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Grassroots Brother Soigné - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 995
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 215
Gots: 196 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
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 aleigator
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant, hazed golden-orange color, with a sizzling, huge white head, slowly fading down to a glass coating lacing.

The nose is full of tart lemon zest, accompanied by white bread, funky cheese and leather, building the beers foundation. Its fruit impression gets enhanced by sour blood orange rind and wet mushrooms. All in all the aromas feature an intriguing balance between tart fruits and pleasant funk, coming well together, with notes of old potatoes, forest flowers and saw dust.

Has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel to it, while the carbonation remains unusual high, which leads to an outstandingly pleasant drinking experience, finishing with soft mineralic qualities.

Tastes of matured hops, hay, lemon rind and dough bread, while its fantastic mouthfeel and clean design reveals a plethora of nuances, encouraging me to keep on drinking. The beers refreshing qualities reveal themselves, as luscious, funk coated blood orange gets introduced. It packs a rich fruitiness, as well as a bitter punch, successfully balanced by hay and crackers. Its aqueous, mineralic quality gets the most noteable during the finish, due to a fusion of lively carbonation, blood orange and lime, creating a sappy, bitter, pleasantly funky finish, with a hint of fructose to it, adding even more depth to the bitterness.

While this is certainly funky and tart, fruits are the mvp in this beer. The main difference to the popular fruit juice ipas is, that this beer is not entirely based on the fruits. It entangles them into recognizable barnyard qualities, which all benefit from the beers fantastic balance, opening the palate to many details, which becomes the beers biggest strengh overall. Very unique in taste, successfull on all fronts, while remaining its focussed freshness, this one is a winner.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle. Hazy orange color was not that exciting but the funky, citrusy, sour aromas were definitely more enticing. Very lemon-lime forward, good earthy sourness. Light bodied, easily drinkable, pretty impressive.

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Photo of peensteen
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazed orange colour, ring of white head, light lace. Smell is funky, brett and fruits, citrus, lemon and orange, fairly sharp acidity and lightly vinous oak. Taste is tart and fruity, orange with a bit of a lemony-lime, moderate puckering sourness, dry fruity finish. Medium carbonation, medium bod, dry and spritzy. Pretty incredible stuff, Something I would love to have again, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bstyle for this
750 ml bottle, 5/28/15, poured into a teku

A- A hazy bright orange with a pink tint and a large white head.

S- Citrus, some blood oranges, tart, funky, floral notes, earthy.

T- Limes, blood orange, hints of sour grapes, earthy funk, citrus rinds, sour, floral, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, dry.

O- A well done Saison. It is sour but not to a point were it shouldn't be a Saison. First full beer I've tried from Grassroots and it is great, lives up to the HF hype.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of tart blood orange, toasted grains, subtle farmhouse funk, tart lime, and a bready backbone. Herbal and floral highlights throughout, as well. Flavors are very tart and slightly sour forward, with a blast of lime and blood orange on the forward tongue, followed by toasted grains, a solid dose of farmhouse funk, sour notes, and a cracker backbone. The citrus overtones dominate, but overall the beer is balanced with subtle funky notes, herbal and floral highlights, and a grainy base. Very tasty and drinkable. The body is full and robust, with a slight effervescence and dry undertone. The aftertaste is tart citrus and sour, with a strong linger of pucker throughout the effervesced, dry finish. Great beer. Impressively refreshing.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead wine goblet.

Two finger creamy light white head, picking up much of the body color with an orange and pink hue. Body color is really impressive. An orange like rose, with nice fine carbonation in the middle of the glass, really tiny actually. Glows like an orb, laces with creamy character and thin streaks with a big bowled puck.

Moderate tart and funk notes, with some soft floral qualities. Soft citrus zest notes played in, oily and mixing with a bit of sharp hay and grass. Bit of a little juicy tone as well and fleshy.

Palate comes nice light and easy. Light bodied, with just a touch of champagne like carbonation which also brings a lot of nice minerality to the palate. Light crisp mid palate filled with orange and lemon to lime like flavors. Finishes surprisingly soft but with a long sharp black pepper hotness after some time. Moderate sense of citrus juice quality, refreshing in a way.

