Grassroots Brother Soigné - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 885
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 210
Gots: 167 | FT: 36
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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kinsman on 05-08-2013

A tart, refreshing saison brewed with our dear friend Luc Bim Lafontaine, formerly of Dieu du Ciel! Lime, hibiscus and blood orange in a mixed fermentation.
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Photo of WesMantooth
3.06/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I tried to be objective with this one, but it was tough. It tasted like they squeezed 24 limes and 24 sour, fermented oranges into each bottle and then added a splash of red grapefruit juice for good measure. Just overwhelming, mouth puckering tartness that I thought may actually harm me. Must not be my thing because I couldnt make it through more than 3 drinks. (364 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance, with a strong white head with excellent retention.

Truly superb; tart and sharp. Orange definitely shows through, paired with a rustic saison base. Mouthfeel is not quite as creamy as other HF brews, but that's partly due to the tartness of this particular beer; it's still smooth with exceptional drinkability.

Delicious and enjoyable brew. (365 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Peachy, murky appearance. Musty, dank, fruity nose. I like where this is headed.

Fruit fillows the nose. I though it might be a bit tart but it's not. Low carb. Very drinkable. Extremely dry finish. I love this. (212 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1823rd Review on BA
Bottle to Becher Pint
750 ML

Bottled 01/2015

Thanks KevanB for this one.

App- More subdued and appears to look like a bit of a Belgian golden ale. A nice 1-1/2 fluffy white head. No cling down the glass but leaves a few dots at the stop. An apple juice looking color as well. A bit darker at the top and fades to a bit clearer at the bottom.

Smell- On first popping I get the lime right off the bat. A clean aroma of lime and saison funk comes up. A small bite on the blood orange is there to offset the lime with a bit of acid with some sweet citrus. This is pretty to the point with the aroma. No bacteria to offset any off aromas either.

Taste- I am really enjoying this one. Simple, clean and refreshing. The base saison is there with a small bite on the lime. The blood orange comes in on the back with a bit of refreshing citrus and acid. Nothing is really hiding what the flavors of this one is. A throwback to letting the work speak for itself.

Mouth- Thin/Med. Thin. Smooth with no bubbles. More of a golden ale feel or a AWA vs. Saison IMO.

Drink- A solid 4 beer. Not mind blowing. Not going to slay whales but simple and clearn (1,165 characters)

Photo of youth-and-art
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy golden color.

Quite a unique and excellent smell; the blood orange, lime, and hibiscus notes are all individually apparent, alongside some grainy goodness.

First sip of this beer was extremely shocking. Tasted very powerfully of the blood orange, an accomplishment I have never seen another beer pull off to such a degree. Blood orange quickly gave way to the hibiscusy, floral tastes, with more of the grain body and less of the pungency of the orange. Aftertaste became pleasant, almost sweet. Bottom of the beer predominated in lime and hibiscus, a remarkably good combination. Did not believe it was 5% ABV until I saw it on the menu; these flavors hid the alcohol so well I thought it had to be a super low ABV beer.

Mouthfeel was light, well carbonated, very deliciously crisp as one may hope from a true standout saison.

Overall an extraordinary beer unlike any encountered before. Will gladly wait in lines to get bottles of this in the future, and will become my first choice to order if found on local menus.

Personal note: first had this beer at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington with mother, at their 2015 Hill Farmstead/Grassroots event. (1,183 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Isaac last night, thanks man.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with a 1.5 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like lemon, citrus, lime, hay, some funk, a bit of acidity, and some white wine, even though it's not barrel-aged.

The taste is pretty similar. The fruit additions, the lime and tbe blood orange, are really perceptible, and pull together nicely with the lemony tartness, sour grain, and slight yeastiness. It tastes super refreshing, light and nice.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and delicious mouthfeel, well carbonated, and light and slightly fluffy on the palate.

Another great shelf saison from Hill Farmstead. Super tasty. (679 characters)

Photo of braingonewrong
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

phenomenal beer. beautiful pale straw color with the slightest orange/pink hue. the acidity of the lime and sweet acidity of the blood orange balance amazingly with the light Brett character. would drink this all day if I could. (228 characters)

Photo of Herky21
3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very good saison with interesting funkiness. Based on the advertised specialty ingredients, I did expect a bit more. Those could have been left off the bottle and don't seem to add much to it. Base beer is good though. (218 characters)

Photo of adapt313
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brother soigne pours a super hazy straw color. The smell is pretty straightforward saison with some lime zest/citrus rind. Much more complex taste, especially as it warms. The mimosa-like citrus qualities and lively, champagne-like carbonation play real well with the barnyardy brett funk. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and refreshing. I would seek this out again and again. (380 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.47/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Really benefits from warming as the blood orange was only noticeable near room temperature....otherwise..it's a fairly good saison with too much of a lime presence that overwhelms what I can only assume is a nice saison beneath. (228 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Proletariant in NYC; pours hazy gold color with a small off white head that left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of barnyard funk, light caramel, yeast, green apples, grapes, pears and a whole fruit basket, mixed with malt or grains that come off both sour and sweet. Basic yet very complex at the same time.

