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:
766
Reviews:
130
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
105
For Trade:
11
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrispe2
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbarletto
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samact
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, crisp, dry. Poured from a 750ml. Lively, golden hued body with a soapy one-finger head. Effervescent and clean but not totally clear. Aroma of light citrus, dried grass, lemon zest and, even if I know I'm wrong, some of that distinct Belgian yeast. Seems like it, at least. Taste is right there with a balance of grains, citrus, tart with a bit of funk that I didn't get on the nose. Drinks crisp and clean and finishes dry as a bone. There's a slight metallic undertone beneath it all - maybe it's my reaction to the well water or barley; not sure but it's there. Regardless - an outstanding beer that brings both complexity and simplicity to the table in a ridiculously low ABV-beer.

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

Photo of puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml. bottle dated 05-15-17. Sampled on June 29, 2017.

This pours out an unfiltered foggy looking pale yellow under a long-lasting white foamy head.

The aroma has a hint of their wild yeast they use as well as a little wheat from the hayfield but the main thing I think I'm getting is citrus zest.

Medium or better body.

I sort of expected something more sour and tart but was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. I did get a mild sourdough toastiness along with citrus zest, grass, and a mild to moderate clean finish.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. A slightly hazy golden color with a generous white head. Bold aromas of straw, hay, barnyard funk, and oranges. The taste was all of the above but buttressed with a serious Brett presence. Just beautiful.

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3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of king75
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy opaque orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells and tastes slightly tart, funky, wheaty, rustic, floral and citrusy, with earthy grassy piney hops. Feels extremely smooth, soft and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really great farmhouse grisette.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery for $10. Great flavour for such a low ABV beer.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 766 ratings.
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