Homer321 (5071) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle at RBWG 2016. Juicy tropical fruit box nose. Reddish purple deep color. A drying mouthfeel at first with a lemon flavor and hay. Some tart berry cherry flavor as it warms. A very drying finish. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle thanks to tectactoe for sharing. Aroma is huge lemon candy with light brett, light yogurt and tropical fruit. Tastes awesome. So smooth. Great balance of lemon-y sweet tarts, brett, yogurt, stone fruit, and hay. Big tartness in the finish. Balanced, delicious and crushable. MacBoost (1898) - Victor, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
R U Jokin or wat? Just had this back to back with CD15 and this is just a touch behind. God nectar. Tart, funky, bacterial, oak. Lightly vinous. This is excellence on every level. FlandersNed (395) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2015
25.4oz bottle - B6. Hazy yellow hue. Dry hopped saison nose. Very well balanced wood/barrel, hops, yeast, wine/dry white grape, taste. Medium-body and full carbonation. ctipping (2047) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
750 mL bottle. Batch 3. Originally reviewed 6/28/2013.
Golden orange. A little hazy. Big white head that leaves a bit of lacing and large surface wisps.
Aroma has Earthy notes, akin to brett, without ever being bretty. Lemon zest. Wheat grain. Wine and a hint of acidity.
Strong white wine flavor. Much more acidic, but not sour. Grainy. Bright lemon tang. White wine lingers in the aftertaste.
Light, but the flavors linger well on the palate. Well carbonated.
Lacking the complexity of the other barrel aged saisons, but still the barrel adds a great deal. I’ve learned to appreciate its simplicity, though.
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Courtesy of tectactoeSlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate florals, lemon, lemon peel, and faint sweet tarts. It’s 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. It’s light bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
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. Martinus (4601) - 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.markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2015
(from 75cL bottle @ ACBF 2015, Vichte. 2011 vintage, batch #1. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck!!)
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! ClarkVV (6708) - 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 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 Shaun’s 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". 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. 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. It’s 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.