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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

512 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 294
Gots: 95 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vera Mae is crafted from organic Vermont spelt, American hops, wildflower honey, dandelion flowers from our fields, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-25-2011)
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very foamy white head. Color is a very pale and hazed yellow.

Aroma: Reminds me of fantome. The honey is apparent. It is very floral. Weedy with some lemon zest and spices. Pears and some fruit flavors. Earthy.

Taste: Unique. Dandelions are here. Very floral. Grassy with pears and dried fruits. Spices. Coriander.

Mouthfeel: Really dry. Lighter bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Bone dry.

Overall, a good beer, but too dry. Unique flavors all around.

mothman, Dec 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

brez8791, Sep 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

OGunner77, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of dragonWhale
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden delicacy with a towering head that wilts back into a thin ring. Very little lacing.
Perfumy, floral, minty aromas. A strange combination, but we will go with it for now.
The taste is nicer, starts dry, floral but much less of the perfume. A little spearmint and hay. The finish is luxurious, a little lingering malty note with that spearmint.
Nice, but not my favorite.

dragonWhale, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

IPAchris, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

drewone, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

sideshowe, Feb 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

sailorastro, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

marine1975, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

kscaldef, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

pauljunk, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of DenverLogan
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, hefe-weizen color...lingering head with craters! Big aroma of fields of herbs and flowers. Significant carbonation, big tastes of melon, herbs, funkiness, bitterness, wheat, bread, sour lemon... big flavor, sour funk, fun but might not do more than a glass.

DenverLogan, May 27, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers and thanks are owed to BA baconsausage for hooking me up with this. Poured from a 750ml into a gigantic over-sized wine glass. The brew streams a perfectly clear golden yellow color with a rich 3+finger white frothy topping. The cap slowly fades leaving pillows of patchy lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of slightly off-white cap back to the surface and paints some strings of webby lace on the glass.

The aroma is lemony scented almost perfume-like inclusion that makes me think this is going to be sour. Some earthen edges with a mild inclusion of sulfur and stinky feet/cheese. The earthen aspects of this are a bit grassy and vegetative somewhat similar to dandelions but that is a bit of a stretch. There is a soft fresh grain note underneath that is minorly reminiscent of wheat. Overall, a fine smelling brew.

The flavor is very earthen with hints of grass, wheat and straw-like grain inclusion. There is a bit of that previously described lemony aspect found that was so bold in the aroma but instead of being citrus and zest-like or fruity, it is very bitter like chewing on the rind of an orange/lemon/grapefruit. It has a bit of an oily cling that resonates long into the aftertaste with a bit of a draw back to the initial earthen flavors. As the brew warms up, it gets to be a bit soapy.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It looks, smells and feels the part of a saison but the bitterness was a bit over the top and distracted a little bit from the overall experience. However, I gotta say that this was one of the more enjoyable Hill Farmstead brews that I have had in awhile. I would get this again if the opportunity presented itself and proceed almost like it is a hybrid ipa/saison instead of expecting a saison in the more traditional sense.

stakem, Dec 28, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special Thanks to mtardiff for this beer. Always a treat to try a Hill Farmstead variety for the first time.

There is a very aggressive fluffy/light that builds in the glass and sticks around for a while. I’ll stick with the honey theme and say it’s a light honey color. Perhaps a bit lighter than most honey. Structure of the head is nice and it builds way above the top of the glass.

Aroma is a mix of light sugar sweetness and some herbal notes. I’d be lying if I said I could pick out dandelions specifically, but it’s quite herbaceous. You can definitely detect some honey here as well.

Well, I’ve learned that honey ferments all the way out and leaves no residual sweetness. Or something like that. I’d say this helps prove the point. If you read honey you might expect some sweetness in the flavor. It’s a very dry saison. Further the aroma tricks you a bit. Herbal and grass notes play a nice role here. There is a plastic bitterness just below the surface here as well. This rolls through the finish with a flat bitterness. It could stand just a touch of sweetness to round it out.

Almost astringent on your tongue. That’s an overstatement but the dry flavor comes through in the mouth feel is what I am trying to express.

Decent beer but not anywhere among my favorite from this brewer.

They are still stellar in my book.

Reagan1984, Oct 27, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gusher at a tasting.

A - great lacing as the huge white head falls. Body is very light grapefruit color which is decently cloudy.

S - some orange and lemon but mostly light funk. A little dusty.

T - light wheat and some rye. All the flavors are very light. Some flowery notes.

M - So light on the mouth. Little carbonation noted.

O - very nice beer that would be good on a summers day. Simple and light.

RuckusDu, May 27, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into hill farmstead tulip

A - golden body with gigantic billowing head. good retention and superb lacing.

S - earthy tones with lemon zest and spices.

T - spicy yeast notes hit right away and linger. lemon zest in there with some earthy malt tastes. grass hop bitterness in the back.

M - medium bodied with lots and lots of carbonation, so much so after you swallow your left with bubbles on the side of your tongue. lingering bitterness on the side of the mouth.

O - a good beer that could be brilliant but is way to over carbonated. hard to drink a whole bottle by yourself so grab a friend.

celticfutblclub, Nov 24, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

John S's bottle, recent acquisition. Yellow with a huge head, significantly yeasty aroma. Honey and bitterness, very well carbonated much more so than other HF I have tried. Middling saison really, and the honey seemed to have neutralzed other flavours.Decent drinkability.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

apperance - straw in color with an almost green tint to it (maybe ive got magic ghost fever), good white head with great lacing and retention.

smell - funk, sweet and herbal floral, bitter herbs (dandelion, it taste so odd here and mixes oddly, more so in the taste than smell... smells like some funk)

taste - more yeast comes to play, dandelions arent nice in this for me.

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation, highly drinkable, a bit of lingering around

claytong, Nov 01, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow pour with a nice head

Smell: Floral notes, lemon, wheat,

Taste: Similar to the smell, finish has a touch of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation

Overall: Good one to share, enjoyable but not something I would seek out.

craytonic, Nov 25, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: 4/5. hazy hay. high carbonation, huge pillowy white head, receding a-pace, good lacing.

A: 3/5. clean, minor alcohol.

F: 8/10. very light, lightly sweet. faint notes of honey. very slightly vegetal bitterness.

M: 3/5. carbonic acidic, slightly puckering. very high carbonation, tingling on tongue.

O: 7/10. Very pleasant, very good saison, representing both the honey and (to a lesser extent) dandelion.

jsled, Sep 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Jason, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
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Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.