Clara Grisette | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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 Grisette is crafted from American malted barley, Vermont Organic Wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Clara.

Pale Malt, Organic Vermont Wheat, American and European Hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water

Added by starrdogg on 08-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
771
Reviews:
131
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
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102
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4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

huge shout out and thank you to my friend for bringing a bottle of this back for me this summer. way cool man. this is a style i love, and so i was keen to crack this one yesterday afternoon. i hurriedly use a wine key to pop the cap, catch the glass rim, breck a chunk of it off, slice my thumb open, and the bottle gushes all over a just cleaned kitchen, an inauspicious beginning to say the least, but more blame on me than the brewery, save the gushing part. i finally get it into some glasses and admire its tall white head, but the body looks cloudy and thicker than i would have expected, even for the style, its quite dense, and golden wheaty colored, looks like a hefe. aroma is lightly wild and funky, clean bretty, champagne notes, the pale dry grains, and a nice juicy hop profile coming on too, tart at the most, minimally acidic, but quite complex. the flavor is nice, simple in ingredients but robust in nuance, the brett is awesome, drying like crazy, and floral too, i taste the oats and wheat better through the brett actually, which i think is the great success of this beer. it remains dry and well carbonated, but its not as delicate and sot of uplifted as i think it should be, and it bugs me its so dense and heavy for what it is. i know these grains can do that, but this should be almost airy in my opinion and it isnt. clean finish for what it is, some of the hops are there, and light orange and white grape with the funk at the end. very good beer, but not quite as dialed in as many of their other saison types. i brought it to share with a best friend at his wedding, and while we both enjoyed it, it lived up to the occasion more for its name and relative unavailability out here than it did for the liquid. thumb is fine if you were curious...

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Photo of DanGeo
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrispe2
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbarletto
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samact
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, dry. Poured from a 750ml. Lively, golden hued body with a soapy one-finger head. Effervescent and clean but not totally clear. Aroma of light citrus, dried grass, lemon zest and, even if I know I'm wrong, some of that distinct Belgian yeast. Seems like it, at least. Taste is right there with a balance of grains, citrus, tart with a bit of funk that I didn't get on the nose. Drinks crisp and clean and finishes dry as a bone. There's a slight metallic undertone beneath it all - maybe it's my reaction to the well water or barley; not sure but it's there. Regardless - an outstanding beer that brings both complexity and simplicity to the table in a ridiculously low ABV-beer.

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Photo of edthehead
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml. bottle dated 05-15-17. Sampled on June 29, 2017.

This pours out an unfiltered foggy looking pale yellow under a long-lasting white foamy head.

The aroma has a hint of their wild yeast they use as well as a little wheat from the hayfield but the main thing I think I'm getting is citrus zest.

Medium or better body.

I sort of expected something more sour and tart but was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. I did get a mild sourdough toastiness along with citrus zest, grass, and a mild to moderate clean finish.

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Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. A slightly hazy golden color with a generous white head. Bold aromas of straw, hay, barnyard funk, and oranges. The taste was all of the above but buttressed with a serious Brett presence. Just beautiful.

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Photo of Ty_M
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of king75
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few different beers at Hill Farmstead this summer, but this was one of the most memorable ones. Appearance is golden clear with generous lacing and two fingers worth of foamy head. Smell is of a bready yeast, brett, with a hint of citrus including lemon zest. Flavor is a nice funky brett flavor with light tropical notes throughout, mouth feel is tangy like a sour yet is very dry like a champagne. Very unique farm house ale that I truly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone looking to try something of the style.

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Photo of Beerbom
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 771 ratings.
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