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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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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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Thanks to Kim for opening this somewhat limited brew. Shared at a tasting a few nights ago, reviewed from phone notes.

Dusty light brownish red color with an off-white head. Retention is pretty good as a full cap for the duration. The smell is great and the highlight for me. Bretty berries, a mix of red and white wine flavors, vanilla, honey, musty caramel, lactic funk. Taste missed some of the complexities of the scent but still pretty nice. A vinous feel rules overall; lots of red and green grape, tart apple cider, oak, berry yogurt/lactic tones, some farmy funk. Medium-high carbonation, dry finish, feels maybe a bit bigger than 7%.

It didn't floor me like it seemed to have done for the majority, but definitely quite good. Biere de garde base funkified with a good amount of unique flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

Reviewed from notes last night. Huge thanks to Kimmy for opening this treasured bottle.

A- Poured from a 750ml to five glasses for a tasting with a fairly murky, light apple red body. A foamy, frothy white head builds to a finger without much retention. Foamy ring leaves drizzle and spotty lace on the glass.

S- A mix of fruits, Brett and barrel souring. Tart apples, white wine grapes, a Brett aroma reminiscent of barnyard, tart cherries and mustiness. Certainly some wet oak, lactic acid, slight vinegar and a tiny band-aid hint at the very end.

T- A myriad of tart fruits jump all over the palate without being sour. These mix with a funky Brett profile of barnyard, straw, cherry pits and band aid. Fruits that come to mind are tart green apples, vinous grapes, lactic sour lemon, white grape juice, cranberry and cherry. A slight spiciness along with fresh oak tannins and an acetic hint.

MF- Fairly dry but the body still has a substantial moderate thickness for the style. Somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a tartness lingering at the end.

Biere de Garde that strikes a great balance between tart fruits, Brett funk (without overpowering), oak fermentation byproducts and souring bacteria. A damn fine brew that brings on some insane complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 02:37:18 | More by cbutova
Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.