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Grassroots Convivial Suaréz - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 91
Gots: 113 | FT: 21
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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-21-2013

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Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Pours with a huge, fluffy, off-white head - burnt orange in color, with some nice orange and red tones - fades to a solid cap, leaves some great lacing, quite pretty overall

Smell: Great saison funk and an unexpected abundance of fruit - I will admit that I couldn't identify hibiscus from a line up, but I'm going to assume the awesome floral aroma here is thanks to the hibiscus - nice level of citrus with a nice level of lemon, lemon flesh, and a vague hint of orange - very floral with some nice light fruits - nice depth to the funk - some pepper, earth, and some light tartness - nicely acidic - only gets better as is warms

Taste: Charming balance between typical saison flavors and bright fruit - big floral flavors, with a lot of fruit - lemons, oranges, and some other fruity esters including apple and pear - some fruits that seem like they shouldn't even be in here, like strawberries - nice level of funk, with some pepper, clove, and general weirdness, and some tart - nicely complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, oddly refreshing, finishes dry and clean

Overall: Hooray for "hibiscuits"

This is a nice saison that benefits from the use of hibiscus in some unexpected ways. It's nicely floral, fruity, and nicely complex. It's hard not to have high expectations for any beer associated with Hill Farmstead... And this exceeded expectations.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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 standardcherry
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden beer with a touch of red accent. A nice small white head.
S: Smells of hibiscus. Very floral, peppery and citrus (orange/lemon) followed by the classic earthy saison yeast. Lots of citrus actually, smells a bit lactic.
T: Sweet malts and hibiscus tea flavors at first. Has a bit of lemon acidity that blends well with the sweetness. Has a sweet, almost honey-like flavor blended with some fruitiness that is imparted by the hibiscus. Bright floral flavors follow until it ends with a dry and crisp lemony tartness.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable.
O: This is another excellent saison from HF/Grassroots. Very nice beer, hope they make it again soon.

Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

Glowing golden and orange. Persistent but not a huge near-white head of moderately-sized bubbles. A sticky saison. Slight haziness, especially on the later pours. All in all, this is quite pretty and very appropriate for the style.

Fantastic aroma. Huge amounts of white fruit and citrus components in the aroma: lemon and lime, mild orange, and good amounts of pear, and a little bit of sour apple. Mild funk, earth, and just a bit of a dried grass character, but the lemon and lime component with the citrus element is the highlight of this beer's aroma. It reminds me quite a bit of a Fantome offerings and many Crooked Stave examples, which are both very good things in my book.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. Wonderful balance of citrus and white fruit flavors with an interesting, earthy, grassy yeast, and just a tiny bit of malt. Just a bit of biscuit. Complete, incredibly flavors.

Medium bodied with moderate to near-high carbonation.

Fantastic. I've enjoyed this more and more each time I've tried it. If anyone wants to send me more, feel free to contact me lol.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle for picking this up for me. 750ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Gentle pours yields a frothy, 2.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy but sparse with moderate stick. Real nice.

Nose is lemon, clove, cane sugar and other floral notes (that I'm guessing is hibiscus). Real aromatic. Very sweet, tart and appetizing.

Opens clove, coriander and other floral notes. Some lemon zest bitterness and citrus in the middle with a puckering tart lemon dryness at the finish. Funky wood and grassy notes throughout. Finishes foamy with a dry, tart aftertaste. So refreshing.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down puckering and dry. Finishes dry with a sticky, saliva-sucking aftertaste. Excellent.

This is as Hill Farmstead-y is a Saison gets. Balanced, aromatic nose with refreshing yet complex palate and an out-of-this-world drinkable feel. A really impressive beer indeed!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a peachy orange, thick white head with great retention. light lacing.

light oak, sharp lemon, spice

a great blend of oak and lemon with a light floral spice character. pops with flavor, yet is subtle enough to never be overpowering.

very carbonated. a tad bit too much and thats really being picky.

overall, stupid good. i loved every sip, never boring. beautiful looking. looked even hotter in the HF stem i used.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Slight red tinge to an otherwise golden body. Decent white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Really floral. Yeasty, floral, and a little bit of grassiness. Almost a wine barrel scent to it.

Taste - Also really floral. Sweet with a touch of acidity. Yeastiness is less intense. Malt flavor comes through behind all of it. Simple but flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Heavier than I expected. Medium carbonation. A little too sweet.

Overall - Impressive floral character. Maybe too sweet. Covers up a lot of the character that might have come out

Photo of TWStandley
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%

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 emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Color has a slight reddish pink tint from the hibiscus most likely, fairly cloudy with a thin web by skim of foam across the surface, no lacing visible.

Lemon and passionfruit aroma, fruit forward.

Taste is tart and fruity, fruit forward lemon and passionfruit impressions again. Signature HF yeast. Crisp feel with a dry finish. Overall very drinkable.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy golden copper, bubbly, bone white head, two fingers, minimal lace, light retention.

Aroma: musky, Brett, lemon rind, yeast, light fruit sweetness, orange zest.

