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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 85
Gots: 76 | FT: 9
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

bahnfire, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

jaylib, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Takeanotherswing, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of PerHops
4.18/5  rDev +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.

PerHops, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Kelp, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

SupremePie, Feb 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

zach60614, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Brew33, Feb 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

2beerdogs, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.


AlexFields, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of rodkin
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

rodkin, Feb 16, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1734th Review on BA
Bottle champagne flute

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.

FosterJM, Feb 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Snarf103, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

kscaldef, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

wdarcy77, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

montrealbcr89, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Retail1LO, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

oregonskibum, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

mynie, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

vtbeerandbud, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jbuddle, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bevdaddy, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Blanco, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Quackus, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

rowingbrewer, Jan 18, 2013
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.