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Clara Grisette | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.14/5
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787 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#1,727
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
787
pDev:
7.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
111
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to grapefruit coloured body with immense head. Mild barnyard aroma. Not much going on,some bitterness and pepper just a refreshing beverage that would be great in the summer, particularly with sessionability of abv.Above average mouthfeel, bulked up by some oatmeal. John’s bottle.

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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an aspirin-like bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

huge shout out and thank you to my friend for bringing a bottle of this back for me this summer. way cool man. this is a style i love, and so i was keen to crack this one yesterday afternoon. i hurriedly use a wine key to pop the cap, catch the glass rim, breck a chunk of it off, slice my thumb open, and the bottle gushes all over a just cleaned kitchen, an inauspicious beginning to say the least, but more blame on me than the brewery, save the gushing part. i finally get it into some glasses and admire its tall white head, but the body looks cloudy and thicker than i would have expected, even for the style, its quite dense, and golden wheaty colored, looks like a hefe. aroma is lightly wild and funky, clean bretty, champagne notes, the pale dry grains, and a nice juicy hop profile coming on too, tart at the most, minimally acidic, but quite complex. the flavor is nice, simple in ingredients but robust in nuance, the brett is awesome, drying like crazy, and floral too, i taste the oats and wheat better through the brett actually, which i think is the great success of this beer. it remains dry and well carbonated, but its not as delicate and sot of uplifted as i think it should be, and it bugs me its so dense and heavy for what it is. i know these grains can do that, but this should be almost airy in my opinion and it isnt. clean finish for what it is, some of the hops are there, and light orange and white grape with the funk at the end. very good beer, but not quite as dialed in as many of their other saison types. i brought it to share with a best friend at his wedding, and while we both enjoyed it, it lived up to the occasion more for its name and relative unavailability out here than it did for the liquid. thumb is fine if you were curious...

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Hill stemmed tulip glass with a huge almost 3 finger fizzy airy head that fades semi slowly, with spotty lacing, over slight hazy golden tan colored beer.

Nose has a nice farmhouse aroma, light toasty malts, wheat, earthy farmhouse funk like, light golden almost Belgian like golden malt aromas, hint lemony and grassy, touch of bready like yeast aroma, and a touch of a grassy floral hop.

Taste starts a bit yeasty, bready yeast and some farmhouse rustic earthy flavors, light saison flavors with a light golden malt, some wheat flavors as well and a hint of wet hay. It has a creamy like feel as well. It wants to get crisp but the farmhouse saison flavors seem to prevent it from doing so. Hint of a lemony citrus and some grassy flavors, a slight grassy floral hop character. Finish is dry and more bready and yeasty flavors, nice saison flavors and farmhouse lingering, little bitterness, and a bit of a saison spice flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but a bit creamy, lots of carbonation.

overall OK, but not their best saison. The saison flavors are fairly nice and it's a light but tasty beer, however the biggest issue is the yeastiness of it, way too yeasty unfortunately.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Clara Grisette from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 787 ratings
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