Grassroots Convivial Suaréz - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 87
Gots: 125 | FT: 20
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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-21-2013

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Ratings: 563 | Reviews: 63
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry in character, but fruity too

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer caught me off guard, almost a pinkish red. The look would give the expectation of something very sour, but it falls inline with most of the rest of the HF bottles in taste. The "cleanest" saison I've ever had, a little funk with nice notes of lemon. I got almost no hibiscus in smell or taste. A very delicious offering as HF continues to impress me in everything I taste.

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So hoppypocket just blows my porch the F#@% up last week with the biggest box of HF I've ever seen. Cheers and bro hugs from the west coast, I`ll be enjoying these treats all summer. :D

Pours a nice peachy-pink with some haze and almost 3 fingers of white head. Really nice nose. Tart floral notes and light fruits ...melons and berries, mineral and light yeast.

Floral, berries, light sourness, dry yeast funk, nice mineral softness. Below medium body, medium-strong but fairly soft feeling carbonation.

Great stuff.

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was enjoyable but the details are fuzzy.

I remember sitting at the bar and telling the girl behind the counter that the beer was, "good" when she asked me how I liked it, all the while feeling kind of nervous because Shaun Hill was three seats down from me.

Everything I have had from Hill Farmstead is -at the very least- good, so I trust my words from that night, but the brewer intimidation factor may have affected the rating on this one.

Will revisit with the bottled version this summer and add notes, if necessary.

Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours cloudy dusty red with 2-3 fingers of light pinkish head, very good retention and light lacing.

N: A really pleasing nose, Brett, light malt, a few vinous notes, light fruit (cherries, white grapes).

T: The taste carries those same notes forward. Up front is the tartness and Brett funk, forward but not overwhelming, with some oak, light vinegar, sweet fruit (cherries, lemon), some nice floral notes, some light hops. So good!

M: Light and lively on the palate, with nice carbonation keeping it very easy drinking.

O: Overall, a delicious beer. Round, lively and very interesting.

Photo of eisebeer
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tart, Refreshing, great color. Love the dryness and perfect amount of acid. Highly drinkable

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With more and more saisons taking on the rustic and ancient type of sourness, that high acidity can be quite polarizing and off-putting to some. However the delicate use of hibiscus, flower and herb gives this sourish farmhouse ale a friendlier and more jovial approach.

And that approachable side starts with the beer's beautiful faint ruby glow that caps with a soapy swath of foam. Tangy fruit aromas set the tide as the scent apple cider, rose wine, corkish must and white grape. Its sharply acidic taste easily overcomes the short backbone of wafer-thin breadiness and slight confectioner's sugar.

With its malt character continuing to recede and the fruit, flower and sourness gaining further control, the body also ascends on dryness for a decidedly wine-like middle. Peps of rice-wine vinegar, crabapple, lemon sourness and limey bitterness come to play delicately on the finish. All the while, an aura of flowery bouquet wafts above the palate and act in more retro-olfactry fashion.

Its light and dry body sides with wine as much as beer as its finish of white pepper and acidity pop with effervescence and highlight the beer's floral and fauna as much in texture as it does in taste, buffered only by light velvety slickness of flower pedal. An aftertaste of wheat returns to usher the rose and hibiscus character into a pleasant afterglow.

Photo of parris
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appealing murky red color, white lacing.

Mostly a citrus herbal nose, with some unpleasant ketchup.

Dry but sour flavor, none of unplesant aromas come through in the flavor.

Satisfyingly full mouthfeel.

Overall a super tasty beer.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks mikeymikee for the goandpickitupformebro. enjoyed from a hf stemmed bulb.

a - simply stunning. deep magenta, big foamy pink head. really a fantastic color.

s - nose is as advertised, hibiscis, honey, saison. really nice.

t/m/o - as expected, yum. great floral taste rounded out with honey. finish is a bit dry but great floral based saison.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Pour is hazy light ruby red with a tight white head that lingers for a bit. Nose is a bit floral, light buttery white wine notes, hints of berry sweetness, light lime. Taste is stronger berry and lime, the floral notes are more subtle, lighter carbonation, soft feel, a bit fuller body.

Photo of cvm4
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Aug. 2014

L - Pours a pink body with an off color white/pink one finger head. Slightly opaque and really a beauty to look at.

S - Light funk, lemon, hibiscus, tart berries and a bit metallic on the nose. Nothing was dominating, but all interwoven well together.

T - There's a bit of floral element to go along with everything that transfers over from the smell. Still satisfying to drink.

F - Medium body and carbonation that is very drinkable and smooth. I wish the carbonation was a touch more.

O - I'd enjoy the heck out of this on a hot summer day. The lemon & hibiscus play well together along with the other flavors. A joy to drink.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -7.2%

It's no Brother Soigne but it's quite delightful. Light, effervescent and slightly sour. Pretty delicious.

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/2014 Bottle poured into a HF Glass

Pours a nice pinkish red color with a nice 2 finger head that chills for a bit and slowly works it's way down. Nice ring stays and left some decent lacing on the way down.