An interesting take on a saison, and a nice one, light and refreshing.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden with a slight reddish-pink tinge.
Smell is very much in line with other HF saisons, decent level of funk and acidity, though this has a strong lime presence.
Taste is very lime forward. Decent level of musty funk with a hint of orange.
As usual the feel is light and effervescent and outrageously refreshing
The lime is a little too dominant here, which holds it back from being quite as good as some other HF saisons. But that's no slight against it, still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass. As opposed into mouth, I guess.

Pale amber, lots of sticky lace.

Citrus smell, mixed with sour fermented yeast

Tastes is very orange and lime up front, sour fermentation comes in on the back side.

Very well-balanced, light, well-carbonated. Phenomenally drinkable.

Shaun Hill is turning me into a Saison fan.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is kinda like grapefruit juice mixed with a light amber beer with a thin head.

Aroma is of tart lime with a citrus sweetness.

Tastes like a limeade beer. The dry tartness of lime with a blood orange sweetness and an amber background.

Awesome beer, wish I had access to this one year round all the time.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really tasty saison. I love when Saison's have sour notes to them. The lime and orange that are in this are very well balanced and it adds to the overall refreshing quality

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Photo of mdlb44
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is such a great saison. Great mouth feel. Mellow sourness to a great aftertaste. May be best hf (collab or not) i have had. Very well balanced. So good!

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Photo of bobbytmeyers
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pink with light orange hue with a nice head and medium viscosity.

S: Brett up front with citrus and tart aroma, almost Grapefruit notes.

T: Bright orange citrus, medium to low tart with very little funk. Refreshing, but not as clean/smooth as I would expect, but still delicious.

M: Crisp, light mouth feel, well carbonated and tangy finish.

O: Enjoyable warm weather saison with nice bright citrus notes.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle
L - thick orange color with white foamy head and white lacing
S - as advertises - blood orange and lime, tart
T - follows nose, blood or and an lime flavors, tart/sour but refreshing
F - light body, well carbonated

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Photo of Mineo
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome peach-like pink/orange color. Aroma of orange and wheat. Taste is slightly tart and full-bodied; the orange plays lead while a tinge of lime is apparent in the back. Mouthfeel is typical HF smooth-as-butter. This is one outstanding beer. Easy drinking.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a beautiful glowing orange color. Smells like a saison with some sour oranges and citrus characteristics. Taste follows suit with a pop of sour citrus to open up the palate. Perfectly carbonated like champagne. Awesome beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Belgian tulip from a 750.

Frothy pale white head, plentiful lace. Peach-colored, cloudy body. 4.25

Brett-y and tart aroma. Smells more of orchard fruit then citrus. 4

Initially I get a sweet tart flavor similar to that of Anderson Valley's Blood Orange gose. Chalky brett flavor and funk and tart peach, apricot and orchard flavor. 4

Funky, tart, light-bodied and easy-drinking. Lingers dry. 4

Pretty nice.

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Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2014:

L - Pours a semi-opaque grassy yellow with a one finger eggshell head. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Straight up lime and funk. A bit grainy with some acidity. I'm not getting a lot of blood orange, but it could have faded by now.

T - Very clean and refreshing. The smell made me think it was in your face, which isn't the case. Good amount of lime, grain and light acidity.

F - Light body and medium carbonation. Easy to drink.

O - Very lime forward and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dieu du Ciel teku glass. A nice peach pink, orange color body that is filtered, with not much head but some lacing
The smell of their farmhouse yeast is most prevalent, tart but the sweetness of the blood orange citrus is present on the nose and palate. The acidity of the lime is nice and makes it a balanced citrus beer. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Baab200
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, but not a typical saison/farmhouse ale. A tart clean taste and finish. The lime really is front and forward in the taste, while the blood orange seems to give it a red/orange tint. All in all, a solid brew, and easy drinking.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.06/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of tjk135
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bright yellow murky appearance. The taste has a fantastic blend of tart, lemon/lime flavor and funky yeast. This on is extremely enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright orange pinkish pour with a big fizzy white head. Tart aroma with Brett and light fruits. Very light bodied, less malt notes than I would prefer. Overall good stuff but didn’t quite live up to what I expected.

Trying this again, and liking it a bit more. Nice tart fruit notes and light bodied, dry, and refreshing. Beautiful summer beer, but wish it had a tad more sweetness from the malts.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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