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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 709
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 22
Gots: 142 | FT: 23
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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: 97 | Hads: 709
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head starts off a massive pillowy bright-white. Clumps of lacing. Decent retention leaves a 1cm clumpy white head that persists for the duration. Cork popped off with crazy force leading tons big bubbly carbonation.

Smell: Anchorage yeast right up front. Some banana coupled with peach and mango. Very fruity. Damp yeast. Some grass and wheat and musty basement. A touch floral. Nice slightly bready malts with a clean pale malt sweetness. A touch of undercooked bread. Yeast and soft eatery spice. A touch of clove. Light and clean. Warming adds some light powdery yeast elements. A touch of rose petal and apricot.

Taste: Soft Belgian influence complete with overripe banana and slightly spicy clove. Fruity esters abound. Pale slightly breast malt. Lightly sweet. Some push of something like wheat. Floral as well. Musty and earthy in good measure. Warming rounds out some of the esters, but jumps the yeast profile up a few notches. Apricot, peach, mango and some pear and apple. A lot of fruity esters. Rosemary and rose petal. Hay and grass. A touch of caramelized malt. Yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice and smooth with a touch of creaminess. Moderate pushing toward high carbonation. Slightly crisp up front.

Overall: Best served above freezing.

A damn fine saison. The yeast runs a bit heavy on the Belgian influence, but everything else is spot on. (1,442 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into tulip glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw color with a huge, billowing , frothy, bright white head that slowly faded into a very fuzzy thick film that left a thick sheet of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of Brett dominate with earthy and spicy scents, followed by strong herbal and slight stone fruit, peach, mild lemon zest. Super Brett overall.
T: Follows the nose but sweeter and fruitier. Brett still dominates earthy and musty, hints of straw. Fruit is sweet, peachy and apricoty. Lemon juice comes through in the finish with a mild tartness. Brett kicks up some mild funk in the aftertaste. Slight chalk and citrus pith in the aftertaste alongside juicy fruit nectar.
M: Full body, thick and fluffy mouthfeel, with soft carbonation, mild dryness, faint acidity, solid sweetness, and creamy carbonation.
O: Drinks very well, great Brett forward flavor, sweet fruit, herbal hop, spice and earthy must. Can definitely tell this was made at Anchorage. Very very good. (995 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden body with a huge, white head. Aroma of brett , lacquer, musty basement, citrus, cracker, lemon, apricot. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish. Crisp on the tongue. Taste of mustiness and pineapple with notes of lemon and grapefruit. (402 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy pale yellow with a tight white head and thick lacing. Nose has a strong lemon characteristic with some subtle pepper and balanced farmhouse yeast with some earthy qualities. Taste also leans a bit to the lemon side surrounding the palate. The farmhouse yeast of earthy mushroom and pepper comes in mid palate and plays through the back. Strong carbonation and a clean crisp body with a dry finish make this very palatable. The Brett presence really doesn't adds much but plays in with the citrus and earthy notes. (526 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one is right up there with Boulevard Saison-Brett and Logsdon Seizoen Bretta for me. Wonderful use of oak and brett. The mouthfeel is fantastic and completely effervescent. You get lemons, fruit juice, and straw on the nose and in the taste. So easy to drink and completely delicious. Way too underrated. (309 characters)

Photo of concealed
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Beer. Perfect on a cold New England night, that feels like the Arctic. Thanks to IndyDad for throwing this in a trade.

Overall this beer is a very Bretty Saison, and it follows all of the stereotypes you would imagine.

Appears quite attractive, lots of foam and creates excellent lacing. Opaque.

Smells like pears, fruits, brett

tastes pretty tart, but not as much funk as I expected. some fruits like green apple, lemon peel, and also a peppery yeasty farmhouse taste

overall it is a great winter saison (515 characters)

Photo of bahnfire
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle to HF stemware

A: Pours an opaque golden honey color, fluffy 2-3 finger head that settles to a fine film on top of the beers surface.

S: Brett, followed by more brett, then some pear. Possibly other fruits.

T: Brett up front. No big surprise there. Followed by bready yeast, maybe what some folks would call biscuity, and normal saison flavors. I heard the recipe for this was basically Arthur with brett, I could be wrong. But I don't think Arthur when I taste this.

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation. Leaves your mouth feeling wet, whereas I find most HF saisons considerably more dry.

