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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
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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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-15-2013 18:17:22 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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VTBeerTrade

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-03-2013 18:23:50 | More by VTBeerTrade
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours golden yellow, fizzy head with light retention.

sour grape and tart apple with a sour mash.

tart up front with a rather light flavor overall. some pale malt and green apple seem to be most apparent.

very light with a rather moderate carbonation. leaves a bit of tingle afterwards.

this is really good for 4%. super easy and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 19:28:20 | More by hooliganlife
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jampics2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-30-2013 18:12:21 | More by jampics2
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-29-2013 14:14:15 | More by scotv
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-28-2013 21:07:01 | More by BGsWo22
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nzerbe

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-26-2013 10:02:05 | More by nzerbe
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Rainblows

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-17-2013 14:28:19 | More by Rainblows
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-16-2013 14:00:09 | More by sweemzander
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-15-2013 21:11:22 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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inspektor

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-14-2013 19:32:52 | More by inspektor
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-13-2013 15:14:45 | More by Caudalie
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-09-2013 13:26:01 | More by thegerm87
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Dasein11

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-05-2013 13:22:17 | More by Dasein11
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Headyman

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-03-2013 03:22:41 | More by Headyman
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-03-2013 02:37:53 | More by SadMachine
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dvnb

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-01-2013 21:35:34 | More by dvnb
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Rudy

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-31-2013 05:46:01 | More by Rudy
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from the 750ml into a Hill Farmstead tulip. The brew pours with a light golden body that has substantial yeast haze to it. Massive white head starts forming immediately with a texture between creamy and foamy. Retention is very nice and the huge head falls to a thick ring. Thick patches of lace all down the glass.

S- Right of the bat a prominent lemon tartness I didn't expect above a nice funky farmhouse Saison yeast. Herbal and spicy with notes of lemongrass, wheat crust, citrus zest, yeast bread and grapes, like white wine.

T- Somewhere between dry white wine, Saison and Berliner for me. A certain white grape fruit aspect blended in nicely with the spicy and zesty Saison yeast. Tartness is pretty high for the style which is why I mentioned Berliner Weiss. Flavors of lemon peel, wheat bread, lactic acid, grapes, herbs and barnyard grassiness. Fairly funky.

MF- Light bodied and dry with a tartness throughout. Spritzy moderate-high carbonation in a beer that feels foamy overall.

Super flavorful with Saison, wine and Berliner attributes all coming together in a good farmhouse ale. Tartness is pretty high for the style but complimentary to the funky and wine grape flavors I get.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:34:33 | More by cbutova
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xenjoiii

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-27-2013 14:54:44 | More by xenjoiii
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ehammond1


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-26-2013 21:42:31 | More by ehammond1
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MasterCraft

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-23-2013 02:29:31 | More by MasterCraft
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Stout_Combo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-18-2013 17:54:21 | More by Stout_Combo
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 10:33:36 | More by jbaker67
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:25:45 | More by tectactoe
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.