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Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 241
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | FT: 11
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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012

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Photo of brystmar
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rare tick, thanks Mac!

Tons of head up top. Super malty/bready aroma, banana esters initially too. Fades to a more spicy, yeasty, traditional aroma. Strange.

Not much in the taste to separate it from other saisons. Intensely bitter yeast in the finish. A decent saison, I suppose, but nothing special.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Orangesol for sharing. 750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear yellowish amber color with a big white head that is slow to fade. As the cap dissolves, it leaves a coating of lacing effext on the glass in a webby pattern.

The smell is funky with carbonic and mineral quality. Somewhat lactic almost lemony in character mixed with citrus fruity character. There is a pretty strong phenolic charcwter emitting like plastic but it is faint enough that the enjoyable citrus aspects overwhelm

The taste is fruity and rindy with that previously mentioned phenolic aspect that really drives home the saison yeast attributes. There is some herbal notes of earthy hops that provide just enough bitterness to contrast the bready grain base.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. Overall it started off pretty promising but in the end was a decent to average made saison. Id drink it again if the opportunity presented itself but wouldnt buy a bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Big head. Great retention. Chunky surface foam. Mostly clear amber body.

Smell - Bretty. Lemony acidity. Earthy notes from the brett. Bready malts.

Taste - Bready malts and some tang from the brett. Lemony. Grainy malt and a little caramel.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Easy drinking. Medium light body.

Overall - Good saison characteristics, but nothing extraordinary. The light tanginess keeps it interesting.

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Photo of harrymel
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled one time.

Not a very inviting beer. Ruddy, gnarly dirty clay look with a thick quilt of loose light tan foam. Smells like co2, soil, grass and a hint of metal. Maybe some manure. Flavor is light a really tasty lacto innoculated saison with some hints of grain and apple. The beer is crispy and light with an enigmatic staying power to the finish. I'm surprised and delighted by this one.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

September 24th, 2013 - The Sankt Hans Amber Saison was a treat served by a friend at a board game night, and impressed all much more than the board game did. The color is a murky, soft, brown-orange, heather at the edges, and effusive with buttery saffron notes in the smell. Yeast and white grape juice add a second and third dimension, with a full, fluffy smell and texture. The palate is on the light side, clear and quenching, and initially sour and carbonated. My first impression is that this resembles the Italian beer Panil, but a little flatter, and with the flavors and sourness reigned in. This saison also brings in more mandarin orange citrus, a light delicate palate, and tangerine to bring a hard-to-build balance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Moll for sharing this. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a moderate brown color. Great lacing. Light bready malt with some earth. Touch of fruit. Extremely dry finish. Bit of white pepper. Mouthfeel is the best aspect of this. The nose and flavor are more biere de garde, with the mouthfeel all saison.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750 ml, August 2012 1,600 bottles.

A: pours a dark amber with some brown goes and almost two fingers of creamy white head after a gentle pour. Excellent retention And some nice lacing.

S: yeasty and tart, with some light notes of grassy barnyard funk. Some apple and citrus notes as well. Pleasant aroma, the tartness reminds me of Arthur. As the brew warms I begin to get an odd almost plasticy aroma... Kinda strange.

T: very similar to the nose, that tartness is dialed up a bit adding a nice lemon to the mix... Nice citrus, notes of apple , light grassy barnyard funk... Then again as the beer warms instant getting a very strange plastic note, overall the brew is still very tasty, but that part was odd.

M: nice lush and creamy, very nice medium carbonation.

O: this was a good brew, I love the tartness that hill farmsteads yeast contributes to their saisons, the only down side here was the strange plasticness. It wasn't prominent to throw off the entire beer, but it would have been better without it.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Holy gusher Batman! Looked away after opening only to look back to a puddle and foam pouring out of the bottle. When poured it was very cloudy from the yeast being mixed in after the gushing. Little head on a hazy/muddy gold beer. Recedes to a collar leaving minimal lacing.

S- Smells moderately tart and funky. A good bit of apricot, pineapple, hay, grass, and yeasty aroma. Smells great, and really complex!

T- The flavor is very mildly tart, with less of pretty much everything from the nose. It's still good, but a bit disappointing after an amazing nose. It is pleasant, but lacking bold flavor and/or complexity.

M- The mouth feel is medium with good carbonation. A bit watery though.

O- Overall this is a solid, but unspectacular saison.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 0625/2015. 25oz. bottle served in a tulip at 47 degrees. Pours an amber hue with a slight haze and a loose, quarter inch, off-white head the dissipates into a soapy froth around the edges. Copious tiny bubbles are present adhering to the walls of the glass. Nose suggest chamomile, grassy notes and a hint of lemon. Taste follows nose - lemon coalesces nicely with the tea qualities. Mouthfeel is light in body with a kiss of acidity and a subtle carbonation. Overall, pleasant and easy drinking, but perhaps a bit young still. A nice beer, but not my favorite Grassroots offering.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, split

Hair of the dog tulip - cloudy orange-amber with a nice sticky lace. A little funk, pepper, crackery malt, a bit yeasty, notes of apple and pear. Just OK - not really up to the standards set by other Hill Farmstead offerings. Cool logo, though

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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a musty smell, lots of yeast. Some fruits hidden behind. Taste is fairly malty, with some hops and a bit of fruit. Not one of the good ones from these guys, but still decent.

