Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 22
Gots: 142 | FT: 22
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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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Reviews by rdickey:
Photo of rdickey
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, with fine white bubbles swirling up from the bottom. A rocky white head drops fairly quickly, leaving scattered lacing.

Smell: The nose is an interesting mix. The expected peppery spiciness is there, along with lemon and lime citrus. There is an additional element, though, that is somewhat minerally. I don’t get any funk until it warms up a bit, and even then it is pretty mild.

Taste: White pepper, slightly more Brett funk than is apparent in the nose, and a little fruit tartness start the party. There is an interesting vinous element, along with more lemony citrus, and a slight hint of the oak aging. The mineral element continues, and influences the largely dry finish. It definitely gets more interesting as it warms, so make sure you’ve got your temperature calibrated appropriately.

Mouthfeel: The medium to high carbonation lets this once dance a little bit. It works and seems to alleviate any perceived weight from the oak.

Drinkability: This is a pretty sessionable beer, and would probably do well on a sunny summer day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NateF90
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.

Photo of iRaven99664
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Second Siason I've ever had. first was something from Blue Moon and it was quite well for a starter. So this is the real first not connected to a BMC.

L: When I uncorked it, smoke billowed in wisps. Pale, pale, pale yellow and merky! It looks like a really light hefe. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass and got a solid two fingers worth of head. Head is very spongy )thicker than a lace) Glass stays sudsy as you drink, and a nice thin layer of head.

S: When first poured, it smells very vermouth-ish, closer to champagne. It wasn't bad, it smells sophisticated. Its not a normal beer smell if you've never tried. But you can smellhints of yeast and light hops. After my second glass it smells close to a Chardonnay. Whick is honestly great as its one of my favorite styles of wine, and it too smells rather vermouth like.

T: What I am growing to like about Siason is two things in particular. First, this is what I noticed on this bottle. If IPA's and Pale Ales are to shine in hop, and Stouts truly shine in malted and roasted barley, Siasons shine in yeast. Which I never knew is what I wanted. I didn't really think the taste could be attributed to yeast. I had always heard about the Belgium wild yeasts, but I had no idea they could have such a fruity impact on the taste. Secondly with a Siason, I realize that the taste of every sip is like sticking your hand into a Crown Royal bag of Skittles in the dark to pull out three and put them into your mouth. Every sip is not the same, but you get a lot of the same notes in different waves with new combos. That is why it's now one of my new sought after styles. With this, I do get a lot of that grape taste that I smell. But I do get that intoxicating taste of fresh baked bread with a brittle and chewy crust. I'm curious what hops was used that was so delicate but so popping to taste like grape and white peach. Barley. I can't tell whatit is, but it is subtle and sweet. The taste does tend to linger for a while front to back. and it still tastes good. There is that slight enjoyable bitter taste, like chewing on the white leather that holds the sweet pulp of a ruby red grapefruite, but really really muted.

F: To me it has that "perfect" beer feel. There's that thing I imagine when I think "man I want a nice wonderful beer" and I think I want it sudsy, nice and frothy, and a slightly thicker than water feel across my tongue. I wish I could find an IPA that had the feel like this. It feels....right! I'm glad I live in a state that I can enjoy beers like this. I know it is brewed in Vermont, but it was brought together with Anchorage Brewing Company, and Alaska has some amazing beers just like this.

O: Slowly Siason is coming up as one of my favorite styles next to Porter, IPA, and Wheat. Every sip is a gamble, always feel like you are tasting the wonderful yeasts that make the magic happen because godisgood. I'm not saying this is a perfect beer, but each individual thing I'm analyzing is damn near perfect to make me happy! SO GLAD I took a gamble on this. For some reason Siason is kind of hard to find.

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale lemon yellow brew, hinting of straw, slightly cloudy but still somewhat translucent. Small-ish white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell is of lemongrass, mild Brett, bright hops, and wheat.

Taste follows the nose: slightly sour, fairly dry, and barely sweet. A tiny bit sour, a little bit of funk. Beyond that, some perfectly balanced bright hops, lemon, and wheat. Fantastic; I can't wait to try this beer with some age (although I suppose waiting is quite literally the only option).

