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Biere De Norma - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 300
Gots: 68 | FT: 7
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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Maryland

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-15-2012 03:07:16 | More by bierdabbler
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IL_PLAY_RAGS

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-26-2013 00:58:04 | More by IL_PLAY_RAGS
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Derekg

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-24-2014 03:59:59 | More by Derekg
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-07-2014 22:26:04 | More by anticipation23
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shufon

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-30-2012 19:59:57 | More by shufon
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zadams1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-23-2014 19:18:52 | More by zadams1
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thezoobrew

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

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stmgl01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-27-2013 13:36:54 | More by stmgl01
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wildcats10

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-28-2013 23:29:08 | More by wildcats10
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SupremePie

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-09-2013 03:41:54 | More by SupremePie
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ChesterHop

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-17-2014 22:03:03 | More by ChesterHop
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Miamilice

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-11-2013 00:14:45 | More by Miamilice
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Nuggetz

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-20-2014 06:42:08 | More by Nuggetz
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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-05-2013 04:40:42 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-11-2013 10:37:41 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Quackus

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-18-2013 22:47:02 | More by Quackus
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thestupidpunk

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-08-2014 02:47:01 | More by thestupidpunk
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-23-2013 16:38:12 | More by TheRuss9585
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jeastman

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Mayhem

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.4%

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xenjoiii

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-08-2012 02:44:28 | More by xenjoiii
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #12, batch 1 shared generously by Shaun at Hill Farmstead. Served in a Hill Farmstead stem. Thank you so much Shaun!

Pour: A nice hazy orange, with some reddish notes. A nice crisp, fingers and a half off white head forms, and leaves some very, very nice, sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots of lactic tartness up front, followed by some red grapes and oak. Some light cherry and lemon juice. A very pleasant funk rounds everything out. This smelled unreal.

Taste: Follows the nose with a nice lactic tartness up front, with a light lemon and cherry tartness. Some pear skins. Nice wine tannins as well as a nice rustic funk. Lots of oak round this out, and it finishes dry and lactic with some lemons.

Mouthfeel: Supremely drinkable, and not overly sour. Very, very nice prickly carb compliments the tartness well. Juicy through the palate, but very dry on the end.

Overall: Wow, not only was this beer phenomenal, but everything about having it was perfect. A really clean and rustic beer, and borderline a wild ale. I would rate this just below Flora for taste. Thanks again Shaun, Dan, Phil, and Bob at HF for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:02:16 | More by cfrances33
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Mbrown44

Delaware

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been waiting to post this review, had this the day after the release.

Biere De Norma tastes like a cross between a super oaky flanders red and a citrusy, funky, tart wild ale. This is super complex, finding balance between the lacto of tart apple skins and funky yeast. Sean Hill can do no wrong and this beer is why. The hype is worth it for this one, can't wait to try other sours from Hill Farmstead.

Cheers,

Mike

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:14:35 | More by Mbrown44
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage poured into Lost Abbey Teku.

Pours a brilliant light walnut color with crimson red highlights and a compact beige head that lingers and leaves bountiful lacing.

Aroma on this is amazeballs. Cherry, pink wine, leather, citrus fruits, and a funky must almost guaranteeing a healthy dose of brettanomyces.

On the palate you get a super tart and dry biere de garde. The base beer is definitely biere de garde in style but it's blasted by super tart wild yeast funk and an oaky wine barrel character. Sweet lemons, acidic pear, new leather, fermenting grape, musty earth, and dried cherries adorn the tongue. Tart throughout the palate with an abrupt bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel on this is perfect. Lovely effervescence, light medium mouthfeel, and an unexplainable silkiness for a beer so dry.

Overall this is the BEST biere de garde or saison for that matter that I've had the pleasure of enjoying. The oak aging on this is what elevates it and even though there are plenty of other great producers of the style like Jolly Pumpkin, Crooked Stave, Logsdon, and Prairie to name a few, HF nails it with Norma. Looking forward to snagging another bottle of this. Worldclass.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:51:50 | More by MarcWP
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-13-2013 20:14:39 | More by doremite
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Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.