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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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115 Reviews
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 654
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 93
Gots: 100 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 654
Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle, into a classy hotel bathroom glass.

A- It looks golden/peach in color

S-Way more funky then I anticipated. A great surprise. Brett, lemon/citrus, a little grapefruit

T- Sourness that I did not expect when I read the description on the HF website. Very "Berliner-esque" if that is a word. Slight lemon taste, with a tart finish.

M- A good amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much. Solid body.

Overall- This beer is a little deceptive if you expect it to taste like it is described on the HF website. I had low expectations, but this was a very welcome surprise. Great summer beer, I enjoyed sipping on this in VT.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vibrant gold with faint haze; heavy carbonation with egg white head; sharp lemon peel and fresh grass with almost a bubblegum; crisp and clean mouthfeel; clean malt profile that is both simple and complex at the same time; lively carbonation works with mix of sharp lemons, crisp malt and light grassy finish; could drink this all day; yum

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -1%

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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle picked up at the brewery

A - crystal clear pale yellow with pillow of white foam; lacing prevalent througout

S - hay, earth and some nice herbal notes.

T- very little sweetness and some solid funk; a nice dry butter finish. Very well balanced

M - perfect carbonation; light bodied and extremely dry

O - sickeningly quaffable. So much flavor for the ABV. One of my favorites by HF for sure.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy bone white cap. Some stray bubbles bouncing around.

The aroma is of fresh damp wheat, flaked oats, grainy cereal, and some floral hops. Lemon peel and juicy grapefruit is also present, with some low hanging spice.

The flavor profile is floral, earthy, fruity and dry. The oats cut right through the middle, lending a nice dryness. Floral and fruity hops in the finish before earthy hops and a little spice take over.

A softer body, nice and creamy with adequate carbonation.

This is a nice saison with loads of wheat/hay and a unique addition of flaked oats.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Pale orange/yellow colored beer with a huge white head that had great retention. Lots of stick left behind.

S - Some grainy malts, lemon zest, herbal notes, touch of barnyard and hay.

T - Taste is much like the nose, and very refreshing. There is a little bit more funk than you would gather, with some slight herbal notes.

M - Light, slightly drying finish, good carbonation.

O - Great session beer that packs in some good flavor. Not sure exactly what a Grisette was, but if it's a good take on the style I'd go for another.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color, and with a very careful pour, half a glass of rocky bone white head is constantly fed with a steady stream of carb bubbles. The aroma is spicy with a funky edge and a sugary honey like sweetness deep underneath. The flavor is a little tart with a light citric component to it. Lots of yeasty spice and funkiness round out the flavor very well. Medium to light body with an insane amount of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer, its quite flavorful, light and refreshing.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, pale yellow, with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly. Lacing clings to the glass in sheets. Aroma is moderately tart and lemony; pepper, wheat, light hay and mustiness.

Flavor is clean and lemony; gently tart and peppery, again there is a wheat note, light bready malt, a hint of hay and must, but the latter is quite restrained.

Body is medium-light; medium carbonation; smooth but lively. A simple beer with subtle complexities; an easy drinking refresher; the kind of beer you reach for on a summer day (if you can get it) and not even notice you're at the bottom of the pint in a matter of moments.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for this one. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours light golden yellow, nice amount of lacing, thick collar, thin cap left over after the initial pour.

S - Light funk, floral, slight herbal notes. All very light and crisp which is what this beer is suppose to be all about. The funk is there, just in a smaller dosage.

T - Pretty much like the nose. Light funk, floral, slight herbal. Mostly a light funk on this one with the other notes taking a back seat.

M - Light body, good carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - Super easy to drink and at 4%, I wouldn't expect anything else. Just a very light, easy drinking beer, which is what HF billed this one to be. Very delicate, very nice.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mtardiff for providing this bottle.

What a nice looking beer. Bright perfectly clear gold color with several strands of releasing bubbles. A fluffy/pillow like whipped egg white head with excellent retention. Some thick clumps of lace cling to the glass.

Aroma is sweet, pale malts, a touch of candied sugar. Perhaps pear and definitely lemon. A hint of yeast and pepper in the aroma. As the beer warms a layer of funk and earthiness emerges in the aroma. (becomes more complex) starting temp was 48...

Flavor is much less sweet than the aroma hints. I was shocked how dry the flavor actually is. I like this. Sometime I mention white pepper and here I almost need to upgrade that to black pepper, interesting. Yeast flavors and almost that burnt rubber flavor. Light bread just below the surface. A lasting bitterness sticks with you long after you swallow.

Fairly delicate body which is accentuated by the the lingering head, Borderline astringent on the tongue. (yeast?)

Pretty interesting beer. God Bless Clara wherever she is.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Partly cloudy pale yellow colour. Two fingers of lightly fluffy white head that quickly reduced to one finger with great lacing. Some large pieces of sediment floating in the bottom of the glass.

S - A musky barnyard funk aroma up front. Bready malts and lighter clove and peppery spice notes present as well.

T - The funk really hits up front and is accompanied by a pretty big tartness. Some wheat and Belgian yeast notes are present as well but the big barnyard funk presence really takes this beer over and dominates the other flavours that palate. There are also some grassy and herbal hop flavours in the background and a strange aftertaste that has hints of dill.

M - Medium body. Very dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mineral sweetness, dry, slight funkiness. Pretty good.................................................................................................

