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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
Ranking:
#1,728
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
787
pDev:
7.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice off-white head, hazy golden pour

Smell: Touch of earth and sweet, floral notes. Light hops

Taste: Similar, touches of floral and citrus notes

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation

Overall: Decent beer, not something I would seek out again. Fairly standard offering.

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Photo of Jefe73
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.06/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 liter swingtop growler to tulip. Sampled on 8/11/11, one week after the fill. This growler did some traveling, so the temps were up and down a couple of times. I'm hoping that the counter pressure fill and the small 1cm headspace helps to hold up the beer.

A: No pop on opening. Very little effervescence visible. Scant 1 finger white head, bubbly & whispy and quick to diminish. The body is a light yellow-orange with golden hints, mostly clear with a touch of haze. Despite the small head, the lace stuck to the glass in decent amounts.

S & T: Light and very straightforward malt bill with notes of straw and general grain aroma. Hops suggest dried grass and flower stems. The earthiness is ample and light notes of funk and must back it up. Light rubbery phenols bring the score down. Short flavor duration.

M: Carbonation aside, the mouthfeel delivers what you expect out of a 4% beer. With no sound upon opening, its no surprise that the carbonation is very soft, and the main reason for the below average mouthfeel score.

O: Pretty lackluster given it's pedigree. I sampled this beer at the brewery as well and still wasn't very impressed. Perhaps my bottle will offer a different experience. I'll update this review when it's opened...

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Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 2 inch head, golden in color, clear, high carbonation, nice rocky top

Smell: apples and hay

Taste: light hay, toasted malt, apples, and a crisp hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, super light bodied, crisp, sweet start and body with bitterness at the end

Overall: One of the best grisettes I have ever had and certainly up the top of the saison list. This may be my favorite Hill brew to date. Super clean, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy bone white cap. Some stray bubbles bouncing around.

The aroma is of fresh damp wheat, flaked oats, grainy cereal, and some floral hops. Lemon peel and juicy grapefruit is also present, with some low hanging spice.

The flavor profile is floral, earthy, fruity and dry. The oats cut right through the middle, lending a nice dryness. Floral and fruity hops in the finish before earthy hops and a little spice take over.

A softer body, nice and creamy with adequate carbonation.

This is a nice saison with loads of wheat/hay and a unique addition of flaked oats.

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Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Kaydogg
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mtardiff for providing this bottle.

What a nice looking beer. Bright perfectly clear gold color with several strands of releasing bubbles. A fluffy/pillow like whipped egg white head with excellent retention. Some thick clumps of lace cling to the glass.

Aroma is sweet, pale malts, a touch of candied sugar. Perhaps pear and definitely lemon. A hint of yeast and pepper in the aroma. As the beer warms a layer of funk and earthiness emerges in the aroma. (becomes more complex) starting temp was 48...

Flavor is much less sweet than the aroma hints. I was shocked how dry the flavor actually is. I like this. Sometime I mention white pepper and here I almost need to upgrade that to black pepper, interesting. Yeast flavors and almost that burnt rubber flavor. Light bread just below the surface. A lasting bitterness sticks with you long after you swallow.

Fairly delicate body which is accentuated by the the lingering head, Borderline astringent on the tongue. (yeast?)

Pretty interesting beer. God Bless Clara wherever she is.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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 CypherEnigma
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pretty things pint glass.

A - light straw yellow body with lively carbonation. puffy thick white head that goes nowhere and sticks really well to the glass.

S - subtle notes of grass pepper and bread malts.

T - bread and grass up front. with pepper and lemon zest in the middle. finishes with a nice hoppy grass taste.

M - light bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - really good stuff. very very drinkable as well.

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Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of s1ckboy
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of KMcG
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When it poured into a tulip glass, the color was slightly hazed straw yellow. There was a high 2-3 finger head that was quite foamy. Nice lacing and residual head after it settled.

S: Lemon, grass (hay), and floral notes.

T: Peppery and bright but light on hops. Some citrus. There is a malty balance and bready character. Complex.

