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Clara Grisette | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
708
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
19.76%
 
 
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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 708
Photo of ScaryEd
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +7.6%
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 +9.8%
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 +7.3%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.7%
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 +18%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 8/11/15, cheers liamt07 for sending the bottle my way

A slight haze in a golden orange body, just a couple tiny bubbles popping up here and there, a finger of foam only lasts a few sips and leaves no lace

S lots of tropical hops, pineapple, mango, lemon, and orange, plenty of wet stone, a nice yeast profile, some white grape, maybe some honey? lots going on in a 4%er

T more of the same and there's nothing wrong with that, mineral water, lots of hops and yeast, everything meshes together, just a hint of pine

M light bodied, more bubbles then I'd guess after looking at it, a little grit on the palate, long but mild rind and earthy finish

O my bottle pretty much empty at this point, this stuff just sinks into my face in no time, well rounded and I could've gone a little higher for smell and taste so a little bump overall

Plenty happening in something I could session all day long without getting board. Great little thirst quencher that was gone in no time, super drinkable and I wish I had another

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle purchased at the HF brewery into a tulip glass. Comes out golden with the slightest haze, nice white head sticks around and leaves some lacing. Mixed aroma on this, a little yeasty but also a little hoppy, pretty nice. Good flavor, too. It definitely has some obvious hop notes swirling around, citrusy and bitter. Nice sweet malt is doughy and not too much. Solid yeast flavor to give it that characteristic farmhouse taste. Light body, tons of carbonation, benchmark mouthfeel. For 4% this has a ton of flavor, very well done.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Vermont by a friend and brought back for me. Thanks, Dave!

This one pours a light golden honey amber, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like white grape juice, honey, tartness, hay, some minerality, and flowers.

This is a pretty unique farmhouse ale in Shaun Hill's big stable of them. It's much lower alcohol than most of the other shelf saisons, therefore, the flavor is definitely lighter. That doesn't mean it's bad though, it's so crushable and drinkable, it's insane. There's still a lot going on at this ABV, there's definitely some damp hay-like Brett flavors, white grape/white wine, honey, and some grainy mineral water character. It's pretty floral as well, and just mildly tart. Really excellent.

This is light bodied, crisp and airy, with a higher level of carbonation.

A really nice change-up here from Hill Farmstead, I could drink gallons of this stuff.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, honey-gold coloring, with a filmy, clingy, low profile, bright white head. Aromas of toasted grains, citrus highlights, tart and sour notes, fruity esters, and subtle floral highlights. Flavors are extremely tart forward, with tones of white grape must, subtle citrus/lemon, and floral highlights. Almost hits like a chardonnay on the forward tongue, with subtle sour highlights. As the beer travels back across the palate, you get more of the earthy and grainy characteristics, with some subtle hops bitterness showing up back there, too. Smooth and robust, but extremely light and crisp, the beer has a wine-like aftertaste, as well, with citrus and grape tart and sweet lingering notes. The finish is smooth, dry, and with a sweet linger. Good beer.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw, hay, and wheat are the stars here. Balanced and quenching. Light tartness but generally that farmhouse character you expect from HF in a lighter body.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 8/29/15 at the new Hill Farmstead tasting room

A: Medium gold, with some touches of tangerine - nice clarity - large white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Intentionally mild, some nice funky aromas - Hill Farmstead saison yeast, lightly funky, with some spice and pepper - light citrus with a touch of lemon - floral and lightly earthy - pale malts, light malts, touch of wheat - lightly fruity esters

T: Clean, light, bright saison - nice Hill Farmstead yeast, as expected, with some pepper, spice, light fruity esters - light citrus, lemon, orange rind - touches of grass, earthiness, herbal notes - green apples - light bread, touch of wheat - extremely clean, extremely refreshing

M: Light body, perfect carbonation, dry, crisp, clean finish

O: Session saison is the new saison

This is bursting with Hill Farmstead saison magic, yet it's brilliantly light and drinkable. This does not taste like a watered-down Arthur or Florence, either. It's its own thing, and it is quite lovely.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slight hazed goldenrod. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and creamy. Ok retention leaves a wisp of a cap and collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: A touch of wheat layered over some minerals and hard water. A touch citric with lime zest and a touch of lemon flesh. Grassy with some fresh baked bread underneath. Solidly earthy with some damp and musty elements. Hints of citrus as well. A touch of grapefruit and orange juice. Soft spicy esters. A touch of apple skin. Solid punch of wheat and pale malt. A soft toasted edge.

