Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.01/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-26-2013 03:23:46 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-26-2013 19:43:25 | More by lordofthewiens
3.1/5 rDev -23.8%
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.
06-16-2014 13:43:58 | More by chinchill
3.96/5 rDev -2.7%
750ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #1. Thanks be to the good doktorzee for procuring this for me from sunny SoCal. Fantastic pop when the cork was dislodged, rather easily, I was glad to see.
This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, spongy, and finely foamy rising off-white head, which leaves a solid pattern of snow crystal lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of edgy, grassy, and mildly funky yeast, grainy pale malt, a touch of wheatiness, indistinct dry citrus rind, mildly woody oak staves, and spicy, earthen hops. The taste is a fairly tart kick to the palate - sourly acidic apple and citrus, astringently funky Brett, raw wood fibers, stale, dry leather, musty white wine lees, and understated earthy, herbal, spicy hops.
The carbonation is fairly tight and frothy, the body a pleasant enough medium-light weight, whose smoothness is pretty hard to discern among all that heady funk and acid (hipster band name pending). It finishes on the dry side, as the graininess of the wheaty malt isn't sturdy enough to keep fending off the Brett and oak overtones.
A generally approachable saison - from afar, of course, until your taste buds acclimatize, if they ever do. A lot going on here, the wood the most innocuous of the bunch, while the guest bacteria does what it does best, and the citrusy hops do well to keep things in traditional beer territory. Quite well made, this one is, and definitely worthy of seeking out, especially if you're an avowed funk-head, eh, Greg?
09-02-2013 23:28:00 | More by biboergosum
Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.