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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

330 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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makdeco

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.9%

10-26-2012 01:16:30 | More by makdeco
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -49.6%

1 liter swingtop growler to tulip. Sampled on 8/11/11, one week after the fill. This growler did some traveling, so the temps were up and down a couple of times. I'm hoping that the counter pressure fill and the small 1cm headspace helps to hold up the beer.

A: No pop on opening. Very little effervescence visible. Scant 1 finger white head, bubbly & whispy and quick to diminish. The body is a light yellow-orange with golden hints, mostly clear with a touch of haze. Despite the small head, the lace stuck to the glass in decent amounts.

S & T: Light and very straightforward malt bill with notes of straw and general grain aroma. Hops suggest dried grass and flower stems. The earthiness is ample and light notes of funk and must back it up. Light rubbery phenols bring the score down. Short flavor duration.

M: Carbonation aside, the mouthfeel delivers what you expect out of a 4% beer. With no sound upon opening, its no surprise that the carbonation is very soft, and the main reason for the below average mouthfeel score.

O: Pretty lackluster given it's pedigree. I sampled this beer at the brewery as well and still wasn't very impressed. Perhaps my bottle will offer a different experience. I'll update this review when it's opened...

11-24-2011 13:21:23 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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EnticeMySpice

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

07-28-2013 15:07:32 | More by EnticeMySpice
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huskermike12

Iowa

3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-04-2013 19:23:23 | More by huskermike12
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zach60614

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

02-26-2013 02:49:22 | More by zach60614
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Amalak

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

11-28-2012 03:35:10 | More by Amalak
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

09-11-2012 00:50:39 | More by brez8791
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Takeanotherswing

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

03-06-2013 03:04:34 | More by Takeanotherswing
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c_patton

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

11-12-2012 03:10:09 | More by c_patton
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mrandypandy

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

12-30-2012 20:45:44 | More by mrandypandy
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2beerdogs

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

02-19-2013 05:51:06 | More by 2beerdogs
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

10-20-2012 14:40:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow/straw color ale with a large dirty white foamy head with excellent retention and good lacing. Aroma of lemony wheat notes is a bit tarter then expected with light funky ester. Taste is also dominated by lemony tart notes with some wheat malt notes and light funky ester. Body is full for style with good carbonation. No brewing but those lemony notes are just not my favourite flavours.

03-21-2013 20:24:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

A: Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with lots of carbonation, perhaps to much

S: Herbs, hay, peppery, light funk and lemon

T: Light pepper, lemon with hay, horseblanket, some Earthiness

M: Light bod, dry but this beer falls flat on its face with flavor about midway to end.

O: Average

10-10-2011 15:03:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-08-2012 23:10:50 | More by trevorpost
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-26-2014 22:06:33 | More by enelson
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-17-2013 22:44:54 | More by HopsHopenstein
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heffnate77

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-27-2012 17:51:17 | More by heffnate77
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-05-2013 04:50:31 | More by mportnoy
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -14%

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, hay color. Substantial, bubbly white head. Craters slowly, leaving an uneven surface, a blanket of carbonation, and some dry residue. Lots o' beer ring lacing. Head renews thoroughly with each pour.

S: Sourdough bread, with a slight hint of raspberry.

T: Light wheaty flavor of sourdough with just the slightest hint of sweetness. A little light pepper.

M: Very light body with a pungent, biting finish, and a bittersour aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy, not much resistance, and nothing off-putting.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice body, thick head and lots of lacing. Light, but decent aroma of fermented sourdough, and hints of raspberry. Flavor is a very light combination of the same... pungent sourdough flavor with a slight sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

06-03-2012 02:58:23 | More by bmwats
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-30-2011 02:57:56 | More by Khazadum
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SupremePie

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-28-2013 15:31:34 | More by SupremePie
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jaylib

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-08-2013 16:40:33 | More by jaylib
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-18-2013 06:46:41 | More by beernads
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Snarf103

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-12-2013 05:28:43 | More by Snarf103
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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.