Grisette Farmhouse Ale
Manor Hill Brewing

Grisette Farmhouse AleGrisette Farmhouse Ale
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #506
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,275
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 8.52%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
97
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Manor Hill Brewing
 
Maryland, United States
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SCORE
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Very Good
Grisette Farmhouse AleGrisette Farmhouse Ale
Notes: The Grisette is an old working class Belgian Farmhouse style that is typically brewed with wheat. This take on the classic style is a very light and sessionable farmhouse ale with subtle hop flavor. A fluffy white head crowns this straw colored brew. Aromas of tropical fruit and lemongrass come through on the nose. Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc hops combine to provide lots of juicy citrus fruit followed by a very dry finish.
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jkblr from Indiana

3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can poured into perfect pint glass at fridge temp 4.7% ABV per label. The beer pours hefe-hazy in a dull light yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a fat splotchy ring and some rocky islands. Spotty lacing. The aroma is lemon, hints of onion and saison yeast. The taste is tangy, lemon infused wheat malt with a touch of that onion flavor hanging around. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, ok. Wife bought this in Maryland and with no dating, it could be ancient. Not that enjoyable as I'm having it, but could be great fresh or on draft.

Aug 04, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque yellow appearance with a large white head and spotty lacing. Spicy, herbal, lemony aroma embedded in the yeast. Some citrus briefly challenges the tart, spicy, quirky wheat flavors. Finishes with an agreeably pungent aftertaste. Nicely done.

Jun 03, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can

L: Slightly hazy, pale straw SRM 2-3, lively with fast rising bubbles, one finger of white soapy foam with medium retention, leaves spotty soapy lace.

S: Rather fruity with cracker malt, slightly spicy, Belgian yeast/ banana.

T: Dry, floral and slightly spicy hops, cracker-like malt, yeasty banana, a little peppery.

F: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and very dry, refreshing.

O: Drinkable and refreshing, great dinner beer. Comparable, I think, to Tank 7 but not as good.

May 08, 2020
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MurphyMacManus from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It checks all the boxes for a saison: pale yellow with a fluffy head. Citrus and spice in the nose. Refreshing and light flavor palate and mouthfeel while also being slightly barnyard-y. High carbonation, dry finish, low bitterness.

Aug 22, 2019
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pizzabutt from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: hazy pale yellow with a fluffy white head approx 1 inch. a little lacing, but more spotty than lacy.

smell: hay, hops, dank. a bit yeasty.

taste: a bit hoppy, with a little bit of citrus and tropical goodness. has some wheatiness. aftertaste is citrusy hops with a very slight tinge of bitterness.

feel: very light bodied. bubbly and dry. a refreshing feeling.

overall: one of the best of manor hill's range. it's light, bubbly, refreshing, and most of all easily drinkable. definitely one of those summertime cool-off beers, but in craft format.

Apr 23, 2018
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mdfb79 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky bright yellow.
Smells very good, yeast, apples, bananas. Tastes a bit watered down. Light body and low carbonation.

Overall a decent beer; nice nose and lighter taste.

Sep 10, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a foamy head that raises to two fingers; decent stickage and a few shards of lace

Smell: Lemon pith and mango, with a hint of rustic wheat and yeast

Taste: Lemony with mango sweetness building; through the middle, the tartness of the wheat and Belgian yeast add complexity; the finish brings back more of where we started

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noted, this is an Americanized Grisette, which has some elements of a Session IPA; despite its lack of authenticity, I really like it

Mar 08, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a gift from a local friend, Summer Dave, who is well aware of my affinity for CANned beers. This is kind of an obscure version of a Saison, lower in ABV and hailing from the Wallonia region of Belgium. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Family-Owned, Farm Brewed (tm)"; "Keep Cold. Drink Fresh."

