745. Hill Farmstead Flora
Flora has been on my list of wants for a long time. I have tried it at some of the Hill Farmstead events but never been able to score a bottle. Flora was one of the bottle being released on the 9/26/13 bottle release that I wrote about here. Fortunately they released it again this year with a three bottle limit, I opened one to do this review and have the other two in my cellar for later.
I love the deep yellow glow and thick white head on this beer. It took several partial pours to get this photo as initially the head was much bigger. The aroma has so much going on; some wine, some wheat, oak and a slight funk. Flavor has the same level of complexity and may be even better than the aroma. You get the wine and oak from the barrel, a slight funk from the “microflora” and a little tart. This is truly one of the most complex and flavorful beers I have ever tried and expect the two bottles aging to be even more so.
Flora is one of my favorite beers and I still have the Satsuma and Blueberry varieties to drink and review. I expect those will be as good or better than the original. Truly exceptional, unique and a beer that I could drink every week and not tire of.
Pros: Complex and wonderful
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.