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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 267
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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Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow pour with a nice head

Smell: Floral notes, lemon, wheat,

Taste: Similar to the smell, finish has a touch of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation

Overall: Good one to share, enjoyable but not something I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 20:29:10 | More by craytonic
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-25-2011 19:38:57 | More by Miamilice
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into hill farmstead tulip

A - golden body with gigantic billowing head. good retention and superb lacing.

S - earthy tones with lemon zest and spices.

T - spicy yeast notes hit right away and linger. lemon zest in there with some earthy malt tastes. grass hop bitterness in the back.

M - medium bodied with lots and lots of carbonation, so much so after you swallow your left with bubbles on the side of your tongue. lingering bitterness on the side of the mouth.

O - a good beer that could be brilliant but is way to over carbonated. hard to drink a whole bottle by yourself so grab a friend.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:15:09 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of admiralcrunch

New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-22-2011 11:07:00 | More by admiralcrunch
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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SFLpunk. Thanks! Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow color with a towering head and loads of retention. Foamy head is one of the better ones I've seen in quite some time. The nose brings some nice dandelion character along with light spice and faint wheat. Flavor has plenty of floral and grain characteristics plus a bit of white pepper and spice. Light body with crisp carbonation and a dry finish. Not quite as enjoyable as some of the other HF saisons, but still quite excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:23:02 | More by Thorpe429
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New Jersey

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

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a dull orange amber with a huge, fluffy paper white cap. The head sits like meringue and leaves large chunks of foam all over the side of the glass.

The aroma is of lemon, chamomile, saddle leather, band aid, with a touch of ethanol in the background. The band aid/saddle leather takes more of an assertive role as this warms.

The funk is a major player on the palate too. Band aid and horse saddle funk take control, while lemon and chamomile play a softer part, rounding everything out.

A light medium body with a big, creamy feel. The finish is a bit astringent, dry, with some lingering funkiness.

This is a damn fine saison. I didn't pick up on the honey or the dandelions, as if I knew what I was looking for in the latter. Otherwise, this delivers on all fronts.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:45:16 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer provided by Michael to compare with the dandelion beer from Fantome, this one was better, less vegetal.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles. Lots of lacing, moderate carbonation.

Honey comes through in the aroma nicely, along with a little grassiness and some hop like aroma, smells nice.

Beer is light in body, pretty floral throughout but not too grassy. Beer has a slightly dry finish but there isn't any real bitterness that would be overly amplified by the dryness. You can find the flowers but overall it is not very dandelion-esque. I liked it though, a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:49:03 | More by drabmuh
Photo of aapp


5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-16-2011 23:12:14 | More by aapp
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 05:34:35 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of cmrillo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-16-2011 03:47:59 | More by cmrillo
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-15-2011 18:13:44 | More by HopStoopid120
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-15-2011 00:56:47 | More by EClayton08
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-14-2011 17:00:30 | More by Msquared2
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New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-14-2011 16:33:48 | More by alalvarez75
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-14-2011 15:24:14 | More by jh1982
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-14-2011 13:55:45 | More by s1ckboy
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Brought a bottle of this to a recent tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with high carbonation evident and two fingers of fluffy white head. A ton of lacing left on the glass and some nice head retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, honey, floral notes and hops, and light earthy/funky notes. Great nose; ton of floral/earthy notes coming through witht he oranges and citrus, I'm really loving it.

t - Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops lightly bitter, yeast, light earthy notes. Not as much orange or citrus as the nose, and not as sweet, but more floral notes. Very nice, but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness, but overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really good saison from Hill Farmstead. I thought the nose was amazing and it was really easy to drink. Samples among about 20 Fantome beers and this held its own, and was better than at least half the Fantomes. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 19:35:54 | More by mdfb79
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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the 3 saisons I received from starrdogg. Thank you, Matt.

In my Duvel tulip, Vera Mae sits a clear light orange with a large, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The head is comprised of moderately sized bubbles, and while the lacing is attractive, it's not as nice as, say, Arthur. The nose is classic saison. Rustic, mildly phenolic, and mildly hoppy, this is solid. The grain character is interesting. The spelt adds a blend of wheat and mild nuttiness that's quite nice. Definitely better than I remember the other spelt saison I've had (New Holland's Golden Cap). The hop character has a blend of earth and leaf, with some herbal notes as well. The yeast produces a blend of spice and phenols, both of which are nice. I can't say I get much honey here, and I guess the leafy character can be ascribed to dandelions? Solid stuff.

The palate opens with a mild fruit note, a blend of peach, apricot and a little bubblegum. Along with this, there's the phenol and rustic grain character that's a lot more noticeable. As the beer warms up, the fruitier honey notes with a little citrus appear on the mid-palate. Dandelion greens? Not so much. The spices are most assertive towards the finish, with some clove and white pepper. Light in body with high carbonation, this beer feels just a touch watery. Now, this is a complaint I had with Arthur as well, and like with that beer, rousing the yeast and adding a turbidity to the pour does alleviate the problem some, but that's an inelegant solution. Maybe it's just that I should have drunk this in spring instead of fall? An excellent example of the style IMO.

