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Clover | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.67/5
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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: Rotating

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#150
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
143
pDev:
6.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
28
Trade:
4
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4.42/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pisano
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of InspectorBob
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gcamparone
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -5.6%
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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Photo of Billy_Bars
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IrishColonial
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwbbq
4.44/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmonah3
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnParadee
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rugbypsu
4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, strawy golden color with a very small head, which immediately receeds to a thin lacing atop the liquid.

Smells of citraic cellar dust, together with a good amount of mushrooms and wet grass. Has a moldy funk presence to it, which acts nicely as a balance to the prominent citrus. Develops a gentle potato sweetness, together with lots of old hay and a whiff of dried wild berries - pretty complex and well nuanced.

Drinks very soft with a sparkly effervescence in the finish, due to a mineralic quality. Light bodied, easy drinking, while unfolding a plethora of flavors at the same time.

Tastes of sweet straw and white bread dough, which immediately get coated up by dry lemon pulp and a mineralic, bubbly refreshment. Dried white wine grapes and a prominent acidity, tamed by the funk set the bar once the lemon bitterness is dialed in. Turns more mature and subltle the longer this is on the palate, with blueberries, lemon grass, and a scoop of orange jam. Finishes with its initial, calming softness, citrus, which almost entirely has lost its bitterness and soft oak among fruity white grapes and white bread dough.

Tasty throughout, this one has a lot lambic reminiscences. For example its funk and higher acidity, but those get mellowed effectivly by the barrels and a lovely sweet peak, creating a powerful, old and complex Saison.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skrip
4.08/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a unmarked oversized wine glass at Hill Farmstead.

A~ clear light yellow with a little head and a little lacing.

S~ acidic up front a little bready brett and lemon/lime.

T~ follows the nose for the most part way more acidic here. clawing sugar that really stays with you like after eating a lot of sour candy.

M~ nice carb but very clawing like i said.

O~ sooooo... bad bottle? getting very acidic? it was still very enjoyable but i really don't like the clawing feel on this one. glad i was able to have it on-site.

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4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imyourhero21
4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baybum
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Clover from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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