Tastes very acidic and like a mimosa, with a lot of citrus like orange juice, lime juice, fresh squeezed lemon, red grapefruit and then some tart green apple, pear and white wine and/or champagne. The funk, Brett and barnyard earthy notes are the second act and work extremely well with the strong citrus and fruit in general. Very different and really damn refreshing tasting, it's like drinking a glass of outside air with a fruit mixer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost watery, with a light feel, zesty champagne like carbonation and a mild funky taste that kicks in before the sour and tart finish which is on the clean side. Extremely easy to drink, this was a great light farmhouse ale that was perfect in its simplicity as it was just complex enough to be different with every sip. Highly recommended. (1,136 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into Hill Farmstead's long stemmed goblet. Awesome glassware. Pours a cloudy honeyed color. Thin white seam of a head. Head manages to lace pretty consistently. Nose is first and foremost quite tart. Lemon and lime right off the bat. more tart than funky. Pale malt sweetness. The flavor is lively, crisp, and refreshingly tart. Tart lime, lemon, and cider or champagne. Brett! Atad of pale, malty, bready sweetness. Carbonation is intense and uplifting. More body and feel than I would have expected once knowing the ABV and specific style of the beer. Never will complain when I get my hands on some Vermont royalty. (633 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured hazy hay color ale with a super large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of light tart and vinous notes is quite refreshing. Taste is also dominated by lime notes with some tart and vinous notes also perceptible. Body is full enough with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability even though I usually prefer my saison with flavours focusing on rustic malt and yeasty notes. (466 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with me by my friends at my daughter's birthday party. Poured into Fiddlehead teku glasses. A gorgeous hazy straw-yellow with a finger of pure white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is filled with yeast and citrus. Taste is very nice...lots of orange and lemon notes, no funk to speak of, nice balance of bitterness...classic saison with the addition of citrus fruit. Mouth feel is ideal - dry, refreshing, perfectly carbonated. Overall, a fantastic beer. (470 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 into a tall tulip.
Pours a nice slightly hazy golden straw with one finger of frothy head.
Smells so tart and tangy yeast with lime present as well.
Tastes amazing. The citrus tart lime and the yeast tartness work very well. Mellow blood orange notes.
Finishes relatively dry on the tongue leaving me wanting another sip.
This beer is amazing, delicious, zesty and tart. (390 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a thick white foam head.
Citrus on the nose, a bit of floral too. Not overly strong.
Mildly tart with lime and hibiscus, not much blood orange.
Nicely carbonated and finishes dry.
Overall another terrific brew from Hill Farmstead and friends. Would seek out again! (283 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

2013, not sure of batch. Thanks to afksports for the bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Dirty apricot with a very persistent head of tight white bubbles.

Nose is assertively funky. Wild barnyard and dusky wheaty notes blend seamlessly with
the orange. Lime has clearly dropped off somewhat, to be expected with more than a year of age.

Taste is even better. Blood orange and lime work like lock and key with the deceptive tartness.

Light, easy, mildly spritzy carbonation. Finishes smooth and dry.

Delightful meshing of fruit, funk and tartness. Super keen to seek out more. (579 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, fruit, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, earth, fruit, and funk 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 very good beer with solid sour and earth characteristics all around.

Serving type: on tap. (620 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.7/5  rDev +8%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Arthur, Anna, and Florence. Of the four, I ranked this one 1st.

I believe to be one of the best representations of the style; a fantastic saison with balance layers of flavors, funk, and mouthfeel. (310 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%

From 10/28/14 notes. Thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one. Bottle was a gusher but no sign of infection. 750ML bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a murky bright orange color with one to two fingers of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Smells of lightly sour fruits, yeast, spice, fruity malts, oranges. Tastes same but more sour, some lemons. Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

Overall great...really good sour. The taste is great and this is more sour than I was expecting. Highly recommended. (567 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

Bottled 05 2014.

Mildly tart, zesty citrus, fleshy orange and distinct lime which has a very light salty edge. Bitter, tart and floral all at once, a great delight to drink! (174 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mendvicdog for the share.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a small white head. The aroma brings lemon, hay, funk, straw, yeast, sunshine. Lovely flavor. Tart with prominent citrus character. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really tasty. Another winner from Shaun. (289 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 05 2014 and served in a Hill Farmstead stem at 51 degrees. Pours a translucent honey-gold with a frothy, one inch, bright white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes into a film. Delicate strands of lacing adhere to the walls of the glass during the tasting and copious tiny bubble are present effervescing in solution. Nose suggests lime, orange zest and herbal/floral notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, the citrus manifests more as tart orange co-mingled with lime. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasant, even acidity. Incredibly bright and refreshing. Overall, nice complexity despite lacking the rustic qualities I tend to associate with the style. (687 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottled May 2014 and served into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a light pale golden yellow color with 1 finger of a white head that settles to a thin ring. Body is lightly hazy with moderate amounts of carbonation.

Smell: Spicy saison yeast, an array of different citrus aromas like lime,orange and a bit of lemon, slightly grassy and some mild funk

Taste: Medium/high tartness accompanied by flavors of lime, orange, grapefruit, classic saison yeast spiciness, coriander, white wine grape and light funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with somewhat soft mouthfeel and medium levels of fine, lively carbonation. Tart, dry finish.

Overall: An amazing beer. Incredibly flavorful and drinkable at the same time. One of the best saisons I've ever had. Definitely worth seeking out. (796 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a hill farmstead wine glass. The brew appears a clear golden color with awhite froth. Some patchy spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is lemony and juicy with zest. Some lime and earthen noted before getting a little soapy. Overall bright and enjoyable but could be cleaned up just a touch to be even better.

The flavor brings a bright citrus tartness upfront like lime zest with additional juicy and fruity qualities before getting mildly bitter in a pulpy or pithy kinda way. Sorta like lime meets grapefruit.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crazy drinkable with a hidden alcohol inclusion. In the summer, I could kill bottle after bottle of this if I had it. (735 characters)

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