Grassroots Convivial Suaréz - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 605
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 1.86%
Wants: 90
Gots: 124 | FT: 21
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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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Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a surprising pinkish color. Very hazy. It's a pink/orange tweener. Leans more towards pink, though. Even the head has an inner rosiness. Aroma is neat! Semi-tart. Pink lemonade, hibiscus and other floral things. Flavor is not much like anything I've recently had. Pink lemonade. Floral, citrusy, funky, flowery, red grapefruity. Very drinkable. Lighter bodied. Not too tart. A damn tasty treat for sure. (417 characters)

Photo of MRsojourner
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (567 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (496 characters)

Photo of owend
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

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! (455 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a ton of beers from Grassroots, but this was easily the best. Beautiful color, great smell and unbelievable flavor. The hibiscus adds this nice, slight sweetness to both the smell and the taste, but the lemon pairs this tartness against it that just sings. Wouldn't have thought to pair these together, but holy crap does it work. There's nothing in here that just knocks your socks off on its own, but the combination of everything is just fantastic. Lightly tart with a gentle citrus acidity but has the great nuanced sweetness from the hibiscus. Get this if you can. (581 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Rose wine. Clear pinkish color with quick 2 finger head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Very floral (hibiscus), cherry, brett funk. Real nice and flower forward.

Taste- Cherry, apples, hibiscus, brett. Similar to Arthur, but more fruit and floral forward.

Mouthfeel- Off-dry, mild tartness, quick soft bubbles, medium carbonation.

Overall- One of the best that I've had from Sean yet. (454 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (1,010 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,441 characters)

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Grassroots Convivial Suaréz from Grassroots Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.