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Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison - Grassroots Brewing

Grassroots Sankt Hans Amber SaisonGrassroots Sankt Hans Amber Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 173
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.5%


Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012)
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 16:33:16 | More by MasterSki
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 13:10:17 | More by jlindros
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Brad007

Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:07:43 | More by Brad007
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:50:14 | More by rudzud
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harrymel

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 05:44:15 | More by harrymel
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lovindahops

New York

4/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:38:28 | More by lovindahops
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:09:11 | More by WanderingFool
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brystmar

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:48:04 | More by brystmar
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