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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 106 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

oline73, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of logicerror
4/5  rDev -1.5%

logicerror, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nh2032, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

dirtylou, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of pearljam118
4.75/5  rDev +17%

pearljam118, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
3.25/5  rDev -20%

LambicKing, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a tremendous amount of head which seems to have good retention but isn't too stubborn. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a weak lemon yellow which glows the color of a lemon lollipop when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Fairly typical of a saison which is not bad at all. Tart apple, banana, and clove to start off. Additional spice from faint yeast notes. Some citrus as well- orange and lemon. Swirling reveals a more noticeable tartness to the aroma.

Taste- It would appear that the aroma was being a bit shy about the tartness. It definitely makes itself known in the form of tart cherry, tart apple, and lemon. Faint hints of Brett mixed with pepper, coriander, and clove from the yeast. Light banana as well. The Brett is definitely not as strong as I would like it to be. Some pepper mixed with subtle vanilla on a finish that has a slight tingle to it. A second taste reveals a little more of the funk- some stinky cheese, some mushroom, and straw. Nothing expressly barnyard or horse blanket at the moment. The lactic acid is the star of this saison but it is quite manageable. A very good interpretation of the style. Nothing really experimental but there's nothing wrong with being a bit more “traditional” with such a style.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and refreshing with an nice dryness and tingle on the finish. Lots of carbonation, definitely desirable.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but still complex enough to keep the taste buds interested. Biggest negative- the 13 dollar price tag is probably going to keep me from purchasing it again.

Overall- Solid saison, very good beer. Definitely worth a try but if you're wary of the price, you might just stick with DuPont.

artoolemomo, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DaPan, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Cynic-ale, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Hanzo, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl C&C bottle cracked open with Doug today, 9/6/2013. Poured into a Bell's snifter. Review #197.

Pours a very pretty clear straw body, with a delectable 2cm white head with great retention. Not much lacing, but a very pretty beer nonetheless.

The smell is so awesome. So much green apple skin along with the typical saison spiciness. I could smell this beer all night.

However, the flavour profile on this just does not live up to that Hill Farmstead standards. I know this is a gypsy brewery, but it really just tastes like a normal saison with some Brett funk in it. This is still above average, but a bit of a disappointment compared to all that Hill Farmstead flavours in their saisons and IPAs.

The feel on this beer reminds me of the Tide and its Takers. Medium bodied, great carbonation, and a bit of a funky aftertaste. Not bad at all, but falls a little bit short of that Hill Farmstead mouthfeel.

Worth trying for sure, and that nose is the best I've ever sniffed on a saison, But it kind of falls short when it comes to that flavour profile- it tastes pretty much like a really good smelling Saison Dupont (the one we drink in Belgium, not the imported crap)

Stevedore, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

lunarbrew, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Thishops4u, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

wethorseblanket, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

pisano, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

csustar001, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

goldenM13, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of shleepy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City) into trappist-style "chalice" glass.

A: Hazy straw yellow. Fairly fluffy head.

S: Banana, corn, fresh-cut grass, hard candy.

T: Lightly sweet-and-sour (light on both, but both are present). Zesty lemon-peel. Very light floral hops. It's subtle, balanced, and refreshing.

M: Pleasantly light, to the point of feeling evening lighter than its 6% ABV rating. Acidic.

O: Very solid summer beer.

shleepy, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

laxer8811, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of kevanb
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine Glass.

The beer pours a light, golden straw color, very cloudy with some noticeable sediment that settles at the bottom of the glass. Atop the beer rises a lovely white head, nearly two to three fingers high that has very nice retention and leaves a good network of soapy lace behind. The aroma is very straightforward for a saison, lots of lively yeast, a touch of clove, lots of wildflower, pale grain and straw, light but prominent funk, with some earthy qualities as well that come across nicely. The flavors are on target with the nose, lots of yeast, light funkiness that is a bit cheesy, rustic grain, almost like spelt or wheat that goes along with the simple pale grain, a bit of clove, some light fruit that is a touch acidic and some nice floral qualities. The body is great, really lively, carbonation is high, but very smooth with just enough bubbliness to tickle the tongue, coats the mouth quite well, with a nice creamy sensation at the finish that leaves a nice dry tingly feeling behind.

Verdict: A very nice Saison from Grassroots/Anchorage. I really enjoy this style of beer from both breweries and it's clear that Shaun's vision came to fruition here, a really palatable saison that is both earthy and rustic, but a little wild. While it doesn't offer up much in the way of over the top complexity or risk taking, it's very refined for a simple, straightforward saison. I do wish that there was a woodiness to it, which is a great signature of both breweries.

kevanb, Sep 03, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Lemons, grass, leaves. Slight bretty funk, but not overbearing.
T: Soft, lemony acidity. Dry, with a touch of sweetness.
M: Light but not thin. Carbonation is medium-high.
O: I am skeptical of all beers with the name "Brett" in description because they tend to be one dimensional and thin. However, like other Anchorage products, this finds a balance that makes it extremely drinkable and at the same time fairly complex.

jibbyvonjibb, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ColForbinBC, Sep 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

montrealbcr89, Sep 03, 2013
Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.