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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 80
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: starrdogg on 08-09-2011)
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Reviews by ScottO:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-14-2013 14:24:12 | More by ScottO
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Big thanks to TheLostGringo for sending this one my way - always excited to get Hill Farmstead stuff. Clara pours out like liquid gold - bright and beaming and completely solidified in terms of color; we are at 100% opacity. A slushy, white head builds up nicely, then breaks down and recedes almost as quick, leaving only a few spots of wet webbing on the side of the glass.

Hmmm... smells like a farm. A beautiful farm. Grassy notes, heavy must, lemon-lime zest, a mild citrus spritz and a moderate amount of lightly cheesy, barnyard funk. Yeasty, clumpy, with just a touch of spices and a faint tartness that brings everything together. Very masterful and refined on the nose - it just smells so refreshing, dry, and "well made".

There's a nice, slightly biting tartness that nips the tip of the tongue with each sip accompandied by a light basket of lemon zest and citrus flesh. The hops quickly come marching in; grassy, leafy, and one shade shy of floral. I haven't even swallowed the first sip yet, but I can already tell that this beer is a major rejuvenation and could easily be substituted as a thirst quencher.

A good bit of funk settles in mid-palate and lasts through the finish. Musty wood, light cheesecloth, and dust spread across an old, damp barnyard floor. The finish contains a good amount of that funk along with a lemon and apple skin, fruity reprieve. Tight, tight carbonation. Tight like a motherfuckin' tiger, snapping your tongue and whipping it into shape. Bold bodied for only 4% ABV, yet still relatively thin on the grand scale.

Wow, what a delicious beer. It would be so much dreamier in 12 oz bottles sold as six packs. This would be a definitely summer rotater. But alas! We must trade away our goods for a single 750 mL sized bottle. I'm not complaining too much, though, as I was generously hooked up and this beer would be worth it anyway. I was lovin' it hard. Refreshing, crisp, tasty, with insane, off the charts drinkability levels.

08-16-2013 20:25:45 | More by tectactoe
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-17-2013 15:51:16 | More by joel66
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-07-2012 01:28:14 | More by bierdabbler
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 2 inch head, golden in color, clear, high carbonation, nice rocky top

Smell: apples and hay

Taste: light hay, toasted malt, apples, and a crisp hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, super light bodied, crisp, sweet start and body with bitterness at the end

Overall: One of the best grisettes I have ever had and certainly up the top of the saison list. This may be my favorite Hill brew to date. Super clean, I could drink this all day.

11-22-2011 13:57:42 | More by tigg924
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-14-2012 19:10:38 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-26-2013 21:42:31 | More by ehammond1
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-13-2013 20:16:37 | More by doremite
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-14-2012 21:37:53 | More by SPRichard
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-22-2013 02:07:45 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Hazy yellow with slight golden body and a milky white head.

S - Honey up front with light tartness

T - Tart with lactic acid, lemon, lemon zest, slight grassy body to it. Light lemon and honey on the back end.

MF - Medium body with a good tingle and tart presence to it. Leaves a light dry finish on it.

O - Really good Saison with a good tart and sour presence to it.

08-09-2013 23:54:45 | More by jeonseh
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-30-2012 01:03:20 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-27-2014 13:10:26 | More by DerekQXQX
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a hazy yellow to grapefruit coloured body with immense head. Mild barnyard aroma. Not much going on,some bitterness and pepper just a refreshing beverage that would be great in the summer, particularly with sessionability of abv.Above average mouthfeel, bulked up by some oatmeal. John’s bottle.

01-09-2012 12:30:21 | More by Sammy
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

750ml capped bottle decanted and poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass. Shared with schen9303.

Creamy 1.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a deep, cloudy goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. Pretty beer.

Nose is citrus, wheat and various sweet spices. Real aromatic and fresh with a clean liveliness.

Opens sweet citrus with a spice presence lingering in the back. Some wheatiness towards the middle with coriander and floral notes finishing up the experience. A very mild tartness hovers in and out. Very little aftertaste. Deliciously refreshing.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively and prickly in the mouth and aggressive and bubbly going down. Slightly messy finish with a very clean aftertaste. Hugely drinkable.

Following in the footsteps of the HF hoppy offerings, this beer is clean, fresh, balanced, and infinitely drinkable. I wouldn't expect anything less and Clara really delivers. A very solid beer.

09-13-2012 01:22:02 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%

750ml bottle, split

Nice low ABV offering to start off a session on a very hot Seattle afternoon - lovely peach color and strongly carbonated. Nice notes of grassy, hay, lemon, light yeasty tartness, a touch of rye, oak. This was good and receives considerably less fanfare than many other HF beers - don't believe the anti-hype.

07-08-2013 22:52:28 | More by dirtylou
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-04-2013 19:23:23 | More by huskermike12
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-14-2012 01:18:54 | More by Hessian257
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-26-2013 02:35:13 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

10-01-2013 19:28:20 | More by hooliganlife
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

750 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden body with a very large white head. Lace clings to the sides of the glass, but never fully settles. A pillow of foam on the surface.

Smell - Yeasty, like Anna. Lots of hay and wheat. Bright acidic lemon aroma.

Taste - Tart acidity is immediately apparent. Cracker malt flavor. Lots of wheat. Yeasty, but not as much as the nose. Peppery finish.

Mouthfeel - Grainy, pleasantly sour. Well carbonated. Light and easy to drink.

Overall - This was my first Hill Farmstead beer years ago at the Blackback Pub. Revisiting it for the first time. Admittedly, it's not Hill Farmstead's best beer, but it caught my interest back then and has held it ever since.

12-31-2012 02:16:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.68/5  rDev +15%

A: When it poured into a tulip glass, the color was slightly hazed straw yellow. There was a high 2-3 finger head that was quite foamy. Nice lacing and residual head after it settled.

S: Lemon, grass (hay), and floral notes.

T: Peppery and bright but light on hops. Some citrus. There is a malty balance and bready character. Complex.

M: Light to Medium body, well carbonated, dry, and extremely drinkable.

11-13-2011 02:29:07 | More by KMcG
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-08-2014 00:26:22 | More by bouncepass
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-15-2013 21:11:22 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-25-2011 21:11:26 | More by GRG1313
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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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