Biere De Norma | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.39/5
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625 Ratings
Biere De NormaBiere De Norma
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and soured with our house spontaneous culture.

Norma (1939 - 2011) was my maternal grandmother, my Guardian Angel, and the woman that nourished the laughter and innocence of my youth. In her honor, we craft this Bière de Mars each February and condition it in oak barrels with our resident microflora, allowing it to develop indefinitely until it is ready for release. We realize the influence of those closest to us only after having left their presence. At Hill Farmstead, our spirit is forever defined by Norma and the memory of our loved ones.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#467
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
625
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
Wants:
353
Gots:
98
Trade:
17
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4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax-topped bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2014 vintage.

L: Cloudy golden chestnut pour. Two fingers of fizzy white head. Great lacing.

S: Oak and funk... tart unripened fruit and chardonnay.

T/F: Tart up front... some lemon and green apple. Grape must and dry white wine... lots of oak/barrel character shines through. Mild honey sweetness mid sip with a crisp tart dry finish. Acidic/apple cider vinegar. Medium bodied... sticky and coats the tongue. Leaves you wanting another sip.

O: A complex and delicious Hill Farmstead Saison... outstanding barrel character... a gorgeous sipper, and on par for Hill Farmstead's expected level of excellence.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had a few hours ago on site at the brewery. They were out of Ann which I was dying for so I went with this. One of those first world problems for sure as this is a winner ALL day!

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4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev 0%
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2018 release.

This one pours a mostly clear medium amber, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bready malt, light caramel, grape, berry, wine, spicy oak, and honey funk.

Like most Hill Farmstead beers, this is unique and thoughtful. The malt character is nice, and becomes a stronger flavor component as it warms. There's warm toasted bread and a just a hint of caramel, with some dark fruit and a bit of grape character. The oak character is also great, with a bit of spice and woodiness, and a nice honey sweetness. It's a bit less funky than most Hill Farmstead, but that citrusy Farmstead funk is still present.

This has a moderate acidity that slightly lingers on the palate, with a good level of carbonation, and a high level of drinkability.

I imagine this would age very well, but I'm also happy I had it so close to the release. It's a supremely well-crafted beer, and probably the best Biere de Garde I've ever had.

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1.92/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

At 30 dollars a bottle this is pissing money down the drain. If you filled a beer glass with 1/2 apple juice 1/2 cheap champagne and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar you would have a cheap alternative to this anything but tasty beer.

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4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 625 ratings