Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.09/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine Glass.
The beer pours a light, golden straw color, very cloudy with some noticeable sediment that settles at the bottom of the glass. Atop the beer rises a lovely white head, nearly two to three fingers high that has very nice retention and leaves a good network of soapy lace behind. The aroma is very straightforward for a saison, lots of lively yeast, a touch of clove, lots of wildflower, pale grain and straw, light but prominent funk, with some earthy qualities as well that come across nicely. The flavors are on target with the nose, lots of yeast, light funkiness that is a bit cheesy, rustic grain, almost like spelt or wheat that goes along with the simple pale grain, a bit of clove, some light fruit that is a touch acidic and some nice floral qualities. The body is great, really lively, carbonation is high, but very smooth with just enough bubbliness to tickle the tongue, coats the mouth quite well, with a nice creamy sensation at the finish that leaves a nice dry tingly feeling behind.
Verdict: A very nice Saison from Grassroots/Anchorage. I really enjoy this style of beer from both breweries and it's clear that Shaun's vision came to fruition here, a really palatable saison that is both earthy and rustic, but a little wild. While it doesn't offer up much in the way of over the top complexity or risk taking, it's very refined for a simple, straightforward saison. I do wish that there was a woodiness to it, which is a great signature of both breweries.
09-03-2013 20:48:01 | More by kevanb
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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
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 485 ratings.