Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 589
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 3.47%
Wants: 95
Gots: 84 | FT: 6
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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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 589
Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -1%
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 (708 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 jaasen64
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,558 characters)

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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 DearthVader
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 poured to HF Belgian stemmed tulip.

Thanks phingdong!

Pours a glowing straw yellow with the signature 4 finger foam head that climbs an extra inch out of the top of my glass. It stays perfectly intact and doesn't spill an ounce. Very clear body with a ton of carbonation bubbles racing around wildly. Extremely sticky lacing is left behind.

Smell is very bready with slight spiced up lemon zest.

Taste is up front with the peppered lemon and bread. Grassy notes with a floral coating follow.

Hill Farmstead has the mouthfeel mastered for every style. This is slightly different from most of their Saisons in that its extremely light. I typically prefer a slightly creamy body in my Saisons, but you can't help but love this. Super light and crisp and probably the most drinkable beer to touch these lips.

Hill Farmstead is making me consider having Vermont be my retirement destination sometime in the very late future. I've enjoyed everything They've put out so far. (979 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clara pours a hazy honey orange with a moderate, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly coating the sides of the glass in netted patterns of lace.

The aroma is a little funky with spices and fruity notes. bread, lemon, mango, and coriander plus a touch of fruity tartness are all detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy and smooth with a light carbonated fizz. The flavor is much like the aroma, bready with notes of lemon, mango, coriander, and a little pepper. Some bubblegum sweetness is present in the background. It finishes flowery and mildly tart. Once gone the lemon citrus and coriander linger on the palate.

A very tasty beer that would go great with a nice Vermont cheese plate. Clara has a great mouthfeel, but the aroma fades after the first few sips. (801 characters)

Photo of Skrip
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a dogfish snifter

A~ hazy golden amber, with a thick white creamy head

S~ like any old saison, yeasty and peppery.

T~ heres where this really opens up, unlike the smell the first thing you get is tart, citrus goodness. then comes the wheat and of course pepper.

M~ mmm! creamy and tart. very sessionable

O~ well... HF does it again, this is my second HF following Arthur. i said Arthur was one of my favorite saison of all time. now i'm a little torn, this is just as good if not better. i can't wait to try more of their brews. i have a feeling they're gonna shape up to be one of my favorite breweries! (634 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1734th Review on BA
Bottle champagne flute
750ml

Shared with my coworker Antti

App- A nice and orangey golden color with some yellows mixed into it. A bit shimmery and buttery looking. The head on this was nice and puffy and then fell to some really great cling and sticky lace.

Smell- This was very similar to southern stars Walloon. Where this seemed like a saison at first but turned a bit. Lighter, more earthy and grainy from the wheat and a bit spicy like a small rye but unique in that sense.

Taste- I enjoyed this little beer. Drank bigger than the 4% would lead on. A bit small on certain aspects of flavors but with that spicy pseudo rye tinge, and with a bit of the wheats coming in it was a nice balance and duality of flavors. A little of a saison peppery note.

Mouth- Even for a small AbV this had a nice medium wet body behind it with a good medium carbonation. Dry, earthy, grassy and balanced.

Drink- Leave it to Shaun Hill to take an obscure small ABV beer and make it damn good, love HF stuff. (1,019 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12.18.2011

750ml poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a honey straw color with an explosive near-white haead. Good retention and rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, spicy, pepper.

T - Wheat, corn, honey, pepper.

D - Light body, tons of carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing. Spicy, but nice. (341 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a lightly hazy golden with a touch of orange. A massive two fingers of fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing... Very nice looking brew.

S: get a good dose of the grains used in the aroma... Particuarly the wheat, along with a slightly tart lemon aroma, their farmhouse yeast certainly is distinctive, there is a very light but if grassy barnyard in the aroma... But I would have to say the nose is mostly earthy wheat and oats.

T: the tart yeast notes step up considerably in the Tate from the aroma, the oat and wheat notes are still there, but no longer the dominant character. The tartness comes in right up front followed by the barnyard funk and earthy wheaty character. Tasty overall

M: medium lush body with medium crisp carbonation, stings the palate a bit, works well for the style.

