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Grassroots Arctic Saison - Grassroots Brewing

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99 Reviews
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Reviews: 99
Hads: 722
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 28
Gots: 144 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
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: 99 | Hads: 722
Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of nataku00
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Batch 1, May 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange. Enormous and fluffy white head. Head fizzes out slowly, leaving thick streaks of lacing everywhere. Some of the heaviest lacing I've ever seen in fact. Big island of foam too. Nice.

S: Big tart citrus notes, orange peel and sour lemons. A bit of graham cracker, making it almost like a lemon meringue type aroma.

T: Quite tart/sour citrus notes up front. Lots of it. Kind of a lactic sourness in the middle like spoiled milk...lingers for a long time. Very funky. Light bready malt in the finish but mostly overpowered by the sour notes. Kind of a bad milk aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sour and crisp.

O: A very tart/sour/funky saison. Too much, pretty much overshadows the normal saison characteristics and not in a good way. It's not horrible but not great either. I drainpoured it - not worth teh calories.

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Photo of seand
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy straw color, with lots of light white head. This retains pretty well, leaving fluffy sheets of lacing.

S: Light, with a touch of citrus and yeast.

T: Sweet and light with a very nicely integrated hop note. There is also some funkiness throughout. The overall flavor is extremely well constructed.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, an excellent saison.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy straw yellow with a slight hint of gold. Nice finger of near white dense, smooth head. Retention is great, still nearly a finger of head 30 minutes later. Lack v us great, doesn't stick 100% but very nice. Drinking in my HF oversized wine type glass.

S - semi puckering sour citrusy lemon, beak y bubblegum like grainy aromas. Some sweet aromas I can't quite identify

T - lots of light grainy slightly dry lemony citrus flavor. Initially quite sour but very much reduced after letting sit for 30 minutes. Finish is still semi sour puckering citrus

M - lighter bodied but incredibly smooth with minimal carbonation

O - like the sankt Hans, huge difference in flavor as the beer warms up. Sourness may be a little too weak after 30. Consuming no were than 50 is probably what I would suggest going forward (45-50)

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Belmont Station.

In my Duvel tulip, the first pour is a clear golden orange with a large, dense, white head that falls off leaving stiff, choppy peaks. Lacing is decent too. The nose is excellent. The classic saison base is clear - straw, rustic bread, a touch of rye-like sharpness, a deep yeast complexity, but then you add in the rather delicate touches from the oak and the Brett and you have yourself a winner. A raw but delicate woody note, a wisp of vanilla and a blend of earth and mushroom from the Brett make this truly exceptional. Floral notes are present as well.

The palate opens with a pleasing acidity, a blend of lemon and lactic acids, and a quenching, refreshing saison base - grain, husk, some fruit (apricot, a little peach). The mid-palate has a moderate floral character (rose hips, a little bit of jasmine). The earth/mushroom flavors from the Brett are, at this point, light, complementary and delicious. Drying on the finish with a mild oak tannin bite that works really well with the saison base, there are also flavors of lemon, a carbonic acid touch, and floral flavors. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is mostly great, but does feel a touch watery at times. Still, this is an exceedingly enjoyable beer. Refined stuff.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Dave, excited about this one.

Pours a beautiful light hazy golden color with aggressive carbonation, but not too much. This looks like a saison should look.

Brett right away, some lemon, light citrus. Saison yeast. Simple, but appropriate.

Tastes are straightforward saisony goodness with some brett accents. Really crisp and clean flavors, well balanced, just what you want with the style

Mouthfeel was light, on the drier side and clean. Great complement to the tastes and smells.

A solid brett saison. Nothing unexpected, but well done.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.18/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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)

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.02/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of shleepy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #1. Thanks be to the good doktorzee for procuring this for me from sunny SoCal. Fantastic pop when the cork was dislodged, rather easily, I was glad to see.

This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, spongy, and finely foamy rising off-white head, which leaves a solid pattern of snow crystal lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of edgy, grassy, and mildly funky yeast, grainy pale malt, a touch of wheatiness, indistinct dry citrus rind, mildly woody oak staves, and spicy, earthen hops. The taste is a fairly tart kick to the palate - sourly acidic apple and citrus, astringently funky Brett, raw wood fibers, stale, dry leather, musty white wine lees, and understated earthy, herbal, spicy hops.

The carbonation is fairly tight and frothy, the body a pleasant enough medium-light weight, whose smoothness is pretty hard to discern among all that heady funk and acid (hipster band name pending). It finishes on the dry side, as the graininess of the wheaty malt isn't sturdy enough to keep fending off the Brett and oak overtones.

A generally approachable saison - from afar, of course, until your taste buds acclimatize, if they ever do. A lot going on here, the wood the most innocuous of the bunch, while the guest bacteria does what it does best, and the citrusy hops do well to keep things in traditional beer territory. Quite well made, this one is, and definitely worthy of seeking out, especially if you're an avowed funk-head, eh, Greg?

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear light golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat, yeast funk, citrus, spice

T-lemon zest, wheat, yeasty funk, pepper, spice,little oak, slight bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate and lively carbonation, crisp

O-good Saison, well-made, but straightforward

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer tonight!

750ml C&C bottle. Cork comes out of the bottle with a loud pop.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: bright yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to an uneven clumpy cap and leaves behind a spotty lacing..

