Pours clear with an enormous, think 98% of the pour, pristine white foam that is quite thick and compact. Retention is above average, creating meringue on top. Lacing is sticky and thin.
Aroma is lemon zest mixed with honey and floral notes. There is an underlying sweet aroma. Slight spice is there as well.
Taste is a mix of the aroma. Floral, grass, lemon, and sweet are intertwined but lightly. Herbal, spice, and earthiness all seem to show in the end that has a finish of surprising bitterness that lingers some. Almost perfumed taste at times.
Very light body with mild carbonation that does spritz the tongue. Dries the palate.
This is an interesting spin to a Saison, which has a very forgiving classification. Quietly complex. The same complexity might muddle, making it difficult to appreciate a lack of simplicity. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Monday, April 16, 2012 at 21:27:54
Tasted: Monday, April 16, 2012
$0.00 for 750 ml bottle
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Vera Mae (1889 - 1976) was our grandfather's eldest sister. Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Saison is crafted from organic Vermont spelt, American hops, wildflower honey, dandelion flowers from our fields, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Vera.