Clara Grisette | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Average: 4.15 | pDev: 7.95%

Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 812

Belgian Saison | 4.00% ABV

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Notes: Rotating availibility. 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
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Photo of jhavs
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lightyhazed pale straw color with thin clingy off white head.
Aroma and flavor give off grassy grain, fresh cut hay, hint of mineral and zesty lemon citrus.
Moderate carbonation and light crisp body.

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

[From Notes | Consumed 10/11/18]

@ State of Beer

Slightly hazed golden hue with a low white head and sticky lacing. Airy aromas of funky hay, minerals, light peppercorn, champagne, and some grain – Brett character grows with time. Very light, refreshing flavor: crisp light lemon twang, mineral water, and some lingering grain in the finish. Crisp, light, and dry with less tartness than other HF saisons.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light honey color, slightly hazy with a pure white creamy looking head. Retention is decent as well as lacing, especially for the ABV.

S: The nose is quite amazing, you have green apple skin, lemon juice, barnyard funk. A bit of honey and floral notes in the background as well as some pepper, allspice and cloves. Super tart.

T: Taste follows the nose quite well, but is less tart and a bit more balanced. You have more honey, more spices (pepper, allspice and cloves) and more floral notes. But, the tartness is still there and is very juicy with lemon juice and green apple skin. Super clean on the palate and almost no residual sugars.

M: Very light and fluffy, super clean. Very good for the genre but would have been nicer if it were fluffier with an even smoother carbonation.

O: This is a really really good beer. I know I'm slightly biased towards low ABV beer (as I feel they have less ingredient to make an interesting beer), but this is definitely excellent and a must try for fans of low ABV beers.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Medium gold colored pour with beautiful clarity and thick white, frothy head with sticky lacing, moderate carbonation.

S - White grape skin and dry hay aroma.

T - Tart white grape with dry hay, and ends with a dry puckering white grape.

M - Thick body that finishes bone dry on the top of the tongue while the sides of the mouth water profusely.

O - For six years old, this bottle aged very well.

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Photo of Tony210
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color, big billowy head. Funky aroma. Light and tart, nice funky flavor. Great beer.

7/31/18
760 ml bottle dated 5-/8/17
4.25 rating

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Photo of MrOH
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably should have drank this bottle quite a while ago, so I'll try to be as fair as possible with respect to age.
Pours an absolutely beautiful clear gold with ample white head, great retention and lace.
Smells like sour or underripe white grapes and a bit of hay.
Tastes of raw grain, sour grapes, hay/dry grass,.
Light bodied, high carbonation, but not thin or watery. Quenching, but you want more.
Fucking awesome for a bottle I bought back at the end of September 2015.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 5/18/17 dated 750ml bottle

It is a semi transparent gold with a thick, frothy white head that retains a solid ring around the glass.

It smells a little tart with some citrus and apple/pear like fruit and a bit of grain and limestone/mineral water.

A pretty sour apple, lemon, and grapefruit rind flavor. Some slightly funky yeast and straw/hay, with a little wheat, but not a lot of grain other than the lingering taste along with mineral water.

It is pretty crisp and well carbonated. Pretty dry finish. Not my favorite part, and not what I would call really refreshing.

Only my second "Grisette" version, but the Jackie O's was a lot better for me.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours with a shining, clean, golden (leaning toward yellow) body, well attenuated and mostly clear, with a frothy, one-finger head that dissipates in fairly short order.
S: has a very zesty, aroma, most prominently a clean lemon, and some lactic sourness with hints of funk supporting it, with some grainy, husky notes as well, wish the nose was a tad stronger, but it's a small issue
T: immediately tart (with some apple character), but not painfully so, with a dry and grainy note bringing up the rear with some additional but subtle, notes of flaked oats
M: that distinctive Hill Farmstead mouthfeel, even when it is effervescent (this beer is decently effervescent, but not overly so) it is soft
O: Honestly, I prefer La Griseta from Oxbow when it comes to this admittedly vague style, but this beer is phenomenal, it's got presence, it feels real, right and natural, that's the best way to describe it which unfortunately doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 ManapuaMan
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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 king75
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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 StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy opaque orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells and tastes slightly tart, funky, wheaty, rustic, floral and citrusy, with earthy grassy piney hops. Feels extremely smooth, soft and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really great farmhouse grisette.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden orange pour with a nice dense one-finger white head. Aroma of grain and lemon. Taste is tart with flavors of citrus (lemon and mango stand out) fruit and spice upfront backed by a nice grain flavor and a hint of funkiness.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

bottled on June 02, 2016.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque golden straw yellow bodied beer with two fingers of white head. Head drops to thin ring around glass.