I have missed hearing the Crack! of late as the result of concentrating on winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This one was as loud as any in recent memory, but when I got some foaming through the vent, I decided to allow it some calming time, followed by a gentle Glug. The culprit was (again) a brimful craft CAN, allowing nowhere for the tongue and/or tab to go on the Crack! My efforts paid off as it was an intensely carbonated beer and quickly formed two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head without any coaxing being required. Color was a slightly-hazy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). The lemony, funky smell that emanated from my glass as soon as I began the pour was unmistakable! It was definitely a farmhouse ale of some stripe. I remember pouring Green Flash's Saison Diego one year at Savor in DC and for at least a day afterwards, I could still smell the yeast. It is not a smell that I tend to forget. I had not even taken my first sip and I was slightly puckering in the mouth. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but the carbonation was the big star here. It was lively, bubbly & effervescent in the mouth and on the tongue. The taste was not as intense as the nose had led me to expect, but it was definitely tangy with a citrusy bite. This fit the old adage "If you can get past the smell, you've got it licked!" Finish was dry, slightly vinous, akin to a tart white wine and very refreshing. This would be great on a hot summer's day!

Jan 03, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Hazy, pale yellow body with a quarter inch of bone white head. Aromas of wheat, bread, biscuit, floral hops, lemon. Tangy lemon and lemon rind. Light in body. Pretty good.

Nov 30, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter. Light yellow, cloudy with a 1.5 finger white head. A yeasty aroma with some citrus hops and lemon zest. A bit of straw and funk to round it off. Taste is similar to the nose with the yeast and funk, but it has a hoppiness to it. Lighter with soft carbonation, creamy. Pleasant Saison.

Oct 25, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just when I thought I had tasted every taste infindntjis beer. Not a pretty beer, a cloudy pale pale whitish yellow but a wonderful citrusy pineapple, orange, grapefruit rind aroma. Very smooth drinking. Citrusy, with minor sour and even gose-like salty notes. Finishes smooth. Refreshing.

Give me more.

Sep 11, 2016
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UPMD_Bill from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap. light yellow, hazy and almost opaque. smell is citrus/grapefruit with some funk. taste follows smell with a balance of tartness and moderate bitterness. Feels light enough for a hot day yet it has a ton of flavor -- unexpectedly drinkable on a hot summer day.

Jul 31, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from back east. Hazy pale yellow, straw color. Thick airy head fades. Yeast first on the nose, minor lemon notes. Taste is grassy, citrus and yeast. Minor tang at the finish.

Jul 11, 2016
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dshiplet from Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned. Purchased in June 2016. No obvious best by date.

Pours a thin yellow/orange with a slight haze. Not much head.

Smells of citrusy hops and some melon.

Tastes a lot like an IPA. Way too bitter for the style. Definite notes of melon and passion fruit(?).

Feels light and refreshing on the palate. Heavy carbonation.

Overall a good beer though I think off style. This is probably the hoppiest saison I've ever had. Without a label I would classify this as a session IPA.

Jul 01, 2016
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DankScuba from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pale, hazy yellow with a light touch of orange. Almost looks like a mimosa that uses OJ for coloring. Thin white head.

S: Light farmhouse funk. A touch of lemon and earthiness. Very light aroma.

T: Refreshing, lightly hoppy, big lemon kick. Very light acidity, and very easy to drink.

F: Light, smooth, heavily carbonated. Almost a bite in the tongue from the bubbles.

O: A very simple beer, easy going down. The lemon and light flavor is nice, but also easily forgettable.

Jun 17, 2016
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GeoWitt from Canada

2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not really what I expect in a beer with this name or supposed style. Way hoppier and less complex than most other saisons. It was paired with a pork chop au poivre at Atwater's tap takeover, and even that didn't work out that well. On it's own, the cloudy, lemon colored brew wasn't terrible, but not one I would pick again.

Jun 12, 2016
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had originally by can, and thought overly carbonated.
Tried on draft at MH and found it much softer and smooth.
Pleasant beer but still not a top notch Grisette.

Jun 04, 2016
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RABouffard from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Overall not really much to say, they describe this beer perfectly on there own. Not my style but I respect it and still enjoyed it. Gave off a homebrew vibe.

May 21, 2016
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rob-cubed from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So... this one's interesting. None of the Belgian yeast characteristics you'd expect. Uniquely American.

Pours very cloudy yellow with a thin head.

Smells highly of citrus/grapefruit.

