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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
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
743
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
20%
 
 
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99
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Photo of pmarlowe
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt for this. Teku glass.

Pours clear orange-tinged gold, with a finger of snow white head, very good retention but minimal lacing. Wheat malt and earth, a touch of orange creamsicle, pine/spruce, and pink grapefruit hard candy. Taste is bread/wheat malt with a bit of a twang to it (not tart or sour), moderate bitter earthiness, and a touch of pepper/clove. Medium body and medium-high, biting carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty and drinkable saison with a bit more complexity than usual.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in an HF stem. 09 2014 indicated on the label. Pours a dull orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, half inch bright white head that dissipates into a froth. Nose is delicate - light, floral, citrusy and a suggestion of grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is a distinct bready quality that cuts through the flavor profile and comes off a bit berlinner weisse-esque. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasant, easy citrus astringency. Finish is fairly clean. Overall, a nice low abv farmhouse - clean and easy drinking. Clara is a great table beer. I'm surprised it's not brewed more often.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 12/5/2014.

A- Mildly hazy straw yellow body, very bright yellow hue with a one finger white head, nice retention time. Good lacing all throughout. A very vibrant appearing saison. [4]

S- Unsurprisingly for a Hill Farmstead saison, there is plenty of spicy wheat, toasted pale malt, bread, lemony citrus, floral notes and a bit of earth. Nice complexity and intensity. [4.25]

F- I find it difficult to believe it is a 4% ABV beer. This beer is packed full of flavours with a lot of intensity and complexity like in the nose. Citrus, bread, floral, earth, spicy wheat, a mild funk and mineral yeast flavours. [4]

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, soft feel. Very drinkable. So much flavour for a 4% ABV beer. [4.25]

O- Very nice Grisette style beer that makes for a wonderfully complex table beer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and would go after this again. [4]

Final score: 4.08

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Photo of Jonada
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled 9/2014. 4% ABV. Poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a darker golden yellow color with 1+ finger of a white creamy head that settles to a thin coating. Body is lightly hazy with moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, lacto, white grape, pear peppery yeast, wheat.

Taste: Highly tart, mildly sour, with flavors mimicking the aroma. Light funk, apple/pear, earth, pepper, lightly floral with some citrus rind as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium fine carbonation. Finishes dry and tart. Really refreshing.

Overall: Another great beer from Hill Farmstead. Definitely lighter than most of their other "shelf" saisons, but without sacrificing flavor and complexity.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks!

No batch number.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot orange capped with a finger of off-white head which falls into a thin collar. The back of the glass has nice lace curtains.

S: Lemon zest, dried hay, grass, bread, and white grapes. Quite nice on the nose, though it doesn't have much phenolic (pepper) character.

T: Hill Farmstead produces a lot of saisons, so it's no surprise that the recipes have gotten dialed in. Lemon zest, grass, white grapes, and green apple. The mid-taste evokes grain. The finish is redolent with minerals, earth, and yeast; there's a slight pepper bite, but it vanishes as yeast pulls into the aftertaste.

M: This was less effervescent than some of HF's other saisons, but to much nicer effect. The bubbles are soft and velvety, creating a soothing presence instead of a prickly one. The downside is that the flavor lingers, with a slick, yeasty aftertaste.

O: I suspect this is the kind of beer that gets lost in a big tasting lineup. Open it before other beers, or open it by itself. It's a nice experience.

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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 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 Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

HF Clara
Apricot color. Hazy nice foamy head. Excellent retention. Some light lacing. Aroma is all Saison: yeasty, lemon, pepper and spice, bright with a slight acidity. Taste is nice: bright -and lemony. Very lift body. There seems to be a bit of oaky astringency on the back end, but this is still a pretty damn good Saison. Lighter bodied. Heavier carbonation. Virtually no bitterness. A nice beer from HF.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours golden yellow, fizzy head with light retention.

sour grape and tart apple with a sour mash.

tart up front with a rather light flavor overall. some pale malt and green apple seem to be most apparent.

very light with a rather moderate carbonation. leaves a bit of tingle afterwards.

this is really good for 4%. super easy and refreshing.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Nathan.

Light yellow with a thin, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Rustic with a grainy character with light lemon, Saaz hops, a little bread and light sugar are all noticeable. The palate opens moderately crisp, moderately yeasty and spicy with white pepper, light grass and hay. Again, a grainy malt character is present. Drying, grassy and with a mild Saaz hop character on the finish that lingers wonderfully, this is excellent.

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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 Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/3/14 - Updated from a 3.75 'Had' rating. Have tried this a few times now and picked up two bottles of the 9-2014 batch. Split this particular one 3 ways.

A - Nice glowing orange with some haze to it. White head retains pretty well, a spotty cap/thick ring/some lace is left.

S - Light citrusy tartness, definite oats, lemon lime, light brett, lots of yeast, farm.

T - Brett opens up nicely here bringing on some nice lemon, grapefruit, general tart citrus goodness, farminess. Light tartness, a big yeast profile, almost chalky, some pepper spice, tangy wheat, oats.

M - Impressive body and flavor for 4%, kinda chalky, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Great brett/light tartness without sacrificing drinkability or a nice straight-up light saison base. For the ABV this is a pretty remarkable beer. This one goes a bit underrated in my eyes. Easy-going and would make a great summer beer. It's been great revisiting this and HF's George recently - two 3.75s I now shake my head at.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt. This saison is slightly sweeter than the others I've had from Hill Farmstead, still quite a nice little saison.

