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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 99 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: N17shelfside on 07-17-2013)
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Reviews by bahnfire:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

750ml bottle to HF stemware

A: Pours an opaque golden honey color, fluffy 2-3 finger head that settles to a fine film on top of the beers surface.

S: Brett, followed by more brett, then some pear. Possibly other fruits.

T: Brett up front. No big surprise there. Followed by bready yeast, maybe what some folks would call biscuity, and normal saison flavors. I heard the recipe for this was basically Arthur with brett, I could be wrong. But I don't think Arthur when I taste this.

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation. Leaves your mouth feeling wet, whereas I find most HF saisons considerably more dry.

O: A good example of a brett forward saison. Right there with Saison Brett IMO. And like Saison Brett I think a year in the bottle will do wonders for it. Going to pick up another bottle to put some age on.

Convivial Suarez and Brother Soigne were home runs out of the box (bottle?). Arctic Saison will take some time to develop into the best version of itself.

UPDATED 12/4/13: Opened another bottle now that it has been developing for a few months. Like I thought, this is considerably better now. I can recommend this beer now with a straight face.

12-05-2013 03:12:34 | More by bahnfire
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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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-25-2013 00:01:17 | More by warnerry
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-07-2014 04:59:11 | More by 77apm
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-09-2014 21:27:06 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-12-2013 17:38:44 | More by Janeinma
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-07-2013 22:37:50 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-13-2013 15:19:59 | More by doremite
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South Carolina

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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-03-2013 23:45:47 | More by valkyre65
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-22-2013 01:55:13 | More by stereosforgeeks
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-26-2014 00:54:08 | More by mtpHokie
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-29-2014 00:18:37 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-01-2014 13:31:58 | More by Ed_Bob
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-20-2013 20:35:29 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-02-2013 19:28:57 | More by ste5venla
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-30-2014 02:58:06 | More by RichardMNixon
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-10-2013 16:26:24 | More by roostor07
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-02-2014 00:47:10 | More by JasonSiedman
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Alberta (Canada)

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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-16-2013 22:59:48 | More by mdaschaf
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-06-2013 07:54:53 | More by AlexChillton
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-04-2014 06:59:15 | More by seanthornton152
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-13-2013 00:55:58 | More by Sammy
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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.