Grassroots Brother Soigné - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 211
Gots: 150 | FT: 35
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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 obiwan_k3n00bi
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

One of those 'I could drink this everyday' beers.

Photo of tjk135
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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, funk, lemon/lime flavor and yeast. Extremely enjoyable.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a bright orange/peach color with a foamy white head on top about two fingers in height. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Fantastic citrus aroma, lots of lime upfront with lemon as well. Very bright, really inviting. A bit of light funk on the back end.

T: Very juicy and refreshing. More citrus, mainly as lime with a bit of lemon peel mixed in. A little bit of stone fruit as well, some apricot/peach.

M: Light to medium bodied, very easy drinking with a great level of carbonation.

O: A fantastic beer, I was a big fan of the citrus in this beer, would love for HF to make this frequently..or at least again.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle for picking this one up for me. 750ml capped bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine glass. Shared with schen9303.

This one's a slow gusher. Pours a 3 finger course, frothy white head with good retention. Lacing is stringy, patchy and thick with good stick. Beer is a clear gold color that reveals ample retention. Beautiful!

Nose is lime, coriander, clove, flowers, sweet, spritzy with a fresh citrus tartness. Real aromatic. Very nice.

Opens tart lime and citrus. Coriander and other spices come in towards the middle. There's a touch of floral and spice bitterness. Bready and yeasty at times. Citrus tartness throughout. End is yeasty with a slightly spicy finish and a clove, peppery finish. Crisp, clean, tart aftertaste. Phenomenal!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly, bubbly and refreshing in the mouth and goes down crisp and clean. Subtle, clean finish with a short aftertaste. Super drinkable.

This beer is just a step below perfect. Unmistakably a Shaun Hill beer, this is the essence of Saison, bottled. The nose is lively and appetizing, the flavor is crisp and refreshing, and the feel is just spot on in every way. Really an awesome beer all the way around.

Photo of dirtylou
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, split

Orange body - a touch cloudy, active carbonation. Such an awesome beer - the lime comes through in bold fashion and provides a facebending sourness. Blood orange provides a nice citrus flash. Highly unusual and infinitely drinkable. I would love to have some of this to call my own.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light but vivid and bright hazy orange. inch plus of white head, leaving light retention and lacing.

tart lime and floral scents. light oak and and sour orange on the back side.

tart and puckering up front. lime shines through with a hint of blood orange in the back. very light hibiscus. lots of oak and barrel aging, some light spice and funk.

moderate carbonation with lots of lip puckering and tongue smacking. quite shocked at how sour this was.

overall, this was awesome. juicy tart fruit, bright oak, and 5% make this rule

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Nice white head. Sticky lacing. Chunky collar and wisps on the surface.

Smell - Lime. Lots of lime. Pale malt, but mostly zesty. Almost a bit peppery.

Taste - Super limey. Almost tart. Pale malt. Some stone fruits. The peppery flavors are gone. Bright lime citrus finish.

Mouthfeel - A crisp saison. Medium high carbonation.

Overall - The lime gives it a tangy finish. Another solid saison from Grassroots.

Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fills the glass with a nice cloudy dark orange body and a big white head. Aroma is heavy on the lime notes at first. Sweeter orange notes give a juicy character to it as well.

The lime and citrus flavors give this beer almost a soda-like quality (think Sprite) in the first sip but the underlying saison adds a whole lot more. With each sip you go from sweet to tart and sour and back. The lime, blood orange, and hibiscus flavors all play a roll here. A spicy and earthy yeast note becomes more noticeable as well and really helps round it all out.

Mouthfeel is crisp and drying. Overall, a tasty twist on one of my favorite styles. It may be a bit heavy on the lime at times, but on a hot summer day I could see this being a great refreshing beverage.

Photo of boredalready
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most recent batch. I think this one is the best batch yet. Dry but crisp, slightly tart and exploding with lime and hibiscus.

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Mark for saving this one until we arrived...

Murky opaque orange body, ample layer of white meringue foam on the surface that leaves behind some spotty seafoam lacing in the glass when swirled, and slowly sinks back into the liquid.

Zesty citrus aromas of lime and orange, a little bit of yeast complexity, reminded me of Fantome a little bit. Tart fruit flavor, saison base comes through nicely. Again like a Fantome saison, traces of lime and mimosa, finishes dry with lingering complex flavors. Medium bodied but light and easy drinking. Recommended.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
5% ABV, 10 2013 on label

Thanks for this brew, Keith!

