1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Grassroots Convivial Suaréz - Grassroots Brewing

Grassroots Convivial SuarézGrassroots Convivial Suaréz

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

256 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 256
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.6%

Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-21-2013)
View: Beers (12) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, but maybe not up my alley as much as it seems to be for others.

Not a fan of the look, it looks like a nearly still ipa, not hazy at all and the color is close to an orange gold look rather than the normal straw color.

The smell has a nice earthy and herbal tone to it, the additions make sense as it has a nice citrus rind smell as well. Some sweetness and slight funk enclosed in the additions, a nice solid good smell. Potpourri like when it warms but not bad.

The taste follows suit, but the feel is a little thin and overly bubbly for my palate. Taste doesn't really pop with what I would have guessed from the smell, just decent not overly tasty. I get the herbal notes and some lemon bitterness at the back, some lighter malts in the base.

This is only ok, overrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:47:02 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.95/5  rDev -9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 19:04:52 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 1/2013.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with mildly sour flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 02:19:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Chico1985


3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up at Hill Farmstead a few weeks ago, I believe this is my first beer from Grassroots. Label describes it as a saison brewed with hibiscus and lemon, bottled 8-2013.

Appearance - Poured to a tulip glass. Color surprised me, a hazy, rosy reddish pink. Off-white/slightly pink head, very foamy to start, retains as a good finger or so leaving lace behind.

Scent - Nice tart light fruits like lemon, lime, kiwi, grapefruit come to mind. Some earthy and sweaty funk there, light white wine notes. It seems to get funkier and gain some grains/bready tones over time.

Taste - Nice funk profile as well, fair amount of tartness and acidity. Not as fruit-forward as the smell, but still noticeable lemon and grapefruit specifically, even some strawberry and blood orange. Some floral from the hibiscus. Earthy, grainy, yeasty, some sweeter malts hiding in there too.

Mouthfeel - Feels a bit watery, good amount of foaminess but carbonation was a bit lacking. But it's nice and light, no alcohol noticeable, quite drinkable despite tartness/funk.

Overall - Nice funky saison, was hoping for something a bit more unique with the hibiscus but a minor complaint. Good flavors, light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:42:13 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Noyt

Quebec (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the anniversary party. Shiny hazy blond with foamy white head. Aroma has white fruits (peach), flowers and cherry. Highly aromatic. Taste has a nice tartness and leans towards fruits. Belgian-like mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Very good, refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 20:49:39 | More by Noyt
Photo of WillCarrera


4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:39:17 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ataraxia for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dusky rose and copper. Glows. Head starts off a massive pale pink. Drops to a small cap and collar. Solid but not overbearing carbonation.

Smell: Rose hips immediately. A touch of lemon zest and the typical Grassroots yeast profile. Hyper clean grassy, mildly earthy with some underlying funk. Mild malt sweetness. Mostly pale malts with some deeper hints of caramel malts. Obviously floral with a nice touch of hibiscus. Very mild and easy.

Taste: Mild push of yeast. Slightly earthy with some balancing funk and damp hay. Light malt backbone with some small pale malt sweetness. A touch floral with some nice hibiscus pseudobitterness. A touch of rose petal. Mild tart edge. A touch of vague fruitiness. slightly tart on the back. Acetic and lactic in small measure. Light and easy without sacrificing complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Clean. Moderate carbonation. Spot on.

Overall: We can be friends.

So light, so clean, so yeah boy.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 02:29:41 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of EgadBananas


4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:51:59 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle purchased during my 40th birthday weekend celebration in VT. Served in a Hill Farmstead stem. It's a gusher - pours a translucent honey-amber hue with a rocky, three-inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a frothy, quarter-inch cap leaving textured clusters of lacing as the brew recedes. This beer looks beautiful in the glass. Nose is grassy and expresses a hint of green apples and citric acid; however, it all comes off very subtle and subdued. Taste follows nose with the green apple character much more prevalent in the flavor profile. There's also a pleasant tartness, as well as a light, medicinal quality. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation, a slightly puckering astringency and a semi-dry finish. Overall, an excellent Saison with some lambic-like qualities in my opinion. Not sure what it tasted like fresh, but 10 months on it hasn't seemed to diminish it much.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:19:26 | More by Jwale73
Photo of rudzud


4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bunch of these bottles at Hill Farmstead with JLindros. This sucker didn't look like it was going to gush, and remained still for a few seconds. Then...volcano time!

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear dark gold/light copper hue with just a twinge of rose hue to it. Had a one finger fizzy head that faded almost immediately to leave a very, very thin halo and light wisp.

S - Aromas of light hibiscus/floral notes, very light citrus and peppercorns, and finishes with some nice standard earthy saison funk. Get an almost blood orange aroma flirting in and out.

T - Not too bad, more of the floral hibiscus notes. Floral though, not quite medicinal. The orange makes an appearance again though quite faint. There is some faint pepper notes along with funk. Finish is a dry musty funk. Light perfumey flavours too.

M - Mouthfeel isn't bad either. Lightly crisp, very clean. quite drinkable

O - Overall a tasty saison. Wish the appearance was better and that there was more hibiscus. Was told to give this 6 months or so and it will really come around. Will try then.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 19:24:41 | More by rudzud
Photo of xnicknj


4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into FFF teku - thanks alex

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a one-finger crop of white head resting on top. Fluffy retention slowly fades out into some spotty lacing streaked around the glass.

Floral and spicy notes in the nose with peppery spice and hints of citrus. Lemon peel, Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Invigorating and inviting with a nice balance of scents.

