Grassroots Convivial Suaréz - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 602
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 1.86%
Wants: 90
Gots: 126 | FT: 22
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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 parris
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (238 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks judkinst!

A: Beautiful, hazy, deep orange-red with a seriously massive, slightly off-white head leaving behind great lacing and head retention. Wow. Truly gorgeous beer.

S: Lots of citrus and yeast. The powerful and patented Grassroots/Hill Farmstead nose is there. This yeast is something else. Bready, chalky, earthy goodness. The floral/hibiscus character is definitely there as are some fruity and sweet aromas.

T: Flavors are so strong. Deliciously fruity, floral, yeasty, tart, pungent. Just damn good.

M: Refreshing! Smooth is an understatement. Perfect carbonation as expected. Only complaint is the thin body. But I'm glad it's not too heavy. Finish is superb.

O: Breaking news! Grassroots/HF nailed another saison/farmhouse! (just kidding...it was expected) (779 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,895 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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... (1,886 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with dark tangerine edges and a frothy, massive 2.5/3 finger head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring.  Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves large chunks and streaks of soapy lace behind.

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with lots of juicy topical fruit notes, farmhouse funk, flower petal, pale malt and zesty spice.   Tons of citrus, notably blood orange, mango, orange peel and lemon zest but the floral notes still stand out.  Would never guess hibiscus but there's a very prominent floral character.  Slightly musty and funky with hints of straw, farmhouse, grass, musty bugs and peppery spice.   There's some bready yeast and  lemon pith in the nose as well.  Really complex!  

Full bodied with soft carbonation and a decent balance of oak, wild funky bugs, citrus fruit, bread and pale malt.  Incredibly complex with subtle pepper and coriander flavor followed by musty brett, wild yeast.  Floral pale malt and sweet citrus toward the finish balance things really nicely.  Slight creamy texture with some biscuit, flower petal and a ton of citrus swetness.  Some lemon pith followed by strong notes of curaçao, blood orange and tangerine.  Really well balanced with no noticeable ABV making it insanely drinkable.   (1,355 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a tulip.

murky yellow color, huge head. smell has a TON of funk. barnyard for sure. absolutely awesome. taste of tart lemon at first then a good bit of funk. great taste too. but nothing could top that nose. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall absolutely world class. get me more asap (311 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Convivial Suarez
A-light, opaque gold that continues to bubble, creating very thick white head that lasts at least a few sips. Poured in tulip pint glass
S-very floral and fruity, lemon and hibiscus are very pronounced
T-very malty, barely any hop taste. the lemon balances the sweetness of a saison with a refreshingly crisp finish and lingering aftertaste
M-almost crisp like a champagne, but with the smoothness you would expect from a beer
O-hands down the best saison I’ve ever had (489 characters)

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Grassroots Convivial Suaréz from Grassroots Brewing
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