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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

Grassroots Arctic SaisonGrassroots Arctic Saison

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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.86%


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 kevanb:
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kevanb

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 20:48:01 | More by kevanb
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4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release bottle share.

Pours a light golden yellow, with a big, 2 inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells rustic and funky- not unexpected. Some sour lemon, hay, Brett barnyard funk, pineapple.

The taste is pretty similar. Lots of tart lemon, some wet woody flavors, leather, barnyard, hay, citrus fruits. Fairly sour, but not crazy. Some lingering hop bitterness near the end.

Light bodied, spritzy crisp mouthfeel, lingering sour/bitter flavor near the end. Low carbonation.

I'm basically forcing myself to start liking sours, this was one really nice, and I'm really getting into them.

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California

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle that I have been cellaring since last summer.

A - Pale amber-yellow with slight cloudiness. Awesome head - thick and fluffy with bubbles of varying size. Great lacing throughout.

S - Very complex. Fruitiness - I am getting blackberries on the vine, green apples, and orange peels. Some farmy smells - spring grass, turned earth, older flowers, and wet oak. Slight funkiness with the brett.

T - Better than expected. Slight sourness, a hint of sweetness and dryness. The first tastes I thought of were grapefruit pith and raspberry seeds. Hints of wet hay, earthy malts, rose and lavender round it out.

M - Medium carbonation which helps with the flavor. The thick foamy head also keeps some of the carbonation in. Lip aftertaste is pleasant, grapefruit-like.

O - Well balanced saison. Quite complex, and quite drinkable. I was not expecting to like this one as much as I really did, but it sure did surpass my expectations. Worth seeking IMO.

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This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. I brought this bottle, at the time about 6 months old. I heard it wasn't very stellar (for what it's supposed to be) fresh so I laid it down to let the Brett hopefully work its magic. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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As for the aroma? Magnificent! I'm amazed at what I was whiffing at through and through. Ever wanted to see what Brett can do at its full potential? Check this out: huge tropical notes of kiwi, lychee, mango, and passion fruit burst out of the glass, followed by perfumed notes of lavender and violets, as well as a tinge of green pepper, white peppercorns, slight toasted leathery notes, and a little bit of leafy, tobacco filled phenols. Finishes with strong citrus notes, mainly of tangerines, as well as pears, green apple, pine and cloves. Contains a funky, wet barnyard aroma that takes me straight to a farm. Amazingly refreshing, vibrant, warm stuff. Smells crisp as any good saison should - truly an achievement as far farmhouse ales tend to go.

The flavor is not as mind blowing as the aroma, but it's definitely in a strong league, for what it's worth. The citrus notes are far more up front than the tropical notes, but it's definitely refreshing - and, combined with the pear and green apple notes from the yeast, it manages to be a dry, fruity, crisp saison as good as any top quality one you can get in Belgium (in this case, I'm thinking of d'Erpe-Mere). Nice white pepper, baking soda, wet hay, and slight lactic funk at the finish. Leathery, toasted, and very floral, with a lot of the lavender shining through. Finishes dry, but with a refreshing crisp bready flavor that melds well with the earthiness from the yeast, as well as the crisp flavor. Carbonation is effervescent like a good sparkling wine, and allows a lot of the more gentle flavors to pass through against the funk. Very easy to drink - and by far my favorite beer of the night.

Can Anchorage and Hill Farmstead brew this again?? Maybe make it year round? This lays down terrifically well, and is totally worth the $18 price tag I paid for. This is a prime example of how farmhouse beers in America are only getting better, and when everything is done properly towards a beer's profile, the addition of Brett only makes everything more complex, rustic, and unique. I really wish I had another bottle to see how it's progressing, but I honestly think the sweet spot is 6-8 months. Terrific, wonderful stuff. Really exceeded my expectations in many ways.

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
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