Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-30-2012 00:24:56 | More by cfrances33
4.08/5 rDev -5.8%
Thanks to hoppypocket for this one! Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.
A - Cloudy medium yellow with an orange glow around the edges. One finger of bright white head with good retention and good lacing.
S - Funk is noticeable up front with Belgian yeast, floral, lemon, coriander and sweet honey aromas also present.
T - Tartness and funk hit the tongue right away before the other flavours start to come through. Grass, lemon, big floral presence, coriander, Belgian yeast and some dill. Lighter lemon zest and spice in the background. The dandelion is not specifically noticeable but likely contributes to the big grassy and floral presence.
M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation. The typical HF dryness is present.
11-16-2012 02:54:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5 rDev -3%
750ml bottle picked up at the Harvest Festival in September.
A - Gorgeous. Hazy pale yellow. It almost looks like a gorgeous adjunct lager. It just looks super refreshing, which is it. Pillowy bright white head that sticks around forever.
S - I can tell this is brewed with dandelions, or at least that's what I believe I'm smelling. A really earthy and grassy scent mixed with an acidic (lemon) funk.
T - Follows the nose really well. Super refreshing, with a grassiness that I assume comes from the dandelions. There's a nice lemon tartness with some light funk. This would be the ultimate beer for a hot summer day outside (unfortunately I'm getting rocked by Sandy right now).
M - Really light mouthfeel. High carbonation (slight knock to 4.5). It's a little too bubbly in my mouth, but pretty high on drinkability.
O - All Shaun's saisons are fantastic in their own way. I might prefer Art over this, but definitely good and definitely different with the dry dandelion character.
10-29-2012 23:21:33 | More by nrs207
4.85/5 rDev +12%
A-hazy yellow. Perfect head, perfect haze. Like all HF beers, so pretty.
S-grassy/bitter nose. bitter more on the field side, must be the dandelions although I could not say as I have never had dandelions in a beer. slight sourness.
T-holy cow!!sweetness hits with a following blow of dryness and then sour/tart. lemon/grass/orange zest/cantaloupe rind/bitterness lingers again I think from the dandelions.
M-medium body with perfect carbonation for this style.
OVerall-I would put in my top 5 beers of all time. Thanks again HF!!
10-28-2012 00:56:06 | More by danedelman
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
The appearance is golden straw color that you can almost see through but not quite as it is slightly hazy. There is a 2 finger pillowy head that manages to last almost as long as my eight oz pour. The tiny bubbles that makeup the head. Continue to rise from the bottom of the glass, it almost has the appearance of champagne but hazy
The smell is slightly citrusy and has a hint of tartness to it. There are also slight notes of funk and an almost earthy grassiness to it. This beer is very inviting both in looks and in smell.
The flavor is just like the smell with hints of tart lemony goodness followed by a nice slight bit of funk but just barely.
The mouthfeel is so light and effervescent it's crazy and the nice touch of tartness makes this beer mouthwatering and hard to put down.
Overall this is one of the best saisons if not the best saison that I have ever had. I cannot wait until next years release. If Jesus turned water into beer instead of wine he would have turned it into Hill farmstead saisons
Batch 2 750 chilled and split between 3 HF wine style glasses
10-23-2012 22:11:33 | More by rowingbrewer
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle from iguenard, 750ml into a tulip. Batch 2.
Straw yellow, with a voluminous white head. Chunky retention and patchy lace. Nose is herbal, floral (dandelion can be sensed, interestingly enough...), dill, farmhouse yeast, light wheat and a touch of mineral character. Taste is floral and herbal again, dill, lemon, citrus zest, farmhouse flavours and light tartness. Sweet malt underneath (perhaps even honey there?). Effervescent feel, light bdoy. Yummy, light and refreshing - my first foray into Hill Farmstead beers and I want more.
10-17-2012 18:05:16 | More by liamt07
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
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
10-13-2012 22:38:45 | More by lovindahops
Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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