Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 589
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 96
Gots: 84 | FT: 6
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.00% 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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 589
Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (339 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  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. (1,976 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy yellow with slight golden body and a milky white head.

S - Honey up front with light tartness

T - Tart with lactic acid, lemon, lemon zest, slight grassy body to it. Light lemon and honey on the back end.

MF - Medium body with a good tingle and tart presence to it. Leaves a light dry finish on it.

O - Really good Saison with a good tart and sour presence to it. (377 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A chilled 750ml bottled dated 6/2013 is poured into a white wine glass.

The beer is a clear, golden liquid with a few fingers of pure white foam. Uniform lacing is left behind. A few streams of rising carbonation can be seen rising within.

There is a complex mixture of aromas: wheat, spelt and farmhouse yeast. There is also a dry sweetness.

Maybe it's just the glass I'm using, but something about Clara reminds me of a dry white wine. The flavors are earthy and grainy—no fruitiness at all—so that's not it. Maybe it's the light bitterness that tastes like white grape tannins. I'm not sure. It is a tasty beer though. I especially enjoy the grain profile; I feel like you can really taste the wheat and barley.

The beer is a touch heavier than I expected and the carbonation seems low. There is a slight sharpness to the aftertaste.

This is an enjoyable beer. It's not my favorite example of the style, but I'm also not upset that I have an extra bottle of it. If I made the long journey to Hill Farmstead and this was all I came home with, I may be a bit disappointed. I guess what I'm trying to say is that with the outstanding quality of the other HF beers I've had, I was expecting more from Clara. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed HF glass. This was bottled in June 2013 which is anywhere from 1 to 2 months ago, depending on the day.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, gold and leaves two fingers of white, fluffy head which lingers for a little while before slowly fading to a white layer, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon, citrus rinds, peppercorn, light grassy funk. Nice light & refreshing aroma.

Taste: Lemon, mild grassy funk (not overwhelming but more than in the aroma), some mild sour, especially lemon. Pepper, bread, dry finish.

Mouth-feel: High carbonation with a medium, spritzy, yet slightly creamy body. Dry finish, yet fairly smooth.

Overall: Quality refreshing, grassy saison. More notes of lemon than many other saisons I have had, but the flavors are nice, balanced and light. Funk is pretty light. Pretty high carbonation as well which is interesting, and I think makes it more refreshing. (939 characters)

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle, into a classy hotel bathroom glass.

A- It looks golden/peach in color

S-Way more funky then I anticipated. A great surprise. Brett, lemon/citrus, a little grapefruit

T- Sourness that I did not expect when I read the description on the HF website. Very "Berliner-esque" if that is a word. Slight lemon taste, with a tart finish.

M- A good amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much. Solid body.

Overall- This beer is a little deceptive if you expect it to taste like it is described on the HF website. I had low expectations, but this was a very welcome surprise. Great summer beer, I enjoyed sipping on this in VT. (645 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL Bottle bottled on 6/2013

A-Poured a robust golden straw color. The body is on the hazy side. A very thin white head was poured and receded back into the body. The lacing of the beer is there but minimal and stays on the glass.

S-Aroma is full of citrus zest of lemon and lime. The yeast gives off a pepper smell and the malt is perceived as freshly baked bread crust. There is a funkiness to this beer that melds well with the rest of the aroma.

T-That funkiness found in the nose is more profound in the taste. Yeast driven the taste is with a rounded citrus/acidic taste full of esters. The wheat and pale malt give a nice back bone to the yeast forwardness and the hops though subtle, help to keep it a nice rounded enjoyable beer.

M-Definition of a saison. More on the thin side for the mouth feel with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated.

O-A very enjoyable saison. The funkiness threw me off at first because I was not expecting any brett characteristics. Still highly enjoyable and love the drinkability with the low abv. Perfect for a 90 plus degree night here in southeast PA. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL into tulip. bottled 06 2013.

A: a hazed pour. straw blonde color on the edges and a bit richer at the center. head is bright white and frothy. retention is fantastic. spotted lacing left behind. pretty classic saison appearance.

S: a mild barniness starts off the aroma. very mild. more horse saddle than full on horse blanket. tart. lemon juice. a little bit of yeast bitterness as I approach the end of the bottle, but it is definitely yeast derived.

T: the first thing I notice is the tart, acidic nature of this brew. a mild barn, but really quite fleeting. there is a rich flavor in there that reminds me slightly of the rind on brie cheese. maybe that is just more of the funk talking. which is definitely there throughout the entire drink. finish is citrus fruit.

