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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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636 Ratings
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 23
Gots: 126 | FT: 20
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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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4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4.56/5  rDev +12%
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!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.