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle picked up from the brewery a couple weeks ago and kept chilled until opened. Served chilled, but allowed to warm to near room temperature over about half an hour. Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light, fluffy head, about two fingers with pretty decent retention. Yellow to light orange in color with just a touch of cloudiness.

Aroma: Some light honey, green apple and pepper notes. The yeast adds an interesting element, and just a light touch of tartness, but this really isn't that sour at all. The wheat keeps this light and bright.

Taste: Definitely a strong pepper note compared to most HF saisons. A touch of earthiness and bitterness, possibly from the hops. Light and bright with a bit of sour, but its barely there. Slightly earthy and bitter aftertaste. Refreshing and simple.

Mouthfeel: Light and fully carbonated. Definitely refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, a really simple but enjoyable saison. Not overly complex, but the pepper and wheat provide an interesting interplay and make for a nice experience. Not sure I would pick up again when faced with this against other HF saisons, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Keef. Bottled earlier.

Nice light grain on lemon color with a solid quilt of white fines and drapes of lace. Nice nose here. Plenty of grain, soil, hints of horse, some manure and clay. Slightest hint of lemon in the nose. Slightest tart with lemon flavor, grain, yeast, some tasty light pilsner character. Medium on full bodied with soft carbonation and a wet finish. This is a really desirable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an aspirin-like bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Closing out the final September weekend of 2012 with a bottle of hill farmstead Clara. It's been a great hill farmstead week to say the least

A- an expected hazy orange HF body with thin spider webs of lacing clashing to edges. Nice refreshing saison look

S- Wheat, lemon, and grassy scents partner up with a farm house scent to propagate into a light spiced saison. Herbal and spicy

T- very tart wheat that flows with a fresh lemon flavor embodies a tasty saison flavor. Don't overlook the simplicity that really flows into the taste

M- flowing carbonation meshed well with tart flavor

I- excellent saison that is not complicated. Instead it's detailed with the desired properties of a saison. Like it

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear with a white frothy head on it

S - nose is sweet grainy malts, wheat, lemon, and herbs

T - citrus lemon flavors upfront segue into some herbal tones. Next, some grainy wheat malts come in and a little bit of spicy hops come in to round it off.

M - smooth and full - nice

D - overall, this is a nice saison. Citrusy, herbally, with a bit of hops. As with every HFS brew I have tried, this is was enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pretty things pint glass.

A - light straw yellow body with lively carbonation. puffy thick white head that goes nowhere and sticks really well to the glass.

S - subtle notes of grass pepper and bread malts.

T - bread and grass up front. with pepper and lemon zest in the middle. finishes with a nice hoppy grass taste.

M - light bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - really good stuff. very very drinkable as well.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A chilled 750ml bottled dated 6/2013 is poured into a white wine glass.

The beer is a clear, golden liquid with a few fingers of pure white foam. Uniform lacing is left behind. A few streams of rising carbonation can be seen rising within.

There is a complex mixture of aromas: wheat, spelt and farmhouse yeast. There is also a dry sweetness.

Maybe it's just the glass I'm using, but something about Clara reminds me of a dry white wine. The flavors are earthy and grainy—no fruitiness at all—so that's not it. Maybe it's the light bitterness that tastes like white grape tannins. I'm not sure. It is a tasty beer though. I especially enjoy the grain profile; I feel like you can really taste the wheat and barley.

The beer is a touch heavier than I expected and the carbonation seems low. There is a slight sharpness to the aftertaste.

This is an enjoyable beer. It's not my favorite example of the style, but I'm also not upset that I have an extra bottle of it. If I made the long journey to Hill Farmstead and this was all I came home with, I may be a bit disappointed. I guess what I'm trying to say is that with the outstanding quality of the other HF beers I've had, I was expecting more from Clara.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-08 at TJ's pub in Paoli, PA for their 9th anniversary celebration.

A - Cloudy orange with a 1/2-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Funky farmhouse yeast (milder than with their Arthur), lemon, light wheat bread.

T - Cirtrs, yeast, light malt, mildly sour. Pleasant but not astounding.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Spritzy.

O - Enjoyable. Plenty of flavor for a low ABV brew.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased from the brewery last Saturday. Poured into HF stemmed glassware.

A- Pours a translucent orange golden with about two fingers of fairly dense lightly bubbly white head that has great retention and leaves a thin layer of lacing. Nice carbonation of steadily rising bubbles. Towards the end of the bottle there is definitely significantly more haze from the yeast sedimentation which reduces the transparency.

S- Lightly sweet smell of yeast, a significant amount of floral notes, barley, a little bit of honey, and some pale malts. A little bit above average aroma strength and fairly pleasant.

T- Lightly sweet with a little bit of floral hops, honey, barley, and some pale malts + yeast on the finish. At first I didn't really care for the aftertaste, it was a little bit too heavy on the pale malts but towards the end of the bottle it definitely improved significantly and balanced out a little bit more. Overall it definitely packs a decent amount of taste for a 4% saison.

M- Fairly light, easy to drink, refreshing, a little bit over-carbonated.

O- This definitely wasn't my favorite HF beer, but it was still very well done for a 4% saison. All the flavors were well balanced and it was definitely a decent session beer. For one of HF's lowest ranked beers, this beer is still actually pretty good and definitely enjoyable. My only major complaint was that it was slightly over-carbonated. Overall it was nicely crafted and I recommend trying it out if you like saisons, just don't expect anything that will blow your mind.

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Photo of Suds_Suds
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.