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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2012
From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip. Flora pours a dark golden color with a nice white cap. The aroma is lemony, a little bit like a gueuze. Dry crackery malt and some funk add depth. The flavor is dry, with crackery malt up front, some wild sour flavors next, with a lingering lemon tartness. There are some pear, green apple, and grassy notes in here as well. The finish is fairly clean. The body is dry, with medium carbonation and a lighter body. Overall I felt this was a nice beer, pleasantly tart in a style that I do not normally enjoy as much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2564) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2012
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours slightly hazy pale golden with a frothy white head that doesn’t leave much trace or lacing while dissipating. Smell is sweet, spicy and funky with dusty barnyard, hay, green grapes, cloves, white pepper, tangerines, orange zest and hints of sweat. Taste is sweet and sour with dark grapes, lemon zest, dry soil, wood, barnyard, red wine, dandelions, brett and subtle hints of cheese. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny dry and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, sour and tiny bitter with hay, cheese, grapes and barnyard. My first Hill Farmstead beer and considering the quality of this I’m sure I’ll track down many more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2012
(Bottle) Pours hazy pale golden with a white head. The aroma holds doughy yeast, tart white wine, tart fruits, sweaty horse/horse blanket, bread, crackers, citrus, herbs, flowers, dust, wood, cheese and subtle spices. The flavour is near dry and light to medium acidic with a hint of bitterness. Notes of citrus, wine, tart grapes, mild funk, tart fruits, herbs, cheese, crackers and a touch of dough. The mouthfeel is soft, round and tart with a light carbonation. Tart, citric and a bit funky finish. Light to medium bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Compliments of Jale at Flossmoor’s pre-DLD night. Calling this a funky saison is pretty weak. Maybe I could italicize, bold, underline and further highlight the funky somehow to make my point. Really cool saison fellas. nice work.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
Bottle, 75 cl. Hazy pale Beer with a dense, lively white head. Dry yeasty, floral, almost vinous aromas of apples, white wine, brett, wheat and flowers. The taste is citric, with a light floral malty sweetness, flowery hops, very crisp and fresh, light body. Elegant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
Batch 1 - What a difference a year makes! I remember trying this a year ago and being unimpressed. I imagine part of that is my palate changing, but am sure that the wild yeast has gone to work and improved this beer quite a bit. Pours out a beautiful slightly hazy golden yellow with a pillowy, frothy white head. Nose is impressive, lots of brett, some lemon zest, a bit of pepper, floral yeast, and a bit of earth. Feel is excellent, light, crisp, dry, frothy. Taste follows the nose - complex, earthy, a touch of lemon, and a bit of malt.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
750ml bottle, marked with a hand-written "3". Not sure what that means. The pour yields a gorgeous, lightly hazy, golden-amber body strewn with ultra-fine streams of effervescing pinpoint bubbles. A smooth, lightly spongy head of pure white foam recedes very slowly, never fully dissipating. Ultimately, a paper thin center film leads to a slightly ramped-up edge, leaving tall, tattered splotches of lace all over the glass. Pretty much a picture perfect brew.

The nose is shockingly good. It smells of the perfectly balanced and complex essence of expert barrel-aged saison craftsmanship. Fresh-cut malted wheat is robust. Softly buggy farmhouse yeast is dry and dusty. Wisps of lightly peppery flower petals meet remnants of pungent grassy hops. And then there’s the barrel influence. Oh that barrel makes everything even better. Soft Pinot Noir tannins lend a fruity, aromatic bite, and lambic-esque lacto-citric acidity keeps things wild and dry. Tart, buggy, woody, sharp...it simply smells amazing.

The flavor is also exceptional. Wheat plays such a prominent role...probably more so than in any other saison I’ve ever had. The cereal-esque base is so distinct, and it works beautifully with the slightly dank grassiness of the hops. Nips of tart, tangy lemon and dried pineapple meet dusty wildflowers, wild farmhouse yeast, and funky, woody barrel bugs. Acidity slices right through the ever-so-slightly creamy malts. Damn tasty stuff. Not as mind-blowing as the aroma, but great nonetheless.

The palate? It’s dry, dusty, and zippy, with a moderate body and a crisp finish. The only downside is a a hint of papery character that is easily overlooked. I drank the bottle over the course of a few hours with tremendous joy. This is an excellent freaking beer. Look...the case is pretty much closed. Shaun Hill brews the best saisons in America...maybe the planet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2483) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Glowing golden yellow body, large creamy white head. Assertive lemon zest, wheat, tropical citrus,grassy hops, and yeasty zip. Light bodied, good carbonation keeps the flavors moving across the tongue. A clean, vibrant saison that is perfect for a warm spring afternoon.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours mostly translucent with a nice off white head. The aroma, my favorite part, is so sweet and pleasant with notes of sweet earthy honey and delightful saison yeast tame on funk and spice but so nice. The flavor brings sweet, grassy notes like a refreshing walk in a spring meadow on a perfect just right carbonated body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2012
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a hazy orange-blonde. This stuff is damn delicious. So clean with delicate notes of lemon and wheat. I don’t know how they do it; it’s subtle but so addicting.


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