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:
755
Reviews:
128
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
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101
Gots:
102
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.06/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 liter swingtop growler to tulip. Sampled on 8/11/11, one week after the fill. This growler did some traveling, so the temps were up and down a couple of times. I'm hoping that the counter pressure fill and the small 1cm headspace helps to hold up the beer.

A: No pop on opening. Very little effervescence visible. Scant 1 finger white head, bubbly & whispy and quick to diminish. The body is a light yellow-orange with golden hints, mostly clear with a touch of haze. Despite the small head, the lace stuck to the glass in decent amounts.

S & T: Light and very straightforward malt bill with notes of straw and general grain aroma. Hops suggest dried grass and flower stems. The earthiness is ample and light notes of funk and must back it up. Light rubbery phenols bring the score down. Short flavor duration.

M: Carbonation aside, the mouthfeel delivers what you expect out of a 4% beer. With no sound upon opening, its no surprise that the carbonation is very soft, and the main reason for the below average mouthfeel score.

O: Pretty lackluster given it's pedigree. I sampled this beer at the brewery as well and still wasn't very impressed. Perhaps my bottle will offer a different experience. I'll update this review when it's opened...

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.12/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Clear pale yellow with almost no head. Smells like a lambic, slightly tart and diluted. Sour and pretty refreshing.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with lots of carbonation, perhaps to much

S: Herbs, hay, peppery, light funk and lemon

T: Light pepper, lemon with hay, horseblanket, some Earthiness

M: Light bod, dry but this beer falls flat on its face with flavor about midway to end.

O: Average

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3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow/straw color ale with a large dirty white foamy head with excellent retention and good lacing. Aroma of lemony wheat notes is a bit tarter then expected with light funky ester. Taste is also dominated by lemony tart notes with some wheat malt notes and light funky ester. Body is full for style with good carbonation. No brewing but those lemony notes are just not my favourite flavours.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 755 ratings.
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