Beer is yellowish, hazy with a soft white head, good lacing, decent retention, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bready, sweet, yeasty.

Beer is light in body with a strong malt backbone presence to the whole thing. It is easy drinking with a nice floral palate, minimal hops, almost no bitterness. Easy drinking and a nice palate cleansing beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color similar to most of the HF saisons.

Smells of interesting malt character, maybe rye or oat, some bready and floral notes. Maybe some slightly tart citrus test, but really as with several of the other HF beers I don't get the tartness in the nose, just in the taste.

Taste has the same rye/oat malt profile, more citrus zest and some tartness but not much acidity, flowers again.

Another really solid saison from HF.

8.0/10

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

A- Poured from the 750ml into a Hill Farmstead tulip. The brew pours with a light golden body that has substantial yeast haze to it. Massive white head starts forming immediately with a texture between creamy and foamy. Retention is very nice and the huge head falls to a thick ring. Thick patches of lace all down the glass.

S- Right of the bat a prominent lemon tartness I didn't expect above a nice funky farmhouse Saison yeast. Herbal and spicy with notes of lemongrass, wheat crust, citrus zest, yeast bread and grapes, like white wine.

T- Somewhere between dry white wine, Saison and Berliner for me. A certain white grape fruit aspect blended in nicely with the spicy and zesty Saison yeast. Tartness is pretty high for the style which is why I mentioned Berliner Weiss. Flavors of lemon peel, wheat bread, lactic acid, grapes, herbs and barnyard grassiness. Fairly funky.

MF- Light bodied and dry with a tartness throughout. Spritzy moderate-high carbonation in a beer that feels foamy overall.

Super flavorful with Saison, wine and Berliner attributes all coming together in a good farmhouse ale. Tartness is pretty high for the style but complimentary to the funky and wine grape flavors I get.

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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 PerHops
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Starts out lively with a nice 1 inch head that settles at a moderate pace. The color is perfection for a saison; a brilliant golden orange with lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Definitely some funk especially when first opened. A little one dimensional at first, but as it warms up it reveals plenty of depth. Citrus and spice and grassiness meld nicely with the musty funk presumably from the yeast.

T- Definitely funkier and more tart than I anticipated. Reminds me a lot of a berliner weiss but with more complexity and a little less sour. The yeast shows up beautifully here and the spice is just barely noticeable. It also has just a touch of smoke on the finish.

M- Has quite a bit more carbonation than evident from the appearance. It almost borders on too much carbonation, but it works for the style.

O- This beer was a fantastic saison, or grisette if that is a category. I am more than impressed and enjoyed it even more than the arthur I tried recently. Yet another great beer from hill farmstead.

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

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

The beer is hazy yellow with a white head that leaves some good lacing on the snifter. Really nice aroma. Nice floral presence, yeast, light hops. Lacking the citrus presence found in most of the Fantôme brews we sampled that night. Easy to drink. Light in body. Lingering floral and hop notes in the finish. Overall, I found this quite enjoyable. Yet another solid beer from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy yellow with slight golden body and a milky white head.

S - Honey up front with light tartness

T - Tart with lactic acid, lemon, lemon zest, slight grassy body to it. Light lemon and honey on the back end.

MF - Medium body with a good tingle and tart presence to it. Leaves a light dry finish on it.

O - Really good Saison with a good tart and sour presence to it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger-plus of foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar - excellent retention and attractive lacing. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Lemon, farmhouse yeast, light lactic character, a bit of milled grain, and a touch of sharp wheat. Tons of flavor for 4%.

T - Lots of flavor for the ABV as well. Some nice bready malts, hint of yeast spice, a bit of citrus zest, minimal sweetness,

M - Surprisingly hefty body for 4%. Chewy and smooth texture, pleasant medium carbonation, and a nice clean finish.

D - Great low-alcohol beer. Would like to have this one again, as it makes a great session option, packing a ton of flavor and sufficiently hefty body into an easy-to-drink package. More Grisettes please!

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed HF glass. This was bottled in June 2013 which is anywhere from 1 to 2 months ago, depending on the day.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, gold and leaves two fingers of white, fluffy head which lingers for a little while before slowly fading to a white layer, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon, citrus rinds, peppercorn, light grassy funk. Nice light & refreshing aroma.

Taste: Lemon, mild grassy funk (not overwhelming but more than in the aroma), some mild sour, especially lemon. Pepper, bread, dry finish.

Mouth-feel: High carbonation with a medium, spritzy, yet slightly creamy body. Dry finish, yet fairly smooth.

Overall: Quality refreshing, grassy saison. More notes of lemon than many other saisons I have had, but the flavors are nice, balanced and light. Funk is pretty light. Pretty high carbonation as well which is interesting, and I think makes it more refreshing.

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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 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 inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, fall '12
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Finger and a half of fluffy bright white head. Good carbonation flowing from bottom of glass. Some lacing is left as it recedes.

S: Some funk. Barnyard. Wet hay. White grape. Green Apple. Spice, pepper.

T: On the front of the tongue, you get that traditional Saison pepper spiciness. That pronounced yeast strange really shows. I guess predominantly I get flavors of white grape and that slightly tart green apple hint. Maybe some grassy grainy hints as it get further on the palate. Finish is dry. White wine like. Love the low ABV here. Refreshing little Saison without the guilt.

M: Light leading into medium.

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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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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 743 ratings.
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