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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

511 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 293
Gots: 94 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +15.5%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Batch 1.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, herbs, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a spice finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

acurtis, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SFLpunk. Thanks! Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow color with a towering head and loads of retention. Foamy head is one of the better ones I've seen in quite some time. The nose brings some nice dandelion character along with light spice and faint wheat. Flavor has plenty of floral and grain characteristics plus a bit of white pepper and spice. Light body with crisp carbonation and a dry finish. Not quite as enjoyable as some of the other HF saisons, but still quite excellent.

Thorpe429, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Texasfan549, Oct 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours out with a ton of foam and as the liquid materializes it is a cloudy honey color; the whipped egg white head persists at length, leaving copious amounts of lace behind

Smell: Slightly funky, slightly floral and slighty earthy, the yeast drives the aromatics

Taste: As with the aroma, the yeast has a big impact on the palate; cantaloup and green tea, up front, with a growing lemony character that appears in the middle; the finish is a bit fruity, a bit grassy and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Hill Farmstead's saisons compete with the best of Belgium; I cannot really identify the spelt character in this beer but the flavor profile is complex and enjoyable, while the mouthfeel is light and airy

brentk56, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a delicate hazy light yellow color ale with a super large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with nice floral undertones and some light honey notes. Taste is a wonderful mix between some rustic notes with some floral notes as well as some honey and light fruity ester. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is a great example of complexity and drinkability without being overly sweet and with great attenuation.

Phyl21ca, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SocalKicks, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

largadeer, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Jason, May 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

nickfl, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite that summer is almost over, and this is a spring seasonal, however it's a cool day and seems like it should be drunk.

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly with nice layered lacing, over mostly clear pale honey colored beer.

Nose has some nice saison aromas, light straw and wheat like, hint of hay, nice farmhouse aromas, light aromatic spices that bring hint of orange zest, lemongrass, light floral character that is probably the dandelion, hints of grassy hops, and a bit of a sweet malt, with a touch of a funky like farmhouse aroma.

Taste is interesting... starting right out with a farmhouse funky yeast that is very similar to Brett, it really does seem like Brett. Then more great saison malts, little fluffy with hint of sweetness, but mostly dry and bready, with a farmhouse earthy malt profile. Then light floral saison spices, little tingle even, and that floral flower like taste, again most likely dandelion but I'm not quite sure. A bit of an earthy spicy yeast flavor from the farmhouse flavors, and hint of citrus zest. A mild bitterness in the background. Finish is fairly dry but clean, some more bitterness with an interesting almost definite dandelion flavor finally coming through, light earthy herbal bitterness, more citrus, and a bit of farmhouse funk.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall really interesting. Not the best saison I've had, but a nice one. Good malts, a really funky farmhouse character that is almost Brett like, nice floral aromatics and flavors, and just a hint of nice dandelion flavor.

jlindros, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller. Thanks! Served in a tulip.

A - A big white foam settles to a persistent meringue foam, leaving behind tons of splotchy lace. Vaguely transparent banana yellow body.

S - Dry, musty, with some straw and floral notes. Dandelion isn't overt, but adds a bit of sharp herbal character. As it warms up a bit of the honey and sweet malt comes out.

T - Taste has a bit more herbal and leafy character to it, along with some bitter dandelion greens in the finish. As it warms cereal grain character comes out - reminds me a little of Cheerios.

M - Medium-light body, lower, pleasant carbonation, and a lightly sticky and otherwise smooth body. No alcohol present, nor was any expected at 6.0% ABV.

D - It's not my favorite Hill Farmstead saison, but it's an very good and well-crafted beer all the same. I'd gladly have this one again if offered, but there are a half-dozen Saisons from Shuan Hill that I'd choose first.

MasterSki, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was opened at the Baltimore BA August tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a really cloudy bright yellow color with a layer of white head. This is a really bright and cloudy beer.

Smell: Light and quite herbal. Mild citrus notes are here as well.

Taste: This is a very light and refreshing saison. Herbal and a bit tart, I'm getting some lemon along with the herbal yeast notes. I'm also getting some white wine notes. Definitely a nice summer beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is another great summer beer. The lightness along with the herbal notes worked really well together. I'd have it again.

oline73, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer provided by Michael to compare with the dandelion beer from Fantome, this one was better, less vegetal.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles. Lots of lacing, moderate carbonation.

Honey comes through in the aroma nicely, along with a little grassiness and some hop like aroma, smells nice.

Beer is light in body, pretty floral throughout but not too grassy. Beer has a slightly dry finish but there isn't any real bitterness that would be overly amplified by the dryness. You can find the flowers but overall it is not very dandelion-esque. I liked it though, a lot.

drabmuh, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

mendvicdog, Aug 28, 2012
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Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.