Biere De Norma - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by jaasen64:
4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. 2012 vintage- 1200 bottles, ~850 released. Second time having this in the last month.
A- Pours a slightly murky reddish brown with a slight yellowish hue. Thin layer of white foamy head that leaves some spotty lacing and recedes to a fairly flat top.
S- Vinous fruits, sweet lightly bready malts, light sauvignon blanc wine and oak presence that balances nicely with the vinous fruits, slight vinegar tartness.
T- Vinous fruits of light grapes, some cherries, etc. (not overly fruity), balanced with sweet malts that have a subtle bready presence, finishes with a fairly light tart presence, some light oak, and wine presence. Very well balanced although a little bit sweeter then I was expecting and slighlty less tart then I was hoping.
M- Medium bodied, very easy drinking, just the right amount of carbonation, smooth.
O- This was another great beer from HF, but I wouldn't say I was blown away by it. It was slightly different then I was expecting having a slightly sweeter and less tart presence then I was expecting. I've only had a few Biere de Gardes as I wouldn't say it's a style that is brewed a lot, but this is easily the best of the style I've had and perhaps one of the best representations of the style out there. That being said I wouldn't say I enjoyed this that much more then Shaun's more common offerings such as Anna, Arthur, etc.. I highly recommend checking it out though and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2013 19:40:15 | More by jaasen64
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.41/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Special thanks to seblp for going to Vermont and bringing this back for us.
A: Tawny brown topped with a sand coloured foam, rocky and solid on the pour hold well both on the surface and up the glass with plenty of lacing.
S: Dank wet oak with plenty of fresh tart fruit notes, tart cherries, plums and musky grapes. A sour dankness of brett and some warm caramel malts round the finish off.
T: Resembling a red wine in many ways, it's tannic with a musty grape flavour with notes of minerals. Herbal notes show up mid palate that dance with the tart fruits, plums and grape skins.
M:Mouth feel seems to be all about supporting the tartness, it a snappy carbonation with plenty of dryness on the back end.
O: A terrific brew that manages to straddle the world of wine and beer, tangy dry tart and just a hint of wild sour yeasts are bold and unapologetic. Notable how the head holds strong on the brew from start to finish.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 02:10:27 | More by FondueVoodoo
3.79/5 rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Thank you cparles for sharing this with me. I believe it was the 2012 version poured into a Bullfrog Grrrz snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white cap that persists with decent retention.
The aroma is funky brett and earth character before getting vinous with some tangy nose to it. As it warms up, it has a hint of caramel malt and faint herbal hop note.
The taste is tart with an herbal backing of hops. Somewhat tannic and drying with a strange meaty character if that makes any sense. Across the back is a fresh biscuit graininess. The flavors of this are peculiar and initially dont seem to jive but as you take more sips it really starts to work.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a decent brew with quite a unique overall feel. I say this brew is mediocre at best...than I think about the Biere de garde style as a whole and cannot think of any true standouts. For the style, id say this is well beyond average. Id drink it again if offered but id never attempt to trade for one considering what HF beers command.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 18:57:31 | More by stakem
Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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