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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

410 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 410
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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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-08-2012 23:10:01 | More by trevorpost
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tylermains

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-08-2012 18:51:52 | More by tylermains
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

09-08-2012 05:55:36 | More by kbuzz
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brystmar

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow body, tons of white head roars to life but recedes quickly. Looks like freshly squeezed lemonade after the head and lace settle. Cool!

Ooh, nice and tart! Sour, and floral, and oddly lactic -- really like that touch. Can't get over how sour this is; yeasty funkiness is more subdued. More sour and less funky than many saisons, and I like that. Highly carbonated but it actually works well.

Vera Mae >>> Ann IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:05:16 | More by brystmar
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large tapered wine glass.

Classic Hill Farmstead look. Shocking bright white head, three fingers, massive retention, huge clumping and lacing. Body color is a gorgeous orb glowing honey gold and green hued just a touch. Just one aggresive looking brew.

Nose is floral and good sense of fresh mowed grass. Crisp honeycomb, and mild garden herbal notes. Very unique and lots of fun. It's like a garden in here, the beer smells of just dense pollen.

A really wondeful tartness. Quick puckering lemon citrus acid. A real punch that lingers just on and on even after the swallow. Creamy body, with a mild carbonation, extremely soft feel to the palate. Honey smacks the lips and lingers with a sense of floral lip balm on the skin. Tight quick carbonation that slowly evaporates on multiple sips. Slight chewy malt, but the beer is truly acidic forward with wonderful aromatics and flavors. Tannic coating on the aftertaste, mild tartness, and even a hint of Gose like salt.

Overall what more could you have expected from Hill Farmstead. More greatness what else.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:40:51 | More by smakawhat
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.29.12

A - Pours a hazy, very light orange with a foamy three inch white head. There's good retention as the head seems to never fade.

S - Strong floral notes, subtle spices, citrus and barnyard funk.

T - Floral, lemon tart, wild grass. More barnyard funk here.

D - Great carbonation with a light body. Tart all-around.

O - Tart saison with wild fields and citrus.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:09:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-06-2012 04:54:59 | More by duceswild
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1 purchased from Hill Farmstead a few weeks ago.

Beer pours a hazy light golden-yellow with a large fluffy white head. Smell is tart and floral with some wheat and a bit of spice in there as well. Flavor is slightly sour and lemony up front with a bit of an earthy bitter flowery flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with nice carbonation, spot-on. So I have to say, I think I liked last year's Vera Mae recipe a little better. It was my favorite of HF's non-barrel-aged saisons and just had a fantastic flavor to it. This new recipe, with wild yeast, is still quite good, but the tartness really takes over the flavor and buries some of the flavors lurking underneath that made last year's batch so great.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 03:23:06 | More by starrdogg
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LindsayKuron


5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-05-2012 16:30:35 | More by LindsayKuron
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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-04-2012 17:26:50 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-04-2012 01:39:04 | More by rpstevens
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-03-2012 23:00:38 | More by PEIhop
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TheBronze

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-03-2012 04:13:08 | More by TheBronze
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.4%

09-02-2012 15:07:36 | More by agreenman19
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-02-2012 05:14:40 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 750mL bottle of Hill Farmstead Vera Mae for $10 (in my opinion, quite reasonable), their "spring blossom" farmhouse ale made with dandelions from their own field and honey, from the brewery in early August. Pretty cool looking bottle–looks very classy and understated. Enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter with my girlfriend during our vacation to the Cape. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Vera Mae pours an opaque lemon yellow/honeysuckle hue and is topped by a voluminous, frothy, white head of foam that measures about 2.5 fingers. Plenty of sticky lacing lines the sides of the glass as you drink. Pour it into a stemmed glass and appreciate!

Smell (4.5/5): Notes of light, tart lemon and citrus, wheaty, floral, and grassy tones, leap from the glass. Yeasty and a bit funky, as well. Quite unusual for a saison; reminds me a bit of Jolly Pumpkin's Calabaza Blanca. Summery.

