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Grassroots / Jackie O's Autumn Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots / Jackie O's Autumn Saison
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Reviews: 7
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: jaasen64 on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Served in a Long Trail tulip, a clearish light amber color with a fizzy white head and active carbonation. Aroma was woody, light with spice, apple skins, herbal. Truly autumnal on the palate, but as opposed to a full-blown pumpkin/spice beer, it was much lighter and subtle in body and taste. Essence of pumpkin and apple cider, peppery spice, grass, toasted wheat, herbal and earthy hop notes. Body was on the lighter side of medium. Overall quite good.

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