Clara Grisette | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Clara GrisetteClara Grisette
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Clara GrisetteClara Grisette

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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

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Ratings: 775 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of SierraJosh
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopsrus
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of SveNss0N
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CAcker
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wonothesane42
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Brad007
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright yellow color with a one-finger head into my chalice.

Sweet, spicy grains greet the nose, followed by a good amount of citrus as well.

Ditto for the taste. Spicy yeast, citrus and floral hops work together to create a synergy that rarely exists.

Lingering citrus, yeast and hops make up the mouthfeel. It's very light and crisp.

Wow. I could drink this more often due to the low ABV (4%) and the expression of flavors within it. This is what a saison should be (a light, sessionable ale for more than seasonal workers!). Check it out!

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Photo of king75
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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 JackRWatkins
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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 aaronyoung01
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a slightly opaque golden orange.

The aroma offers briney lime, a touch of olive, wheat, apple and pear, biscuity malt, a touch of funk.

The flavor follows a medium tart quality up front, lemony. Then onto apple and pear juice. A touch of funk and that almost briney note. The middle hits of wheat and raw oats. The finish hits of some woody and grassy bitterness of hops. A crisp and dry finish.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93% out of 100 with 775 ratings
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