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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

464 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 278
Gots: 81 | FT: 8
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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Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rondufresne, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

nathanjohnson, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

jlindros, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

acurtis, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of sisuspeed
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

sisuspeed, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

oldp0rt, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

brooklynbrews, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev -7.6%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SPRichard, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

TheRuss9585, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of amnesia85
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

amnesia85, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of markeyri
5/5  rDev +15.5%

markeyri, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Donsmitty
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Donsmitty, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

wdarcy77, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of OtisCampbell
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

OtisCampbell, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

AdamP, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mebuzzard, May 28, 2012
Photo of DenverLogan
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%

Yellow, hefe-weizen color...lingering head with craters! Big aroma of fields of herbs and flowers. Significant carbonation, big tastes of melon, herbs, funkiness, bitterness, wheat, bread, sour lemon... big flavor, sour funk, fun but might not do more than a glass.

DenverLogan, May 27, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%

A gusher at a tasting.

A - great lacing as the huge white head falls. Body is very light grapefruit color which is decently cloudy.

S - some orange and lemon but mostly light funk. A little dusty.

T - light wheat and some rye. All the flavors are very light. Some flowery notes.

M - So light on the mouth. Little carbonation noted.

O - very nice beer that would be good on a summers day. Simple and light.

RuckusDu, May 27, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high-aggressive carbonation

Smell: dandelion, hay, and honey

Taste: hay, with dandelion stems in the middle giving a bittering effect and honey that shows up towards the end

Mouthfeel: really high carbonation, light bodied, dry, slightly bitter that becomes sweeter towards the end

Overall: Enjoyable,smooth and unique saison. Not my favorite from the brewery but still a saison I would get regularly if I can. The bittering of the dandelion combined with the honey makes this one stand out. A solid brew.

tigg924, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jpajpajeff, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

marine1975, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

pauljunk, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

sideshowe, Feb 29, 2012
Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.