Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 591
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 3.46%
Wants: 95
Gots: 81 | FT: 5
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: starrdogg on 08-09-2011

Clara (1906-1969) was our grandfather’s sister; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Grisette is crafted from American malted barley, Vermont Organic Wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Clara.

Pale Malt, Organic Vermont Wheat, American and European Hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water
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Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a fluffy 2.5 finger white head. Retention is excellent and there is webbed lacing that coats the glass.

S - Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral notes. There a distinct musty wheat aroma and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk.

T - A tart and citrusy start, with lemon zest and grapefruit peel. Floral and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic soft carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a summer day picnic..

O - Quality Saison brewed with terrific ingredients. Continue to be impressed with Hill Farmstead. (735 characters)

Photo of Awolter
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Despite not having too many Farmhouse beers, this one has by far stood as my favorite of what I've tried so far.

Slightly tart, lemon, a bit funky.

Great beer! (162 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the idea here, a nice, small, funkified table beer. And, boy howdy, with some age on this, the funk is legit, almost teeth-melting in sour acidity. More than enough body, so no concerns there. Overall, a tasty, sour treat that won't wobble your legs. My only advice is to figure out how you prefer your sour saisons. For me, I think too much age makes these a little one dimensional, so I recommend drinking sooner rather than later. YMMV, of course. (455 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden to slightly orange color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, yeast, hint of tartness,floral, hint of lemon

T-wheat, lemon, floral,yeast, nice tartness, hint of herbal

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, slightly astringent

O-nice rustic farmhouse ale, good flavors (302 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Sept. 2014

L - Pours an opaque golden/amber color and has a one finger eggshell head that dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S - Nice wheat base backed up by some yeast and floral notes. Also, a fruity tartness on the backend.

T - Whoa... Lemon notes in the front and floral notes in the back of the mouth, at the same time. I'm not sure I've experienced that before. Good amount of yeast and hay with some mild acidity.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. The carbonation is bubbly and just moves the flavors all around. It has a dry mouthfeel.

O - Rustic, simple but complex and that taste has me coming back. (633 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml

Big thanks to Ryan for sending me this packed into yet another stellar box o' beer! Clara is a bright golden libation with orange hues when the light is right. A good deal of haze makes the body tough to see through but does amplify the glow. The head is easy to produce, even on a soft pour I get a thick cap of silky white foam that leaves patchwork lacing on its way down.

Wow, musty wheat leaps from the glass as I pour. Wheat steals the show but there's a good amount of lesser components. An earthy, hard water element makes itself known shortly after the wheat. The yeast and hop blend add perfume driven depth, floral and modest. A solid squeeze of lemon brightens it all up. There's a little must, a little wildflower, a touch of the wild as a whole, but it's perfectly balanced. Impressive, very impressive!

The flavor profile is bright and quenching. Wheat melds perfectly with barley for a seamless concoction. It's fresh and straight from the farm. Floral qualities flash through at the back of the throat while lemon runs throughout, a touch of acidity livens it up. Phil Harmstead's yeast add, again, some of that wild; hard water, wildflowers, fresh cut hay. This is a damn good beer.

You're met with, appropriately, a lively, bubbly mouthfeel to keep the light body moving at a respectable pace. It's light and airy, thirst quenching and dry. The finish even leaves a soft bitterness in its wake accentuated by that dryness. They nailed the mouthfeel on this beer, near perfect for the style.

