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Biere De Norma - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 300
Gots: 67 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Callmecoon for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

2012 vintage. 1200 bottles.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and grain flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make this beer super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:38:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-04-2013 00:08:00 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing this beer. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pours a light reddish-brown color with a short tan head. Good retention and a good bit of lacing throughout. The nose carries some typical biere de garde character, with some semi-sweet malt and a touch of bread, followed up with a nice oak component. Also there is a bit of cherry alongside some faint acidity. The acid component grows through the flavor, leading the way to an exquisite mouthfeel -- dry, tart, and a nice bit of oak. Even after just having Ann, this was a beautiful beer and one of the better ones I’ve had in a long time. A great take on the biere de garde style, without being in name only.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:32:50 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-20-2013 04:47:34 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-15-2014 22:04:26 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -15%

06-08-2013 02:47:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-26-2014 19:31:10 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-13-2013 21:21:46 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep amber color, the head was white and foamy. The retention was good and the lacing was decent. The smell of the beer was huge with fresh oak, very wooden and kind of funky. The aroma was quite impressive. The taste of the beer is malty, but has a softer oak flavor that I expected it to have judging by how strong the aroma is. There is a bit of light caramel in the aftertaste also. The mouthfeel medium bodied with a big amount of carbonation. The beer finishes on he dry side with a tart sting in the back of the tongue. Overall this beer is very nice, really impressive stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:50:14 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at Decofest, thanks to Mark for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Dark and saturated reddish orange color, wispy seafoam spray of lace around the edges with a thin veil across the surface.

Dried citrus aroma with what seems like a saison yeast.

Tart citrus upfront, finishes dry with some light woody spice and lightly bitter tannins. Medium body, crisp feel with ample creamy carbonation. Light sweetness in the middle. Overall pretty straightforward and not far off from HF's other wild and sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 05:30:37 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with some haziness, topped by a thin clinging head.

Vinous funk on the nose. Tamarind, leather, barnyard. Slight oxidation, touch of caramel malt sweetness. Smells quite good.

Heavy on the wine barrel, which brings an interesting tamarind and currant quality. Plenty of barnyard funkiness, too. Feels pretty big - good flavors but a bit heavy on the palate. Acidity is moderate. Finishes with lingering tamarind and red wine flavors. Pretty damn good, one of the better farmhouse ales from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:15:33 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, near-complete cap, and fingers of lace. Opaque dark orange body.

S - Tons of tropical and dusty brett, spicy and tangy oak, vanilla yogurt, light sourness, and a the bready malts you'd expect from a bière de garde. There's a mildly savory dill note.

T - The taste is a little malt-forward, with the bread and yeast flavors mingling with notes of stone fruit, vinous oak, earthy brett, green apple skin, and a lightly acidic lemon finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation, no alcohol presence, and a dry and mildly oaky finish.

D - Shaun's barrel-aging prowess and spontaneous culture have transformed a style I don't generally love into a very enjoyable experience. The oaky, earthy, and vinous notes balance out the malt character of the base quite nicely. That being said, it's not a beer I'd crave often - this may be too sophisticated for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 18:37:40 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Michael, beer served in a Hill Farmstead glass. Beer is ruby and mostly clear with an off white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is good, a little oaky, woody, earthy, sweet, yeast comes through nicely.

A very nice beer, delicate and complex with hints of oak, esters, yeast, mild funk, sweetness as well. An overall great beer and I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 21:02:41 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton to shaun for this one, REALLY thanks Shaun. 2011 vintage, bottle number 43 of 300

Gorgeous fluffy head fluffy and rises up to over 1 finger, nice sticky lacing drops down the sides slowly. The beer is a mostly clear golden tan slight honey orange colored.

Nose, yup thats funky alright, a light horsehair wet blanket funk but not overpowering, then nice tart fruit, plenty of sourness with a definite lacto, hints of reddish berry like sour fruit.Under that is a nice saison, light saison malts, wheat like and hint of yeast spices. Touches of barrel aroma.

Taste starts rick and smooth, creamy and malty actually, with light saison malts, light toasty reddish malts as well, with a nice light buttery today oak. So much creamy milk like lactose sugar... So much creamier than I expected. Then funk, just a bit of horse blanket funk, but plenty of sourness. Tart berries almost wild berry like but not quite that much berry just fruit, a juicy tartness but dry bready malt juxtaposition. Tons of carbonation helps to keep the palate from getting too bogged down in tartness and creaminess. Finish is dry but slightly sticky, just a touch phlemy, light bready malts, more creamy lactose, some lingering funk, and tart fruit, and a light bitterness comes through with earthy fruit stem like and a bit of floral hops.

Mouth is ridiculously creamy but plenty of carbonation to offset the sour and creamy.

Overall awesome, I would call this an American wild over biere de garde, or saison, but delicious. Great wild funk, sour fruit, saison like malts, hunts of barrel, light biter hops late in the finish, and delicious delicious lacto.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 01:34:45 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-26-2014 00:32:58 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-30-2014 16:38:17 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-28-2013 20:52:43 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-08-2014 17:50:37 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-24-2013 00:29:46 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-03-2013 18:41:53 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL 2011 bottle. Thanks Tucker. Shared shortly after the Ann release.

Pours a generally clear ruby brown with a large off white head. Long retention and sticky, thick lacing. Nose is a complex blend of sweet bread, malt, woodsy and earthy oak, vanilla, and yeasty spice. Flavor is more of the same as the nose, funky and earthy, spicy yeast and oak, mild vanilla and malt sweetness. Medium thick body, prickly carbonation, mild tartness in the finish. Just wow, as nice as Ann was, this was the standout for me. Edit: Early sample of the 2012 batch was equally special, with a little more barrel (port like) and fruit presence than I remembered from the 2011 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:06:18 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-26-2013 14:00:31 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-27-2014 13:43:59 | More by InspectorBob
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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
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Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.