Smell: Light, bright clean and balanced nose. Hints of citrus, tropical fruits, light brett and earthy oak, yeasty/breadiness, and wheat malts.

Taste: mild lemon tartness. Light brett notes that are earthy with a hint of oaky. Yeast and peppery notes. Wheat malts. Nice balance thats effortlessly delicous. I like that the brett wasnt over the top in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. bright, crisp, and clean. Awesome drinkablility.

Overall: I think this Grassroot's beer is way under appreciated. It is very hard to find any major flaws. Another really enjoyable saison! What a jem!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The tag-team of Anchorage and Grassroots play into a crescendo of funky freshness in this Arctic Saison!

Pouring a lemon-yellow color and chocked full of powdery haze, the ale simply looks citrusy and zesty. It builds a creamy off-white head with proven retention and concentric lace. The ale simply exudes the look of Belgian farmhouse ale.

Both rustic and racy, its aromas contain the earthy wet hay, supple whole wheat, vinous tartness scent with a light waft of sea air and weathered wood. Lightly leathery and attic-like, the roots of Saison are firm. But then the fresh scent of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, and herbal botanicals offer up a new-wave and highly complex set of aromatics.

The vibrant sweetness of ripe citrus pulp and tropical fruits are propped up with light malty wheat support. The complementing taste of orchard, citrus and tropical fruits weave into the malts with playful acidity and impeccable balance. Its finish is earthy with brine, french oak, wine rot and hay. Sharp hop bitterness offers up one last citrusy impression before the ale fades into an aftertaste of sawdust and a return to lemons.

Medium-light in body, the sparkling carbonation dissolves into the malt for a creamy upstart. But as the acidity comes to life, the ale takes a lighter tone while alcohol, hops, and peppercorn spice dries the beer in finish. In closure, the ale has a somewhat "feathery" texture with a sense of arid dryness and slight warmth.

The new way that folks like Anchorage, Prairie, Hill Farmstead and Grassroots have reinvented the "American-ized" Saison style is truly inventive as they retain what's classic about traditional farmhouse taste but injecting them with the lively character of citrusy hops. They simply flirt with perfection.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #1, bottled May 2013.

In a teku glass this beer was gold in color, with a small white head. There was scant lace.

Spicy aroma, some citrus, some grassy hops.

Lemon taste, some lemon zest. Sharp spice. A bit of funk.

This beer was a little sharper than I wanted it to be. Overall not a bad beer. I probably would have ranked it higher if I hadn't had Boulevard's Saison Brett the day before.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle. Label is marked Batch #1, May/2013, so this is still relatively young for a brett saison. Will be interested to see how the second bottle turns out with some age on it. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden honey yellow body with a slight amount of chill haze. Head is a bone white sudsy one-and-a-half fingers and remains for a solid amount of time before dissipating to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is silky and fades away after a short while.

Smell - A fruity balance of some bretty funk and phenolic elements. Elements of wet grass and must, but largely notes of white fruits, with an almost wine-like characteristic.

Taste - White fruits--nectarine, anjou pear, with some interlacing peppery spiciness, but faint. The lead flavors again impart the winey characteristics, almost like a fruitier wine, like a pinot gris. Brett elements are again present, imparting some funk, and I definitely can still detect the bittering characteristics from the hops. The finish is subtle oak and drying.

Mouthfeel - Light side of medium bodied, with a healthy moderate amount of carbonation.

OVerall, a very tasty saison, one with a good amount of balance, with the fruit and hops playing leading roles. I would like a little more funk to the smell and taste, so the subdued nature of that element is the only drawback.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Three Floyds wine glass

A- Very carbonated, the head is huge, 3-4 finger white frothy head, the head stays around for a long time. lacing coats the glass. Nice golden brown/hay color, slight haziness.
S- Peppery notes, lemon zest, slight apple, malt, really mellow aroma.
T- The taste is very much similar to the aroma, brett is more apparent in the taste then in the nose, sour lemon, nice peppery notes, nice malt backbone that balances out the brett.
M- Light mouthfeel, very refreshing, clean finish, very carbonated
O- Really like this beer, wish i would of grabbed more bottles while i was in Vermont. Very refreshing beer. Would drink again in a second.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL(batch 1, May 2013) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden color w/ a frothy white head, nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is funky, grassy, citrusy. Bright and clean.

Taste leads off with biscuity pale (Pilsner?) malt. Spicy, grassy, a little lemony. Oak and Brett apparent but not overwhelming. Just a touch of pear and a distant vinous quality.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Light, crisp, and dry.

Overall a rock-solid, if somewhat middle-of-the-road saison by a pair of brewing masters.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy straw yellow. Head is of decent stature. Its bubbly and frothy. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Starts off funky with a bunch of Brett. Light grassiness and cereal with some subtle sweetness.

T-A cool representation of the nose. At first, I get a big, buzzing Bretty flavor. The funky, herbal Brett note dies off and then it becomes a much more traditional Saison. Grassy, with some cereal notes and some more relaxed yeasty notes.

M-Quite drinkable. Putting back a 750ml of this was easy-peasy.

O/D-It starts funky and wild then re-composes itself. Interesting flavor transition. I enjoyed it.

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.