to round things out. Good stuff for sure.
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours a really nice foamy head. Bright yellow pour. The aroma is very floral and funky. Its got a nice funk to it the whole way through. This stuff tastes almost like a light lambic. Its got that lambic feel a good light body. Very solid for the style
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 3, pours clear medium gold with a medium white head. Lemon, cracked black pepper on the nose, fresh grains. Quite herbal and peppery, not as hop forward as I would have thought. Really sharp and sour in the mouth. Mineral/sulfur on the front palate with sour orange and lemon. Back palate is all brett, really sweaty, socky brett, Truly funky, in fact this defines funk. Flavor profile is totally fleshed out and is really vibrant at this young age, but itís weird and a bit fucked. Tastes like sweaty underwear all through the finish for a good 30 seconds. Carbonation is sharp. Flavors approaching vaginal. Still pretty good, wink! ;-)
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flora pours a cloudy pale yellow. Nice fluffy white two finger head is poured. Decent retention and lacing throughout the glass. A ton bubbles shoot from the bottom of the glass. Nicely carbonated.
The smell on this one is nice and delicate. Wheat of course, floral hops, lemon, orange, white grapes. Iím used to barrels doing more but itís done very little to this beer.
The barrel does a little but more in the taste. The grape characteristics stick around more this time especially at the end and after taste. Itís a crisp delicate taste. Once again lemon, wheat, citrus, and some nice tartness. Not a overwhelming tartness, just a tad. Lovely taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies, crisp, and well carbonated. Carbonation smacks the lips. Dry finish.
Really did enjoy this one. Itís refreshing. The barrel doesnít do much here other than adding some grape characteristics and the wild yeast adds a slight tartness to it. Nothing overwhelming here. Just a nice balance of everything.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft pour 2010 vintage/. Nice yellow color. Light and clean with the right amount of funk. Did well in the barrels.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Brad at Jackie Oís. Clear gold pour with a huge white head. Malty nose with notes of funk, tartness and wine. Sweet malt flavor at first, then tart fruit and wine take over before a funky finish. Very nice.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 3 - Poured into some Hill Farmstead stemware. Beautiful, clear, golden body with two fingers worth of frothy white head. Lots of patchy white lacing traces the glass. Earthy wheat grains on the nose with some slight barnyard funk. Touch of lemon citrus. The flavor is filled with juicy citrus and wheat. A light, dry, sourness lingers throughout. Barreled wine character in the background. Much more flavorful than previous batches of Flora. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost slick, with spritzy carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice improvement on the original batches of Flora. An excellent Belgian-styled table beer.
AdamChandler (3588) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at the Hill Farmstead Beer Release on February 18th. Kept in the fridge and poured into an HFS glass.
A - 1-Finger crystal clear head with cream like bubbles. The beer itself is golden to leather in appearance. Itís a very hazy beer with some nice sediment floating around.
S - Wheat is the dominant scent followed by Kiwi, Mango and lots of grapes. Iím getting really sweet green grapes.
T - In short, a carbonated Pinot Noir with wheat and bitter yeast. I love wine so this has those Pinot tastes in a very balanced way. The wheat in this beer is very apparent.
M - None of HFSís beers really take over your mouth with carbonation when you swish. This is no different. Solid mouth feel, light bodied and a pleasant white grape juice aftertaste.
O - Utterly remarkable. This beer is simply a fantastic wheat saison with the drinkability of white wine. We had this beer with baked fish and it paired very well! Delicious, drinkable, perfect.
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery - a pre EBF sample that Sean generously provided before it was kegged. Pale light yellow, white head. Lemon, light orange, tart and sour, some vinous notes. Tart and bretty, moderate carbonation, lemon, full body, some interesting spice and a bit of dryness on the end as well. Quite tasty.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] shared by Andrew. Thanks! Pours clear gold with a fine whitish head. Aroma is mineral, lemon, lightly herbal. Not super complex, but bright and balanced. Flavor is light, citrus, mineral, super drinkable, nice.