Taste: sweet orange, touch of lemon, Brett funk, dry musk, herbal, tea, fruitiness.

***Light and airy with a crisp, bubbly feel, light body, nice drinkability. Well done and wonderfully refreshing.

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to franklinn for this one!

This one's alive... a beautiful honey gold body is stuffed with beading and capped with a swelling dose of white head that fills the glass before leaving behind all sorts of lace.

The hibiscus addition translates perfectly on the nose. The lemon character is buried in the floral aromas but still evident. There's a bit of white pepper, lemongrass, ginger ale... smells refreshing.

I haven't encountered many saisons like this one. Thirst quenching but quite dry. It seems contradictory but it's true... it finishes with a citric tart flavor before drying out completely. Up front it leans more towards the astringent fruit flavors, but the hibiscus continues to provide a subtle sense of diversity. Simple, yet challenging.

This is delicious.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
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 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 mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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 rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Bright yellow orange, nice carbonation.

S-Lemon, wheat, grass, floral notes, some tartness.

T-What amazing balance. Starts with sweet and tart lemon. Then grassy and floral notes take over. The tart is not that much but enough to balance it out.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, crisp finish.

O-Not as sour as I was expecting, but enough tartness to complete the beer. Another knockout from HF.

Photo of eisebeer
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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 MRsojourner
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very tart in the nose with a pilsner aroma with hints of brett and a touch of barnyard as it warms up.
golden hazy appearance with small white bubble that formed a thick head and hung around for some time throughout the glass.
The taste follows the aroma perfectly with a sharp tartness and acidity that borders on sour. you get a lemon aftertaste after the tartness. its very thin with heavy carbonation that makes it a little prickly on the tongue but remains very enjoyable.
a very inspiring, unique and enjoyable saison to say the least. could drink this everyday

Photo of cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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 snowmageddon
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden-yellow pour, hazy, with a big fluff of white head that settled to a thick ringlet and coated the glass with lacing. Nice floral aroma, citrus and stone fruit essence, peppery spice and a slight earthiness. Floral taste as well, peach and orange blossom, some spicy and funky elements seemingly coming from the yeast, slight tartness on the tongue. Crisp and clean, light-medium body, and very enjoyable overall.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, thanks Jonathan!

A- Pours a clear orange/copper color, produces a thin white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Really nice aroma, lots of grassy funk, earthy notes, lemon and a ton of great hibiscus.

T- Has some malt sweetness, a bit of lemon and herbal spiciness, it's nice, but the big herbal flavors that made the aroma so awesome are pretty toned down here.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, slightly dry finish.

O- A solid saison, it smells great, but it would have been much improved if some of that great hibiscus and herbal aroma had come across more in the flavor.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Photo of davey101
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled January, 2013. Gushed over immediately after opening but luckily settles down after a quick pour.

A - The body is a dark amber with a faint shade of purple to it. Rather unique color which is only accented by the clarity. Plenty of soapy bone-white head which eventually settles down to a thin calm edge. Great lacing with a low level of retention.

S - Strong hibiscus flowers right off the bat. A bit of clean lemon peel and a great earthy funk. Some wheat and a certain sweetness lingers on the nose.

T - Floral elements lead way to lemons, house yeast and a bit of a sweet strawberry/honey mixture. Lightly tart but this finishes so dry and crisp that its never lasting or tiring. Lingering earthiness, faintly cheesey.

M - Light, crisp, and delicate. Carbonation is low and prickly which combined with the flavor profile and moderate level of tartness makes for an absurdly drinkable saison. The clean finish is just perfect here.

O - This was inspired by a Fantome brew day...and it shows. The flavor and aroma is such a great combination of floral, sweet, tart, and earthy. This is just an excellent saison and the hibiscus seems better integrated than any other floral beers I've tried. Very impressive.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Convivial Suaréz pours a hazy, bright amber with a small fizzy head. No lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of strawberry, peach and apricot. Some bready notes and a touch of spice are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and fizzy on the palate. The flavor is flowery and fruity with a sweet malt base. It starts flowery & herbal followed by fruit notes of strawberry and peach. It finishes dry and tart with some pepper and lemon notes. Once gone the strawberry and tart lemon lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty and well balanced beer that has lovely fruity, spicy and flowery flavors. Quite unique.

Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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 cfrances33
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely clear orange with some rose accents. A nice two fingers of white head form. Not much lacing. This is probably the most crystal clear beer I've ever had.

Smell: Big floral aspects, but as you hone in on the glass, lots of funk and lemon. A bit of lactic tartness comes through. Almost a honey aspect, but only just.

Taste: Woah. A lactic bite up front, but lots of lemon tartness, and a bright floral aspect. The floral aspect carries into the finish. A touch of doughy sweetness, but rather faint. Dry, and tart.

Mouthfeel: Light, but very refreshing. Crab is smooth and this is incredibly drinkable. Tartness is light but adds to the drinkability.

Overall: Very fantastic saison. This would be perfect on a warm day.

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Grassroots Convivial Suaréz from Grassroots Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.