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Gin Clara | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clara (1906-1969) was our grandfather's sister; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this iteration of Clara was aged for over a year in gin barrels from Caledonia Spirits in nearby Hardwick, Vermont. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Clara.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
62
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gin Clara just might be the ghost whale of Hill Farmstead.

I cellared my bottle for two years until a special occasion popped up, and when the time came to celebrate, I shared a 375ml bottle with what now seems like far too many people.

From the healthy pour that I enjoyed, I found myself in awe as I discovered how good this beer truly was. The gin barrels had integrated seamlessly into the subtle flavors of the base beer to create a near masterpiece that finished clean and dry. This one was special.

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Photo of Oakhtar
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JeanJacketLover
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into Merlot glass bottled in 2015.

A: Crystal clear yellow honey colored body with a generous white soapy head on top.

S: Lots of juniper, slight mint, honey, light Crackery malts.

T: The gin intertwined and layers through this beer without being overwhelming. It has a very soft honey juniper and fruit taste then a nice light malt and softer honey taste then finish with a nice gin dryness.

M: Soft feel no harshness

O: This beer is damn near perfect, I am not a fan of gin at all and this beer is remarkable. The way the gin doesn't dominate the beer but elevates it is extrodinary.

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevec32
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of missings0n
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like every Barrel Aged Hill Farmstead beer, the barrel time adds a great complexity. This one takes the slightly tart, wheaty Clara and adds a soft floral gin undertone which complements it so nicely

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Photo of duceswild
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Shogun250
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pisano
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BakaGaijin
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This exceeded my expectations. A truly complex yet pleasant Clara varient. Lightly tart without being sour and, for me, the perfect touch of the gin barrel in the finish. Showcases the HF barrel program beautifully. I am not a gin fan but the subtle hint of it does wonders to this one. So easy to drink yet just complex enough to savor. A treat.

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Photo of Davelucas88
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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Gin Clara from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 62 ratings