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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:
11
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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color, and with a very careful pour, half a glass of rocky bone white head is constantly fed with a steady stream of carb bubbles. The aroma is spicy with a funky edge and a sugary honey like sweetness deep underneath. The flavor is a little tart with a light citric component to it. Lots of yeasty spice and funkiness round out the flavor very well. Medium to light body with an insane amount of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer, its quite flavorful, light and refreshing.

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Photo of chippo33
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Rifugium for the surprise hookup on this one. 750ml into a matching HF wine glass. The brew appears a golden yellow color with a white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell is citrus like grapefruit juice mixed with clove, pepper and some earthy yeast spiciness.

The taste is bitter and zesty with citrus like grapefruit. A little green vegetative note blends with a lemony tartness and mild brett influence across the finish. Some clove and pepper yeasty aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. Its easy drinking and decent but the yeastiness doesnt blend all that great with the bitterness and tartness. Kinda an awkward hodgepodge but still worth trying.

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Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SadMachine
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of imbibehour
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

I don't know what it is but this guy makes really great looking beers. Shocking and creamy white and lots of meringue like peaks of thin bubbles, settle slowly to a real bright orange body with good amounts of carbonation. Rolling fire column smack in the middle, slow rising pinhead white bubbles trace the edges of the glass rim. Sexy great looking beer, particularly love this orange hue color.

Nose is classic saison, a little downplayed but real solid. Faint pepper, wine like yeast and brett sense. Lemon sour, dense sense of malt presence coming.

Taste is a bit lacking, but boy what a creamy mouthfeel on this. Dense and creamy palate, thick and whipped, unfortunately there isn't a lot of flavor going on in here. Subdued funk and a hardly acidic, hints of mellow butter (not diacetyl) cream. Big thick presence but toned down malts. Very mild sweetness, mixing well with that great creamy body.

It's an interesting beer, but there's just little to say about what's on the palate, no sweetness but no sourness. No hop but no malt kick. Saison characters of fruit, funk, acid, pepper, spice, etc... not really. The beer comes off as incredibly neutral. It smells looks and feels fantastic but just doesn't bring the final knockout punch. It's a very subtle beer for its style, but by no means not worth trying.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Vermont by a friend and brought back for me. Thanks, Dave!

This one pours a light golden honey amber, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like white grape juice, honey, tartness, hay, some minerality, and flowers.

This is a pretty unique farmhouse ale in Shaun Hill's big stable of them. It's much lower alcohol than most of the other shelf saisons, therefore, the flavor is definitely lighter. That doesn't mean it's bad though, it's so crushable and drinkable, it's insane. There's still a lot going on at this ABV, there's definitely some damp hay-like Brett flavors, white grape/white wine, honey, and some grainy mineral water character. It's pretty floral as well, and just mildly tart. Really excellent.

This is light bodied, crisp and airy, with a higher level of carbonation.

A really nice change-up here from Hill Farmstead, I could drink gallons of this stuff.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 malfunxion
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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 mklisz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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