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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Clara GrisetteClara Grisette

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BA SCORE
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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
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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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-19-2011 14:32:16 | More by Kaydogg
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mtardiff for providing this bottle.

What a nice looking beer. Bright perfectly clear gold color with several strands of releasing bubbles. A fluffy/pillow like whipped egg white head with excellent retention. Some thick clumps of lace cling to the glass.

Aroma is sweet, pale malts, a touch of candied sugar. Perhaps pear and definitely lemon. A hint of yeast and pepper in the aroma. As the beer warms a layer of funk and earthiness emerges in the aroma. (becomes more complex) starting temp was 48...

Flavor is much less sweet than the aroma hints. I was shocked how dry the flavor actually is. I like this. Sometime I mention white pepper and here I almost need to upgrade that to black pepper, interesting. Yeast flavors and almost that burnt rubber flavor. Light bread just below the surface. A lasting bitterness sticks with you long after you swallow.

Fairly delicate body which is accentuated by the the lingering head, Borderline astringent on the tongue. (yeast?)

Pretty interesting beer. God Bless Clara wherever she is.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:12:36 | More by Reagan1984
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt. This saison is slightly sweeter than the others I've had from Hill Farmstead, still quite a nice little saison.

Beer is yellowish, hazy with a soft white head, good lacing, decent retention, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bready, sweet, yeasty.

Beer is light in body with a strong malt backbone presence to the whole thing. It is easy drinking with a nice floral palate, minimal hops, almost no bitterness. Easy drinking and a nice palate cleansing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:52:35 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

The beer is hazy yellow with a white head that leaves some good lacing on the snifter. Really nice aroma. Nice floral presence, yeast, light hops. Lacking the citrus presence found in most of the Fantôme brews we sampled that night. Easy to drink. Light in body. Lingering floral and hop notes in the finish. Overall, I found this quite enjoyable. Yet another solid beer from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 13:29:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 01:31:17 | More by CypherEnigma
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pretty things pint glass.

A - light straw yellow body with lively carbonation. puffy thick white head that goes nowhere and sticks really well to the glass.

S - subtle notes of grass pepper and bread malts.

T - bread and grass up front. with pepper and lemon zest in the middle. finishes with a nice hoppy grass taste.

M - light bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - really good stuff. very very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:02:56 | More by celticfutblclub
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alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 16:27:15 | More by alalvarez75
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-14-2011 13:55:41 | More by s1ckboy
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KMcG

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When it poured into a tulip glass, the color was slightly hazed straw yellow. There was a high 2-3 finger head that was quite foamy. Nice lacing and residual head after it settled.

S: Lemon, grass (hay), and floral notes.

T: Peppery and bright but light on hops. Some citrus. There is a malty balance and bready character. Complex.

M: Light to Medium body, well carbonated, dry, and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:29:07 | More by KMcG
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mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Big thanks to starrdog for sharing this one; thanks man! Poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a murky dark yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some frothy lacing left on the glass and a minute or two or retention.

s - Smells of spices, floral hops, earthy notes, and some citrus hops. Much more floral in the nosethan Vera Mae was, with less citrus. Good, but I'd give the edge to Vera Mae.

t - Tastes of spices, floral notes, yeast, eathy/dirt notes, light funk, and light citrus hops. Again, very nice, though I slightly prefer Vera Mae.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. I think it is a bit too carbonated, which hurts it a little bit.

o - Overall a very good saison, though of the 3 Hill Farmstead saison's we tried this was my least favorite (order went Vera Mae > Civil Disobedience 2 > Clara. More spice here than Vera Mae and a bit too carbonated, but certainly something I'd like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 19:43:38 | More by mdfb79
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden straw color with three fingers of pillowy white head. Real good retention and sticky lace.

Nice floral aroma with lemon in the background. Real good farmhouse aroma with some spicy hops. Really a nice dry farmhouse flavor with a dry bitter hop finish. Hints of lemon and a good musty farmhouse flavor.