Taste: Slightly tart on the initial sip. Lime juice and zest. Brightly citric. Soft spicy esters coupled with some apple skin and a hint of pear. Slightly earthy and grassy. Some wet stone and damp earth. Rocks. Malts are super light pushing some toasted homemade white bread crust. Soft ghost of grapefruit rolls on the back. Solidly woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a soft moderate carbonation. Dry. Almost crisp.

Overall: Cooler than your grandma.

A soft easy drinking beer perfect for warm days and relaxation. Super clean and light with enough depth to keep you sipping.

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Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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 kevanb
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, dated 6.12.2015, poured into a white Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, golden hues with a solid two fingers of white head, foamy and soapy with good retention and a few spots of lace. The aroma is lovely, tart wheat, citrus, wildflower and pale doughy malt, light mineral water qualities. The flavors echo the nose, lovely tart wheat, lemon citrus, light yeastiness, mineral water, doughy malt, biscuity with a light spice, excellent light and simple table beer profile. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp, above average carbonation that coats well with a crisp dry finish.

Verdict: A great Grisette, flavorful, balanced, delicate and really refreshing. Everything a low ABV table saison should be and another great saison in Hill Farmstead's portfolio.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color, lingering light head, light lacing. Hops and sour on the nose. Crisp sour flavor with nice hop finish. Very well done style from the kings of the North

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Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a fluffy 2.5 finger white head. Retention is excellent and there is webbed lacing that coats the glass.

S - Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral notes. There a distinct musty wheat aroma and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk.

T - A tart and citrusy start, with lemon zest and grapefruit peel. Floral and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic soft carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a summer day picnic..

O - Quality Saison brewed with terrific ingredients. Continue to be impressed with Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Awolter
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Despite not having too many Farmhouse beers, this one has by far stood as my favorite of what I've tried so far.

Slightly tart, lemon, a bit funky.

Great beer!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the idea here, a nice, small, funkified table beer. And, boy howdy, with some age on this, the funk is legit, almost teeth-melting in sour acidity. More than enough body, so no concerns there. Overall, a tasty, sour treat that won't wobble your legs. My only advice is to figure out how you prefer your sour saisons. For me, I think too much age makes these a little one dimensional, so I recommend drinking sooner rather than later. YMMV, of course.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden to slightly orange color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, yeast, hint of tartness,floral, hint of lemon

T-wheat, lemon, floral,yeast, nice tartness, hint of herbal

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, slightly astringent

O-nice rustic farmhouse ale, good flavors

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Photo of cvm4
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Sept. 2014

L - Pours an opaque golden/amber color and has a one finger eggshell head that dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S - Nice wheat base backed up by some yeast and floral notes. Also, a fruity tartness on the backend.

T - Whoa... Lemon notes in the front and floral notes in the back of the mouth, at the same time. I'm not sure I've experienced that before. Good amount of yeast and hay with some mild acidity.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. The carbonation is bubbly and just moves the flavors all around. It has a dry mouthfeel.

O - Rustic, simple but complex and that taste has me coming back.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml

Big thanks to Ryan for sending me this packed into yet another stellar box o' beer! Clara is a bright golden libation with orange hues when the light is right. A good deal of haze makes the body tough to see through but does amplify the glow. The head is easy to produce, even on a soft pour I get a thick cap of silky white foam that leaves patchwork lacing on its way down.

Wow, musty wheat leaps from the glass as I pour. Wheat steals the show but there's a good amount of lesser components. An earthy, hard water element makes itself known shortly after the wheat. The yeast and hop blend add perfume driven depth, floral and modest. A solid squeeze of lemon brightens it all up. There's a little must, a little wildflower, a touch of the wild as a whole, but it's perfectly balanced. Impressive, very impressive!

The flavor profile is bright and quenching. Wheat melds perfectly with barley for a seamless concoction. It's fresh and straight from the farm. Floral qualities flash through at the back of the throat while lemon runs throughout, a touch of acidity livens it up. Phil Harmstead's yeast add, again, some of that wild; hard water, wildflowers, fresh cut hay. This is a damn good beer.

You're met with, appropriately, a lively, bubbly mouthfeel to keep the light body moving at a respectable pace. It's light and airy, thirst quenching and dry. The finish even leaves a soft bitterness in its wake accentuated by that dryness. They nailed the mouthfeel on this beer, near perfect for the style.

Of all the good to great Hill Farmstead farmhouse beers out there floating around this is up at or near the top of my favorites. It's rustic and bright, complex yet easy drinking, and a joy to partake on every level. This is a beer worth buying as much as possible. Thanks again, Ryan!

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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