M: mouth has a bit of zip on it. light bodied.

D: a pretty tasty saison here. super light but having a great deal of complexity/flavor/aroma. this can almost all be taken from the yeast. great example of taking a simple canvas of a brew and letting the yeast showcase all of its nuances. surprised this isn't rated a bit higher. (1,114 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

Nice low ABV offering to start off a session on a very hot Seattle afternoon - lovely peach color and strongly carbonated. Nice notes of grassy, hay, lemon, light yeasty tartness, a touch of rye, oak. This was good and receives considerably less fanfare than many other HF beers - don't believe the anti-hype. (330 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 (453 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Skrip
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a dogfish snifter

A~ hazy golden amber, with a thick white creamy head

S~ like any old saison, yeasty and peppery.

T~ heres where this really opens up, unlike the smell the first thing you get is tart, citrus goodness. then comes the wheat and of course pepper.

M~ mmm! creamy and tart. very sessionable

O~ well... HF does it again, this is my second HF following Arthur. i said Arthur was one of my favorite saison of all time. now i'm a little torn, this is just as good if not better. i can't wait to try more of their brews. i have a feeling they're gonna shape up to be one of my favorite breweries! (634 characters)

Photo of UnderJoath
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle brought back from HF by good ole BeerMeFitz

Pours a hazy light orange with a large fluffy head. Citrusy aroma with a little spice, almost like oregano or a subtle coriander. Tastes of citrus zest, honey, and a bit of grass. Highly but not overly carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing, but I wouldn't travel to Vermont for any more. (346 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden body with a very large white head. Lace clings to the sides of the glass, but never fully settles. A pillow of foam on the surface.

Smell - Yeasty, like Anna. Lots of hay and wheat. Bright acidic lemon aroma.

Taste - Tart acidity is immediately apparent. Cracker malt flavor. Lots of wheat. Yeasty, but not as much as the nose. Peppery finish.

Mouthfeel - Grainy, pleasantly sour. Well carbonated. Light and easy to drink.

Overall - This was my first Hill Farmstead beer years ago at the Blackback Pub. Revisiting it for the first time. Admittedly, it's not Hill Farmstead's best beer, but it caught my interest back then and has held it ever since. (734 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-08 at TJ's pub in Paoli, PA for their 9th anniversary celebration.

A - Cloudy orange with a 1/2-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Funky farmhouse yeast (milder than with their Arthur), lemon, light wheat bread.

T - Cirtrs, yeast, light malt, mildly sour. Pleasant but not astounding.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Spritzy.

O - Enjoyable. Plenty of flavor for a low ABV brew. (420 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a lightly hazy golden with a touch of orange. A massive two fingers of fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing... Very nice looking brew.

S: get a good dose of the grains used in the aroma... Particuarly the wheat, along with a slightly tart lemon aroma, their farmhouse yeast certainly is distinctive, there is a very light but if grassy barnyard in the aroma... But I would have to say the nose is mostly earthy wheat and oats.

T: the tart yeast notes step up considerably in the Tate from the aroma, the oat and wheat notes are still there, but no longer the dominant character. The tartness comes in right up front followed by the barnyard funk and earthy wheaty character. Tasty overall

M: medium lush body with medium crisp carbonation, stings the palate a bit, works well for the style.

O: a nice brew, I love the character of hill farmstead farmhouse yeast... Nice tart citrusy and earthy wheat an oats, nice balance and great drinkability.... Tons of flavor for such a low abv brew. (1,060 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color, and with a very careful pour, half a glass of rocky bone white head is constantly fed with a steady stream of carb bubbles. The aroma is spicy with a funky edge and a sugary honey like sweetness deep underneath. The flavor is a little tart with a light citric component to it. Lots of yeasty spice and funkiness round out the flavor very well. Medium to light body with an insane amount of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer, its quite flavorful, light and refreshing. (541 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy orange with a two and a half finger white head. Head hangs around for a little bit, and has a little bit of lacing.

Smell: A tart lemon zest up front, followed by spicy yeast and white pepper. A light biscuity malt sweetness.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly, with a really nice tart lemon bite up from, and a great biscuity sweetness. A light yeast and white pepper on the finish. Simple but delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crazy drinkable. Lemon tartness lingers on the back of the tongue for a while. Very, very refreshing.

Overall: A beautiful easy drinking beer. I can only imagine how great this would be on a hot summer day. (711 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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). (667 characters)

Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.