Clara Grisette | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.14/5
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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
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#1,843
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
796
pDev:
7.97%
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrOH
4.43/5  rDev +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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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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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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3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 796 ratings