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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 85
Gots: 87 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% 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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Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Josh!

Beautiful appearance, as always. HF has that down cold. Wheaty, malty, earthy aroma. Smells and taste almost vinous even though I'm pretty sure it never spent time in wine barrels.

Smooth, refined flavor profile. Not too much wheat as these styles often get. Hoppy notes at the end add delicious complexity to the mix. Infinitely sessionable Shaun does it again.

Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/3/14 - Updated from a 3.75 'Had' rating. Have tried this a few times now and picked up two bottles of the 9-2014 batch. Split this particular one 3 ways.

A - Nice glowing orange with some haze to it. White head retains pretty well, a spotty cap/thick ring/some lace is left.

S - Light citrusy tartness, definite oats, lemon lime, light brett, lots of yeast, farm.

T - Brett opens up nicely here bringing on some nice lemon, grapefruit, general tart citrus goodness, farminess. Light tartness, a big yeast profile, almost chalky, some pepper spice, tangy wheat, oats.

M - Impressive body and flavor for 4%, kinda chalky, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Great brett/light tartness without sacrificing drinkability or a nice straight-up light saison base. For the ABV this is a pretty remarkable beer. This one goes a bit underrated in my eyes. Easy-going and would make a great summer beer. It's been great revisiting this and HF's George recently - two 3.75s I now shake my head at.

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of facesnorth
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Bartos
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wheat seems to cut much of the tartness...only a lingering sour on the fade with some yeast and pepper notes. A good beer, a fun try, but not my favorite HF saison.

Photo of grittybrews
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yellow with a finger of off-white head. Aroma with hints of pepper-dominated spice, lemon, and mild funk.

Dry, airy mouthfeel. Flavors of grass, biscuit, lemon, and tart fruit esters on the finish.

Light and enjoyable but not entirely distinctive.

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of dkw0063
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rtepiak
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i'm had this beer before but mind you am review a year old bottle.

a personal favorite style. the table saison that has minimal accent in the spectrum of hill farmstead saisons but a lot of dimension for a beer that is 4%abv. beautiful pour. never seen an american beer with such a successful belgian whipped head. nose of lemon zest subdued in wheat yeastiness. lemon balm, grass and creaminess that is quite suitable for game bird lightly spiced. mild funk but more noble hops grassiness. extremely drinkable and smooth with a popular beer conception. i wish it replaced the american lager forever.

Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of starrdogg
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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4.56/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky bright golden-yellow color with a creamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind

S- earthy and funky with some dried hay and must, lemon peel and coriander

T- tart up front with notes of earth and hay, followed by tart lemon peel, peppery spice, floral hop and yeasty dry finish

M- light body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish

O- very enjoyable saison that's loaded with flavor at under 5% ABV

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.