The body is nice and light with good lively carbonation. Crisp and dry on the finish. Overall this one is knocking me out. Really exceptional stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:26:40 | More by Bendurgin
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold-yellow color with good clarity on the first pour and some moderate haze on subsequent pours. Head formation is tight, and leaves great lace on the side.

Fresh aroma with some citrusy, tangerine like fruit notes as well as leafy, green notes that remind me of bay leaf or some other herb.

At first I thought this was over-bittered, but as it warmed the fruity yeast notes came to the forefront and it became more balanced. Along with the grassy bitterness is a tart, wheaty malt flavor that goes really well with the rustic yeast. Body and flavor suggest this is more than 4% ABV, but it is still very refreshing/quenching. Carbonation is very high, which is perfect for this beer.

Overall: This beer was enjoyable enough to open my second bottle. It was a bit pricy, but I thought it was worth the purchase. I would love to see this on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:46:54 | More by jeffthecheff
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trevorjn06

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and opaque straw color, almost looks like a Hefe. Huge head, persists.

Aroma is bright, citrusy lemon notes, some bright hop character, light earthiness.

Flavor is very dry overall, citrus, yeast, light funk/earth. Some peppery notes. Bracing hop bitterness and lingering astringent/bitter notes.

Overall has a great nose and some good flavors going, but the finish is harsh.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:44:49 | More by trevorjn06
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Pale orange/yellow colored beer with a huge white head that had great retention. Lots of stick left behind.

S - Some grainy malts, lemon zest, herbal notes, touch of barnyard and hay.

T - Taste is much like the nose, and very refreshing. There is a little bit more funk than you would gather, with some slight herbal notes.

M - Light, slightly drying finish, good carbonation.

O - Great session beer that packs in some good flavor. Not sure exactly what a Grisette was, but if it's a good take on the style I'd go for another.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 17:25:11 | More by AgentZero
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a giant uncontrollable head on this beer atop a light golden clear colored body.

The aroma is full of sweet honey malt with some peppery spice.

The taste is very dry and crisp. There is a lot of pepper flavor and it's full of earthy spice.

This is light and strikes a good balance between being creamy and sparkling.

This is delicious. It's light and very drinkable with lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 04:11:34 | More by andrewinski1
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DearthVader

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 poured to HF Belgian stemmed tulip.

Thanks phingdong!

Pours a glowing straw yellow with the signature 4 finger foam head that climbs an extra inch out of the top of my glass. It stays perfectly intact and doesn't spill an ounce. Very clear body with a ton of carbonation bubbles racing around wildly. Extremely sticky lacing is left behind.

Smell is very bready with slight spiced up lemon zest.

Taste is up front with the peppered lemon and bread. Grassy notes with a floral coating follow.

Hill Farmstead has the mouthfeel mastered for every style. This is slightly different from most of their Saisons in that its extremely light. I typically prefer a slightly creamy body in my Saisons, but you can't help but love this. Super light and crisp and probably the most drinkable beer to touch these lips.

Hill Farmstead is making me consider having Vermont be my retirement destination sometime in the very late future. I've enjoyed everything They've put out so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 07:57:54 | More by DearthVader
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Brad007

Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright yellow color with a one-finger head into my chalice.

Sweet, spicy grains greet the nose, followed by a good amount of citrus as well.

Ditto for the taste. Spicy yeast, citrus and floral hops work together to create a synergy that rarely exists.

Lingering citrus, yeast and hops make up the mouthfeel. It's very light and crisp.

Wow. I could drink this more often due to the low ABV (4%) and the expression of flavors within it. This is what a saison should be (a light, sessionable ale for more than seasonal workers!). Check it out!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:15:40 | More by Brad007
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grittybrews

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yellow with a finger of off-white head. Aroma with hints of pepper-dominated spice, lemon, and mild funk.

Dry, airy mouthfeel. Flavors of grass, biscuit, lemon, and tart fruit esters on the finish.

Light and enjoyable but not entirely distinctive.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 14:38:15 | More by grittybrews
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with lots of carbonation, perhaps to much

S: Herbs, hay, peppery, light funk and lemon

T: Light pepper, lemon with hay, horseblanket, some Earthiness

M: Light bod, dry but this beer falls flat on its face with flavor about midway to end.

