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Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 249
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 7.2%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | FT: 13
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one at my tasting.

Bottled 8/2012. 1,600 bottles.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, yeast, and a mineral-like aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. There is a mild amount of mineral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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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 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 MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle generously shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - A few fingers of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind lots of lacing. Hazy dark orange-amber body.

S - Interesting and complex aroma. The farmhouse yeast is phenolic, and perhaps a touch dirty and funky, but strangely appealing. Light pepper, hand lotion, with some under-ripe apricot and vinous flavors in the periphery.

T - The taste is a touch more understated, with more toasted grains. It's again a tad vinous; sufficiently so that I was curious if this was oak-aged. Less sweet, although the stone fruits come out as it warms up a bit. Yeast is less phenolic and funky, with some mild pepper showing up in the finish.

M - Medium body, dry texture, clean finish. Pleasantly soft and creamy carbonation - feels like a Hill Farmstead offering.

D - A nice amber Saison. Nothing mind-blowing, but has sufficient depth and no flaws to it. I enjoyed that it was a sub-6% beer that had potent and complex flavors going on. Would happily drink this one again.

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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 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 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 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 yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle.

Pours a mostly clear, reddish brown with a massive, retentive creamy white head. Earthy and spicy with bready malt, fruity sweetness and citrus rind, grassy, mildly funky, and some dry pepper in the finish. Medium, dry and clean body, crisp finish.

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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 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 rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured a hazy dark honey hue with a two finger white head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of tons of funk and a light creaminess here. Very pleasant and inviting.

T - Taste really is opposite of the nose. Light chocolate and cream with strong funk and some faint citrus. Tons of funk and cream.

M - Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation but is almost still creamy on the tongue. The sharp carbonation really adds to this beers uniqueness.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Like this everything worked out

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle of Sankt Hans at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.

The beer pours a cloudy copper color with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity and spicy. Notes of apple and banana blend nicely with clove and pepper.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth and soft with mild carbonation. The flavor begins sweet with caramel malt, grapes and a little apple. The middle has a touch of clove and it finishes bready with moderate fruity tartness. Once gone the spice and fruity tartness lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, full flavored beer with a terrific mouth feel.

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