Taste (4.5/5): Wow, what fresh, interesting flavors! Fruity notes of lemon, grapefruit rind, and pear combine with a floral, herbal bitterness imparted, undoubtedly, by the dandelions added to the brew. This is quite a unique bitterness that isn't really juicy or citric, but more akin to the bitterness of arugula. My girlfriend also suggested that it's a bit like ginger root. Whatever it is, it's a great touch. A subdued honey sweetness also comes through with further sips. Not a hint of alcohol in the flavor profile. Refreshing, complex, tart.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): The mouthfeel is what makes this beer. It is bubbly, effervescent, and practically tickles the tongue. Great active carbonation. It is also light and the tart "arugula" bitterness stops short of puckering. If HF hadn't nailed the mouth on this one, it wouldn't have been nearly as much of a success. Good show.

Overall (4.5/5): Vera Mae is one hell of a farmhouse ale/saison. It's a bit unusual and unorthodox, but it really makes the twists and added ingredients count. And for all those people skeptical of the dandelions, don't let it dissuade you from buying this refreshingly tart ale!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 17:28:23 | More by hagbergl
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Reviewing Batch #2, had Batch #1 last night. Split two ways. Poured into HF tulip.

A- Poured slowly into glass not to disturb too much of the yeast (last night there was a lot of yeast settlement at the bottom), filled glass right up to 40cl line. Pours a hazy lemony yellowish with nice little carbonation bubbles consistently rising up the sides of the glass. A little over a finger of white fluffy head formed that had awesome retention. Nice thick lacing covers the sides of the glass.

S- Aromas of dandelions, some wheat, light honey, some light citrus hops, and a little bit of sourness that balances with the citrus hops. The sourness almost adds a slight sour pickle smell to it that reminded me of the CCB Cucumber Saison. Above average aroma strength, the smell isn't my favorite smell of this style in the world but it isn't bad.

T- Floral tastes mixed with some wheat and a little bit of sweet honey. Finishes with a lightly sour lemon finish that lingers for a little while on the palate.

M- Light, nice carbonation that tingles the tongue a little bit adding a nice feel to the light sourness, very drinkable, nice summer beer.

O- I definitely really enjoy drinking Vera Mae, it is awesome to drink and I could probably drink this every day. It isn't one of the best HF offerings, but it is definitely an interesting quality beer. It's fairly complex with a lot going on and there is a nice light sourness that plays well in the beer. I could see why some people might not like this beer, but I definitely enjoy it. At $10/750 bottle with no bottle limit, I'd recommend picking up a few bottles. There wasn't too much of a difference between Bottling #1 and #2, both a pretty equal amount of light sourness.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:50:45 | More by jaasen64
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden yellow and hazy with an inch of white head that plasters the glass with lacing. The aroma brings lemons, floral notes, light spice, honey (which emerges more and more as the beer is allowed to warm. Delicious flavor. Beautiful and clean. Honey and lemons. Refreshing. Is Hill Farmstead the best brewery in the USA?

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:08:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-28-2012 20:54:18 | More by mendvicdog
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-26-2012 19:31:11 | More by ILiveOffHops
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Eb's
Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of bready malts with an earthy herbal minty aroma that I assume is from the dandelions. Hints of citrus and sweet honey on the nose round it out nicely. Sweet bready and honey like malt flavors up front balanced with some herbal minty flavor before a slight funk and a fairly dry finish. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Nice brew, definitely different I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 02:08:11 | More by johnnnniee
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-25-2012 18:54:03 | More by birchstick
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

08-25-2012 18:06:53 | More by bsuedekum
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gory4d

New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a massive white head - not that much lacing, but the head is quite impressive. The dandelion really comes through in the smell, along with some mild sugary notes and something a little like crushed leaves. The taste is sweet and malty up front, with an immediate hit of dandelion sourness, then a mineral and lightly bitter finish. Medium in body and carbonation, a tad viscous. All in all a very fine saison. Thanks, Joey.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:28:23 | More by gory4d
Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.