Vera Mae | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
658 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Vera MaeVera Mae
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SFLpunk on 07-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
658
Reviews:
111
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
Wants:
318
Gots:
101
For Trade:
11
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 658 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rozzom
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 6/7/14

Appearance: Hazy, pale honey with some gold and yellow hues - pours with a large, white head, fades to a solid cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Clean and decidedly Hill Farmstead - lightly floral and earthy, with some saison yeast - some light funk and some pale malts - more flowers, earth, lightly spicy aromas from the yeast - some light fruits, but more flowery than fruity

Taste: Floral, spicy, and straight-up saison yeast - nicely balanced and interesting - very yeasty, as it should be, with some earth, some spice, and some yeasty funk - more fruit than in the aroma - dry pineapple, green apple, and pear - honey is not particularly apparent in the flavor - floral and somewhat grassy - nicely complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, with a smooth, earthy finish

Overall: Hill Faaahhhm dude

If you've ever had any other saisons from Hill Farmstead, you probably already know what to expect from this beer. It's yeasty and earthy while being clean and refreshing. Personally, it's not my favorite, as the addition of dandelions and honey did not really add much to an already great base.

 1,177 characters

Photo of thestupidpunk
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of dmsulli
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of canadianghetto
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Jpepe08
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great saison, tons of interesting stuff going on in here.

The look is stunningly beautiful, amazing perfect shiny orange with excellent head and sticky lacing, very inviting.

The smell has a nice earthiness and honeysuckle aroma to it, with some nice peppery and lemongrass spice to it as well. Some very big yeast notes dominating. Some sweet notes to it as well, probably from the honey since it has yet again a vibrant spicy edge to it.

The taste leads with lemons, and has a peppery finish. The front also has a plantlike taste to it that is almost like hops without the bitterness, perhaps that is from the dandelions. Huge burst of flavor, different notes with each sip. Farmhouse yeast abounds but it isn't as tart in a funky way as I expected, more of a citrus tartness. I almost wonder if he threw citrus rinds or something in there it is so prevalent, sorachi ace hops?. Little bit of a grainy side to it also to complete it with honey at the finish as well. Nice spritzy carbonation and great saison appropriate body too.

An awesome beer worthy of seeking out. Huge flavors and transcendent overall.

 1,125 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Golden yellow with a nice white head. Lace inside the glass and swirly designs on the surface.

Smell - Intensely floral. Also very yeasty. Pale malt and a white wine-like acidity.

Taste - Very yeasty. Flowery and winey. Grassy bitterness builds into the finish. Floral flavors linger.

Mouthfeel - Light. Crisp and spritzy. Nice flower flavor in the finish.

Overall - Very enjoyable. The flowers are intense, but the saison handles them well.

 517 characters

Photo of JebediahScooter
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beefsquatch
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of layinbrix
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dspinler
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mini4x
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zadams1
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of scottiethebody
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ErrandWolfe
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Vera Mae from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.27 out of 5 based on 658 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More