O: Average

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 15:03:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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youradhere

Arkansas

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

South Sound Tasting Notes

Pours a cloudy pale gold, thick white head that lingers. Smells of lemon with citrus hop character, slight grassy aroma. Taste is sulfur and lemon, lots of hop astringency, very clean flavors. Mouthfeel is pithy, high carbonation quickly scrubs flavors, very astringent and dry. Overall not bad, flavor is etherial and a bit too astringent on the palate; refreshing none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 18:18:49 | More by youradhere
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for this one. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours light golden yellow, nice amount of lacing, thick collar, thin cap left over after the initial pour.

S - Light funk, floral, slight herbal notes. All very light and crisp which is what this beer is suppose to be all about. The funk is there, just in a smaller dosage.

T - Pretty much like the nose. Light funk, floral, slight herbal. Mostly a light funk on this one with the other notes taking a back seat.

M - Light body, good carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - Super easy to drink and at 4%, I wouldn't expect anything else. Just a very light, easy drinking beer, which is what HF billed this one to be. Very delicate, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 15:10:07 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger-plus of foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar - excellent retention and attractive lacing. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Lemon, farmhouse yeast, light lactic character, a bit of milled grain, and a touch of sharp wheat. Tons of flavor for 4%.

T - Lots of flavor for the ABV as well. Some nice bready malts, hint of yeast spice, a bit of citrus zest, minimal sweetness,

M - Surprisingly hefty body for 4%. Chewy and smooth texture, pleasant medium carbonation, and a nice clean finish.

D - Great low-alcohol beer. Would like to have this one again, as it makes a great session option, packing a ton of flavor and sufficiently hefty body into an easy-to-drink package. More Grisettes please!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 17:21:28 | More by MasterSki
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ChrisPro

Illinois

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

750mL bottle picked up at the brewery

A - crystal clear pale yellow with pillow of white foam; lacing prevalent througout

S - hay, earth and some nice herbal notes.

T- very little sweetness and some solid funk; a nice dry butter finish. Very well balanced

M - perfect carbonation; light bodied and extremely dry

O - sickeningly quaffable. So much flavor for the ABV. One of my favorites by HF for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:46:32 | More by ChrisPro
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Nathan.

Light yellow with a thin, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Rustic with a grainy character with light lemon, Saaz hops, a little bread and light sugar are all noticeable. The palate opens moderately crisp, moderately yeasty and spicy with white pepper, light grass and hay. Again, a grainy malt character is present. Drying, grassy and with a mild Saaz hop character on the finish that lingers wonderfully, this is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:44:30 | More by DefenCorps
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Bardwashrind

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A picture perfect summer night brought upon the desire for a beer of just this caliber. My first introduction to the Grisette style by way of a brewery I have come to enjoy greatly as of late.

Upon opening the bottle and pouring the first few ounces into the glasses awaiting I was met by a hazy, copper colored liquid with a dense head of bright carbonation. The aromas were distinct with qualities similar to that of hay or a wide open field among the rural country. Dried citrus peels, some lemon, wheat, damp wood and earthy yeast were all arising from the glass. Quite lovely as this didn't have an overly funky quality, more rustic with the complexities similar to herbs and spices. Smelled great with grass under foot.

Tasting the beer under the late day sun shine was a perfect pairing in it's own way. Great carbonation was apparent with the mouthfeel being quite impressive for a beer clocking in at only 4%. Flavors ranged from germinated wheat, oatmeal, wild flowers with some distant bitter hops lingering at the end. Delicious and different that a typical saison, as the big fruity esters were not as pronounced and a more grainy, almost hearth oven toasted bread flavor was apparent.

This would be a staple in our home if we could realistically obtain bottles. Fresh but still rustic with refreshment coming from a distinct simplicity that was quite admirable. With each beer, Hill Farmstead is proving that the honest path is the most admirable. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:07:48 | More by Bardwashrind
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.