Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing
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3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
07-30-2013 01:50:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.06/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-27-2013 22:21:38 | More by metter98
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-28-2013 17:25:34 | More by BEERchitect
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
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
06-11-2014 18:47:30 | More by jlindros
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-18-2013 05:53:24 | More by mactrail
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
From 04/26/14 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one, always interested in a new beer from Grassroots or HF.
a - Pours a deep amber-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smell is of brett bomb. Tons of brett, oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, juicy pine, oak, toasted malts, and bready malts. Awesome; loving the brett.
t - Tastes of juicy tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, brett, oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, oak, earthy notes, floral hops, and bready malts. More tropical fruits than the nose and les sbrett, though there is still a good amount here.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer.
o - Overall a fantastic beer with brett; I loved it. Tons of brett and tropical fruits, well worth seeking out. Would love to have it again.
04-28-2014 15:49:24 | More by mdfb79
3.16/5 rDev -22.4%
Snatched this one up earlier tonight; I'm really excited to try my first faux-Hill Farmstead (Hill Fauxstead?). I don't really get the whole subsidiary structure nor do I pretend to understand what the implications are for the beer, but because it kinda sorta has Hill Farmstead's name on it, my expectations are sky high. This is my first Hill Farmstead beer, if we're considering it one. Cost was $10.99 USD. Batch #1. May 2013. "Ale fermented in oak tanks with brettanomyces." Sign me up! 6% ABV confirmed. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Yields a light plunk upon opening; carbonation is indicated to be adequate but not too high.
A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice creaminess and frothiness. Plump lightly supple complexion. Appears soft. Retention is superb - about 8+ minutes. Light even lacing as the head recedes. A pretty standard head for the style but a well executed and attractive one.
Body colour is a cloudy yellow-copper. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It isn't the hazy milky appearance I've noticed in the best saisons, but it's appealing overall.
Sm: Subtle oak notes with traces of a very light buried toasted wood character. Brettanomyces are certainly detectable, with a pungent diverse funkiness that definitely seems more complex than your run of the mill American brewed saison. Grainy and grassy. Lemongrass. Touches of lemon zest and other citrus. These fruity notes are nicely complemented by the floral and lightly fruity hop profile, which imparts some nicely adhered juicy citrus character. Pear. I'm hesitant to say pineapple, but there's something a bit sweeter and juicier here. Clean malts, straw, pilsner malts. A sticky wet aroma of above average to mild strength. It's pronounced for a saison and anything but ubiquitous, though I don't know that it's necessarily unique. Well executed for the style. Not getting the white pepper and milky notes you'd find in the best examples of the style, nor is there much in the way of complex subtle spicing, but I'm optimistic given Hill Farmstead's reputation alone.
T: Hm. Definitely more fruity and juicy than the style conventionally calls for - especially in the second half. Funky throughout in a general sense, but it never really evokes the intricacies or nuance of brettanomyces yeast character. As far as the yeast goes, I don't get any white pepper, clove, biscuity character, or deep complex funk. Just a sort of middling attempt at a backgrounded funkiness.
Body is interesting. Lots of pear fruit and some lemon bouncing around over top a healthy base of clean pils malts, light filtered wheat (?), and straw. A clean flavour profile which unfortunately lacks the subtlety and complexity inherent in the best beers in the style.
Hopping is primarily floral and complements the body nicely. Bits of fruity wisps don't amount to much.
It actually feels like it has more alcohol than it does. Where is the oak?
Balance is alright. Flavour intensity is average for the style, as is flavour duration. Honestly, I'm pretty underwhelmed. I like it in a general sense and it's pleasant, but there's just nothing remarkable about it.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Soft. Lightly juicy on the back end. Nice body. Way too thick for a saison, though - especially one with such limited depth and diversity of flavour. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile kind of, but I'd say the execution is actually below average. There's something off about it. Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Boy. I don't know if this was just an off bottle but I'm not at all impressed with it. If Hill Farmstead's other beers are this pedestrian I'm in for a lot of disappointment. I definitely wouldn't get this again - especially at its high price. The alcohol could be far better concealed. The thickness impedes drinkability. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. I'm withholding judgment of Hill Farmstead because this is both a collaboration and a weird subsidiary situation but I have to say I'm let down.
07-19-2013 05:25:55 | More by kojevergas
Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.