Hill Farmstead Vera Mae Tasting Notes
Vera Mae by Hill Farmstead Brewery is a saison made from organic Vermont spelt, wildflower honey, and dandelion flowers. The combination of these ingredients makes for an interesting an wonderful beer.
The color of this beer is a hazy golden straw color with a full white head. When I poured the beer into a tulip glass the head was enormous, which is due to the fact that this beer is bottle conditioned. The head retention was also very good, testing my patience to jump in and try the beer. Finally the head leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.
The aroma of Vera Mae Saison has the typical characteristics of a Belgian-style saison plus more. I picked up phenolic notes of white pepper and a hint of herbs like thyme. The fruity esters express a lemon zest bouquet. Accompanying these aromas is the sweet smell of the wildflower honey and slight fragrance form the grains.
The flavor is very well balanced. It is not terribly bitter with a touch malt and honey character, that make your think it is sweet when it is actually quite dry in the finish. It has a nice refreshing quality enhanced by the strong effervescence of the beer.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Vermont, I highly recommended that you pick up some Ver Mae or any other beer by Hill Farmstead.