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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

432 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 273
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

11-02-2011 21:44:22 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

10-07-2012 03:32:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-19-2012 02:44:04 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

11-20-2011 01:23:02 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-26-2013 20:06:23 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

06-20-2013 00:45:53 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-19-2012 14:22:11 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-02-2011 19:15:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-03-2014 21:22:32 | More by zestar
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-13-2011 23:43:00 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -30.7%

11-25-2011 20:54:03 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-12-2014 23:13:39 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-11-2013 10:47:41 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-25-2011 20:30:05 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-14-2013 04:41:35 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-12-2014 06:09:50 | More by SocalKicks
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-27-2013 03:16:43 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

05-03-2013 02:50:39 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

10-03-2011 20:36:11 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-18-2011 01:49:03 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

08-19-2012 21:39:29 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-27-2013 17:14:34 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

08-26-2012 00:10:12 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

From 11/05/11 notes. Brought a bottle of this to a recent tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with high carbonation evident and two fingers of fluffy white head. A ton of lacing left on the glass and some nice head retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, honey, floral notes and hops, and light earthy/funky notes. Great nose; ton of floral/earthy notes coming through witht he oranges and citrus, I'm really loving it.

t - Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops lightly bitter, yeast, light earthy notes. Not as much orange or citrus as the nose, and not as sweet, but more floral notes. Very nice, but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness, but overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really good saison from Hill Farmstead. I thought the nose was amazing and it was really easy to drink. Samples among about 20 Fantome beers and this held its own, and was better than at least half the Fantomes. Would like to have it again.

11-08-2011 19:35:54 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-28-2012 20:54:18 | More by mendvicdog
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Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.