Smell I expected a little more. It had some nice floral notes and a tiny bit of funk but really didn't get that really tart punch. Slight grass and grain.

Taste was floral, funk, slight grassy notes. The hibiscus was definitely there. Not tart really at all which was surprising. Not a bad thing for me but expected a little more punch. I did get more funk than I had expected from the nose.

Feel was airy and almost creamy. Very easy to drink. Smooth going down and very refreshing.

Overall a decent saison. Not my favorite from HF but definitely a must try.

Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the 8/2014 batch. Poured into a snifter 10/15/2014.

A- Beautiful pink-red body with a two-finger pink head that has a good bit of hang-time. Nice lacing. [4.25]

S- Very funky nose, a bit metallic with a lot of floral notes, mixed in with a nice grainy, yeasty sweetness and a good bit of the Vermont tartness that I've come to expect from Hill Farmstead-brewed saisons. [3.75]

F- Tastes great- floral notes presumably from the hibiscus, quite citrusy with a nice lemon zest finish, with a bit of a tart Vermont acidity. Pretty easy to get along with, here. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, soft and creamy, well carbonated and easy to drink. The funky floral notes dominate the finish. [4]

O- More than a solid saison, one of the better Grassroots saisons that compare favorably to the likes of Anna and Florence in terms of my preferences. Not the best, but still very good. [4]

Final score: 4.08

Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Purchased at the HF brewery.

Pours a beautiful, stunning bright cherry-amber body with a light strawberry, foamy, frothy head that reduces slowly to leave some chunky foam and lacing.

Smells interesting.. funk, farmhouse, belgian yeast, spices, coriander, wheat, cloves, berries, flowers.

Taste is creamy with tart berries/cherry mixed with flowers, grass, and caramel.. follow through is funky, floral, and fruity. Very raw. The finish is spicy with cloves and wheat.

Low carbonation, medium body. Sipper.

Interesting, unique, raw, and tasty. Recommendable.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

Pours a brilliant hazy rosy red, with a 2 inch head, and a good amount of lacing. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Smells like tart citrus fruit, mainly lemon, funk, smarties candy, and unmistakeable- a ton of hibiscus.

The taste is similar, but the the heavy hibiscus is slightly overwhelming. This is probably better to someone who likes hibiscus, I'll be honest, but it's never been my favorite thing. There's a good amount of tartness (not sourness, though), with lemon, orange, and some quite floral flavors. It does taste good, but it gets kind of old, quickly. Much better in smaller amounts. Do note that my review concerns me drinking the entire bottle, so take it with a grain (or full shaker) of salt.

This is light bodied, with floral and herbal, but crisp mouthfeel. There is a higher amount of carbonation.

Not too bad, absolutely brilliant look and mouthfeel to this one, but my distaste for hibiscus hinders my enjoyment of this one.

Photo of TWStandley
4.44/5  rDev +3%

This was my last beer after a pretty serious beer tasting so my review might not be as accurate had I had this..well..sober..

Poured into a tasting glass.

Hazy golden straw color with a bit of orange tint. Fluffy white head.

Smell dominated by floral notes - slight citrus. Some decent yeast scents as well.

Taste is light and refreshing - some citrus and tartness to it. Lots of floral hop tastes.

Light and bubbly mouth-feel.

Overall delicious!

Photo of homebrew311
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @pschul4 for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange with withe head. Nose is terrific, a bit of funk and farm up front with heavy citrus and notes of hibiscus as well as fresh cut grass. Some candied fruit comes through as well. Taste is a bit sweet and sour up front with some delicate layers of funk to follow. Candied fruit comes through again and is cut nicely with funk. The balance on this is great. Mouthfeel is moderate with low carbonation. Overall, a delicious beer worth seeking out!

Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light red with orange and a nice white head, decent lacing

S-grains, floral, red wine vinegar, lemon

T-tart berries, lemon, vinous, loads of floral, grainy malt, light chamomile, slight funk

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and tart

O-another great Saison from Grassroots, hope to have this one again

Photo of snowmageddon
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours with a full head with small to medium-sized bubbles. The beer has a slighty hazy, amber/dark orange hue.

S: Bretty funk, lemon and berries.

T: Lemon and raspberry again. A balance between acidic and juicy flavors.

O: Really great. Refreshing for a hot afternoon. Hope they make this again.

Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 05/19/14 notes. Had this during the mega-BCS tasting as a break from all the stout. 750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby stemware.

a - Pours a hazy pinkish-orange color with two fingers of fluffy bright white head and high carbonation evident. Looks cool, a nice color.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, brett, hibiscus, earthy notes, floral hops, citrus, lemon zest, berries, sour wine, and jam. Very nice nose, sour and fruity, like it a lot.

t - Tastes of sour berries and dark fruits, jam, brett, citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, spice, floral hops, earthy malts, oak, lemon, and wine. More dark fruits than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice wild ale; lots of brett, sour dark fruits, and citrus mixing together. Easy to drink, would love to have it again.

