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Grassroots Brother Soigné - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 933
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 206
Gots: 184 | FT: 33
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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 smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of trevorpost
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (183 characters)

Photo of mdlb44
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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! (157 characters)

Photo of bobbytmeyers
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (233 characters)

Photo of Mineo
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (234 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Baab200
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.06/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -5.7%
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 +3.4%
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 -1.6%
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 +13.8%
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 +3.7%
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%
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 -20.2%
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 +1.1%
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 -20.4%
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%
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)

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