Ultimately, there's beers that I've had that this reminds me of. They've all been excellent, but this doesn't really stand apart enough (in my limited experience, of course), unlike Arthur, which I felt had a rather unique twist. That said, this is an excellent saison, one I would (and will) seek out often as it is all a saison needs to be - refreshing, complex, and very well structured.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:27:48 | More by DefenCorps
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

John S's bottle, recent acquisition. Yellow with a huge head, significantly yeasty aroma. Honey and bitterness, very well carbonated much more so than other HF I have tried. Middling saison really, and the honey seemed to have neutralzed other flavours.Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 21:44:22 | More by Sammy
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3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

apperance - straw in color with an almost green tint to it (maybe ive got magic ghost fever), good white head with great lacing and retention.

smell - funk, sweet and herbal floral, bitter herbs (dandelion, it taste so odd here and mixes oddly, more so in the taste than smell... smells like some funk)

taste - more yeast comes to play, dandelions arent nice in this for me.

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation, highly drinkable, a bit of lingering around

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 06:19:32 | More by claytong
Photo of Reagan1984


3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special Thanks to mtardiff for this beer. Always a treat to try a Hill Farmstead variety for the first time.

There is a very aggressive fluffy/light that builds in the glass and sticks around for a while. I’ll stick with the honey theme and say it’s a light honey color. Perhaps a bit lighter than most honey. Structure of the head is nice and it builds way above the top of the glass.

Aroma is a mix of light sugar sweetness and some herbal notes. I’d be lying if I said I could pick out dandelions specifically, but it’s quite herbaceous. You can definitely detect some honey here as well.

Well, I’ve learned that honey ferments all the way out and leaves no residual sweetness. Or something like that. I’d say this helps prove the point. If you read honey you might expect some sweetness in the flavor. It’s a very dry saison. Further the aroma tricks you a bit. Herbal and grass notes play a nice role here. There is a plastic bitterness just below the surface here as well. This rolls through the finish with a flat bitterness. It could stand just a touch of sweetness to round it out.

Almost astringent on your tongue. That’s an overstatement but the dry flavor comes through in the mouth feel is what I am trying to express.

Decent beer but not anywhere among my favorite from this brewer.

They are still stellar in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 22:44:42 | More by Reagan1984
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New Hampshire

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

Poured into a tasting glass. This is light straw color with just a touch of haze. There is so much foam I cannot possibly pour in one swoop (into two glasses). There is a ton of sticky lacing.

The aroma is full of peppery yeast and slightly sweet candy sugar. There is some nice malty aroma to round out the floral aroma.

The taste is very floral, and reminds me of a lavender saison I had from Stillwater. This starts out dry and bitter, with a slightly sweet candy finish with a touch of pepper.

The body is light to medium with soft but spicy carbonation.

I like this one a lot. Hill Farmstead's saisons are among my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:49:38 | More by andrewinski1
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this one!

A - Pours a light golden color, white head, sticky lace, frothy head, thin cap.

S - Floral funky notes, herbal, slight sugary sweetness. The floral notes are really nice and the Dandelion really adds something different into this Saision.

T - The floral and herbal notes are really up front, followed by the funky yeast, slight hay. As with the nose, the Dandelions are there but not overpowering, not too much, just a touch. Very unique.

M - Light body, good carbonation, smooth, sweet finish.

O - This is was really unique and different, but not my favorite Saison from HF. The Dandelions are nice and subtle, which is really nice. Would def try again if offered up.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 16:35:06 | More by Sean9689
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden delicacy with a towering head that wilts back into a thin ring. Very little lacing.
Perfumy, floral, minty aromas. A strange combination, but we will go with it for now.
The taste is nicer, starts dry, floral but much less of the perfume. A little spearmint and hay. The finish is luxurious, a little lingering malty note with that spearmint.
Nice, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:36:07 | More by dragonWhale
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller. Thanks! Served in a tulip.

A - A big white foam settles to a persistent meringue foam, leaving behind tons of splotchy lace. Vaguely transparent banana yellow body.

S - Dry, musty, with some straw and floral notes. Dandelion isn't overt, but adds a bit of sharp herbal character. As it warms up a bit of the honey and sweet malt comes out.

T - Taste has a bit more herbal and leafy character to it, along with some bitter dandelion greens in the finish. As it warms cereal grain character comes out - reminds me a little of Cheerios.

M - Medium-light body, lower, pleasant carbonation, and a lightly sticky and otherwise smooth body. No alcohol present, nor was any expected at 6.0% ABV.

D - It's not my favorite Hill Farmstead saison, but it's an very good and well-crafted beer all the same. I'd gladly have this one again if offered, but there are a half-dozen Saisons from Shuan Hill that I'd choose first.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 20:36:11 | More by MasterSki
Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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