Of all the good to great Hill Farmstead farmhouse beers out there floating around this is up at or near the top of my favorites. It's rustic and bright, complex yet easy drinking, and a joy to partake on every level. This is a beer worth buying as much as possible. Thanks again, Ryan! (1,807 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light, delicate, yeasty and refreshingly effervescent, this is a beer I'd like to drink for hours on a hot summer day. The light bready malts have some sourdough and mild yogurt undertones which are balanced by a lemony tartness. The effervescent sparkling carbonation is what makes this beer. Overall, this is an excellent table beer. Simpler than other HF saisons but just as enjoyable. (388 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking with a nicely funky aroma. However, the flavor is a bit cidery and one dimensional. Light, refreshing and not quite as good overall as it should be. (163 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 6/2013. Thanks for the hookup AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours a lightly hazy glowing golden with a billowing and dense white head. The head slowly faded into a thick and rocky film.
S: Yeast and wheat dominate with earthy and spices scents. I get a touch of fruity esters and maybe a hint of clove. Stone fruits and honey come through as well.
T: Sweet and earthy with a good dose of spice. The yeast is peppery and earthy with just a faint hint of sourness in the finish. Hops are herbal and leafy. There is a juicy sugary sweetness to the brew overall that's is similar to a dessert wine. For some reason I don't like it. I wish this was dryer. The fruit quality is sugary. The finish is full of light wheat, and the aftertaste is full of lingering yeast.
M: Light body, light and thin mouthfeel, tight, tingly, and frothy carbonation.
O: Not my favorite saison I've had from the HF, but still a good beer. Thanks again for the bottle, Kevin. (973 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled 9/2014. 4% ABV. Poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a darker golden yellow color with 1+ finger of a white creamy head that settles to a thin coating. Body is lightly hazy with moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, lacto, white grape, pear peppery yeast, wheat.

Taste: Highly tart, mildly sour, with flavors mimicking the aroma. Light funk, apple/pear, earth, pepper, lightly floral with some citrus rind as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium fine carbonation. Finishes dry and tart. Really refreshing.

Overall: Another great beer from Hill Farmstead. Definitely lighter than most of their other "shelf" saisons, but without sacrificing flavor and complexity. (701 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky bright golden-yellow color with a creamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind

S- earthy and funky with some dried hay and must, lemon peel and coriander

T- tart up front with notes of earth and hay, followed by tart lemon peel, peppery spice, floral hop and yeasty dry finish

M- light body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish

O- very enjoyable saison that's loaded with flavor at under 5% ABV (504 characters)

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy with mild carbonation. Some funk on the nose. Clean tastes of some tart lemon, with a bit of yeast. Very earthy; the finish reminded me of beets but without the sweetness.

Thanks to @Desp59 for trading this. (231 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wheat seems to cut much of the tartness...only a lingering sour on the fade with some yeast and pepper notes. A good beer, a fun try, but not my favorite HF saison. (164 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms in a second. Very active and visible carbonation continuously rises. Light lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, peppery yeast up front. Lemon and grapefruit rind, slightly soapy hops and bitter finish.
T: Again, earthy, peppery, light musty yeast. Lemon rind and grapefruit hops. Again, a bit on the soapy side. Lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light body. Supper high carbonation, and finishes dry. A well balanced, simple Saison that is easy to drink.

Fairly simple, and to the point. Which I like. It does not seem to have as much character as Florence however. Well made and very moreish, though not my favorite Saison. (691 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 12/5/2014.

A- Mildly hazy straw yellow body, very bright yellow hue with a one finger white head, nice retention time. Good lacing all throughout. A very vibrant appearing saison. [4]

S- Unsurprisingly for a Hill Farmstead saison, there is plenty of spicy wheat, toasted pale malt, bread, lemony citrus, floral notes and a bit of earth. Nice complexity and intensity. [4.25]

F- I find it difficult to believe it is a 4% ABV beer. This beer is packed full of flavours with a lot of intensity and complexity like in the nose. Citrus, bread, floral, earth, spicy wheat, a mild funk and mineral yeast flavours. [4]

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, soft feel. Very drinkable. So much flavour for a 4% ABV beer. [4.25]

O- Very nice Grisette style beer that makes for a wonderfully complex table beer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and would go after this again. [4]

Final score: 4.08 (943 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Rifugium for the surprise hookup on this one. 750ml into a matching HF wine glass. The brew appears a golden yellow color with a white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell is citrus like grapefruit juice mixed with clove, pepper and some earthy yeast spiciness.

