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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 24
Gots: 128 | FT: 21
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.