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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 23
Gots: 132 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: N17shelfside on 07-17-2013

This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavor.

We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bringing with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead family.

Brewed and Bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska
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Ratings: 668 | Reviews: 93
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle. Label is marked Batch #1, May/2013, so this is still relatively young for a brett saison. Will be interested to see how the second bottle turns out with some age on it. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden honey yellow body with a slight amount of chill haze. Head is a bone white sudsy one-and-a-half fingers and remains for a solid amount of time before dissipating to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is silky and fades away after a short while.

Smell - A fruity balance of some bretty funk and phenolic elements. Elements of wet grass and must, but largely notes of white fruits, with an almost wine-like characteristic.

Taste - White fruits--nectarine, anjou pear, with some interlacing peppery spiciness, but faint. The lead flavors again impart the winey characteristics, almost like a fruitier wine, like a pinot gris. Brett elements are again present, imparting some funk, and I definitely can still detect the bittering characteristics from the hops. The finish is subtle oak and drying.

Mouthfeel - Light side of medium bodied, with a healthy moderate amount of carbonation.

OVerall, a very tasty saison, one with a good amount of balance, with the fruit and hops playing leading roles. I would like a little more funk to the smell and taste, so the subdued nature of that element is the only drawback.

More User Reviews:
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4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pored from a corked and caged 750 ml dated March 2014 into Hill Farmstead stemware at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Pours that murky hazy pale sunset fog that makes me salivate... The aroma quickly reveals the funky characteristics I so crave. The taste delivers. Funkier, fruitier, and more delicious with each sip. Refreshing and satisfying. A must enjoyable bottle and glass to linger over. Orange and pineapple, maybe a little past ripe, dominate the finish. Velvety smooth but undefined mouthfeel. This beer makes the day better.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #1, bottled May 2013.

In a teku glass this beer was gold in color, with a small white head. There was scant lace.

Spicy aroma, some citrus, some grassy hops.

Lemon taste, some lemon zest. Sharp spice. A bit of funk.

This beer was a little sharper than I wanted it to be. Overall not a bad beer. I probably would have ranked it higher if I hadn't had Boulevard's Saison Brett the day before.

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Appearance: Clear light rose color with a decent head; slightly hazy.

Barnyard aroma with some much more inviting fruity aspects. Mild tartness, light funk and mixed fruits dominate the taste.

Feel: Body should be both livelier and a bit fuller.

O: Moderately complex and nicely original.

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.