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Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma

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Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed (with help from our great friend Jean of Tired Hands!) on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and inoculated with our house spontaneous culture.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (557) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
2013 Vintage. Aroma is fairly fruity with a lot of stone fruit and light apple cider notes. Hint of citrus and some faint pepper and coriander. Medium light maltiness with some toasted bread and caramel. Pours a fairly cloudy brownish orange with a copper hue and a thin tan head that recedes quickly to the edges and disappears. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor has a light to medium light acidity with medium light malt character; toasted bread, light caramel and crackers. Medium fruitiness with lots of overripe stone fruit and hints of citrus. Light peppery phenolics and medium light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer with a lot of fruit notes and some light phenolics. More malt character than I would have expected, but it works fairly well. Touch of mustiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pentaz (952) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
Bottle @ Yespr, thanks! Pours unclear orange/brown with a frothy off-white medium head. Aroma is complex, earthy, lactic, wood, toffee, citrus and unripe fruit. Taste is light+ sweet, bitter and tart. Body is light+, texture is smooth, carbonation is soft+. Finishes dry, tannic, minerally and tart with wood.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2014
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Great looking red/ copper color with some head retention in a tulip. Aroma shows tangy berries, oak, hints of Brett, juicy fruits.

Flavor is very nice. Vinous grapes, light yeast, mild barnyard, Caramel malts, with a nice mellow oak toward the back end. Hints of citrus fruits. Just a lot of different nuances in this brew. Great level of complexity. Medium in body with correct level of carbonation. Very dry texture. Excellent brew.

1.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Berard (217) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep amber with thin white head. Mild but tart aroma. Super tart sour flavor. Not my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
msnelling09 (128) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2014
The beer pours out a dark copper-amber color with a tiny scrim of caramel-white bubbles that mellow into a nice ring around the glass. In body, the beer is nearly a uniform color throughout with a rich opacity. On the nose, this beer reeks of beautiful funk; lemon-lime and horse blanket tango on the nostrils alongside nuances of pineapple, leather, cherry pie, and deep barnyard scents. What a beautiful nose on this beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes of a wonderfully balanced tartness alongside a smooth malt sweetness and just a kiss of herbal and spicy hop bitters at the back and finish. As the beer warms, a smooth and syrupy sweetness also starts to blanket the tongue throughout the sip, further pressing a nice balance throughout the beer. In flavor, the beer begins as pineapple juice and light caramel, slowly working its way to sweet barnyard and horse blanket. The finish blends horse blanket, caramel malt, pineapple juice, herbal hay, and grass notes onto the tongue. Soft touches of pine and this delicious yet unplaceable sweetness splash over the back of the palate. The aftertaste is a delicious blend of caramel and funk, almost like a softly candied funk. In the mouth, the beer is on the light side of medium, with a soft carbonation and a mouthfeel that is smooth and slightly syrupy. Overall, this is delicious and a perfect candidate for aging. The funk will only get better. Sometimes I want to dislike Hill Farmstead’s beer, but I never can. This beer is great.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle, 2014 batch, shared by AdamJackson - thanks man! Pours cloudy burnt sienna with a small tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is light tart, some funky notes, lots of oak tannins. Flavor has a lot more nuance than the aroma, lots of oak tannins, fruity, currants, some vinous notes as well. A bit of initial sweetness that quickly dries out. Light tartness, some zesty bitterness and a bit of funk as well. Medium body, enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1233) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bready, fruity, a bit funky, tart, sort of like a melange of flemish brown, flemish red, and a hint of saison, extremely interesting beer bursting at the seams with flavors. Not always my favorite flavors, but a damn impressive beer nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2012 bottle from a trade with cpetrone84, thanks Chris! Pours a nice golden amber, sparkling carbonation, spongy off-white head that breaks down into nice lacing. Very lively nose. A nice tartness is present among the floral/earthy aroma. Like fresh picked flowers. Some musty Brett wafts out, lending a bit of oak as well. Taste is moderately acidic with notes of green apple and pear. Mouthfeel is lively, giving it a champagne quality. Vinous notes across the barrel character. Very nice and balanced. Finishes fairly tart and dry. Excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (12777) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Cloudy amber/brown - white head. Fruity and herbal aroma, earthy, minerals, citrus, orange, light crispy, yeasty, acid, nice fresh oakey notes, spicy. Ok - not fantastic.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmsulliv (159) - - JAN 19, 2014
Booming brett aroma with oak. Copper gold brilliantly clear. Amazing brett flavor really dominates the body which is nice and full bodied. A wow beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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