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Photo of Skrip
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a 2013 Raleigh Beer Tasting snifter

A~ dark burnt orange with lots of head and nice lacing

S~ lots of yeast, herbs, and Belgium. (yes it tastes like the country lol)

T~ here's where it really opens up, light tartness, lots of pepper, citrus, apples, pears, you name some flavor in a saison its probably got it! funk and yeast on the finish.

M~ lots of carbonation, little bit creamy and goes down smooth leaving you with the tartness all the way through.

O~ very good, what i would call a Belgium saison, definitely would drink again but would prefer a stand alone HF saison. still working my way through their saisons/wilds and hope to try them all (hahah yeah ok...)

EDIT: second batch is way better than the first. a lot more lemony tartness and the amber and saison aspects are very well balanced!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy rusty orange with a tall white head, leaving a thin layer of carbonation after it dissipates.

The smell is funky yeast, pumpkin spice, and a slight metallic smell.

The taste is tart, pumpkin spice (I keep picking this up and was not expecting it,) lemon, and yeasty.

Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, dry, and tart.

I've only had a couple but really dig the saisons that come out of HF.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.00 for 10oz, served in a tulip
Sampled 08NOV12

[A] Arrives with a puffy finger high head, snow white in color, compact/foamy in texture. Lacing in sheets. The body is medium-light brown and much darker than expected. Somewhat out of character but it is, after all, labeled as an Amber Saison.

[S] Herbs and spices hit the nose. A little mint-like with a light menthol/wintergreen thing going on. To make this experience even more unexpected, I get some candied ginger and nutmeg. Or something in the same family of spices. It's basically a hard-to-discern- combination of 2 or 3 pumpkin pie spices. Minus the cinnamon. Outlandish. But, oddly, rather enjoyable.

[T] Pure bubblegum on the flavor. Whatever the old school gum is with the yellow, blue and pink twisted wrapper (Anglo Bubbly?). Herbal mixed with earthy fall-themed spices. Either this beer was spiced, or this yeast strain had a field day during fermentation. Again, pretty enjoyable.

[M] Medium-light body, with a somewhat coarse texture and a crisp snap on the finish. Very dry.

[O] Nothing short of intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed the glass but 10 ounces was perfect. A second glass could be a worthy challenge. [EDIT] Reading the other reviews, my experience was NOTHING like the others, which were all bottle servings, so I imagine that is the biggest contributing factor.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brewed at, and in collaboration with, my favorite brewery, Hill Farmstead. Not sure why this isn't referenced as a collab. Also met these guys at The Festival, great guys, great beers, so this should be awesome. Shared with rudzud.

Big fluffy head hits a few fingers then fades at a med pace, nice lacing, very hazy copper mahogany orange brown color.

Nose has plenty of farmhouse and light barnyard funk, light cut grass, wet hay, light Belgian malt, saison, gritty malt and grainy, little lemony and slight yeasty, quite funky, hint orange zest and earthy.

Taste starts with earth, I don't mean earthy I mean like soil right from the farm. Lots of yeast, farmhouse funk, grainy malt, some saison malts, light saison spices, hint of lemony and orange peel citrus. Wet hay, cut grass, fermented straw, slight taste of chewing on the floor of the barn. Light sweet malt, little Berlinerweisse like lemony funk. A hint if amber toasty brown malt, and some creaminess maybe oats or lactose. Light acidity but smooth and rich. Finish is dry but light, lingering funk and grainy malts, more earth and dirt, more yeasty flavor and lemon.

Mouth is med bodied, interesting creamy feel with many little bubbles, the carbonation is interesting.

Overall really interesting, can't call it great, but it's not that bad. Weird flavors and funk, very complex, nice Berlinerweisse flavors, very earthy. Although really tasty, not sure if I could finish the entire 750ml by myself so I'm glad I got to share this with Matt.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer from Grassroots, though at least for me, the sour component was a bit excessive. On the nose, one gets some light spice, a hint of clove and even some malty sweetness, but the lemon sour and light funk really take center stage. The flavor profile is just more of the same, with once again the sour component dominating. Drinkability is pretty good, as you would expect with such low (relatively) alcohol, but this beer also has great acidity as well.

Nice beer that would be terrific on a warm day in the summer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is slightly hazed golden amber with a foamy white head. Nose has lots of farmhouse yeast notes with fruity esters. Some lemon and white grape skins. Hints of caramel malt play in faintly. Taste is a bit more sweet, farmhouse yeast up front, soft body, caramel and sweet esters. Fruity and lemony notes play in back with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Stronger farmhouse notes come out as it warms giving a nice balance and depth.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the recent Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Have yet to open but now seems like a good time.

Pours a light amber/brown color with a thin head into my glass. The color matches as it should.

