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Vera Mae - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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472 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 280
Gots: 85 | 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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3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a wine glass. Thanks to cfrances33 for the share.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick cap that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Straight flower patch in the nose with some lemon tartness and plan stems. Light malt profile with a little grass.

T: Light and lemony with a slightly tart pucker. Sweet malts with a little bit of flower stem. Very floral with a dry yeasty note as well.

M: Light bodied with a bubble carbonation level. Fresh and floral.

O: This was nice, but definitely one of the weaker HF offerings in my opinion. Not that complex overall, just a nicely made saison with a little floral components to it.

Treebs, Sep 06, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a cloudy pale gold color with an off-white head. Nice spring meadow aroma --grass, flowers, tart lemon zest. Smells like like what a laundry detergent commercial wants you to think your clothes will smell like. Flavor is striking me as very similar to Ricola. Spicy and flowery with a lemon meringue sweetness. Finish is dry and a bit chalky. Pretty nice beer.

illidurit, Jan 30, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes. thanks to Msquared2 for sharing this one!

A - cloudy yellow with a huge, off-white head that left lots of sticky lacing all over the glass

S - freshly cut grass, lemon verbena, pale malt/light bisquit

T - green apple, lemon zest, white pepper; it stays fairly dry throughout with a moderate bitter finish

M - soft, light, carbonation; light body; dry and slightly herbal aftertaste

O - subtle flavors and nuanced palette make this very drinkable. not flavors that i want in my beer every day but a nice departure from the norm, for me at least

cwguy5, Feb 26, 2012
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3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 6/7/14

Appearance: Hazy, pale honey with some gold and yellow hues - pours with a large, white head, fades to a solid cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Clean and decidedly Hill Farmstead - lightly floral and earthy, with some saison yeast - some light funk and some pale malts - more flowers, earth, lightly spicy aromas from the yeast - some light fruits, but more flowery than fruity

Taste: Floral, spicy, and straight-up saison yeast - nicely balanced and interesting - very yeasty, as it should be, with some earth, some spice, and some yeasty funk - more fruit than in the aroma - dry pineapple, green apple, and pear - honey is not particularly apparent in the flavor - floral and somewhat grassy - nicely complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, with a smooth, earthy finish

Overall: Hill Faaahhhm dude

If you've ever had any other saisons from Hill Farmstead, you probably already know what to expect from this beer. It's yeasty and earthy while being clean and refreshing. Personally, it's not my favorite, as the addition of dandelions and honey did not really add much to an already great base.

angrybabboon, Jul 10, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared in a downtown Denver hotel room with Sandstone, Forgetfu and Nickd717 during the last few hours of my GABF "get out of the dog house" pass (signed off by the misses).

So much of my enjoyment with Hill Farmstead has been during the warmth of summer with the fresh air allowing my interests of refreshment to be heightened. This was a different interaction with the circumstances involved.

Pouring with a highly active amount of carbonation, Vara Mae is an obvious example of it's proposed style. Cloudy and almost green the beer really took on an appearance of it's base parts. Nature had and effect on the beverage, introducing a hue of wild fields full of flowers and the sun beaming upon the petals. Maybe the comparison is a touch forced, but the beer did have quite a distinct hue.

The aroma was soft and expressed a rustic yeasty edge. Some graininess and a bit of waxiness were also present. Not a typical Saison yeast aroma, more qualities of light pollen in the air than just fruity.

The flavor was very close to the aroma. Soft around the edges with bitterness being very low and dry as a bone. The honey could be tasted but didn't lend any sweetness, more floral and complex with that bees wax like flavor. The dandelions weren't a flavor I could have easily picked up on. Some wild flower like aromas but nothing to the point of spring daisies. Very pleasing and a nice palate cleanser among the other big hitters of the evening.

Bardwashrind, Oct 03, 2011
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3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1700th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Stemware

Batch 2
Thanks to BA Jlindros and RudZud

App- This bottle has a very interesting color behind it. Similar to the label color. It's a deep yellow with whites mixed into it. A huge three finger head that was super large and cracky. Receded quite slow. Nice stick.

Smell- This had a very unique aroma. The spelt has a very spicy aroma and then paired with the wheat adds a fresh cut grass aroma. It's very grass forward with a aroma I can't place. Herbal, grass and??

Taste- It's got great looks and it goes down for me from there. The saison notes are there but then the spelt and other grassy flavors comes in and fades away the base saison I know to something spicy and that I can't place.

Mouth- A medium body with a semi prickly carbonation. The spelt adds a weird grass residual flavor with some wheat and some spice.

Drink- I love me some HF, but this one just wasn't for me. Unique and different. This would take a couple bottles to get used to.

FosterJM, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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  rDev -7.6%

claaark13, Apr 29, 2013
Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.