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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

418 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 268
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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -1.8%

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

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -6.5%
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 -1.8%

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

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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

New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-22-2012 12:22:00 | More by rondufresne
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

08-20-2012 21:47:06 | More by nathanjohnson
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 21:39:29 | More by jlindros
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage - Bottling 2

Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Slightly cloudy lemon-yellow body with a large, frothy, white head. Lots of lacing. Lemon zest and hints of honey on the nose. Earthy grains and a touch of pepper. Sweet and lightly floral. Citrus and some crisp, lactic, sourness on the tongue. Honey with light, earthy, hops. Body is smooth, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is perfect. Nice tangy sourness throughout. Overall, this is a really nice improvement over the original recipe. Love the light sourness and floral honey combo.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:26:03 | More by sisuspeed
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

08-18-2012 02:28:49 | More by oldp0rt
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brooklynbrews

Uzbekistan

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

08-15-2012 16:21:40 | More by brooklynbrews
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-15-2012 01:48:11 | More by DonFrap
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-14-2012 21:40:50 | More by SPRichard
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

08-14-2012 02:20:21 | More by TheRuss9585
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amnesia85

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the most recent bottling, on side of label a hand written #2.
Bought on site early this afternoon, chilled in a bucket of ice and served in clean HF stem.

A: Hazy, Golden, Honey with a pearl white head that leaves residual lacing. Small thin creator formations.

S: clean White grape; white wine; honey; with a tiny hint of grass.

T: WOW! Taste is very familiar to me… Almost in exact order of the smell: first you get a sour pucker tart flavoring of white grapes and honey followed a very light flavor of grass (probably the dandelions).

M: light, clean, perfect carbonation, and extremely smooth.

O: overall this beer is perfect. Any rating on this beer less than a 4 must not have been reviewed in a reasonable amount of time from purchasing or not handled properly (which is a shame because it F%cks up the deviation). There is nothing I would change about this beer and my only regret is that I did not buy more, at 10 dollars for a 750 this beer is a straight up steal.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:26:30 | More by amnesia85
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markeyri

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.5%

08-05-2012 20:56:36 | More by markeyri
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-03-2012 11:35:46 | More by Donsmitty
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-29-2012 19:14:03 | More by wdarcy77
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OtisCampbell

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-22-2012 15:26:18 | More by OtisCampbell
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-15-2012 14:22:08 | More by AdamP
Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.