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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Courtesy of tectactoe

Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate florals, lemon, lemon peel, and faint sweet tarts. Its 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. Its light bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (3198) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4569) - 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 (4191) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - 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. cant wait to see if art and ann can beat this one. delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (6213) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 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 dont really go together, I dont think, but its still awesomely flavorful and its ok that it drinks a bit bigger than it actually is.
Well, I guess Im officially in the Hill Farmstead superfan club, but then, Ive always thought very highly of Shauns brewing (see my reviews for his saisons from his days at the Shed, if you care). These "saisons" are awesome, regardless of how you feel about style guidelines and what is a "true saison". Im 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 didnt hurt either.
-End Justification for why I like beers I like. 8/5/8/4/17
750mL bottle, B6 again, drunk 11/5/16.
With some more time to develop, this has developed more funk, mineral and even sulfur. Its qute sublime, not overly sour, and still shows plentiful body/texture for 18 months of age. I love the Flora series in all its iterations and the base beer is no exception. Upping the score a bit. Rating is for this experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5356) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015
(75 cl. 08/2014. Batch 06. Gnreusement partage par Alex M. Merci!) Belle robe blonde et col blanc qui tombe aprs quelques gorges. Au nez, notes fortes de vin. Levures de la maison, bl, effet lactique, touche de vanille. Sur les papilles, moins de complexit : vin blanc, levures indignes et le bl de Florence. Tout de mme agrable mais rien de renversant. En bouche, corps crmeux et ptillement trs ou trop bas. En finale, une lgre aigreur fruite. Pas mal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (2482) - 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 (1323) - Middleton, 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 (7594) - 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

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