O: A good example of a brett forward saison. Right there with Saison Brett IMO. And like Saison Brett I think a year in the bottle will do wonders for it. Going to pick up another bottle to put some age on.

Convivial Suarez and Brother Soigne were home runs out of the box (bottle?). Arctic Saison will take some time to develop into the best version of itself.

UPDATED 12/4/13: Opened another bottle now that it has been developing for a few months. Like I thought, this is considerably better now. I can recommend this beer now with a straight face. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy yellow-gold color with two fingers of rich and creamy white head. Generous lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon peel, coriander, earthy funk, Belgian yeast, and white pepper.

The taste was tart with green apple, lemon peel, cherry, brett, and Belgian yeast.

Medium bodied and very dry with a moderate carbonation.

I highly recommend this one. Delicious and interesting. (403 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple bottles on our trip to Vermont. Generally like brett-fermented beers and saisons. Loved everything from Hill Farmstead I've had. What's not to be excited about?

A - Opaque straw blond with a voluptuous foamy head that sticks around. Pretty little pour.

S - Gueuze-y overtones. I'm talking white wine vinegar, green apple, barnyard funk, wet grass. Also, some softer notes like cornhusks and sourdough. More subdued than a lambic, more sour than a saison.

T - That's compelling. The first notes are sweet and playful: rosewater and wheat. Then comes the sour grape and apple. This throbbing farmhouse melange slinks off to a pleasantly ashy aftertaste. The corny, biscuity saison quality is contending with the funk. This is wilder than, say, Crooked Stave Surette. Still, nicely balances.

M - Medium. Sticky but effervescent.

O - Rich and bold, but still well rounded and a pleasant easy drink. Everything is well integrated now, so I wonder how it will develop over time. (996 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip
Batch-1 May 2013

A - This beer is cloudy with a golden pale color, a massive rocky white head slowly settles with cavernous mounds of bubbles. Sloppy wet lacing sinks down the sides of the glass.

S - Grain dust, earthy hay, grainy pilsner malts, lemons and minerals, the yeast is tangy and bready with a very mild funk and timid white pepper phenolics. Mushrooms come out once it warms up.

T - Tangy lemons, mineral soda water, slightly acidic, the dusty hay and grassiness fade quickly as it warms. Bright tropical fruits work well against the grainy pale malt. Lemony tang really comes around on the backend along with a floral/herbal bitterness finishing crisp and clean.

M - Active seltzer-like carbonation, light body, crisp and clean.

Bright, dry, and very refreshing. A very nice Saison indeed. Extremely crisp with mineral water and tangy lemon taking the stage. I am thoroughly enjoying this beer on a brisk 28 degree November night. (985 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 1 May/2013 Picked up at Meulemans' Craft Draughts in Rawsonville (Jamaica), Vermont!

We have an extreme gusher here! Cork came off way too easily and then the bottle proceeded to spew foam and beer everywhere. Literally. Lost about a third of the liquid. I didn't make things better by trying to stop it with my hand which pressurized it and shot it even further in all directions. Kind of upset but what can ya do? Still turned out to be a great beer.

A: Super hazy, beautiful golden-orange-yellow with a massive, bubbly, fluffy, bright white head leaving behind lots of lace and retention. As the style should be!

S: Heavy on the yeast, funk, hay, barnyard, tart fruit, a bit of booze, and some faint hints of wood. Of course the Brett steals the show, though. Serious funk. As strange as it sounds, it actually smells kind of arctic!

T: Incredibly funky, yeasty, fruity, and Bretty! Great tartness while remaining smooth and funky. Sat outside on a cold, quiet night to enjoy this one. Paired well.

M: Fantastic body, spot-on carbonation for the style, and massive flavor that does not get boring or bland. Every sip is delicious.

O: Even being a gusher, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The incident didn't take anything away from the drinking experience. Grassroots/HF (& Anchorage) can do no wrong! (1,317 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of themind
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a generous head and has an interesting tangy and earthy smell. The mouth feel is good, the beer is well carbonated. The taste is like a Belgium ale with a tangy, sour twist. Its a well made beer that any Saison lover would enjoy. All in all this puppy goes down smooth.

Bottom Line: Excellent Hill Farmstead Family brew! (336 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the saison in a snifter glass.
Pours a nice light golden color, medium head with very nice lacing.
Smell is tangy and earthy, good yeast.
Flavor is very, very nice. Complex yet light and acceptable sour tang.
Mouthfeel was a touch thin for me, would have liked slight higher carbonation, but still very good.
I found this saison to be an approachable and sessionable beer and would serve as a great introduction to saisons for the uninitiated. (451 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to Paul for grabbing this for me whilst at Hill Farmstead.

Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer is clear and golden yellow with over an inch of fluffy white head. The aroma brings funk, lemons, floral notes, mineral water, earthy tones. Similar flavor, finishing dry. A tasty beer. Mild brett and oak throughout. Not the most exciting saison, but certainly a pleasure to drink. (408 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing orange with lots of carbonation leaving a huge white head and a lively bottle. The head retention is amazing.

S: Loads of fruits! It smelled sordove sweet. Very fresh on aroma, very appealing. I hope it tastes as good as it smells

T: It did, tastes great! A healthy dose of brett keeps it a little funky but this beer just screams like a fruit basket mated with Hawaii. Lots of passion fruits and orchard style fruits. Clean, crisp, a light sweetness and oh so refreshing.

M- Light-medium body, great mouthfeel, very refreshing, clean finish, very carbonated

O: Excellent! I did think it was a little sweet for the style though (652 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #1, May 2013

Beer is clear golden with a large white head. Very good retention, good lacing.

Nose contains Belgian yeast, light fruits (apple, lemon, pear). The Brett is pretty mild, just a little bit of funk and cherry.

Brett is the most prominent flavour, but it is fairly mild. Tart cherry and a bit of dry funk. Light fruits, including lemon. Yeast. Oak is there but quite mild. Slightly tart. Nice but surprisingly muted all around.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Brett slightly dries the mouth.

Overall, quite nice but not remarkable. (564 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought at the Warren Store in Vermont a month ago, first I'd seen of this Hill Farmstead/Anchorage BC collaboration. Then later in the day the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier had cases of it on sale for about the same price ($11). My first Hill Farmstead and Anchorage Brewing Co. anything.

Poured from the 25 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: A hazy gold topped by a huge white head which receded quickly to a surface foam film and considerable lacing.

s: Mild overripe fruit.

t: Somewhat sharply sour fruitlike flavor I could not identify exactly but no doubt the Brett yeast had something to do with that. Grew on me in a short while and became a fine sipper to the end. I was on guard against some unpleasant tastes from the Brett yeast, but was pleasantly surprised that it was so drinkable and tasty. Rather sour aftertaste lingered but not offensively so.

m: Good body, smoothness subdued by sour notes.

o: Enjoyable brew, really lets your palate know it's there, better than expected. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very cool c&c 750ml sent to me from Dope (thanks!) split with a mate and poured into my Rock Island snifter.

A: Hazy straw with a quickly-receding crackling white head.

S: Big oaky and fruity Brett notes immediately, with a touch of a grassy (hop?) undertone. Fruit is pear, some citrus, even lemon peel...slight sourness with a tart hint of grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Creamy oaky undertones, funky sour fruit flesh and lemon zest, slight pils malt sweetness and other saison qualities shine through with a yeasty effervescence.

MF: Creamy medium body.

O: Decent, more sour and funky than I'm used to in a saison, this leans 'wild' without being out-of-control. Half a bottle of this was pretty pleasant. (713 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy two finger head.

S - Get some funky brett right away... Lemon tartness, yeast and mild melon citrus. It's not complex, but the simpleness works.

T - Lemony, brett filled tartness, saison goodness. Little bit of oak as it warms.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. Has a dry finish.

O - It's a simple, clean, tart filled saison. I like it for the simplicity of it. (415 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead, poured into a stemless wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellowish golden with about a finger's worth of white frothy head at has decent retention and recedes leaving some spotty lacing.

S- Lemons, melon rind, peaches, nice balanced brett presence, fairly strong saison yeast presence. Aromatic, clean, balanced, very well done.

T- Tart lemons and peaches balanced with some light funky brett, finishes with strong farmhouse saison qualities of wet hay, saison yeast, and lightly tart lemons. Clean, refreshingly tart, and very representative of the style.

M- Medium bodied, some acidity, a bit on the dry side, decent carbonation.

O- This was a fantastic tart, bretty saison that was flavorful, clean, refreshing, with a nice tartness. In my opinion this is probably the best Shaun Hill collaboration that was brewed and bottled outside of Vermont. Congrats to Darren and Shaun for crafting yet another great saison. Definitely worth picking up a bottle especially since its distributed fairly widely. (1,043 characters)

Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.