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: 247   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)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jnortonvt (49) - Essex Jct., Vermont, USA - SEP 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2014 Poured out of 750ml bottle purchased at brewery this summer to top off what I guess was last summer-like Saturday of the year. Loved the light golden color and medium-frothy head. More frothy than any other Hill Farmstead that Ive tasted...not a bad thing. It quickly dissipated. I smelled aromas of grass, citrus, and...possibly, hay?? I thought it had a soft carbonation - which I especially liked. It has a light body, which a summertime brew should have but a a bitter, long-lasting finish. Which brings us to the taste. It is one sour beer. What a saison should be, I guess. Yet, from these guys, I had hoped that they may have broken tradition a little bit and cut the sour/bitter with the honey. I cant taste the honey nor the dandelion. If you want to taste dandelion, Id suggest Pistil from Magic Hat brewery (though thats an ale). If youre into saisons, you will probably like this a lot. The one thing I will say is that it doesnt have that spicy taste that turns me off from the style. Its actually grown on me a little as Ive been writing this. Yet, saisons will still not be a go-to brew for me and even the great microbrewery cant change my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (3870) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours a hazy and a bit dull yellow with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is herbal and spicy, floral. There is some light dill in there, not sure why I keep getting that lately? Black pepper also. Taste is pretty dry and lightly tart, offers some fresh cereals and dandelion wine. Some peaches or at least generic tart yellow fruits. Body is light to medium, carbonation medium to high. Overall a really fine drink, thanks Luk_!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle from brewery Justin D. Pours a slightly cloudy straw, little to no head. Nose very heady, lots of funk, flowers and honey there as well. Body arch and lively, with a juicy and herbal bite. Well done.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (4644) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Alexey. Cloudy blond with white head. A little bretty - fermented fruit aroma, delicate sour taste. very carbonated and full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Alexey. Cloudy yellow with a big white head. Lovely funky aroma full of fruits, some flowers and sweaty notes. Funky flavor, sourish, fruity and floral with a slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apotekhin (79) - ISRAEL - AUG 25, 2014
Nice lemony color with a good head. Lemony blossom aroma with honey. Refreshing honey lemon flavor. Wild and wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luk_ (243) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle 2014 vintage. Pours a beautiful sunny gold with huge white head. Aroma is lemony, light bugs, very floral and honey. Taste is citric tartness, brett and lemon rind. Light bodied and lively carbed. Not the most complex batch Ive had, but a good saison nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (4389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Bottle. Hazy hay yellow liquid with medium to big white head. Aroma of dandelions, white pepper, red berries, bread, lemon peel and light barnyard. Taste is dry, light sour and light bitter with notes of lemon peel, white pepper, light barnyard and dandelions. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really good and balanced. Bright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. T. Hanks, Biebers. Hazy golden straw pour with a big white head. Super floral and citrusy aroma. Great lemon zest, cracker, and yeast. Subtle spice. Damn, this is good. Mild tartness and acidity that works well with the dry, pale malt base. Wheat crackers, yeast, and lots of flowers. Good lemon zest and subtle grapefruit. Great stuff.

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