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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: 40 | 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 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 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 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 dar482
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a glowing orange.

The aroma has lemon hay sweetness bready lemon zest . Orange marmalade sweetness.

The flavor follows with signature HF lemon herbs bready malt. Orange and sweet lemony candy. Onto a dry and clean finish.

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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 BarrytheBear
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just blew me away..tart, sour, moderate funk and the fruit notes: apricot, peach, orange are just phenomenal.

Wow...one of the best saisons I have ever tasted.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

The beer is hazy and golden with a thick, white head. The aroma offers lemons, farmhouse funk, grape skins. Mild acidity with some citrus notes, floral and herbal notes as well. Light to medium in body. A touch of earth and some lemon rind counter a mild sweetness. Tasty.

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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 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 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 GJ40
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 750ml bottle dated "07 2013" at cellar temperature. Thanks surge1311!

A - Light amber with a hazy finish and a moderate white head. A steady rise of bubbles gives it a liveliness. Nice lacing.

S - Lemon, bubble gum, wheat and grass.

T - Tart with a firm but restrained lemon flavor. Various other fruits and some nice funk too.

M - On the lighter side but it works. A nice low carbonation.

O - A very refreshing and flavorful beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. High expectations. Slightly under cellar temps.

Appearance- Clear amber with two finger head that left nice lacing. Surprised how clear it is. Figured it would be cloudier.

Smell- A very rustic spicy, tart, funk that reminds me of Arthur mixed with a young lambic. Some mild earthy characteristics, woody notes, real funky yeast, lemons and limes, and maybe some pears.

Taste- Oaky funk up front that goes into a tart lemony/apple flavor. Earthy and floral. Similar to Arthur and Convivial but a little roast and very mild hop bitterness. Not too much going on, but what is there, is real solid.

Mouthfeel- Very, very light. This is more or less what the beer lacks. Body isn't really there. Good carbonation, but needs more viscosity to balance it out. The tartness is nice and mildly puckering.

Overall- A nice tart amber saison with nice flavors going on, but lacking in body. Tarter than expected, but that's always nice.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Note: bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse in 2012

Appearance: Hazy, medium amber - the bottle opens with some big carbonation, fades to a medium head, solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Funky and interesting - some nice saison yeast, with some barnyard aromas, clove, pepper, and spice - pale and caramel malts - earth and some dirt, but also very clean - some light fruits, like apple, as well as some lemon - lightly phenolic - some nice tartness

Taste: Tart, funky, tasty - pale and caramel malts, with a touch of amber grains - lightly toasty - really nice yeast component, with a touch of barnyard, clove, lemon, and pepper - some really nice light fruitiness, with both esters (apple) and tart notes (lemon) - finishes tart and dry

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light and medium - nicely dry, nicely tart, finishes very clean

Overall: More fortunate than Sankt Hans Moleman

This is a lovely saison. I hope it gets brewed again, and sees distribution beyond the Hill Farmstead property line. It's nicely funky and tart, yet also clean. Quite, quite nice.

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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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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Appearance is a nice amber color, good head on this beer two fingers high.
Smell is very nice yeast, some sour and tartness.
Taste is delicious and bold. Sour fruit, tanginess, some tart citrus acid.
Mouthfeel was spot on for me. Just right viscosity and just right amount of bubbles on the tongue.
This beer was a delight to enjoy. A bold and flavor forward saison.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear black tea color. Lacing is thick, web-like and layered with excellent stick. A really good looking beer.

Nose is slightly tart and spritzy. Notes of Brett, sour lemon and apple. Some mild yeastiness and peppery and spicy. Very nice.

Opens yeasty, sour apple, lemon tartness. Clove, peppercorn, and floral in the middle. Ends foamy with some wood and mossy notes. Finishes tart and crisp with a lemon zest and peel aftertaste. Delicious!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and light in the mouth and goes down dry but fluffy. Accented finish with a dry, sticky aftertaste. Super drinkable.

Hard for me to believe the low ratings on this beer. Just because it doesn't have the Hill Farmstead name doesn't mean it doesn't carry the Hill Farmstead pedigree. An excellent saison all the way around.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for sharing, Sam.

A moderately hazy amber with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is fantastic. More like a biere de garde than a saison, this is herbal, earthy, floral, bready and has a touch of lemon, fruit aromatics and moderate yeast. The palate opens mildly sour with a blend of lemon, lactic funk, citrus, tea leaf bitterness and the bready notes. Medium light in body, this beer finishes a little tart and yeasty. Excellent.

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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 MacQ32
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky muddied golden orange/amber with 1 full finger+ of near white dense head, fantastic retention and lacing.

S - Light, dry, and tart. Oranges, apricot, grassy hops, and belgian funk. Relatively new aromas but thats the best I can describe, smells very appetizing.

T - Quite sour and tart, peach, pear, orange, ripened apples, slightly clovey, banana, cloves, belgian qualities. Bubblegummy.

M - Lighter bodied with solid carbonation, extremely drinkable.

O - A funky sour/tart saison. Lots of light fruity flavors (apricot and peach mostly). Really awesome, love this stuff!

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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 inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, August 2012
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours almost clear light amber orange color. Nice carbonation. Good cap of full finger white fluffy head. Leaves some sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Nice barnyard funk on the nose. Getting some peppery spice notes as well. Grassy hops. Grainy malts.

T: Nice peppery spice on the tip of the tongue. Meshes nicely in the mid palate with the barnyard funky flavors. It's actually mildly sour, which is very nice. Finish is dry and crisp and refreshing. Not bone dry like lambic or anything.

M: It's medium bodied but drinks lighter because of the good carbonation.

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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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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 ryan1788a5
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a red-amber color with great clarity. Four fingers worth of rocky white head makes itself a permanent fixture. A thick blanket of lacing coats the whole glass. An impressive beer to behold.

S: Yeast driven aroma, as would would expect of the style. Very peppery, hit of clove and garden herbs. Musty and rustic. Hint of tartness. Fruity scent of apricot and peach. Doughy and nutty malts with a slight toasty and bready impression.

T: Pleasing tartness greets the tongue first. Pear, peach, apricot, and green apple skin. Musty and funky, though not as much as the nose would lead you to believe. Rustic and dusty, like an old book smells. Bready and toasty malt tastes far in the background. Hit of clove. Black pepper toward the finish. Tartness fades and musty and nutty yeast rides it out into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Light but sharp effervescence. Somewhat creamy, though it does feel overly foamy in the mouth.

O: A pleasant surprise. Sankt Hans shows a good balance of refreshing tartness and rustic barnyard character. You don't often come across a saison like this brewed on American soil. In fact, I can't say that I ever have. An easy drinking, refreshing summer quencher and a complex thinking man's beer rolled into one.

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Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison from Grassroots Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.