M: Light to Medium body, well carbonated, dry, and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Big thanks to starrdog for sharing this one; thanks man! Poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a murky dark yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some frothy lacing left on the glass and a minute or two or retention.

s - Smells of spices, floral hops, earthy notes, and some citrus hops. Much more floral in the nosethan Vera Mae was, with less citrus. Good, but I'd give the edge to Vera Mae.

t - Tastes of spices, floral notes, yeast, eathy/dirt notes, light funk, and light citrus hops. Again, very nice, though I slightly prefer Vera Mae.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. I think it is a bit too carbonated, which hurts it a little bit.

o - Overall a very good saison, though of the 3 Hill Farmstead saison's we tried this was my least favorite (order went Vera Mae > Civil Disobedience 2 > Clara. More spice here than Vera Mae and a bit too carbonated, but certainly something I'd like to have again.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden straw color with three fingers of pillowy white head. Real good retention and sticky lace.

Nice floral aroma with lemon in the background. Real good farmhouse aroma with some spicy hops. Really a nice dry farmhouse flavor with a dry bitter hop finish. Hints of lemon and a good musty farmhouse flavor.

The body is nice and light with good lively carbonation. Crisp and dry on the finish. Overall this one is knocking me out. Really exceptional stuff here.

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

Gold-yellow color with good clarity on the first pour and some moderate haze on subsequent pours. Head formation is tight, and leaves great lace on the side.

Fresh aroma with some citrusy, tangerine like fruit notes as well as leafy, green notes that remind me of bay leaf or some other herb.

At first I thought this was over-bittered, but as it warmed the fruity yeast notes came to the forefront and it became more balanced. Along with the grassy bitterness is a tart, wheaty malt flavor that goes really well with the rustic yeast. Body and flavor suggest this is more than 4% ABV, but it is still very refreshing/quenching. Carbonation is very high, which is perfect for this beer.

Overall: This beer was enjoyable enough to open my second bottle. It was a bit pricy, but I thought it was worth the purchase. I would love to see this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and opaque straw color, almost looks like a Hefe. Huge head, persists.

Aroma is bright, citrusy lemon notes, some bright hop character, light earthiness.

Flavor is very dry overall, citrus, yeast, light funk/earth. Some peppery notes. Bracing hop bitterness and lingering astringent/bitter notes.

Overall has a great nose and some good flavors going, but the finish is harsh.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for the share.

A - Pale orange/yellow colored beer with a huge white head that had great retention. Lots of stick left behind.

S - Some grainy malts, lemon zest, herbal notes, touch of barnyard and hay.

T - Taste is much like the nose, and very refreshing. There is a little bit more funk than you would gather, with some slight herbal notes.

M - Light, slightly drying finish, good carbonation.

O - Great session beer that packs in some good flavor. Not sure exactly what a Grisette was, but if it's a good take on the style I'd go for another.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a giant uncontrollable head on this beer atop a light golden clear colored body.

The aroma is full of sweet honey malt with some peppery spice.

The taste is very dry and crisp. There is a lot of pepper flavor and it's full of earthy spice.

This is light and strikes a good balance between being creamy and sparkling.

This is delicious. It's light and very drinkable with lots of flavor.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 poured to HF Belgian stemmed tulip.

Thanks phingdong!

Pours a glowing straw yellow with the signature 4 finger foam head that climbs an extra inch out of the top of my glass. It stays perfectly intact and doesn't spill an ounce. Very clear body with a ton of carbonation bubbles racing around wildly. Extremely sticky lacing is left behind.

Smell is very bready with slight spiced up lemon zest.

Taste is up front with the peppered lemon and bread. Grassy notes with a floral coating follow.

Hill Farmstead has the mouthfeel mastered for every style. This is slightly different from most of their Saisons in that its extremely light. I typically prefer a slightly creamy body in my Saisons, but you can't help but love this. Super light and crisp and probably the most drinkable beer to touch these lips.

Hill Farmstead is making me consider having Vermont be my retirement destination sometime in the very late future. I've enjoyed everything They've put out so far.

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Photo of Brad007
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright yellow color with a one-finger head into my chalice.

Sweet, spicy grains greet the nose, followed by a good amount of citrus as well.

Ditto for the taste. Spicy yeast, citrus and floral hops work together to create a synergy that rarely exists.

Lingering citrus, yeast and hops make up the mouthfeel. It's very light and crisp.

Wow. I could drink this more often due to the low ABV (4%) and the expression of flavors within it. This is what a saison should be (a light, sessionable ale for more than seasonal workers!). Check it out!

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