Medium feel, almost silky, quite cloying, with a decent carbonation sting and dry finish. Very drinkable; just enough sting to make you take a little bit of time.

This is a fantastic saison; the balance of the earthy wheat tones, the bright lemony hops, and the yeast all come together in a subtle yet complex package that is eminently drinkable (and at 6%, it really is). I will try this one again in a year or two and see if the Brett development makes it even more interesting.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2.5 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a pale, clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and web-like with good stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is a bit earthy. Lemon peel, citrus and spice with a very mild funk. Aromatic, crisp and clean.

Opens citrus, lemon peel, coriander, and flower petals. A bit of Brett funk and light, fizzy tartness in the middle with a tart, lemon zest and peppercorn end. Finish is accented and dry with a slight hop presence. Puckering tart and bitter lemon zest in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down frothy and a bit dry. Finishes bone dry with a filmy aftertaste. Really drinkable.

Grassroots saisons have been every bit as good as their Hill Farmstead offerings and Arctic Saison continues that trend. Super drinkable and definitely worth trying.

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, split

Hopleaf tulip - aroma was offputting - moldy fruit and cheese. Flavor profile was an improvement with notes of lemongrass, mild brett, lots of hay, cheese, grass. All 3 grassroots beers i've had have been slightly underwhelming.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Huge white head atop a hazy pale orange body. Beautiful lacing and great lacing.

Smell - Bretty and acidic. Pale malt. Lemony citric acids. Slight funk.

Taste - Bright lemony tang. Earthy bretty flavors. Slightly sweet pale malts. Bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I was tempted to say that this a fairly straightforward oak brett saison, but that sounds foolish.

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #1- May 2013. Sampled on August 11, 2013. Why does this say brewed by Anchorage Brewing of Anchorage Alaska on the label if it is brewed in Vermont? Is it some kind of contract thing for the East Coast?

Anyway the pour is a decent looking, slightly cloudy pale yellow with a soft, fluffy head on top that sits there for quite some time but eventually fades down.

The aroma has a faint Belgian malts and Belgian sugar note but the citrus and tartness exposes itself early on taking over the nose.

The body is light to medium.

The taste begins with a roasted maltiness but just like the aroma the citrus grapefruit tartness kicks in from behinds and remains on the back of my throat for a few moments.

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-gold with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Spicy yeast and funky dry brett with grassy hops and a little bit of old barrel wood.

Taste. Lemony sourness, spicy saison yead and dry woody brett, and tart light orchard fruits. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the light side. Medium-full carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Wish I picked up a few more but happy to have tried it.

Photo of beepill
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 - May 2013. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow; orange towards the centre. Opaque. Two fingers of white head.

S - Funk, lemon, spice, pepper, coriander and some fresh citrus.

T - Funk, Belgian yeast, light banana, lemon, pepper, some oak/woody notes and some toast. A bright and fresh hop profile.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of nataku00
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch #1 from May 2013, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy yellow straw color with three plus fingers of white fluffy head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving some light lacing and craggy mounds of foam everywhere. Carbonation streaming up quickly everywhere in the glass, very effervescent.

Nose is farmhouse yeast dominated, sweet fruity esters with spicy white pepper, coriander and herbs like sage and thyme. A bit of wild brett quality, light earthy barnyard funk and pineapple. Some biscuit malt sweetness and lemony citrus notes as well.

Taking a sip, big herbal, grassy and pine hops, fairly bitter, mingling with some lemon zest, white pepper, and earthy funk. Not much malt presence in the taste is herb bitterness dominated, along with a brett aftertaste of wet soil and hay.

Light body and heavily carbonated, but very soft on the tongue. Really dries out your mouth. Pretty interesting wild saison, but the saison yeast seems a bit overwhelmed by the wild counterparts and the hopping.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #2 March 2014.

A real nice orb glowing lemon body color, opaque and shiny. Head makes an easy fluffy and rock bleach white head, with hints of creamy whipped topping. A solid classic looking saison.

Real nice fruity and big nose. Small hints of oak and vanilla, with a big lemon brightness. Mild brett quality and minimal funk to go with it.

