Biere De Norma | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Biere De NormaBiere De Norma
BA SCORE
98%
Liked This Beer
4.4 w/ 605 ratings
Biere De NormaBiere De Norma
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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.

Added by MasterSki on 01-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#318
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
605
Liked:
593
Avg:
4.4/5
pDev:
7.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
352
Gots:
95
Trade:
17
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 605 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a brown/reddish color ale with a small foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with light fruity undertones is pleasant. Taste is also a mix of tart notes with light fruity undertones and some light caramel notes with some oak notes also clearly identifiable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but I would say that the vinous and tart level is quite high for the style.

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Photo of Prost76
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tshanahan
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FreshZ
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Devman171
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those, "I want it once a year," type beers, especially at $30 per bottle.

Very unique flavor profile that exhibits oak barrel characteristics, earthy notes, subtle fruit, and a combination of bitterness from the hops, a touch of leather and tobacco, and a slightly sour finish.

With so many other great offerings from this brewery, I may not seek this out again, though I would certainly never turn it down.

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Photo of sbrock22
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbwimer
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zekeman17
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Emoney1975
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: A dark amber, with a white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice ring around the outside. S: Oak, damp basement funk and musty. Honey sweetness and a little lemon zest. T: Oak upfront with the lemon zest, followed by the honey sweetness that creates this cherry like flavor on the mid palate...finishes with an oaky dryness that leaves you wanting more. M: Carb is on point, just dances on the tongue. Just a nice drinking beer. O: This is unbelievable...just blown away by this beer. I don't think a Biere de Garde can get better than this. Hill does it again

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Like Russian River supplication, but somewhat more faintly. A lovely little sour, but falls short of exceptional.

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Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/15 notes.

Very fruity, and lightly sour. Fruity malts, tropical notes, oak, light funk. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Had never had this and thought it was great; hope they make this one again.

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Photo of Myotus
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Pearpicker for this bottle!
Poured from a 750ml bottle (2014 vintage) at
46°F into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that shrivels into a line after 10 seconds. A beautiful dark amber in color (leaning more towards red than orange) with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and very subtle, also.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour green apple acidity, tobacco, oak, and bittersweet red wine are backed by hints of toasted malts and honey.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple and oak flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by strong tobacco flavors. Mild bittersweet red wine, subtle toasted malt, and hints of honey flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Sourness from the somewhat aggressively agitates the tongue. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: As beer warms, red wine and honey flavors grow slightly stronger. Still, the honey wasn't strong enough. I would have also like to have had more sweetness from the red wine.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biere De Norma from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 98% out of 100 with 605 ratings
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