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Clara Grisette - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
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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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
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pisano

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-16-2013 02:29:27 | More by pisano
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-16-2013 01:56:36 | More by browniewithnuts
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Noyt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-11-2013 17:45:14 | More by Noyt
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-11-2013 15:39:08 | More by shehateme
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-11-2013 11:50:50 | More by AOShabaz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-10-2013 21:54:10 | More by Rifugium
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-10-2013 20:00:37 | More by millerbuffoon
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy yellow with slight golden body and a milky white head.

S - Honey up front with light tartness

T - Tart with lactic acid, lemon, lemon zest, slight grassy body to it. Light lemon and honey on the back end.

MF - Medium body with a good tingle and tart presence to it. Leaves a light dry finish on it.

O - Really good Saison with a good tart and sour presence to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:54:45 | More by jeonseh
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Ilovebrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-09-2013 03:59:32 | More by Ilovebrew
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NickBeery

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-08-2013 00:49:08 | More by NickBeery
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thestupidpunk

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-07-2013 12:07:48 | More by thestupidpunk
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uncccegr

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-06-2013 02:53:07 | More by uncccegr
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Orange

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-05-2013 13:46:20 | More by Orange
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A chilled 750ml bottled dated 6/2013 is poured into a white wine glass.

The beer is a clear, golden liquid with a few fingers of pure white foam. Uniform lacing is left behind. A few streams of rising carbonation can be seen rising within.

There is a complex mixture of aromas: wheat, spelt and farmhouse yeast. There is also a dry sweetness.

Maybe it's just the glass I'm using, but something about Clara reminds me of a dry white wine. The flavors are earthy and grainy—no fruitiness at all—so that's not it. Maybe it's the light bitterness that tastes like white grape tannins. I'm not sure. It is a tasty beer though. I especially enjoy the grain profile; I feel like you can really taste the wheat and barley.

The beer is a touch heavier than I expected and the carbonation seems low. There is a slight sharpness to the aftertaste.

This is an enjoyable beer. It's not my favorite example of the style, but I'm also not upset that I have an extra bottle of it. If I made the long journey to Hill Farmstead and this was all I came home with, I may be a bit disappointed. I guess what I'm trying to say is that with the outstanding quality of the other HF beers I've had, I was expecting more from Clara.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:25:08 | More by ToasterChef
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Crookdrain

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-01-2013 21:46:54 | More by Crookdrain
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Hopbully

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-01-2013 15:37:58 | More by Hopbully
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backbaybrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-31-2013 15:55:35 | More by backbaybrewer
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Tschnab

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-31-2013 12:47:55 | More by Tschnab
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sustyhops

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-30-2013 23:44:09 | More by sustyhops
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dctriman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-30-2013 11:52:31 | More by dctriman
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pendabev

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-30-2013 00:01:28 | More by pendabev
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-29-2013 22:53:33 | More by mrebeka
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-29-2013 16:11:13 | More by BARFLYB
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed HF glass. This was bottled in June 2013 which is anywhere from 1 to 2 months ago, depending on the day.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, gold and leaves two fingers of white, fluffy head which lingers for a little while before slowly fading to a white layer, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon, citrus rinds, peppercorn, light grassy funk. Nice light & refreshing aroma.

Taste: Lemon, mild grassy funk (not overwhelming but more than in the aroma), some mild sour, especially lemon. Pepper, bread, dry finish.

Mouth-feel: High carbonation with a medium, spritzy, yet slightly creamy body. Dry finish, yet fairly smooth.

Overall: Quality refreshing, grassy saison. More notes of lemon than many other saisons I have had, but the flavors are nice, balanced and light. Funk is pretty light. Pretty high carbonation as well which is interesting, and I think makes it more refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:34:14 | More by Resuin
Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.