Palate comes off light body, almost grisette in quality. Strange yeast finish a bit, with almost a flattened bread dough that has not risen. Fruit lemon and very good brett heat with an easy tolerance. Nearly crisp, moderately dry. Minimal and subtle oaky quality, hard to detect because of the lighter mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty solid creation between the two breweries, I like this Grassroots project.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, citrus, sour apple, funky. Flavor is citrus rind, brett, sour apple, coriander, peppery spices, finishing with acetic sourness and light bittering hops.. Light bodied with nice active carbonation. A lot going on here, lots of sour citrus fruit and a moderate amount of brett. A bit too sour for me, but should please tasters who like a tart bretty saison.

Photo of mtomlins
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a MoB teku glass and shared with friends.
Thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle!

Pours hazy and a light golden color with a 1-2 fingers of white fluffy head, falling to a thin color. The nose is soft and complex with lots of floral notes, lemon citrus and hints for farmy Brett. On the palate, this beer really opened up as it warmed; it featured again lots of floral and spice notes, lemon peel, white pepper, some nice Belgian yeast flavors and more and more Brett as it warmed. The body was smooth with a nice carbonation keeping it light and refreshing. A really nice version of the style, complex and enticing.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this. (Cheers to myself for giving it to him as a gift.)

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange - pours with a huge, fluffy, white head - fades to a small but mostly solid cap - leaves streaks and blobs of lacing - decidedly pretty

Smell: So, so funky - an abundance of Brett - powdery and juicy Brett - lots of barnyard aroma as well as some musty cellar - some spiciness and some grass - some light fruits like pears and green apples - some pale malts and some spicy wheat - some perfume, hay, and citrus - quite a variety of saison aromas

Taste: Funky and potent - pungent even for a saison - funky flavors, with some barnyard, some musty cellar, hay - loads of and loads of Brett - straight-up, powdery Brett - some touches of citrus, but mostly other light fruits like ripe pear and green apple - fruity and funky - some nice sweetness balanced by some yeasty dryness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, juicy funk but finishes dry

Overall: Slightly less icy than something I'd expect from the arctic

I had high hopes for this beer. And the beer exceeded my expectations. This is remarkably flavorful, with a ridiculous amount of Brett , and an above-average amount of funk. I need to buy more of this.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high fluffy white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down th sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has sour and funky flavors from the brett along with some hints of oak towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable saison as it has lots of brett aromas and flavors, but neither of which are overpowering.

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, two finger light fluffy head with great lacing.

S-Mild funk, lots of lemon and orange, grass.

T-Grass, spices, lemon, orange, very slight tart notes.

M-Light, crisp, dry finish, well carbonated.

O-Could have been more on the sour side. However a sweet, citrusy saison that hit the spot.

Photo of mwilbur
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazed lemon yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Sour and funky brett, citrus, white pepper, earthy minerals, grains...and it even smells dry/astringent.
T: White pepper and citrus and more dominant here...much less brett. Oak and a hint of lime. Honestly, a bit of a let down after the aroma.
M: Light body. Moderate prickly carbonation. Dry finish with just a whiff of bitterness.
D: Had high hopes for this one...it started out well, but didn't quite hold up. A decent example of style, but nothing special. Still, a nicely refreshing and solidly sessionable brew. Would go well at your next picnic.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at Humpy's in Anchorage, AK. Pours a golden color with white fluffy head. Nice hoppy malty and slightly funky aromas...a bit of lemony citrus as well. Taste is big on the cat piss/lemony hop notes, but is met with some good dose of brett funk and corn/maize malt. Very smooth and nice balance. Really great brew and glad I finally got to snag it on tap. Now to just get a bottle for the basement...

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a corked & caged 750ml bottle a clear straw yellow with bright effervescence yielding two inch thick white head and leaving globs and sheets of lace.

N: Hay/grass, lemon/citrus zest, yeast, barnyard funk, floral.

T: Cracked peppery spice, yeasty, fruity, earthy, slight must and wood.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, peppery and yeasty finish.

O: Solid Saision. Refreshing and easy drinking. Like liquid springtime in a bottle.

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
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