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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
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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joel66

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-17-2013 15:51:16 | More by joel66
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-16-2013 01:41:24 | More by gory4d
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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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bahnfire

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-08-2013 20:14:54 | More by bahnfire
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jaylib

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-08-2013 16:40:33 | More by jaylib
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Takeanotherswing

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

03-06-2013 03:04:34 | More by Takeanotherswing
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PerHops

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Starts out lively with a nice 1 inch head that settles at a moderate pace. The color is perfection for a saison; a brilliant golden orange with lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Definitely some funk especially when first opened. A little one dimensional at first, but as it warms up it reveals plenty of depth. Citrus and spice and grassiness meld nicely with the musty funk presumably from the yeast.

T- Definitely funkier and more tart than I anticipated. Reminds me a lot of a berliner weiss but with more complexity and a little less sour. The yeast shows up beautifully here and the spice is just barely noticeable. It also has just a touch of smoke on the finish.

M- Has quite a bit more carbonation than evident from the appearance. It almost borders on too much carbonation, but it works for the style.

O- This beer was a fantastic saison, or grisette if that is a category. I am more than impressed and enjoyed it even more than the arthur I tried recently. Yet another great beer from hill farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 23:58:51 | More by PerHops
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-03-2013 07:32:09 | More by Kelp
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SupremePie

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-28-2013 15:31:34 | More by SupremePie
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zach60614

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

02-26-2013 02:49:22 | More by zach60614
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-20-2013 01:07:13 | More by Brew33
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2beerdogs

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

02-19-2013 05:51:06 | More by 2beerdogs
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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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rodkin

New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber-orange with a 2-3 finger head, big and fluffy. Reduces slowly with nice lacing.

Smell is big yeast, earthiness, slight spice, followed by a sweet fruity brightness - citrus and apple, maybe peach.

I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. Slight breadiness, berliner-style tartness, citrus, wheat and grain, finishes with a grassy, earthy flavor and some peppery spice. Quite a bit tarter than I was expecting, and very flavorful - especially for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, heavily carbonated.

This beer is very sessionable. One of the best saisons I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:24:52 | More by rodkin
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FosterJM

California

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1734th Review on BA
Bottle champagne flute
750ml

Shared with my coworker Antti

App- A nice and orangey golden color with some yellows mixed into it. A bit shimmery and buttery looking. The head on this was nice and puffy and then fell to some really great cling and sticky lace.

Smell- This was very similar to southern stars Walloon. Where this seemed like a saison at first but turned a bit. Lighter, more earthy and grainy from the wheat and a bit spicy like a small rye but unique in that sense.

Taste- I enjoyed this little beer. Drank bigger than the 4% would lead on. A bit small on certain aspects of flavors but with that spicy pseudo rye tinge, and with a bit of the wheats coming in it was a nice balance and duality of flavors. A little of a saison peppery note.

Mouth- Even for a small AbV this had a nice medium wet body behind it with a good medium carbonation. Dry, earthy, grassy and balanced.

Drink- Leave it to Shaun Hill to take an obscure small ABV beer and make it damn good, love HF stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 22:18:23 | More by FosterJM
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Snarf103

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-12-2013 05:28:43 | More by Snarf103
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-12-2013 02:41:09 | More by kscaldef
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-11-2013 21:36:20 | More by wdarcy77
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-04-2013 16:54:06 | More by montrealbcr89
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-02-2013 23:19:36 | More by Retail1LO
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-02-2013 03:11:17 | More by oregonskibum
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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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vtbeerandbud

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-24-2013 19:33:45 | More by vtbeerandbud
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jbuddle

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-22-2013 21:28:29 | More by jbuddle
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bevdaddy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-22-2013 20:22:49 | More by bevdaddy
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.