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 (3784) - 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. It’s a very hazy beer with some nice sediment floating around.
S - Wheat is the dominant scent followed by Kiwi, Mango and lots of grapes. I’m 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 HFS’s 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 (2295) - 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.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Jews brews and bbqs. Canary yellow, slight haze. Aroma is predominantly lactic with lemon zest and candied lemon rind. Light on the palate with very light soft effervescence. Finishes clean, with a saltiness that adds a nice element. Its refreshing. Underwhelming overall but nice
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jbeatty (1224) - New York, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to MtGoat. Pours bubbly straw gold, hazy, with a thin creamy head that just sits there looking pretty. Nose has brett, pineapple and white wine grapes, floral hops and soft lemon wheat. Taste begins with light tartness and vinous quality, leading into some brett character, bread malts, soft lemon overtones, and dry light herbal bitter finish. Dry, smooth and creamy in the mouth, very easy to enjoy. Delicious, will definitely look for more.
50belair (3031) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pale yellow pour with a small white head. Tart citrusy nose. Light, smooth, and crisp with citrus, cereal, and light Pinot Grigio notes. Well done..
SrSilliGose (3325) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at hill farmstead. beautiful rustic flower, lemongrass, and wheat with am earthy, cheesy, old cellar brett funk. some white wine grapes. dry. rustic, earthy saison. fresh cut wild flowers on a fall day. awesome beer.
fbm115 (184) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 This is one of my favorite beers of all time. Pours a clear golden hue with a billowing white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Smell is super saison esters, some funky brett with a floral wine oak smell. wheaty malt come through. The esters coming off this liquid are potent and clean. taste is a blast of flavors from malt, clean yeast esters, brett leather, wine barrel, oak, light vanilla finishing with a light bite of hop crispness. touch of hop taste but mostly lending a nice crisp bite. mouthfeel is medium body with high crisp drying carbonation. overall this is one of the finest beers i’ve ever had.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a corked 750 ml. bottle thanks to Eric for sending this. Light golden color with a bit of haziness. Thin but nice white head. Aroma off the top is lemon, wheat, yeast, and funk. Light in body and some prickly carbonation. Interesting mix of flavors with a flowery herbaceous quality along with hints of the Pinot barrel. A definite funky quality with maybe a slight acetic bite. The hop presence is there as well. A good beer and unique but maybe not my favorite HFS Saison.