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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 22
Gots: 123 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch #1 from May 2013, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy yellow straw color with three plus fingers of white fluffy head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving some light lacing and craggy mounds of foam everywhere. Carbonation streaming up quickly everywhere in the glass, very effervescent.

Nose is farmhouse yeast dominated, sweet fruity esters with spicy white pepper, coriander and herbs like sage and thyme. A bit of wild brett quality, light earthy barnyard funk and pineapple. Some biscuit malt sweetness and lemony citrus notes as well.

Taking a sip, big herbal, grassy and pine hops, fairly bitter, mingling with some lemon zest, white pepper, and earthy funk. Not much malt presence in the taste is herb bitterness dominated, along with a brett aftertaste of wet soil and hay.

Light body and heavily carbonated, but very soft on the tongue. Really dries out your mouth. Pretty interesting wild saison, but the saison yeast seems a bit overwhelmed by the wild counterparts and the hopping.

Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.