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Biere De Norma - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 320
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Apr 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Mar 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, May 25, 2012
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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.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

oline73, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mendvicdog, Apr 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

beernads, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

imperialking, Jul 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

InspectorBob, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

drewone, Feb 18, 2014
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Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.