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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 116 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Sammy, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share on the beer bus to San Diego.

Batch # 1. Bottled 5/2013.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that showcases a solid earthy Brett presence in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

djrn2, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Jul 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Thorpe429, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

nmann08, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.06/5  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.

metter98, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kjkinsey, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The tag-team of Anchorage and Grassroots play into a crescendo of funky freshness in this Arctic Saison!

Pouring a lemon-yellow color and chocked full of powdery haze, the ale simply looks citrusy and zesty. It builds a creamy off-white head with proven retention and concentric lace. The ale simply exudes the look of Belgian farmhouse ale.

Both rustic and racy, its aromas contain the earthy wet hay, supple whole wheat, vinous tartness scent with a light waft of sea air and weathered wood. Lightly leathery and attic-like, the roots of Saison are firm. But then the fresh scent of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, and herbal botanicals offer up a new-wave and highly complex set of aromatics.

The vibrant sweetness of ripe citrus pulp and tropical fruits are propped up with light malty wheat support. The complementing taste of orchard, citrus and tropical fruits weave into the malts with playful acidity and impeccable balance. Its finish is earthy with brine, french oak, wine rot and hay. Sharp hop bitterness offers up one last citrusy impression before the ale fades into an aftertaste of sawdust and a return to lemons.

Medium-light in body, the sparkling carbonation dissolves into the malt for a creamy upstart. But as the acidity comes to life, the ale takes a lighter tone while alcohol, hops, and peppercorn spice dries the beer in finish. In closure, the ale has a somewhat "feathery" texture with a sense of arid dryness and slight warmth.

The new way that folks like Anchorage, Prairie, Hill Farmstead and Grassroots have reinvented the "American-ized" Saison style is truly inventive as they retain what's classic about traditional farmhouse taste but injecting them with the lively character of citrusy hops. They simply flirt with perfection.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

jaydoc, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

SocalKicks, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
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3.96/5  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?

biboergosum, Sep 03, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

what a special beer this is, one of the best straight up brett experiences i have had in some time. sunny blonde beer with some appropriate yeast haze and a tall white airy head that rises well above the rim of the glass and clings on for ages. tart and funky is the nose, with citrus in there too. more brett than saison yeast, and just the right hop selection and dosage for this beer to be bitterly balanced but yeast not hop flavored predominantly. not often i get a beer of this depth and quality, just so alive on the palate, with the brett getting a little puckery later on. wet grass and orchard fruit notes come from the saison yeast, and the wheat malt base seems the perfect vehicle for these light summery interesting flavors to link up. one of the most dry saisons i can recall, with the brett reconditioning being fully complete. im left refreshed and intrigued and thirsty for more, i love when beer makes me this happy!

StonedTrippin, Sep 27, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently never reviewed this great beer. Thanks to threelions.

Light fizzy head, murky orange juice color.

Nose big Brett, farmhouse funk, lemon zest, saison funk light spices, wheat creamy, grainy, very Brett farmhouse funk, even little pineapple.

Taste stats with more fruit, pineapple, citrus, lemon, zest, etc. Big Brett funk, farmhouse saison funk, mild spices, etc. Big rind bitterness, little earthy bitterness, juice pineapple tangerine juice. Little creamy wheat too. Finish is dry fair bitterness rind bitterness, more lemon, pineapple and citrus juice.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall awesome. Not the best to look at, but aroma and flavor characters are awesome, nice Brett funk, pineapple and citrus, creamy wheat, bitterness, lemony, etc, just great.

jlindros, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

oline73, Sep 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

mendvicdog, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a pure white head in the St. Bernardus globe. Big foam to start makes for a lovely sudsy mouthful. Plenty of the pencil shavings aroma along with a whiff of damp horse.

Moderate but distinct Brett flavor. Some peppery notes. Pleasant, delicate fruitiness with more of the barnyard funk. Just a little pineapple and some pear flavors. The modest bitter aftertaste is just right for the light body and dry edge. There might be a faint woodiness, but I don't taste the alleged oak tank fermentation without some imagination. Still, this is a delicious and restrained example of a Saison, and I like this Brett version rather than the often over-the-top yeastiness. From the 750 ml bottle bought for $14.10 at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

mactrail, Jul 18, 2013
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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.