Spicy notes from the yeast punctuate a malt bill that leans more toward sweetness than anything else. Funk-like character without the actual funk.

There's just one problem with that last line: There certainly is some funk! Apple and cherry stand out along with sweet, chewy malt.

Again, the unique texture of the malt adds character to this brew. It's all that lingers at the back of the mouth. Fairly clean finish.

Ok, I'm most certainly not a homer (someone who reviews local beers higher than usual). This is highly drinkable once you get past the first sip. It's all about character and drinkability and this beer nails both.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at the hill farmstead harvest festival

A- a cloudy amber body with an orange glow and white foam all over the glass.

S- a dry scent with some spicy properties layering over some tart fruit tones. A little lemon scent lingers at the end of the scent

T- very dry and tart flavor mesh well with a clove and spicy note. Some sweet flavors actually balances out the flavor and allows some herbal components to shine through

M- carbonation is precise enough to leave smoothness and lingering tart flavors

O- a good amber saison that is not only tart with flavor, but smooth
with the other flavor properties. Good sweet flavor on the back end

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden amber in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to thick medium sized cap in the center with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma of this beer is pretty yeasty - moderate aromas of peppery spices and some grassy barnyard funk. There is also a lighter aroma of some tart fruits including apple, apricot, and lemon/citrus.

T: Light amounts of grassy barnyard funk/hay with some light amounts of grainy malt and peppery/spicy yeast. Light to moderate flavors of tart fruits - apple, apricot, and lemon/citrus.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of acidic prickliness. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very interesting and tasty brew - one I definitely would have again. I enjoy the light funkiness and I found this one pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of gory4d
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear golden with a low white head. The smell is peppery, with some herbal and floral notes and a little graininess. The taste is mild pepper up front, some biscuit quality in the middle, and a tang of hops in the finish. It's highly carbonated, very smooth. Easy to drink - very nice.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.26.12

A - Pours a opaque, dull light brown with a large foamy light tan head with good retetntion.

S - Old ripe citrus, oranges, lemons, apricot, some light malts.

T - Orange, lemon citrus, pretty dominate and tart.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart citrusy saison with a nice little HF touch.

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Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes taken yesterday at Blackback in Waterbury, VT. Still plenty of great beers flowing after the madness of Saturday.

A- Mid amber body poured from taps to a HF tulip snifter. Hazy yeast throughout and a foamy white cap with good retention. Small island and tiny ring with no lace.

S- Brett cherry and band aid, lemony tart citrus, vinous grape and stone fruit in a fruity funky aroma. Herbal tea comes to mind with some Saison yeast aspects.

T- Lemony lactic tartness rides flavors of white grape, apple, stone fruits, lemon and orange zest, cherry pits and cracked grains. Yeasty pepper, slight spicy herbal Saison notes with a bit of funk.

Mf- Dry light end body with silky, fizzy texture. Tartness throughout while carbonation is medium and smooth.

For me a nice light funk and medium tart with an apple and grape fruity vinous feel. Crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of akdo
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The body is bright yellow, has a little bit of carbonation and has a one-finger white head. For a North American beer of any category, this one has an extremely good head retention. The head recedes to a thin white layer that nearly covers all of the beer.

Smell: The nose serves as a prelude announcing that we will deal with a simple beer. I could smell lemon. There is a little bit of the funkiness you would experience with a Belgian saison in the form of a feeling of heat.

Taste: The palate follows the nose. The beer maintains a taste of lemon juice during the tasting. As it is about to enter our throat, it has a mild peppery, and even salty, taste. Unfortunately, the taste of grasses is weak. As a result of that, I had the feeling I was tasting a mild Sauvignon blanc that is not too sour.

Feel: Despite having the appropriate wateriness, the beer didn't feel refreshing as other North American or Belgian saisons. Moreover, because of its very limited notes of spices, this saison was closer to a white wine than beer. The taste is not unpleasant. The beer just seems out of place.

Overall: This is not the best North American saison I've had, because it is not hoppy and therefore spicy enough on the back-end. However, this is the beer I will use to introduce a beginner to saison.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber gold. Fluffy, sticky, white head. Drops to a tiny chunk of a cap with big sticky lacing.

Smell: Lightly tart. Carries some nice yeasty funk. A touch bready with some hints of acetic tartness. Some powdery yeast and some vague fruity elements. Slight caramel malt sweetness. A touch of apple. Some pearr and even a touch of mango. Nicely fruity. A bit of leather.

Taste: A bit less tart than the nose. Mild malt backbone adds some caramel malt sweetness as a compliment. Yeast is powdery and light leaving some solid earthy and grassy notes. A bit damp and musty, with a slight toasted and roasted malt element as well. A touch acetic. A vague sort of nuttiness coupled with an almost cocoa nib note. Woody. Herbal and slightly floral as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium moving toward light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Slightly dry.

Overall: Summer, not Gruber.

A nice balance of tart and funky. The darker malt profile gives it a nice touch of sweetness.

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Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison from Grassroots Brewing
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