Tastes... well it's hard to place. Like a citrus shandy with a bunch of yeast dumped in it. Clean with a note of funkiness. It's hoppy--but mostly on the nose. Clearly some wheat characteristics in the body.

If any lacto is used, it's hard to detect as separate from the hops. But it has a very thin head I'd associate with a sour beer. It's not a sour, nor a traditional farmhouse, but something that isn't totally out of character.

Keep it refrigerated, I had some kept at room temp for 2 weeks nearly explode on opening. It's got a ton of active yeast in it.

I was immediately attracted to this beer because it's different. I don't recall every tasting anything like it. That said I've shared it with friends and I seem to be in the minority.

May 17, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't smell like much - slightly lemony, spritzy and minerallic. Also a little musty.

Tastes much the same and I was really surprised that this was only slightly tart. I guess I've been conditioned by uber acidic, funky farmhouse/goses recently. It's lemony and crisp with lavender, heavy minerality and a little mango. Like some cross between grapefruit seltzer, mineral water and saison. There's a little spice towards the end, but it finishes with a soft palate.

This was crisp and tasty, and certainly an interesting brew to dissect, but I don't think there's enough to keep me coming back.

May 02, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

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

Fresh can from the Brewery

Pours a very hazy straw yellow with a rocky and soapy white head. Nose is tropical fruits, Belgian yeast character, bright and fresh. Taste follows the nose but with some bitterness from the hops. This beer is amazing.

Mar 04, 2016
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oskinker from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this farmhouse ale.
Pours a hazy and turbid yellow/straw color and a nose that has lots of mango and peach and lemony notes. Nice fluffy head on this out of the can. This is super refreshing, I gotta say. Clean and crisp with nice zesty notes of lemon and some bite and slight bitterness. Keeps me wanting to go back for another gulp. It's early February and I really like it, I'm really looking forward to these on a hot summer day, I'm sure I will love it. Very nice job by Manor Hill

Feb 18, 2016
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Manor Hill's Grisette pours a hazy straw color with a nice white fluffy head. Aromas of lemon and tropical fruits. This beer has a surprising but very enjoyable hop presence; the yeast also imparts a strong flavor. Finish is mildly bitter and thin. This is the first offering from Manor Hill that I've I had and I am impressed. Would definitely pick this up again.

Jan 25, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color. The haziness isn't the most attractive, however. The head is a finger high and white in shade. While the texture and retention are both pretty poor, some lacing manages to stick to the glass.

The aroma has incredible amounts of lemon tartness. I pick up nice Mosaic notes - not nasty onion, but zesty grapefruit, tangerine, and guava all appear beautifully. Farmhouse notes of black pepper and grass also show up, accentuating the citrus qualities of the hops. Just from the aroma, this beer seems a million times more promising than any other Manor Hill beer I've sampled.

It tastes far less tart than the aroma suggested. Here, the farmhouse yeast seems to be the dominant note, with the hop flavor following close behind that. I get plenty of tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit to open it up, followed closely by the yeast providing closing notes of black pepper, sesame seed, flowers, and fresh-cut grass. There is a mild finishing bitterness, but that's style-typical. This beer not only does a good job showcasing the hops, it remains rustic and complex. I'd even call it somewhat juicy. Excellent work, guys!

This beer has a thick, soft, full palate feel, which is good. What I could do without is the overt chalkiness from the yeast. While this detracts, this beer has plenty of presence for 4.7%. Maybe a bit too much presence, but I'm not complaining too much. Semi-assertive carbonation at least slices through the substantial body some.

Okay. Let me be the first to say this is way better than anything else I've ever had from Manor Hill yet. Plus, it's completely different to any other beer on the shelf of a typical Maryland bottle shop. I *WILL* be buying this stuff again, it's a great beer!

3.92/5: Not perfect, but it still features an alluring blend of hoppiness and rusticity

Jan 07, 2016
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a NEIPA in the glass. Taste is extemely dry, with hardly any sweetness to note. No tartness/sourness and the hops are a touch bitter in the finish. A touch chalky in mouthfeel. Overall its a decent summer beer, but its so bone dry that takes a little away from the overall enjoyment.

Dec 31, 2015
Grisette Farmhouse Ale from Manor Hill Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 97 ratings