Vera Mae
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #52
Ranked #925
4.34 | pDev: 7.6%
Mar 01, 2022
Jul 25, 2011
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Notes: Vera Mae is crafted from organic Vermont spelt, American hops, wildflower honey, dandelion flowers from our fields, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated.
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

2014 batch, onsite pour at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT. I've had the newer wine barrel versions of this beer, but I'm happy to be able to try one of the older versions.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like honey, grape skin, citrus, floral funk, white pepper, and lemon.

This beer is just about 8 years old when I'm trying it, and obviously cellared well at Hill Farmstead, but it's still striking how well this one has aged. There's a deep wine like character, with a funky honeylike character, with lemon, grassines, citrusy funk, white grape, a light pepperiness, and some hay.

This is light bodied, and still vibrant and vivid all these years later, with a light sourness.

This is extremely enjoyable, and maybe the best pour of Vera Mae that I've ever had.

Mar 01, 2022
4.25 by AD17 from New Jersey on Feb 13, 2022
4.54 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2022
4.53 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Sep 12, 2021
4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington on Aug 07, 2021
4.49 by aasher from Indiana on Jun 20, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Spiegelau saison glass from a 750 mL bottle on May 22, 2021.

May 26, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

750ml bottle in a stemmed tulip glass. Bottled on 7/13/16, drunk today 2/6/2021.

Liquid gold color, slightly yellow. The 1F white pillow case cap drops quickly and leaves little lacing.

White wine barrel, funky yeast, apple cider, roadside flowers, white wine vinegar.

Apple and pear, acidic white wine, honey drop spelt and funky yeast. A bit of lemon peel.

Tart and exceptionally smooth. The spelt renders it light. Honey smooths the yeast bite and the acidity.

Four and one half years fresh, worth the wait. Very abv friendly. Wine like qualities yet remains a beer. Well done.

Feb 06, 2021
4.66 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Jan 21, 2021
4.6 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Dec 03, 2020
4.41 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Oct 12, 2020
4.19 by Beerbom from California on Sep 23, 2020
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Sep 09, 2020
4.42 by allenson21 from New York on Aug 31, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by M-Fox24 from New Jersey

A: A golden, luminous, pale yellow presence, with an etched opaqueness + Rich white head that’s slender in retention and lacing

S: Brightly floral with spring bud groundworks: a rubric of wildflower honey, dandelion greens, fresh lemongrass, crisp pickled dill, and white wine saffron. The barrel presence works well with progression, as concourses evolve toward magnolia, apple peel tea, jasmine poached pears, and Shasta daisy to malted wheat flake bread on reserve

T: There is a piercing complexity on palate, given a peppery dryness to a slightly tart, earthy funk mindfulness. Nonetheless, the acidic component is often in rest to a rustic, grainy, farmhouse restlessness. Accordingly, a continuation on enjoyment through crisp cut grass, peach elderflower, oak spelt berries, and flourishing, earth grown resources. The pauses/intermissions are a showcase for the raw sharpness in biscuity grains and sea glass candy, as it is with the homestead yeast concerning horse-blanket, farm-hound, and spreading merde

M: Cleanly and stylishly emphasized with a controlled feel that accedes in thermal variation

O: It’s gentle, light, and indulgent but very much alive in density, given a prickly softness in mechanics

Apr 14, 2020
4.75 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts on Jan 12, 2020
4.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Oct 07, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

absolutely astounding beer right here, ancient now too, although we dont see a date on the bottle, a buddy generously unearthed this from his cellar for us to share. i have long been after this one, love flowers and honey both in saison, so to have them together, in a beer from one of the best makers of the style in the game, really had me pumped. it froths from the bottle a hazy straw color and retains an impossibly light and airy white head, dancing with carbonation and without visible sediment until the very bottom of the bottle. it smells insane, and the flavor is just as compelling, with so much of the honey being preserved, surprising with how old and also how dry this is, but its waxy and raw and floral, the liquid essence of spring in my glass here, somehow fresh and blooming at the same time that its incredibly mature. i get notes of lemon lime soda, lemongrass, jasmine, honeysuckle, and the floral honey, the dandelion does add some bitterness, but i also am getting a sort of aged whole leaf hop thing like lambic has. its earthy and grounded with the wheat and spelt in here, and there is a rawness to the grain that i really like as well. the fermentation profile is amazing, like a lot of the hill stuff, but really mature now at this age, and still not very sour at all, much more rustic and funky than it is acidic, extraordinarily distinctive and well refined, and its not too strong or intense to overwhelm the more delicate honey and dandelion. carbonation is super high, the beer is crazy dry, and the texture is fluffy and lively. i love this, its everything i stand for and nothing i dont. maybe my favorite beer i have ever had from these guys, and thats really saying something! so thankful for the experience!

Jul 31, 2019
4.42 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jun 24, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2014 edition, so aged nearly 5 years.

L: Slightly hazed light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Funk and tart fruit. Oak and lemon zest.

T/F: Tart and funky fresh to start with. Oak and white wine character... light lemon citrus, floral notes (the dandelion? can't say I regularly eat them), apple skin, and mild fruit/honey sweetness mid sip. More white wine towards the finish... relatively light bodied

O: An outstanding saison from Hill Farmstead (not surprising), and I love the flavor they pack into these beers with such a relatively modest ABV. Probably aged too long but still fantastic and no noticeable dropoff in quality. One I'd love to have again.

Jan 07, 2019
4.39 by AMCimpi from New York on Dec 24, 2018
4.14 by ansky from Colorado on Nov 12, 2018
4.28 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on Aug 31, 2018
4.35 by Samact from Vermont on Aug 06, 2018
4 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts on May 09, 2018
4.44 by xtonytx from Connecticut on May 07, 2018
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Mar 14, 2018
4.5 by kidzord from Illinois on Feb 22, 2018
4.25 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Jan 10, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by floyd_pugman from California

7/13/16 bottle date; poured into a Tired Hands teku. Very well carbed. Nose reveals plenty of farmhouse funk, sweet dandelion, and mild honey notes. Palate comes in with those same flavors and lemon citrus as well, but it is not overly acidic, and softens as it warms. Not mind blowing, but a beautiful day sipper. Would drink again.

Nov 12, 2017
4.64 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nfedas from Massachusetts

Had it on tap at HF after picking up Sue in late June. Wonderful flavor, slightly tart as you would expect with an earthiness. Very unique flavor and while I wouldn't want this all of the time, it is a great treat to share overlooking the hills of vermont!

Aug 29, 2017
4.68 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Aug 26, 2017
4.5 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Aug 07, 2017
4.59 by Eziel from Ohio on Jul 19, 2017
4 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jul 02, 2017
4.33 by beerjerk666 from Florida on Jun 19, 2017
4.5 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Jun 09, 2017
3.96 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on May 14, 2017
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