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Hill Farmstead Vera Mae (2011 - 2015)

Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Saison
Greensboro, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Spring Saison brewed with honey and dandelions.

If your Vera Mae has no bottling date or a 2015 and earlier date, rate it here. Vera Mae from 2011 to 2015 was aged in Stainless / Puncheons. Different from 2016 (Wine - Barrel)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Another perfect saison from this brewery...oh so good, golden straw color floral notes and slight lemon peal. Flavor has some bread and yeast and then bang with the fruit and lemon and then finish out with stwar and earth. So dimensional...greta brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle from batch 2 at Padraig's. Thanks to Leighton for hooking me up! Surges out if the bottle. Big carbonation. Hazy gold, big bubbly white head. Aroma is hay, countryside air in the spring, pollen, lemon oil, freshly cut herbs. Flavour... Tart, hugely refreshing, then it reveals white pepper, lemon verbena, lemon rind, grapefruit juice, citrus oils. Dry, dry finish... Bone dry. Every sip is something different - very clean but also wild. A wonderful, fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClubGonzo (5467) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours a light hazy straw yellow body with a huge cloudy off-white head. Very impressive looks on this one. Nose is strong peppery dandelion tones, herbs, mild saison yeasty notes, blue cheese and hints of straw and sugar. Absolutely delicious; well pronounced while subtle enough at the same time - so much going on. Taste is even better: mild saison yeast, honey, straw, earth and dandelion mash in with hints of pepper, grass and flowers. My God; it’s like my mouth is wading through a flowery meadow in the Land of Beer! :-) The fluffy, perfectly carbonated body makes the beer fresh and the drinking really easy. Refreshing, mild, complex and drinkable, all at once: definitely the best Saison I’ve ever had! And I don’t even care that much for the style! :-D

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. A wonderfully expressive and classically rustic saison. Truly a joy to drink. Thanks Jeff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2016
750mL bottled 7/9/15, drunk with Nelson on 6/3/16.
Big white head despite the dandelions (which I would think would inhibit retention/formation). Blonde-golden body with a touch of deeper brass and a high clarity.
Divine nose blooming with heavy, heavy minerality. Is this a glass of wine?? My mineral descriptors aren’t very good, but this is bursting with well water and white Burgundy wine notes. Light to moderate souring agents show through, as well as a delightfully dainty black pepper phenol character. Soft wheat and/or base malt delicateness behind it adds very light biscuit/cracker. Just incredibly understated with light floral notes on the finish and no alcohol or flaw.
The flavor mirrors the aroma, lending floral notes to the stone-like minerality and with yeast (and maybe the dandelion?) adding very easygoing, mildly tart nectarine/unripened apricot. Very low sweetness, but plenty of body, with a tight carbonation, as always and peppery phenols on the end. Really the perfect storm of fruity esters, tart acids, pepper phenols, minerals and biscuit/cracker/honey-like maltiness. As with many of their beers, they grow on you considerably during the course of the bottle and by the end you’re left pretty stupefied at just how subtle and good the beers are. A great beer, right up there with my favorites (Ann, Anna, Art, Norma, Edith, Clara....)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle @ "Where is Rasmus? v. 1.0". Cloudy golden pour with a frothy head. Tons of floral notes, dandelions, elderflowers, lavender, crisp, light honey sweetness, funk and a subtle tartness. Surprisingly good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2013 Explosive spidery head, heavy lace atop rich, hazy gold. Dust and ginger with lemon, hay, bit of apple skin. Very balanced, dry nose, quite nice, balanced spice and dryness. Flavor is lactic heavy, incredibly bright. Other tastes have been soapy, hop crawls across mid, light hay, dry finish ends a bit short, empty, bit rubbery. Thin, fizzy carbonation. Fantastic nose, ultra bright flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle: Poured a delicate hazy light yellow color ale with a super large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with nice floral undertones and some light honey notes. Taste is a wonderful mix between some rustic notes with some floral notes as well as some honey and light fruity ester. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is a great example of complexity and drinkability without being overly sweet and with great attenuation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2012 batch on draft at Harvest Festival. Served in a... HF glass (shocking). Reviewed the first batch from the bottle previously, but this year’s was distinct enough to merit a new entry in my opinion. Poured a chalky, hazed golden color with a frothy white head; excellent retention and ample lace. Floral and nectary nose of honey, clover, dandelion and grass. Flavor is similar, dominated by the floral and lemon flavors with an ample tart and light pepper finish. Dry medium body with high carbonation and a crisp finish. I want more of this beer always.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Draft at Hills 3rd Anniversary ! First pour of the day... Pours a light golden straw color with two fingers of tight foam. The nose breaks through the foam layer and opens up with a tart floral, rustic grain and field dust. The palate follows with an exceptional balance between rustic grain and tart fruit. This just might be my favorite Hill beer to date... had it on draft at last festival but was 10 beers in so never rated it. Next time this is released in bottle I will be making the trek as the flavor profile and drinkability of this beer is top notch ! Damn.

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