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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

326 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 81
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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juliusseizure

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-25-2012 20:35:58 | More by juliusseizure
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-24-2012 18:38:40 | More by JMRSN
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold color with a huge white frothy head. Looks very refreshing.

The aroma gives off a significant farmhouse funk. Earthy, dank, little wet blanket. Some fruit notes in the background along the lines of white grape and pear.

The taste is almost champagne-like with elegant fruit notes (grape and pear again) on top of a wheat and farmhouse hay-like malt background. A little doughy.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, refreshing yet still has that trademark Hill Farmstead smoothness on the back.

Overall this is very nice, elegant, refined. If you're a fan of Saisons, give this a shot. It shows the style can still be exciting while at sitting at session-beer abv levels. Glad I have another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:22:36 | More by jbertsch
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WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-23-2012 23:47:45 | More by WeisGuy
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GermanHero

Vermont

5/5  rDev +22.9%

09-23-2012 16:56:23 | More by GermanHero
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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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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-22-2012 20:47:35 | More by polishkaz
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased from the brewery last Saturday. Poured into HF stemmed glassware.

A- Pours a translucent orange golden with about two fingers of fairly dense lightly bubbly white head that has great retention and leaves a thin layer of lacing. Nice carbonation of steadily rising bubbles. Towards the end of the bottle there is definitely significantly more haze from the yeast sedimentation which reduces the transparency.

S- Lightly sweet smell of yeast, a significant amount of floral notes, barley, a little bit of honey, and some pale malts. A little bit above average aroma strength and fairly pleasant.

T- Lightly sweet with a little bit of floral hops, honey, barley, and some pale malts + yeast on the finish. At first I didn't really care for the aftertaste, it was a little bit too heavy on the pale malts but towards the end of the bottle it definitely improved significantly and balanced out a little bit more. Overall it definitely packs a decent amount of taste for a 4% saison.

M- Fairly light, easy to drink, refreshing, a little bit over-carbonated.

O- This definitely wasn't my favorite HF beer, but it was still very well done for a 4% saison. All the flavors were well balanced and it was definitely a decent session beer. For one of HF's lowest ranked beers, this beer is still actually pretty good and definitely enjoyable. My only major complaint was that it was slightly over-carbonated. Overall it was nicely crafted and I recommend trying it out if you like saisons, just don't expect anything that will blow your mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:14:39 | More by jaasen64
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-18-2012 01:30:31 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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sdaly3

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-17-2012 15:40:19 | More by sdaly3
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-16-2012 04:24:22 | More by claytong
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

I don't know what it is but this guy makes really great looking beers. Shocking and creamy white and lots of meringue like peaks of thin bubbles, settle slowly to a real bright orange body with good amounts of carbonation. Rolling fire column smack in the middle, slow rising pinhead white bubbles trace the edges of the glass rim. Sexy great looking beer, particularly love this orange hue color.

Nose is classic saison, a little downplayed but real solid. Faint pepper, wine like yeast and brett sense. Lemon sour, dense sense of malt presence coming.

Taste is a bit lacking, but boy what a creamy mouthfeel on this. Dense and creamy palate, thick and whipped, unfortunately there isn't a lot of flavor going on in here. Subdued funk and a hardly acidic, hints of mellow butter (not diacetyl) cream. Big thick presence but toned down malts. Very mild sweetness, mixing well with that great creamy body.

It's an interesting beer, but there's just little to say about what's on the palate, no sweetness but no sourness. No hop but no malt kick. Saison characters of fruit, funk, acid, pepper, spice, etc... not really. The beer comes off as incredibly neutral. It smells looks and feels fantastic but just doesn't bring the final knockout punch. It's a very subtle beer for its style, but by no means not worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 17:32:25 | More by smakawhat
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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

750ml capped bottle decanted and poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass. Shared with schen9303.

Creamy 1.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a deep, cloudy goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. Pretty beer.

Nose is citrus, wheat and various sweet spices. Real aromatic and fresh with a clean liveliness.

Opens sweet citrus with a spice presence lingering in the back. Some wheatiness towards the middle with coriander and floral notes finishing up the experience. A very mild tartness hovers in and out. Very little aftertaste. Deliciously refreshing.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively and prickly in the mouth and aggressive and bubbly going down. Slightly messy finish with a very clean aftertaste. Hugely drinkable.

Following in the footsteps of the HF hoppy offerings, this beer is clean, fresh, balanced, and infinitely drinkable. I wouldn't expect anything less and Clara really delivers. A very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 01:22:02 | More by SpeedwayJim
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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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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2012 13:56:23 | More by PEIhop
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-08-2012 23:10:50 | More by trevorpost
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

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

Presentation: 750 mL bottle picked up from the brewery a couple weeks ago and kept chilled until opened. Served chilled, but allowed to warm to near room temperature over about half an hour. Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light, fluffy head, about two fingers with pretty decent retention. Yellow to light orange in color with just a touch of cloudiness.

Aroma: Some light honey, green apple and pepper notes. The yeast adds an interesting element, and just a light touch of tartness, but this really isn't that sour at all. The wheat keeps this light and bright.

Taste: Definitely a strong pepper note compared to most HF saisons. A touch of earthiness and bitterness, possibly from the hops. Light and bright with a bit of sour, but its barely there. Slightly earthy and bitter aftertaste. Refreshing and simple.

Mouthfeel: Light and fully carbonated. Definitely refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, a really simple but enjoyable saison. Not overly complex, but the pepper and wheat provide an interesting interplay and make for a nice experience. Not sure I would pick up again when faced with this against other HF saisons, but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:03:59 | More by Gosox8787
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-05-2012 11:31:00 | More by bsuedekum
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-30-2012 21:23:52 | More by cbeer88
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-14-2012 21:37:53 | More by SPRichard
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14%

08-14-2012 02:22:14 | More by TheRuss9585
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-13-2012 01:45:53 | More by DonFrap
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, hay color. Substantial, bubbly white head. Craters slowly, leaving an uneven surface, a blanket of carbonation, and some dry residue. Lots o' beer ring lacing. Head renews thoroughly with each pour.

S: Sourdough bread, with a slight hint of raspberry.

T: Light wheaty flavor of sourdough with just the slightest hint of sweetness. A little light pepper.

M: Very light body with a pungent, biting finish, and a bittersour aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy, not much resistance, and nothing off-putting.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice body, thick head and lots of lacing. Light, but decent aroma of fermented sourdough, and hints of raspberry. Flavor is a very light combination of the same... pungent sourdough flavor with a slight sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:58:23 | More by bmwats
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.