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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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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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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-28-2013 18:11:11 | More by ncaudle
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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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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-24-2012 19:08:58 | More by DrinkSlurm
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-25-2012 06:25:58 | More by mdillon86
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-22-2013 02:07:45 | More by stereosforgeeks
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-10-2013 20:00:37 | More by millerbuffoon
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks!

No batch number.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot orange capped with a finger of off-white head which falls into a thin collar. The back of the glass has nice lace curtains.

S: Lemon zest, dried hay, grass, bread, and white grapes. Quite nice on the nose, though it doesn't have much phenolic (pepper) character.

T: Hill Farmstead produces a lot of saisons, so it's no surprise that the recipes have gotten dialed in. Lemon zest, grass, white grapes, and green apple. The mid-taste evokes grain. The finish is redolent with minerals, earth, and yeast; there's a slight pepper bite, but it vanishes as yeast pulls into the aftertaste.

M: This was less effervescent than some of HF's other saisons, but to much nicer effect. The bubbles are soft and velvety, creating a soothing presence instead of a prickly one. The downside is that the flavor lingers, with a slick, yeasty aftertaste.

O: I suspect this is the kind of beer that gets lost in a big tasting lineup. Open it before other beers, or open it by itself. It's a nice experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:00:43 | More by Arbitrator
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-09-2013 16:28:52 | More by thewimperoo
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vibrant gold with faint haze; heavy carbonation with egg white head; sharp lemon peel and fresh grass with almost a bubblegum; crisp and clean mouthfeel; clean malt profile that is both simple and complex at the same time; lively carbonation works with mix of sharp lemons, crisp malt and light grassy finish; could drink this all day; yum

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 10:33:36 | More by jbaker67
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-13-2012 01:45:53 | More by DonFrap
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.