Photo of MarcWP
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours out a light burgundy with pinkish hue. Head builds nice and settles to a beautiful frothy crown that sits white with soft pink highlights. Plenty of carbonation bubbles stream from the bottom. Comparing this to the Arctic Soirée this seems darker in color or at least has a more rustic nature.

Aroma is delicate. A big floral component is obvious along with fruity apple and sweet citrus notes. Hibiscus is there but not as much so than Arctic Soirée. Overall just a soft but well rounded nose on this.

The taste screams with lemon pith, hibiscus/chamomile tea onslaught, fresh lime juice, huckleberry, cranberry essence, and a dry herbal pungency I see coming from any wild micro flora that may be present. Compared to its Anchorage sibling this beer drinks juicier and tarter. The similarities are there but the craftsmanship is more apparent in Convivial.

Mouthfeel is heavy side of light with supple carbonation really close to spritzy if not there. The tartness makes the body feel fuller and the finish lingers with lime pucker before a rustic, brett like herbal dry finale.

This is a wonderful Saison. Really evidence that small batch beer has a certain touch which is almost non existent in bigger batch brews. There is an immense sense of balance and refinement in this compared to the Arctic Soirée. Even though they were brewed differently you still expect to find that refinement in something with the Grassroots label on it, but Arctic Soirée didn't quite accomplish that in my opinion. Convivial Suarez on the other hand drinks like its worldclass. Don't get me wrong, I hope Gabe and Shaun continue the Grassroots label collaborations at Anchorage, as it makes Shaun's brewing wizardry more obtainable. Not to say Gabe doesn't brew up some awesome stuff :). How about an Anchorage/Grassroots Ephraim twin? Please...

Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml botte, fall 2013 bottling, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

The beer pours a bright pinkish red color, hazy with a few rising bubbles that supports a soft, loose, white head, about 2 fingers high that has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is very floral and herbal, hibiscus, wildflower, rose petal, a bit of light funk, tangy citrus with a small dose of sweet, pale grain. It's to the point, not abundantly complex, but showcases the adjuncts well. The flavors follow nicely, very tangy, almost lightly sour, the lemons are more pronounced straight away, but the hibiscus and wildflower character is also potent and leaps onto the tongue, the funk is a bit more noticeable and brings about some berry fruit flavors that bridges some sweetness from the grain to the more tangy flavors that pop up straight away. The body is lively, but at times a bit thin, it coats the mouth fairly well with a lightly creamy finish.

Verdict: A fun saison from Grassroots (Hill Farmstead), lightly funky, lightly sour, very floral, definitely delicate and bright, which I really enjoy. The balance of flavors is nice, but the typical yeasty aromas and spice qualities that underline the farmhouse style are all but an afterthought, although surely that is intentional. Worth a try for anyone who enjoys a either a wild ale or a saison, but looking for something unique and creative.

Photo of cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A long time want for me. Thanks to Kimmy for the bottle a few months back.

A- Poured from the 750ml bottle to two snifters with a dazzling pink body, red in the center of the glass with lighter hues around the edges. A foamy, creamy white head rises atop the brew to about two fingers. Good head retention but the cap eventually falls to a fluffy pillow and ring covering most of the beer. Lacing starts with some thick spots and

S- The first thing I notice is the tartness off the top, it reminds me of the other HF Saisons like Clara and Florence. Some spicy and funky yeast feel but the most compelling thing here is the citrus and distinct hibiscus floral notes. A large amount of lemony tarts that remind me of certain Lambics and Berliners. I am not sure how much of the tartness comes from the bugs and how much from added lemon.

T- As with the nose, the beer consists of a blend of lemon, floral hibiscus and yeast driven flavors. The way the lemon and hibiscus combine is especially intriguing and would make for probably the best shaved ice flavor of all time. Backing this is a cascade of spicy Saison yeast, herbal tones, musty yeast bread, lactic tartness, apple, white grapes and some barnyard funk.

MF- Light end body with a texture that is foamy, fizzy and somewhat creamy. High end carbonation provides that fizz but it helps accentuate the citrus and hibiscus flavors. Finishes with a medium tartness lingering on the palate for quite some time.

This beer is really something to appreciate with each sip. The delicate yet pungent flavors make each sip a new experience with waves of citrus, hibiscus and funky farmhouse yeast oscillating on the taste buds. I'm glad I don't see HF brews as hype beers because that would only cloud up my perception. The artistry behind creating these beers is so amazingly consistent like Tiger Woods in his prime of beermaking consistent.

Photo of jjdc
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This saison has a beautiful blush courtesy of the hibiscus. The nose is lemony citrus with a hint of floral notes, not too far from a wild ale. This is light and delicate, like a spring breeze. Lemon predominates, giving convivial a fizzy pucker. Again, this beer is almost more akin to a wild ale than a saison. Some mineral notes at the end add a nice dryness. This is a superb saison, perfect to usher in spring.

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Grassroots Convivial Suaréz from Grassroots Brewing
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