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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4064) - 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!!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2343) - 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. can’t wait to see if art and ann can beat this one. delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4425) - 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 don’t really go together, I don’t think, but it’s still awesomely flavorful and it’s ok that it drinks a bit bigger than it actually is.
Well, I guess I’m officially in the Hill Farmstead superfan club, but then, I’ve always thought very highly of Shawn’s 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". I’m 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 didn’t hurt either.
-End Justification for why I like beers I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4039) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015
(75 cl. 08/2014. Batch 06. Généreusement partagée par Alex M. Merci!) Belle robe blonde et col blanc qui tombe après quelques gorgées. Au nez, notes fortes de vin. Levures de la maison, blé, effet lactique, touche de vanille. Sur les papilles, moins de complexité : vin blanc, levures indigènes et le blé de Florence. Tout de même agréable mais rien de renversant. En bouche, corps crémeux et pétillement très ou trop bas. En finale, une légère aigreur fruitée. Pas mal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1585) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Magnum shared by AdamChandler opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Kid Rock on the boom box, Clark hating it. Pours yellow gold with an white head. Aroma is wheat, HFS funk, mild oak. Flavor follows, soft, tart, citrus, wheat, a touch of honey, HFS funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Poured from magnum batch 6 thanks AdamChandler for the Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting. Hazy golden pour with a nice white head. Aromas of tart lemon sour lacto and vanilla hay. Taste is super clean and matches aroma. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Bottle: Batch 6 from a magnum bottle thanks to Adam. Semi-cloudy pale yellow pour with a soft, bright white head. Huge tartness in the aroma. Tons of lemon, vanilla yogurt, sour lacto, wet hay, mineral water, sour stone fruit, light grain. Flavor is very clean. Minerals, sour grain & lacto, lemon, peach, under-ripe stone fruit, small amounts of yogurt & funky barnyard hay. Dry stone fruit & mineral finish. Absolutely incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle; minor gusher on opening. Pours hazy straw, very small white head with some lacing. Aroma is oaky, Brett, horseblanket, oak, lemon, wheat. Flavor is very light sweet, light tart, just a hint of funk; clean and crisp with a light oaky Brett touch. Light body, mineral water mouthfeel. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (6591) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2015
5/III/15 - 75cl bottle @ Drunken Driver’s tasting (home) - BB: n/a, 2011 vintage (on cap) (2015-265) Thanks to Amy for giving me this bottle!

Clear pale yellowish beer, creamy irregular white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit funky, sourish, musty, spicy, some coriander, floral, bit sweet. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: very sourish, lemony start, little bitter, bit oxidized, sherry notes. Aftertaste: some cardboard, little funky, aged, bit thin, oxidized, sherry again. Too old or too barrel aged?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6899) - Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (BATCH 06; shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a hazy golden orange with foamy white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes good; funky brett and oak with a nice balance of pleasantly mild vinous notes alongside some yeast and a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pleasantly lively. Good stuff.

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