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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Clara GrisetteClara Grisette

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115 Reviews
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 654
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 93
Gots: 100 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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: 115 | Hads: 654
Photo of AlexFields
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.


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Photo of rodkin
4.22/5  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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  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.

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Photo of Skrip
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

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Photo of UnderJoath
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's amazing that so much flavor can be packed into a beer with such low alcohol percentage. The first time I had this was a revelation. I had never really like grisettes prior to that.

Typical amazing mouthfeel with bright, citrusy, hay, mild funk taste and smell.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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).

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear with a white frothy head on it

S - nose is sweet grainy malts, wheat, lemon, and herbs

T - citrus lemon flavors upfront segue into some herbal tones. Next, some grainy wheat malts come in and a little bit of spicy hops come in to round it off.

M - smooth and full - nice

D - overall, this is a nice saison. Citrusy, herbally, with a bit of hops. As with every HFS brew I have tried, this is was enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, pale yellow, with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly. Lacing clings to the glass in sheets. Aroma is moderately tart and lemony; pepper, wheat, light hay and mustiness.

Flavor is clean and lemony; gently tart and peppery, again there is a wheat note, light bready malt, a hint of hay and must, but the latter is quite restrained.

Body is medium-light; medium carbonation; smooth but lively. A simple beer with subtle complexities; an easy drinking refresher; the kind of beer you reach for on a summer day (if you can get it) and not even notice you're at the bottom of the pint in a matter of moments.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Partly cloudy pale yellow colour. Two fingers of lightly fluffy white head that quickly reduced to one finger with great lacing. Some large pieces of sediment floating in the bottom of the glass.

S - A musky barnyard funk aroma up front. Bready malts and lighter clove and peppery spice notes present as well.

T - The funk really hits up front and is accompanied by a pretty big tartness. Some wheat and Belgian yeast notes are present as well but the big barnyard funk presence really takes this beer over and dominates the other flavours that palate. There are also some grassy and herbal hop flavours in the background and a strange aftertaste that has hints of dill.

M - Medium body. Very dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Luk13
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Beautiful opaque bright yellow-beige with white head that recedes quickly in a ring of foam. Aroma is rustic and farmhouse, old wheat, lemon and hay. Definitly funky. I really like the wheat profile. Taste is tart as per Hill Farmstead yeast. Wheat provides some body. I find it very mineral and earthy. Mouthfeel is deliciously dry and light-medium bodied. Very tasty but I don't like it is very sessionnable as it is a little too tart. As good as this is, I miss the Hill Farmstead's saisonthat weren't soured by the yeast.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/3/14 - Updated from a 3.75 'Had' rating. Have tried this a few times now and picked up two bottles of the 9-2014 batch. Split this particular one 3 ways.

A - Nice glowing orange with some haze to it. White head retains pretty well, a spotty cap/thick ring/some lace is left.

S - Light citrusy tartness, definite oats, lemon lime, light brett, lots of yeast, farm.

T - Brett opens up nicely here bringing on some nice lemon, grapefruit, general tart citrus goodness, farminess. Light tartness, a big yeast profile, almost chalky, some pepper spice, tangy wheat, oats.

M - Impressive body and flavor for 4%, kinda chalky, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Great brett/light tartness without sacrificing drinkability or a nice straight-up light saison base. For the ABV this is a pretty remarkable beer. This one goes a bit underrated in my eyes. Easy-going and would make a great summer beer. It's been great revisiting this and HF's George recently - two 3.75s I now shake my head at.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, fall '12
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Finger and a half of fluffy bright white head. Good carbonation flowing from bottom of glass. Some lacing is left as it recedes.

S: Some funk. Barnyard. Wet hay. White grape. Green Apple. Spice, pepper.

T: On the front of the tongue, you get that traditional Saison pepper spiciness. That pronounced yeast strange really shows. I guess predominantly I get flavors of white grape and that slightly tart green apple hint. Maybe some grassy grainy hints as it get further on the palate. Finish is dry. White wine like. Love the low ABV here. Refreshing little Saison without the guilt.

M: Light leading into medium.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clara pours a hazy honey orange with a moderate, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly coating the sides of the glass in netted patterns of lace.

The aroma is a little funky with spices and fruity notes. bread, lemon, mango, and coriander plus a touch of fruity tartness are all detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy and smooth with a light carbonated fizz. The flavor is much like the aroma, bready with notes of lemon, mango, coriander, and a little pepper. Some bubblegum sweetness is present in the background. It finishes flowery and mildly tart. Once gone the lemon citrus and coriander linger on the palate.

A very tasty beer that would go great with a nice Vermont cheese plate. Clara has a great mouthfeel, but the aroma fades after the first few sips.

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Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Keef. Bottled earlier.

Nice light grain on lemon color with a solid quilt of white fines and drapes of lace. Nice nose here. Plenty of grain, soil, hints of horse, some manure and clay. Slightest hint of lemon in the nose. Slightest tart with lemon flavor, grain, yeast, some tasty light pilsner character. Medium on full bodied with soft carbonation and a wet finish. This is a really desirable beer.

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Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Josh!

Beautiful appearance, as always. HF has that down cold. Wheaty, malty, earthy aroma. Smells and taste almost vinous even though I'm pretty sure it never spent time in wine barrels.

Smooth, refined flavor profile. Not too much wheat as these styles often get. Hoppy notes at the end add delicious complexity to the mix. Infinitely sessionable Shaun does it again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Hill Farmstead, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a fluffy/big bubbled two finger head that faded rather quickly leaving some nice side lacing.

S - Aromas are the typical musty hill farmstead saison. Light wheat and lemons here with the faint barnyard.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with a touch more bright lemon, gentle wheat and funk. Pretty good. Nothing earth shattering, but still pretty flavourful.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter with ALOT of carbonation. Almost a distractingly amount of carbonation. Its nice and light but yah, almost too much carbonation here.

O - Overall not a bad saison. For me, I'm not generally a huge fan of HF saisons. They're all either consistently around 4 (which is still damn solid) or outstanding barrel aged. I'll still keep buying them though, as its still worth the money.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Closing out the final September weekend of 2012 with a bottle of hill farmstead Clara. It's been a great hill farmstead week to say the least

A- an expected hazy orange HF body with thin spider webs of lacing clashing to edges. Nice refreshing saison look

S- Wheat, lemon, and grassy scents partner up with a farm house scent to propagate into a light spiced saison. Herbal and spicy

T- very tart wheat that flows with a fresh lemon flavor embodies a tasty saison flavor. Don't overlook the simplicity that really flows into the taste

M- flowing carbonation meshed well with tart flavor

I- excellent saison that is not complicated. Instead it's detailed with the desired properties of a saison. Like it

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.