Grassroots / Jackie O's Autumn Saison - Grassroots Brewing
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.91/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
Had on draft at Blue Dog. From their website: "An Autumn Saison painstakingly brewed with locally grown, organic pumpkins from our friend Ben (Ben’s Pumpkins!). Joined by Shaun, Dan, and Brad from Jackie O’s - this Autumn Saison was naturally carbonated and gently spiced..."
Served in a tulip glass. Hazy gold body with a white cap of foam that receded to a small ring of lace at the edge of the glass. Not much carbonation showing through here. The head seems to be sticking to the sides of the glass.
Aroma is typical of a saison, with notes of fresh hay, pink peppercorns, and some barnyard funk. Whatever the "gentle spices" were, they surely didn't include any that you would typically find in a pumpkin beer. The beer hit the same notes throughout, even as it warmed a bit.
The taste is funky, grassy, lightly vegetal, with only light hints of any pumpkin or spice. It really needs to warm up quite a bit to even taste any pumpkin qualities here. It tastes first and foremost like a saison, and the pumpkin aspect of this beer seems like a light coloring on top of that. It is so subtle, that I am not even sure that I am not just making it up because they say it's there.
Good carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Pretty spot on for the style.
As I said before, this is hardly a pumpkin beer. I am sure the intention was to come nowhere close to a "pumpkin" beer, but to add pumpkins to their saison base and spice it with something that you wouldn't find in any pumpkin beers. They were just too timid with whatever that spicing may have been, because I really couldn't detect much that fell outside of the typical saison style. Good saison, bad pumpkin beer interpretation.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2013 17:32:47 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
on tap at The Three Penny Taproom poured into a tulip.
A~ copper orange like a brand new shiny penny, minimal head and no lacing at all.
S~ tons of pumpkin and sweet malts. all finished by peppery saison yeast.
T~ a lot more subtle here than the nose. a lot of spices come out, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. followed by lots of peppery, bready saison yeast just like the nose.
M~ very smooth, surprisingly dry and super nice carbonation.
O~ i'm glad i got to try this, i'm loving the newer approach on saisons/wilds using pumpkin. i haven't had too many Jackie O brews but i can definitely see the influence considering this is definitely different than most HF/Grassroots saisons. check out Three Penny Taproom if you're in the area and grab this beer along with the buttermilk chicken wings!
Serving type: on-tap
01-17-2014 22:00:56 | More by Skrip
Grassroots / Jackie O's Autumn Saison from Grassroots Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.