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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 84
Gots: 55 | 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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2/5  rDev -51%

makdeco, Oct 26, 2012
2.05/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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...

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

EnticeMySpice, Jul 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

huskermike12, Jun 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

zach60614, Feb 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Amalak, Nov 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

brez8791, Sep 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Takeanotherswing, Mar 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

c_patton, Nov 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

mrandypandy, Dec 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

2beerdogs, Feb 19, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 21, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

barleywinefiend, Oct 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

trevorpost, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

enelson, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

heffnate77, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

mportnoy, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bmwats, Jun 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Khazadum, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

SupremePie, Feb 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

jaylib, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

beernads, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Snarf103, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Nichols33, Oct 11, 2014
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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.