Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 225
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 2.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 8
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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 Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead and poured into HF glass. August 2012 brew date, limited to 1600 bottles.

A- Pours a translucent dark reddish brown amber with lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles and a big white foamy 4-finger head that has excellent retention and takes forever to recede coating the glass in thick foamy lacing. Towards the bottom of the bottle a build up of yeast makes it a little bit more cloudy.

S- Yeasty and lightly tart with some light grassy farmhouse-like grains and malt undertones. Fairly aromatic and very reminiscent of Arthur due to the yeasty and tart qualities.

T- Yeasty with a nice tartness and some light grassy farmhouse qualities. Finishes with a tart yet sweet lemon taste that pleasantly lingers on the palate for awhile. Nicely balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, goes down very easily, a bit too dry but a very clean finish.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect from this being a fairly experimental amber saison collaboration brew. I was pleasantly surprised and amazed at how much I actually liked this brew. It had a nicely balanced tartness to go along with a pleasant lemon sweetness. I would highly recommend this to any saison fan especially if you like Arthur. (1,218 characters)

Photo of gory4d
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine shaped glass. There is a large foamy pearl colored head atop an amber-just darker than golden color.

The aroma has some mellow grassy hops blending with some musty, slightly peppery yeast. There is a lot of earthiness in the aroma. This is very dirty.

The taste starts out a little tart. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness. The earthiness is evident in the taste; developing into a very rubbery, band-aid like taste. About halfway through my glass, the tartness becomes subdued and this just starts to taste dirty.

This is medium bodied, with strong carbonation. I like this one. It finds its way into the farthest, dirtiest, brettiest corner of the beer flavor wheel and asserts its flavors strongly. (731 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,520 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (592 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (658 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (303 characters)

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Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison from Grassroots Brewing
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