O: a nice brew, I love the character of hill farmstead farmhouse yeast... Nice tart citrusy and earthy wheat an oats, nice balance and great drinkability.... Tons of flavor for such a low abv brew. (1,060 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Hill Farmstead, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a fluffy/big bubbled two finger head that faded rather quickly leaving some nice side lacing.

S - Aromas are the typical musty hill farmstead saison. Light wheat and lemons here with the faint barnyard.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with a touch more bright lemon, gentle wheat and funk. Pretty good. Nothing earth shattering, but still pretty flavourful.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter with ALOT of carbonation. Almost a distractingly amount of carbonation. Its nice and light but yah, almost too much carbonation here.

O - Overall not a bad saison. For me, I'm not generally a huge fan of HF saisons. They're all either consistently around 4 (which is still damn solid) or outstanding barrel aged. I'll still keep buying them though, as its still worth the money. (876 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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 smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

I don't know what it is but this guy makes really great looking beers. Shocking and creamy white and lots of meringue like peaks of thin bubbles, settle slowly to a real bright orange body with good amounts of carbonation. Rolling fire column smack in the middle, slow rising pinhead white bubbles trace the edges of the glass rim. Sexy great looking beer, particularly love this orange hue color.

Nose is classic saison, a little downplayed but real solid. Faint pepper, wine like yeast and brett sense. Lemon sour, dense sense of malt presence coming.

Taste is a bit lacking, but boy what a creamy mouthfeel on this. Dense and creamy palate, thick and whipped, unfortunately there isn't a lot of flavor going on in here. Subdued funk and a hardly acidic, hints of mellow butter (not diacetyl) cream. Big thick presence but toned down malts. Very mild sweetness, mixing well with that great creamy body.

It's an interesting beer, but there's just little to say about what's on the palate, no sweetness but no sourness. No hop but no malt kick. Saison characters of fruit, funk, acid, pepper, spice, etc... not really. The beer comes off as incredibly neutral. It smells looks and feels fantastic but just doesn't bring the final knockout punch. It's a very subtle beer for its style, but by no means not worth trying. (1,365 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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 cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -5%
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 UnderJoath
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle brought back from HF by good ole BeerMeFitz

Pours a hazy light orange with a large fluffy head. Citrusy aroma with a little spice, almost like oregano or a subtle coriander. Tastes of citrus zest, honey, and a bit of grass. Highly but not overly carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing, but I wouldn't travel to Vermont for any more. (346 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Big thanks to starrdog for sharing this one; thanks man! Poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a murky dark yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some frothy lacing left on the glass and a minute or two or retention.

s - Smells of spices, floral hops, earthy notes, and some citrus hops. Much more floral in the nosethan Vera Mae was, with less citrus. Good, but I'd give the edge to Vera Mae.

t - Tastes of spices, floral notes, yeast, eathy/dirt notes, light funk, and light citrus hops. Again, very nice, though I slightly prefer Vera Mae.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. I think it is a bit too carbonated, which hurts it a little bit.

o - Overall a very good saison, though of the 3 Hill Farmstead saison's we tried this was my least favorite (order went Vera Mae > Civil Disobedience 2 > Clara. More spice here than Vera Mae and a bit too carbonated, but certainly something I'd like to have again. (981 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a big fluffy white head and a lot of bubbles floating to the top. Lots of carbonation.

S: Smell is that typical saison yeast aroma mixed with something else more earthy/grainy that I can't quite put my finger on and a little bit of sweetness. Definitely a little bit unique in the smell.

T: A little bit lemony, a little bit peppery and a little bit grainy with almost no sweetness at all to speak of. As I drink on, the graininess really becomes the dominant flavor. It's actually got a good amount of flavor considering such a low ABV, but I'm not blown away with it like I am with some of the other HF stuff.

M: Very light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes very dry.

O: Another strong effort from Hill Farmstead, especially given that the style "grisette" is not one I've ever encountered before, but I don't think it measures up to some of the other HF saisons like Anna. It's still a nice, flavorful, light, easy drinking beer, however, and there's always a place for something like that in this world. (1,074 characters)

Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.