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Biere De Norma - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 317
Gots: 70 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and soured with our house spontaneous culture.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-12-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

WTKeene, Apr 26, 2014
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with thick red wax. Vintage 2013

Split 3 ways with my local beer crew into 3 HF Wine Stems.

Appearance: Orangish and murky crimson colored body maybe a copper hue as well. Thick cap of white head that drops to a thin cap.

Smell: Very wine barrel forward. Mild funk that is familiar to me as Hill Farmstead funkiness. Fruity and oaky. Slightly briney and minerally.

Taste: boarders between mild and moderate tart/tanginess. Tannic wet oak, vinous red wine, combine with subtlely sweet malt profile. Earthy and mustiness about the beer. Fruity and the minerals flavors also come through. As this beer gets warmer a musty funk becomes slightly cheezey or yogerty like some lactobacillus was involved in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel: medium boided beer with low carbonation. Just the right amount of driness in the beer to drive home the wine barrel character in this beer is a most pleasant way. Drinks pretty well.

Overall: I have only tried a handful of beers from the Beire de Garde family of beer styles. Aging this style in a wine barrel is a great idea. It compliments the beer style very nicely. This is the best that I have had out of all the Biere De Garde beers so far! Again another beer that is excuted so well by S. Hill.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

SkiBum22, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of joel66
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into one of my HF tulip glasses

Deep amber color with a white fluffy pillow head. Very nice retention, little to no lacing.

Nose was oak barrel, raisin, prune and funk

Flavor was extremely complex yet well balanced between sweet and tart. Oak barrel aging really brought out the complexity of fine red wine. Reminded me of coterone only with more funk.. slight sweetness from red grapes, almost fig like. As it came to room temperature the tartness became sharper and imo, even better if that is possible.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall I would rank this second only to juicy in the HF lineup.

joel66, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Callmecoon, Jun 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

bierdabbler, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

fo1ksguitar, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

Dark orange or a glowing, light ruby in color. Nearly clear, though some faint sediment visible throughout. Pillowy near-white head. Irregular dots of stick left down the glass.

Tart fruit, musk and dust, a little bit of farmhouse funk, and oak combine quite nicely. A bit of a yogurt character, red grape, and dried cherry character as well.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with the farmhouse funk, dried grass, red grapes, and sun-dried cherry flavors leading the way. A bit of a muted citrus character as well. Some simple grain and bread notes, but tasty and complementary.

Medium mouthfeel with high, but creamy, carbonation. Disappearing.

Excellent departure from the style. Unique, flavorful, and delicious.

ehammond1, May 19, 2013
Photo of DaSolomon
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened up in a nice mini tasting with thezoobrew!

A: Nice deep amber color, with a solid inch of head.

S: Sweet, fruit funk, oaky and bretts full notes that danced on the nose

T: wow this was so smooth and easy to drink, sour and tart were very balances, with figs, red wine, oakiness, vanilla notes all coming through, very well balanced

M: perfect carbonation levels, very nice mouthfeel easily can drink this all day

O: another hit by HF, the hype behind this is not a let down, would like to see how age affects this.

DaSolomon, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

jtladner, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

acurtis, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

roostor07, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

JonnyBeers, May 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Stigs, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kyle for getting this for me. 2012 vintage into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger light cream colored head with low retention. Beer is a stunning, clear red. Lacing is patchy but sparse with good stick. Very good.

Nose is oak, sour red fruit, light vinegar and a spritzy creaminess. Some cinnamon mixes well with the acidity. Pretty good though not the most aromatic.

Opens oak, lightly sour red fruit, cinnamon, leather, and a distinct, yeasty funk. Bone dry through the experience. Some pomegranate in the middle with a lightly bitter yeasty straw funk. End is foamy. Cobwebs, hay, and farmhouse come to mind. Finishes slightly sweet and fruity with a lightly tart, yeasty aftertaste. Very delicate with some unique flavors for sure.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down very dry. Finishes filmy with a bone dry aftertaste. Almost exactly what I want from the style. Excellent.

A magnificently balanced and crafted beer with a ton of nuances that only Hill Farmstead could pull off. Delicate nose, flavor, and feel pull this one together just right. That being said, sometimes I want a little bit more distinctness and oomph to my beers. Still, this is, no question, an excellent brew and well worth seeking out.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

blabaer, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Ace1117, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Gonzoillini, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

hooliganlife, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2. Finally reviewing this after having it multiple times.

Appearance - Very dark outside as I drink. Appears to have a nice khaki head. Murky lightbrownish body.

Smell - Acidic. Malty. Lots of oak. All three aromas blend together seamlessly.

Taste - Mild acidity. Malty. Slight citrus tang. Very oaky. Oak pulls together the flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated. Mild sourness.

Overall - A beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. Simple flavors put together very well.

Alieniloquium, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 03, 2012
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Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.