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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Avalon68 for opening this up to compare with the forthcoming grisette from Terry. Served in a short tumbler.

Pours a nice, slightly-hazed straw-yellow with a good, sticky white head that persists for quite sometime and leaves a sheet of solid lace on the sides of the glass.

Nose brings forward some nice aromas of white pepper with a little bit of black in there. Notes of earth as well as straw come through. Mild wheaty character. Great lemon rind comes through as well, quickly becoming the most-dominant portion of the brew. Flavor is similarly intense, yet mellow at the same time. Subtle fruit notes plus a nice bit of pepper and yeast throughout. Lemon rind abounds.

Light body with good carbonation and a very nice finish, which is fairly dry. Thirst-quenching and delicious. This is quite the session brew. This was the first grisette that I've had, and Shaun really did wonders for the style.

Thorpe429, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -18%
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
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Texasfan549, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kjkinsey, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a big white head.

S: Somewhat funky with a very floral aroma. There's a light lemon/lemon zest note with some mild herbal notes. Slightly peppery with some cracker malts and a hint of skunk.

T: The flavor is heavy on the cracker/pale malt flavors and pepper. Highly floral and very yeasty. There is a faint herbal quality to the beer which is nice. A touch of grass is also present.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Light and easy drinking with good flavors. Good warm weather beer.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +23.2%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger-plus of foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar - excellent retention and attractive lacing. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Lemon, farmhouse yeast, light lactic character, a bit of milled grain, and a touch of sharp wheat. Tons of flavor for 4%.

T - Lots of flavor for the ABV as well. Some nice bready malts, hint of yeast spice, a bit of citrus zest, minimal sweetness,

M - Surprisingly hefty body for 4%. Chewy and smooth texture, pleasant medium carbonation, and a nice clean finish.

D - Great low-alcohol beer. Would like to have this one again, as it makes a great session option, packing a ton of flavor and sufficiently hefty body into an easy-to-drink package. More Grisettes please!

MasterSki, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Slatetank, May 27, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt. This saison is slightly sweeter than the others I've had from Hill Farmstead, still quite a nice little saison.

Beer is yellowish, hazy with a soft white head, good lacing, decent retention, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bready, sweet, yeasty.

Beer is light in body with a strong malt backbone presence to the whole thing. It is easy drinking with a nice floral palate, minimal hops, almost no bitterness. Easy drinking and a nice palate cleansing beer.

drabmuh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Hill stemmed tulip glass with a huge almost 3 finger fizzy airy head that fades semi slowly, with spotty lacing, over slight hazy golden tan colored beer.

Nose has a nice farmhouse aroma, light toasty malts, wheat, earthy farmhouse funk like, light golden almost Belgian like golden malt aromas, hint lemony and grassy, touch of bready like yeast aroma, and a touch of a grassy floral hop.

Taste starts a bit yeasty, bready yeast and some farmhouse rustic earthy flavors, light saison flavors with a light golden malt, some wheat flavors as well and a hint of wet hay. It has a creamy like feel as well. It wants to get crisp but the farmhouse saison flavors seem to prevent it from doing so. Hint of a lemony citrus and some grassy flavors, a slight grassy floral hop character. Finish is dry and more bready and yeasty flavors, nice saison flavors and farmhouse lingering, little bitterness, and a bit of a saison spice flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but a bit creamy, lots of carbonation.

overall OK, but not their best saison. The saison flavors are fairly nice and it's a light but tasty beer, however the biggest issue is the yeastiness of it, way too yeasty unfortunately.

jlindros, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rifugium, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mendvicdog, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

beernads, May 18, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

InspectorBob, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL served in a tulip.

Hazy yellow with a soft white head. Nice retention and thick lacing. Aroma is floral, yeasty and bready. Mild sweetness, little hop or fruit presence. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing with a dry earthy finish. Strong malt body with a pleasant floral flavor throughout. A nice saison, but nothing exceptional.

yourefragile, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.5%

orangesol, May 28, 2014
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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.