The taste is bitter and zesty with citrus like grapefruit. A little green vegetative note blends with a lemony tartness and mild brett influence across the finish. Some clove and pepper yeasty aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. Its easy drinking and decent but the yeastiness doesnt blend all that great with the bitterness and tartness. Kinda an awkward hodgepodge but still worth trying. (700 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Good deal of wheat, with some lemon and a tad bit of spice. Mild tartness. A decent beer, that I was I glad to try. No where near the best HF has to offer though. (165 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in an HF stem. 09 2014 indicated on the label. Pours a dull orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, half inch bright white head that dissipates into a froth. Nose is delicate - light, floral, citrusy and a suggestion of grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is a distinct bready quality that cuts through the flavor profile and comes off a bit berlinner weisse-esque. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasant, easy citrus astringency. Finish is fairly clean. Overall, a nice low abv farmhouse - clean and easy drinking. Clara is a great table beer. I'm surprised it's not brewed more often. (662 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt for this. Teku glass.

Pours clear orange-tinged gold, with a finger of snow white head, very good retention but minimal lacing. Wheat malt and earth, a touch of orange creamsicle, pine/spruce, and pink grapefruit hard candy. Taste is bread/wheat malt with a bit of a twang to it (not tart or sour), moderate bitter earthiness, and a touch of pepper/clove. Medium body and medium-high, biting carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty and drinkable saison with a bit more complexity than usual. (512 characters)

Photo of mobius387
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Was at HF this week. Of all the beers there, Clara was the clear winner from our group. Beat out double citra, double galaxy, Susan, citra, among the regulars. Also drinking better out of the bottle than Anna or Dorothy.

Not sure if they changed the recipe from previous years, but 2014s vintage is way better than reviews. (325 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pale golden amber with a slight haze and a tight white head. Nose is juicy pineapple and mango with a strong balance of floral Aromas. Taste is juicy, light resin, tropical fruits with more floral flavors. Faint grain, notes of salt, well carbonated light body, very dry and clean. (289 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Amber hued body gave way to a frothy marangue-like head. The head was a stack of tight knit bubbles with a bright white color.

The aromas were strong and tangy with sour Apple, light pears, acidic lemon even even notes of banana.

The flavors were more subdued than the nose and not nearly as complex. This tastes very cidery with a tart Apple and sweet honey.

The feel is very dry but not astringent with a moderate carbonation.

I like this plenty but wish the taste would have emulated the scent as it was far more varied and bold. (540 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this delicious saison poured from the 750ml bottle into HF glasses.
Pours a nice medium amber with frothy head.
Smells are really interesting, some dankness, lots of yeasty tang, good hop characteristics and some very strong bready malts. Complex.
Taste is right there with the aromas. Picked up the floral hops much more on the tongue, the tangy yeast and bready malts works so well together.
Mouthfeel was clean, bubbly and refreshing.
I was very impressed by this beer. (481 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large win glass from a 750ml bottle and split with my wife.

Pours a nice slightly hazy pale golden color with some darker orange/light amber hues. There is a nice half inch white head that forms and recedes down to a nice thin mat.

Aroma is yummy. Nice notes of funk and musty barnyard with a nice dosage of citrusy American hops. There is also a nice floral aroma of the European hops. The nice malty and bready grain notes really shine in the aroma of this brew. I detect some slight sweet yeast phenols as well as some mil lemony tartness in the nose, quite faint. The best part of the nose is the slight citrusy and resinous notes of American hops.

Flavor starts off with pretty clean and bready grain. Nice and fresh notes of oats. This is followed by some funky yeast notes with some slight phenolic esters and some nice fresh mildly citrusy hop notes. Very clean and delicious saison. There is a sharp but mild and faint lemony tartness that shoots up near the end of the brew. The finish of the brew is nice and dry as expected and the grassy and herbal hop notes linger throughout with some nice bitterness to boost. Very yummy brew. Nice vivid and clean carbonation and a light body.

This is a delicious and drinkable light saison. Nice low ABV make for easy sipping. Great clean carbonation gives the brew a playful mouthfeel. The grain and yeast notes are delicious with some amazing funky notes some mild tartness and a nice lingering grassy and citrus hop notes. (1,494 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours golden yellow, fizzy head with light retention.

sour grape and tart apple with a sour mash.

tart up front with a rather light flavor overall. some pale malt and green apple seem to be most apparent.

very light with a rather moderate carbonation. leaves a bit of tingle afterwards.

this is really good for 4%. super easy and refreshing. (347 characters)

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.