Clover | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.66/5
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152 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clover (2005-2014) was a grey cat. Simple. Yet, a few moments with her quickly revealed an independent, playful, occasionally subdued and reflective personality, one that held sway where she might roam. Clover was our compatriot, our guardian of grain, our huntress and our muse. We did not own Clover; she graced our presence.

In her honor, we mindfully blended barrels of Ann, Art, and Flora that had been aged for 12 to 22 months—guided by her lingering spirit towards a beer of elegance, grace and patience. As often as our Clover would, this beer took its own path and its own time to become what it is now; an effervescent, refined reflection of both our melancholy for her departure but, most importantly, our joy in traveling with her for a while.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-14-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
152
pDev:
6.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love HF saisons, especially le sarrasin, flora, and sue...didnt really get much from clover however,.... maybe ill try it again some day because the hype was lost on me this time around....

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Photo of Samact
4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevec32
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hopkrid
4.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of knicks19947
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robgage
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pisano
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of InspectorBob
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gcamparone
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed bulb. 2015-03-12 bottled date. Original owner, purchased at the brewery during release.

Pours a lightly hazy sunny yellow effervescent body with a small white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of lacing and spotty lacing.

Aromas are mesmerizing and complex and really intensify as it warms up. Citrus, white wine and oak sit center stage, with lightly fruity green apple and grapes not too far behind. There's a zesty pepperyness in there as well with straw and funk in the background.

On the tongue is a delicate tartness with notes of citrus and funk, hay and grapes and a little grainy, dry white wine on the follow through with a solid amount of oak. Very, very smooth and drinkable, crisp and light with a little less carbonation than I was expecting.

Clover is the real deal. It reminds me a lot of Flora with a bit more complexity and oak.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with little to no head - akin to a white wine. Aroma is light and nuanced - pepper, lemon, minor funkiness with a rounded body. Flavor is delightful and nuanced as well...tartness, some biscuit, lemon zest as well. A wonderful beer.

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4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IrishColonial
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwbbq
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmonah3
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sourdog
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JMFP
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rugbypsu
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 2.3.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden straw color, hazy and cloudy complexion with a thin, soapy finger of white head, little retention but large swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is crazy bright, lemon acidity with soft grain at first bringing out beautiful wildflower aromas with a touch of earthy oak, white wine and light fruity funk. The flavors are beautifully tart, tangy citrus with light pitted stone fruits, peach and apricot with a delicate white wine acidity, smooth oak barrel adds a touch of heft and a bit of earthiness to balance the beer with soft pale grain, light yeasty funk and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, a heavier more full body that lacks a bit of needed carbonation but still lively and bubbly with a coating and dry finish.

Verdict: A delicious blended beer from Hill Farmstead. Extremely flavorful and exceptionally well balanced, very tart and almost borders on sour but the restraint shown is wonderful. So complex, delicate and bright, bursting with flavor.

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Clover from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 152 ratings