Smell: Lemon forward citrus hops. Earthy notes, minerals, and well water. Nice waft of signature Hill Farmstead funk as well.

Taste: Light tartness upfront. Lemon and lime citrusy hop mixing with lemon and white grape tartness. Minerals and well water are found in the middle. Light earthy bitterness on the backend. Fantastic balancing act on the flavor of this beer. Light and delicate flavors that are complex and flawlessly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with low carbonation. Delicately crisp and dry finish; clean brew. Extremely drinkable.

Overall: This is an outstanding grissette with that american saison tartness added to the scenario. I am a fan!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a 1/2 finger white head. The head is gone almost instantly and leaves very little lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is very tart, with notes of lemon, peppery spice, and wheat.

The flavor brings tons of wheat and yeast, some cracked pepper, and a nice lemony tartness throughout. Very earthy.

The feel is light bodied with moderately high carbonation. Very drinkable. Goes down dry and smooth.

Overall, a very good yet slightly disappointing grisette. I expect more from HF farmhouse ales and this one just didn't quite cut it. However, it's still a good beer and about as refreshing as it gets.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy gold amber, with an eggshell colored whip cream meringue head of hard, round peaks.

Warhead foam--the first thing that was said with the first whiff of that foam, which included accidentally touching it. It has a sharp, acetic sting, with floral dry hopped aromas and honey.

Taste is far less powerful than the nose would suggest, which is a wonderful thing. I get some lactic essence, a little like sour cream, with sour apricot, and jalapeno without the capsaicin. However, it is still mostly acetic, but very drinkable and not overly sour.

Supremely frothy and bouncy on tongue despite the unexpected sourness. A fun, delicious drink.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a HF bulb glass. Pours a bright golden straw color. There's a decent amount of haze, head and lacing. The wheat smells are definitely the main component here. Tastes are wheat, earthiness, hard water, lemons, somewhat floral... just really well balanced. This one is really good! Good carbonation, smooth mouth feel and light body. Overall, this is definitely a fantastic offering from Hill Farmstead (even though there are numerous numerous offerings that are considered fantastic by them!) I almost wish I had a few more bottles to enjoy this upcoming summer. Worth seeking out, cheers!

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Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to bstyle for this
750 ml bottle, 6/12/15, poured into a teku

A- A hazy bright golden orange with a fluffy white head.

S- Tart with a nice earthy funk, some peppercorns/earthy spice, wheat, hints of light fruits.

T- Nice mild citrus tartness, wheat, some light fruits, peppercorns, just enough funk to bring it all together.

M- Smooth, light, dry, refreshing.

O- A great easy drinking 4% beer. Yes the flavor are little bit mild, but not bland or watery.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light in color with a substantial white head. Smells earthy, yeasty and tart. Taste is more sour than i anticipated but still has a nice, grainy, yeasty flavor overall with some light spices thrown in. Great saison feel.. overall fantastic for the style.

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Photo of Tommo
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I mean, for hill farmstead, this is trash. Inexplicably thin, almost water. No real substance or flavor to the beer. Falls dramatically short of every other beer i have tasted from this brewery. Would not buy again for 10 dollars (unless it was a ten dollar 6 pack)

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Photo of ausonius
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOVE this Beer! Pale bright yellow-gold, w/very slight haze.

Wheat, pale malt & hops. Earthy, herbal, spicy, dry.
Fresh bread, ginger, coriander, pear & caraway-seed, Light (4% ABV), but packed with flavor. Beautiful round, slightly bitter, earthy, dry finish.

Yup, Awesome.

Hill Farmstead has the magic touch, & is clearly one of the worlds great Brewers. No shit sherlock.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clara pours a transparent gold straw with dissipating white head. The aroma is of that typical, beautiful Hill yeast. That bright lemony citrus mixed with a little peppery spice. There's definitely some lemony citrus in flavor, but the peppery-ness is more pronounced. The mouthfeel is still soft like all Hill farmhouse beers. I like Clara but not as much as some of his other farmhouse offerings. It's subdued and not over the top, but I'm not a huge fan of that spiciness on the finish. Despite that, it's still very pleasant to drink though.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer, aroma is fruity and slightly sour, green grapes, green apples, Coriander, cloves, very complex. Taste is equally complex, like the smell i get lots of light, tart fruit, the grapes and apples are definitely there, little bit of funk and some sharp but not unpleasant yeastiness in the finish.

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 812 ratings