A - Hazy golden yellow, Brother Soigné almost gushes from the bottle but a quick pour avoids spilled saison resulting in a billowing ivory head that trails delicate lace down the glass.

S - Explosive fragrance wafts into the air from this saison; rustic as can be. A spritz of lime and blood orange citrus add zest to the spicy yeast esters of lemon grass and white pepper which congregate in the background of the beer. Floral notes offer suggestions of strolling through a garden on a warm spring day while subtle sweetness holds everything together.

T - Tart citrus grips the sides of the tongue as this rustic saison imparts a melange of yeast-driven spices and supplemental sweetness. Dry wheat and grain teeter between soft and rough respectively, balancing the bold beer.

M - Dry and light, the tiny carbonation bubbles give the beer an ethereal feel, similar to some champagne, that's akin to drinking air. Finishing with a grapefruit like bitterness and sharp tartness, Brother Soigné demands sip after sip from it's wonderful lingering profile.

O - Grassroots packs a wallop of rustic flavor into an easy-drinking, low ABV saison for an exceptional take on the style. Lime and blood orange citrus blend beautifully with airy floral aspects and spicy yeast esters, finishing with dry tartness encapsulating this harmonious, unique saison!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to HF snifter.

A - Cloudy and opaque pale orange colour with a thin layer of white head. The blood orange really made this beer look unique.

S - Yeast esters, orange, spice and hints of lime. All of the components are present in the nose.

T - Some funk up front and a good tartness with bright citric notes of blood orange and lime zest. The lime is much more present than it was in the nose. Some spice, yeast esters and a slight breadiness. Tart yet sweet. A long, dry, zesty finish.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

Cheers to Bilco for acquiring this for Goblinmunkey7, who then gave it to me as a gift, and now I'm splitting it (with Goblinmunkey7)

Consumed 5/19/14

Appearance: Hazy medium orange with some nice gold and yellow tones - pours with a medium-large sized, dense, off-white cap - keeps a mostly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Nice saison aromas with some nice citrus and floral hibiscus - the saison funk is reminiscent of other Grassroots/Hill Farmstead saisons, nicely funky but also remarkably clean - really nice citrus aromas, with juicy orange flesh and some orange zest - excellent amount of lime aroma, present, but not excessive - some floral aromas, some spice, some hibiscus - some clean, pale malts in the background

Taste: A solid saison enhanced by an interesting combination of citrus flavors - some nice yeasty flavors and yeasty esters - some hints of apples and white grapes in addition to the more obvious, straight-up citrus - nice orange flesh flavors, citrus zest - light lime juice, with some hints of lemon and some tropical flavors, like pineapple - some tart fruitiness - hibiscus isn't particularly potent, but there are some nice floral notes - light touch of spice, but mostly clean

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely smooth, very clean

Overall: Definitely a step up from Bud Light Lime

This is an awesome saison only made better with oranges and limes. Nice level of funk, with some tartness, and fruit flavors. Consistently interesting and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of JulioH
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great summer beer.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow beer. Forms a nice head. Aroma is of sourness, but very light. Taste is of a sour saison, not very sour, yet the tartness is present. Very refreshing beer, acidic. Not malty. Very light body, it almost felt like a gose. Probably some salt was added. Outstanding beer.

Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, two finger light fluffu head, leaves some lacing.

S-Lemon, orange, wheat, grass, very mild funk, lime.

T-Very citrusy, lemon orange and lime. Grass, slight funk. Great balance. As it warms more funk and lime.

M-Light, crisp and well carbonated.

O-Another knockout out from Greensboro. Their saisons are practically perfect.

Photo of ShanePB
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, shared courtesy of Greenplastic615. Thanks Jason!

A: Semi-hazy golden orange body with a rich and fluffy white head. Dissipation was constant and little to no lace on the glass.

S: Big citrus notes (orange, lemon, lime) along with a peppery note and some definite funk.

T: Orange and lime juice is evident but not overpowering. Funk character is here too giving this more than a just a standard Saison flair. No salt detected, but bready notes on the back end.

M: Highly carbonated, comes across a bit thin but with style in mind this is fine. Fizzy all around and not too dry in the linger.

Everything in this beer is so delicate and well put together, it simply works. Nothing is in your face or overpowering the other flavors. Refreshing, clean and crisp - seek this out.

Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

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!

