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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 80
Gots: 39 | 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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mynie

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-26-2013 19:50:32 | More by mynie
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mtardiff for providing this bottle.

What a nice looking beer. Bright perfectly clear gold color with several strands of releasing bubbles. A fluffy/pillow like whipped egg white head with excellent retention. Some thick clumps of lace cling to the glass.

Aroma is sweet, pale malts, a touch of candied sugar. Perhaps pear and definitely lemon. A hint of yeast and pepper in the aroma. As the beer warms a layer of funk and earthiness emerges in the aroma. (becomes more complex) starting temp was 48...

Flavor is much less sweet than the aroma hints. I was shocked how dry the flavor actually is. I like this. Sometime I mention white pepper and here I almost need to upgrade that to black pepper, interesting. Yeast flavors and almost that burnt rubber flavor. Light bread just below the surface. A lasting bitterness sticks with you long after you swallow.

Fairly delicate body which is accentuated by the the lingering head, Borderline astringent on the tongue. (yeast?)

Pretty interesting beer. God Bless Clara wherever she is.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:12:36 | More by Reagan1984
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-04-2014 20:03:15 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-26-2014 22:06:33 | More by enelson
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-28-2013 21:07:01 | More by BGsWo22
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy bone white cap. Some stray bubbles bouncing around.

The aroma is of fresh damp wheat, flaked oats, grainy cereal, and some floral hops. Lemon peel and juicy grapefruit is also present, with some low hanging spice.

The flavor profile is floral, earthy, fruity and dry. The oats cut right through the middle, lending a nice dryness. Floral and fruity hops in the finish before earthy hops and a little spice take over.

A softer body, nice and creamy with adequate carbonation.

This is a nice saison with loads of wheat/hay and a unique addition of flaked oats.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:52:34 | More by ColForbinBC
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:33:55 | More by cpetrone84
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 2 inch head, golden in color, clear, high carbonation, nice rocky top

Smell: apples and hay

Taste: light hay, toasted malt, apples, and a crisp hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, super light bodied, crisp, sweet start and body with bitterness at the end

Overall: One of the best grisettes I have ever had and certainly up the top of the saison list. This may be my favorite Hill brew to date. Super clean, I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 13:57:42 | More by tigg924
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheLostGringo for sending this one my way - always excited to get Hill Farmstead stuff. Clara pours out like liquid gold - bright and beaming and completely solidified in terms of color; we are at 100% opacity. A slushy, white head builds up nicely, then breaks down and recedes almost as quick, leaving only a few spots of wet webbing on the side of the glass.

Hmmm... smells like a farm. A beautiful farm. Grassy notes, heavy must, lemon-lime zest, a mild citrus spritz and a moderate amount of lightly cheesy, barnyard funk. Yeasty, clumpy, with just a touch of spices and a faint tartness that brings everything together. Very masterful and refined on the nose - it just smells so refreshing, dry, and "well made".

There's a nice, slightly biting tartness that nips the tip of the tongue with each sip accompandied by a light basket of lemon zest and citrus flesh. The hops quickly come marching in; grassy, leafy, and one shade shy of floral. I haven't even swallowed the first sip yet, but I can already tell that this beer is a major rejuvenation and could easily be substituted as a thirst quencher.

A good bit of funk settles in mid-palate and lasts through the finish. Musty wood, light cheesecloth, and dust spread across an old, damp barnyard floor. The finish contains a good amount of that funk along with a lemon and apple skin, fruity reprieve. Tight, tight carbonation. Tight like a motherfuckin' tiger, snapping your tongue and whipping it into shape. Bold bodied for only 4% ABV, yet still relatively thin on the grand scale.

Wow, what a delicious beer. It would be so much dreamier in 12 oz bottles sold as six packs. This would be a definitely summer rotater. But alas! We must trade away our goods for a single 750 mL sized bottle. I'm not complaining too much, though, as I was generously hooked up and this beer would be worth it anyway. I was lovin' it hard. Refreshing, crisp, tasty, with insane, off the charts drinkability levels.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:25:45 | More by tectactoe
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for this one. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours light golden yellow, nice amount of lacing, thick collar, thin cap left over after the initial pour.

