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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

419 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 269
Gots: 55 | 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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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-17-2012 04:01:48 | More by Pinknuggets
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-14-2012 01:35:55 | More by Hessian257
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lovindahops

New York

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, we are headed out to downtown syracuse tonight so I figured it might be busy. That being said, I decided to pop open a Vera Mae from the cellar.

A- a hazy sunlight yellow fills my hill farmstead stemware with an almost glowing head of white foam. The lacing is completely massive and sticky that you can draw parallels to the lacing coming from a Vermont spider on 'roids

S- barn yard funk that is not only floral but also tropical and full bodies with candy like Belgian yeast tones. Excellent scent that is tart and flavorful

T- tart and crisp, vera mae extends a yeasty flavor rush of sweet themes coupled by a funky flavor that is not often duplicated. Very enhanced as a "detailed" american saison should be. Completely coating with lively flavor and a splash of honey

M- flavor that latches into your tongue

O- simply amazing. Vera Mae splashes your palate with an American interpretation of a saison that leaves no detail or attribute behind. So refreshing I could drink this for days

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 22:38:45 | More by lovindahops
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-09-2012 03:03:38 | More by JRod1969
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-08-2012 20:20:55 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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xenjoiii

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10%

10-08-2012 02:47:42 | More by xenjoiii
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -19%

10-06-2012 23:29:05 | More by drewone
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SupremePie

Vermont

5/5  rDev +15.7%

10-03-2012 02:22:09 | More by SupremePie
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a giant, foamy 4 finger white head with fantastic retention. Almost too much. Lacing is thick, patchy, and sticky. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Pretty. Head is a bit too large here.

Nose is floral. Notes of cane sugar, honey, some coriander spice, citrus, and a mild cobweb funk. Aromatic and balanced. Real nice.

Opens citrus and a floral tartness. Just the right amount of sour throughout. Some peppercorn and coriander spice dot the experience left and right. More citrus towards the end with a mild flowery bitterness blending in towards the end. Finish is slightly tart and foamy with a lingering tart finish. Excellent.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and dry and quenching going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very satisfying. Exactly what I want from the style.

Just about everything I've had from Hill Farmstead has blown me away so far and this is no exception. Just the right amount of tartness with an incredible body to deliver the experience. Well worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:47:12 | More by SpeedwayJim
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having had this multiple times I figured it would be time to review. This is a Batch 1 bottle, initial release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Ah yes, I seem to recall now Shaun telling me to open the bottle cold. So as I pop this room temp, having forgotten, it rather quickly rises from the bottle. Pours a lightly hazy lightly strawed golden hue with a big, creamy white almost 3 finger head that faded to leave soapy, sudsy lacing and a thick dense blanket.

S - Nice aromas of light honey and warm summer meadows full of dandelions. Very light yeasty funk with some soft gentle lemon. Very light, pleasant barn aromas with more bright almost phenol.

T - Taste is nice and lightly tart/sour with lots of lemon. Very light honey sweetness and some light bitterness that dandelions give to brew (similar to dandelion wine). Very slight spelt in the background as well. Very lightly funky which is impressive all the more seeing how all the sediment got mixed up upon popping. This tastes much, much better than I remember it tasting. Exponentially better.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Would like a touch more carbonation to help out the lemon sourness here. Feels more like a wild than a saison.

O - Overall, this is one of Shaun Hill's best saisons to date. All of his saisons are "good" but this though, this is something really special. Really enjoy how bright and tart this is.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 22:58:56 | More by rudzud
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-25-2012 00:02:18 | More by wesley14
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-24-2012 22:00:17 | More by HopsHopenstein
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-24-2012 19:08:16 | More by DrinkSlurm
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JMRSN

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-24-2012 18:37:10 | More by JMRSN
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 batch on draft at Harvest Festival. Served in a... HF glass (shocking).

Reviewed the first batch from the bottle previously, but this year's was distinct enough to merit a new entry in my opinion. Poured a chalky, hazed golden color with a frothy white head; excellent retention and ample lace. Floral and nectary nose of honey, clover, dandelion and grass. Flavor is similar, dominated by the floral and lemon flavors with an ample tart and light pepper finish. Dry medium body with high carbonation and a crisp finish. I want more of this beer always.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 02:47:02 | More by yourefragile
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-23-2012 18:33:56 | More by Rochefort10nh
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GermanHero

Vermont

5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-23-2012 16:57:45 | More by GermanHero
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-23-2012 13:51:38 | More by InebriatedJoker
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-23-2012 02:05:27 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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SourinQns

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-23-2012 01:10:30 | More by SourinQns
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-22-2012 20:45:27 | More by polishkaz
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Batch 2. Thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy, lemon-colored body capped with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Good retention that leaves a little streaking down the glass.

S: Extremely floral; Vera Mae has a field blossom aroma that accentuates notes of lemons, white pepper, and grass.

T: The taste is more evolved than the nose; in addition to its dominant floral and lemon flavors, Vera Mae has a grainy sweetness in the mid-taste. As it draws to a close, grass and an herbal character emerge, uniting at the finish with a peppery bite. The aftertaste has a noticeable herbal kick.

M: Light-medium bodied; however, it finishes with a drying close, in part due to the pepper and herbal aftertaste.

O: Very good, though I like some of HF's other saisons more.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 17:47:44 | More by Arbitrator
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 poured into a Tired Hands stem.

Pours a cloudy peach color. Huge, billowy white head rests triumphantly atop the beer. Slowly settles leaving loads of lacing behind.

Smells like a fresh field....notes of grass, flowers, and tart lemon.

First taste is lemony tart. Then as you allow it to open in your mouth, the flowery aspect starts to shine and really takes hold all the way through the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and a bit puckering. Leaves a a tart aftertaste that makes you immediately want that next sip.

Overall, I found this quite enjoyable. While I still prefer a more 'traditional' bretted saison, this was definately a fanatastic brew. It is very worth a try should get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 22:56:06 | More by DaveHack
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.4%

09-18-2012 01:30:08 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.