Soft hoppy kiss up front with lemon peel and citrusy juiciness. Floral hints from the hibiscus, zesty tartness, Belgian yeast and soft funkiness. Straw, grain and a bit of honey sweetness. Light fruity esters and spice, finishing with some dryness.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly, dry and lively on the tongue. The label might say Grassroots, but this definitely reads like a HF saison to me, which means it's an easy winner. Nice balance, delicate, yet expressive profile and pleasant balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 12:20:19 | More by xnicknj
Photo of WanderingFool


4.21/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:45:31 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Skrip

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish snifter

A~ hazy copper with minimal head and slight lacing.

S~ very floral with pepper notes, followed by some citrusy saison goodness!

T~ slight lemony tartness followed by lite orange and pepper on the finish. i'm a little disappointed, the hibiscus dosen't come out so much, but its still pretty tasty. i'm a little picky when it comes to floral brews, too much is just right lol.

M~ very carbonated! finishing with the slight tartness.

O~ pretty good saison, definitely not my favorite Grassroots project but definitely worth a shot if you have the opportunity. honestly Wachu Saison has way more hibiscus in the flavor and i don't believe its actually brewed with any flowers. Wachu also seems to be more relatively available, definitely pick up a few bottles of it! even though it always seems to have a pretty hefty price tag. ok... yeah i got off topic lol...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:54:08 | More by Skrip
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unexpected share by Lunch. Thanks a lot Paul.

The beer is golden hued with a small head. The aroma offers well water, sweet malt, cotton candy, tropical fruit. Not as sweet as I may have depicted. Mildly tart with delicate floral notes. Earth tones with a light bitterness and lingering juicy oranges. Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:44:45 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of emerge077


4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:51:20 | More by emerge077
Photo of Rifugium


4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 21:45:07 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into a Russian River tulip glass. Bottle date of January 2013. Picked up at Hill Farmstead a couple weeks ago.

Appearance: Bottle open with a slight hiss but no gushing. Pours a really aggressive two finger, fizzy white head even on my really gentle pour. Light orange in color with plenty of bubbles. Clear throughout.

Aroma: Lemon, some light tartness and some light floral tones from the hibiscus. Really nice light funk character and some green apple. Really nice and light.

Taste: Green apple and lemon tartness upfront. Really nice, light and refreshing. The funk character is definitely there but really feels like its more in hte background. The hibiscus is a bit lighter than the aroma but gives off a nice floral character.

Mouthfeel: Really nice and light bodied. Really strong carbonation. Gives a nice bite.

Overall, a really well done and tasty saison. Incredibly refreshing with a really nice light tartness and balance of funk and floral characters. An incredibly good buy for the price. Wish I has purchased more my last trip. A perfect beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:16:54 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of MRsojourner


4.31/5  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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 22:39:24 | More by MRsojourner
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.29.13
Bottled Jan 2013

A - Slow gusher. Pours a super bright hazy orange with a fizzy off-white head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Lemon, floral and spice, I guess it is hibicus.

T - Tart lemon, light floral-buttery-spice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light spices and dry. This is a solid night-cap.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:26:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of hooliganlife


4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 00:16:58 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of jaasen64


4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a reddish orange with about a finger of head that recedes to a quarter of a finger, has great retention, and leaves nice layered lacing. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles brilliantly streaming towards the top of the glass with very nice consistency.

S- Floral hibiscus, oranges, acidic lemons, saison yeast. All the aromas meld beautifully together and has a distinct clean, crisp but tart smelling HF aroma from the saison yeast and well water. This actually might be one of my favorite smelling HF beers.

T- Oranges, lemon acidity, tart saison yeast, honey, finishes with hibiscus petals, a light tartness and a lingering fruitiness of oranges, lemons, a bit of hibiscus, and maybe some strawberries. Quite complex for a saison and very tasty.

M- Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking, fairly light, nice lightly tingly carbonation, typical HF saison feel.

O- Wow this beer was fantastic. Right up there with all the other HF saisons, maybe even slightly better. I think this might tie with Anna as being my favorite. I highly recommend checking this out if you like HF saisons, you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 00:18:20 | More by jaasen64
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, thanks for delivering to my door Thorpes!

So, you know how Fantome makes a grip of beers under random labels, where it isn't always clear what the difference of one from another is? This is a good version of one of those.

Pours a glowing, hazed rust amber with a thick, fluffy off white head. Good retention, fades to a thin layer and clumps of lace. Aroma of the woodlands, tart and lemon, grassy, hibiscus petal, pine, peach, Starburst, and seriously, this smells like a Fantome. Flavor adds a little acidity to the mix and a stronger hibiscus presence (which is well balanced without being distracting like some other unnamed beers), with lemon, peach, sweet yeast, mild acidity, grassy hops and deliciousness. Effervescent carbonation, full bodied, soft and crisp with a dry refreshing finish. Boom, great saison. Don't sleep on this under the Grassroots label.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:31:35 | More by yourefragile
Photo of owend

New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden copper with a slight pinkish hue. White head that fades quickly without much lacing left behind

S- Strong hibiscus with notes of lemon and orange, as well as a bit of earthy funk in the background.

T-Lemony acidity blends nicely with the floral sweetness of the hibiscus. Sweeter, more orange citrus flavor lingers with the tart bite of yeast in the aftertaste.

M-Crisp and quite refreshing with a very clean finish

O- Another very nice saison from HF. The hibiscus is well integrated and doesn't overpower in terms of either aroma or flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 00:37:20 | More by owend
Photo of rlee1390


4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:39:54 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, pink hue with a one finger bubbly head. Bubbly ring around the glass. Smells tart. Citrus is abundant in the smell. The taste is tart, with a lot of lemon. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium bodied and coats the tongue with bubbles. Really good. The tartness lingers at the end. There's also a mild sweetness that cuts into the lemon so it's not too much. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 00:22:18 | More by Mikeypnh
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Grassroots Convivial Suaréz from Grassroots Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.