S - Light funk, floral, slight herbal notes. All very light and crisp which is what this beer is suppose to be all about. The funk is there, just in a smaller dosage.

T - Pretty much like the nose. Light funk, floral, slight herbal. Mostly a light funk on this one with the other notes taking a back seat.

M - Light body, good carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - Super easy to drink and at 4%, I wouldn't expect anything else. Just a very light, easy drinking beer, which is what HF billed this one to be. Very delicate, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 15:10:07 | More by Sean9689
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-10-2012 12:12:17 | More by Holland
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ehammond1


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-26-2013 21:42:31 | More by ehammond1
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2013 18:34:25 | More by outoffocus
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harrymel

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 05:51:20 | More by harrymel
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-14-2013 15:11:00 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Florida9

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

HF Clara
Apricot color. Hazy nice foamy head. Excellent retention. Some light lacing. Aroma is all Saison: yeasty, lemon, pepper and spice, bright with a slight acidity. Taste is nice: bright -and lemony. Very lift body. There seems to be a bit of oaky astringency on the back end, but this is still a pretty damn good Saison. Lighter bodied. Heavier carbonation. Virtually no bitterness. A nice beer from HF.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:55:10 | More by Florida9
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color similar to most of the HF saisons.

Smells of interesting malt character, maybe rye or oat, some bready and floral notes. Maybe some slightly tart citrus test, but really as with several of the other HF beers I don't get the tartness in the nose, just in the taste.

Taste has the same rye/oat malt profile, more citrus zest and some tartness but not much acidity, flowers again.

Another really solid saison from HF.

8.0/10

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 16:06:41 | More by AlexFields
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cosmicevan

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tasting on 11/16. thanks to dat for hooking up the bottle. enjoyed from a hill farmstead wineglass.

a - pours a murky orange yellow with a fizzy head that hung out a bit. the bottle was a bit of a gusher. lacing is a bit stringy and swirling the glass really makes it happen.

s - grassy with some hints of soft fruit and lemon, quite rustic.

t - clean and crisp. some lemon. just super balanced and delicious.

m - super easy drinking and just fantastic.

o - wow. this is a really nice saison with great balance in all the right places. really just enjoyable. hill farmstead really just makes killer saisons (and ipas, and pretty much beer in general).

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:09:47 | More by cosmicevan
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-12-2013 02:41:09 | More by kscaldef
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-09-2013 13:26:01 | More by thegerm87
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-29-2013 22:22:34 | More by tom10101
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from the 750ml into a Hill Farmstead tulip. The brew pours with a light golden body that has substantial yeast haze to it. Massive white head starts forming immediately with a texture between creamy and foamy. Retention is very nice and the huge head falls to a thick ring. Thick patches of lace all down the glass.

S- Right of the bat a prominent lemon tartness I didn't expect above a nice funky farmhouse Saison yeast. Herbal and spicy with notes of lemongrass, wheat crust, citrus zest, yeast bread and grapes, like white wine.

T- Somewhere between dry white wine, Saison and Berliner for me. A certain white grape fruit aspect blended in nicely with the spicy and zesty Saison yeast. Tartness is pretty high for the style which is why I mentioned Berliner Weiss. Flavors of lemon peel, wheat bread, lactic acid, grapes, herbs and barnyard grassiness. Fairly funky.

MF- Light bodied and dry with a tartness throughout. Spritzy moderate-high carbonation in a beer that feels foamy overall.

Super flavorful with Saison, wine and Berliner attributes all coming together in a good farmhouse ale. Tartness is pretty high for the style but complimentary to the funky and wine grape flavors I get.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:34:33 | More by cbutova
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2014 18:34:57 | More by BMart
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-23-2012 15:12:26 | More by oldp0rt
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 04:40:27 | More by birchstick
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.