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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

411 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 266
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split, served in hill farmstead wine-glass

My first true hill-farmstead offering, graciously shared. Sharp carbonation, golden-yellow body with a healthy white foam head. Lots of light belgian yeast, fresh cut flowers, lemon and spice round out the flavor profile. This saison is nice and tart, light, crisp and really refreshing. I'm not sure what dandelions taste like, but i have to imagine its contributing the floral and earthy flavors. The honey works well too - this was a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:07:25 | More by dirtylou
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Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-05-2013 08:01:57 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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Louisiana

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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California

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-02-2013 13:36:44 | More by Brew33
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-30-2012 02:42:44 | More by baybum
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Leftofthedial

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-29-2012 03:24:25 | More by Leftofthedial
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:02:35 | More by stakem
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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

12-20-2012 23:47:00 | More by millerbuffoon
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-16-2012 20:49:03 | More by Hanzo
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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-16-2012 04:59:44 | More by teddyarrowhead
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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2012 17:46:51 | More by Beerontwowheels
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-03-2012 19:21:08 | More by xnicknj
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2012 05:38:19 | More by ferrettman687
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Alaska

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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cfrances33

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Pale, hazy golden body, with a billowing three finger white head. Body has a radiance about it that is just beautiful. Head hangs around for a while, and leaves thick sticky lacing. This is way all saisons should look.

Smell: Tart pear and green apple juice up front, followed by a zesty citrus aspect. Some yeasty pepper, followed by a nice breadyness.

Taste: Woah. Tart pears and green apples again up front, followed by a really nice tart lemon juice. Some more white pepper and a light yeast. Slight bready sweetness, but only just Finishes with tart lemons.

Mouthfeel: Incredible. Beautiful tartness and carbonation. Super refreshing each sip. I could drink this forever.

Overall: In my opinion, Hill Farmstead's best "regular" beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.