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

Thanks to both seblp and Tom10101 for each sending us this amazing beer, one of which we shared with our BC cohorts at a bottle share.

A: A slightly hazy wheat colour, topped off with 2 fingers of white head, a delicate single layer of bubbles hold across the glass with little islands of clumpy bubbles. Streams of carbonation race upward similar to a champagne, promising a snappy mouth feel.

S: Lime juice and tropical fruits, mainly underripe pineapple, together with yeasty bread and a Brett forward funkiness. There is a slight background sweetness of honey along with floral notes.

T: Tart notes of freshly squeezed lime juice together with other citrus notes, tart green apples and underripe tropical fruits. Mid palate is wet cement dankness along with wheatiness. Finish is dry and chalky with with lingering floral notes. Underneath the lime tartness are some slight medicinal herbal notes.

M: Medium bodied with a dry chalky finish. Carbonation is fairly low and soft which was not expected based on the appearance.

O: Bright, snappy and complex this saison certainly highlights the lime and Brett notes resulting in a slightly puckering brew.

Photo of CHickman
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of More_betterness
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowing hazy golden/amber with a dense white two finger head that recedes to a small white cap. Effing beautiful.

S: Potent orange rind, and dark berries upfront. Earthy lime and floral notes follow with bit of bretty funk. Love it.

T: Whoa. Tart white wine grapes and zesty lime and orange balanced by a hint of juicy tropical brett notes. A touch of minerality, bready pale malt, and floral flavors round out this beauty. Remarkably balanced and drinkable.

M: Medium bodied and slightly creamy with an airy finish. Insanely drinkable and definitely carries that trademark Hill Farmstead mouthfeel.

O: Shaun Hill is a master. Just a beautifully balanced beer. Wonderfully executed saison base further amplified by the citrus notes and brett funk. Every flavor works in harmony with the rest, with nothing being overly dominant. Could literally drink this all day. Cheers Hill Farmstead!

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oooookaaayyy rudzud, I'm going to finally try this beer so get off my back already! Picked up a few weeks ago at the brewery (as in Hill Farmstead).

Not so slow rising up the neck, but not really a gusher, pours a nice large fluffy slight foamy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace then slows to a crawl when it hits an airy 1 finger, pillowy sides that don't seem to fade, but don't really stick a lot either, semi hazy semi clear honey orange slight golden color, with plenty of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Nose is very nice, a mild Brett funk with some light background horsehair, quite effervescent floral aromas, a little like a field of flowers. Then lime, a nice pungent lime zest that brings plenty of awesome lime but light enough that it's not overpowering and not in your face. With the floral aromas is a little tea leaf and hints of saison like spices. There is also a mild citrus, like orange pulp, hint of tangerine, and hint of mild Brett C I think like a mild tropical fruit pineapple aroma. Very nice aroma with great fruit, saison, and great Brett with nice lime.

Taste starts with tons of lime, like a lime juice cocktail almost with some saison added to it. It also has some sweetness that I'm not a huge fan of, but the rest of the beer is awesome, starting with the lime, a nice juicy lime juice and lime pectin flesh with a nice sour tart lime bite, and citrusy zest. Then saison flavors, a little malt but almost none (other than the sweetness), and nice Brett in the background again, little Brett B like horsehair funk, and Brett C mild tropical fruit hint pineapple like, as well as a mild citrus component that's a little pink grapefruit and blood orange. There is a hint of a bready yeast in the background but barely. The tartness lingers for a while that seems to balance the sweetness a little. Finish is drier at least, nice tart character and sour lime, bit more brett funk and hint citrus, little sticky too.

Mouth is med bod a bit soft feeling, decent fluffy effervescent carb.

Overall awesome beer. Great Brett characters that I wasn't expecting, a lot more lime than I expected and a great character from it, nice sourness and tart characters, decent saison base, effervescent, etc. The only real issue I found was that it was a bit too sweet.

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at TH.
This review is a recent tasting from the last bottle release.

Cloudy pour, pale straw-yellow color, with about a finger of foamy white head shrizzling down to a thin ringlet; very little lacing, if any at all. Juicy aroma, fresh hops and lots of citrus, stone fruits, yeast. Lots of flavor, lemon-lime, peach, orange, moderately tangy, grassy funk, Belgian yeast, light crackery malts in the background. Didn't get any hibiscus at all, though there were some herbal notes in there. Medium body, prickly carbonation, nice drinkability. Very nice overall, and probably the best offering from Grassroots.

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98 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.