Arctic Soirée
Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #683
Ranked #16,982
3.89 | pDev: 9.25%
Apr 11, 2020
Nov 12, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: Ale fermented and aged in oak tanks with Brettanomyces, lime juice, and hibiscus. This beer is crafted with organic hibiscus flowers, lime, and the essence and imagination of our Vermont farmstead family.

Brewed and Bottled at Anchorage Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska
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3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

I could have sworn I'd already reviewed this one, but I guess I haven't typed up my notes? Or else it was just their Arctic Saison...

Batch 1 750ml brown glass bottle. November 2013 vintage. Hood-and-wire cage surrounds the cork. Brown and crimson label design.

"Ale fermented and aged in oak tanks with brettanomyces, lime juice, and hibiscus." 6% ABV. 12 degrees plato. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Dried lime, subdued but nevertheless present oak, barnyard-bent hay and straw-like grassiness. Brettanomyces/wildyeast induced funkiness is evident, but this is far from as intricate yeast-wise as the best saison style beers out there. Lacks microfloral intricacy as well as the bacterial and woodsy notes I'd expect in a great saison with this premise. For a beer fermented in oak, it tastes surprisingly sterile (as though actually fermented in stainless).

I don't taste the hibiscus. Not floral hopwise either.

Oddly smooth, wet, and coating. I'd expect less slickness in a saison, especially targeting a rustic spicy flavour like this...coarseness and dryness would really help this accentuate its brettanmyces' subtleties.

A competent saison, but its high price relative to the likes of Boulevard, Ommegang, and even Prairie leaves me reticent to recommend it.


Apr 11, 2020
4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jan 27, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A corked and caged 750ml bottle, Batch #1, bottled in November 2013. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Light to moderate funk, lime, lemon peel, floral, tea and oak.

Taste: Funk, light tartness, lime, stone fruit, citrus, lemon peel, tea and a touch floral.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The flavours didn’t really work for me. The lime seemed to overpower everything even the brett, and floral notes are not my favourite so it didn’t help balance it either. Not as complex or tasty as Arctic Saison.

Oct 21, 2019
3.88 by edthehead from New York on Sep 19, 2019
3.83 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Sep 18, 2019
4.07 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on May 12, 2019
3.83 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 24, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Batch #2 October 2015

Three years old! Picked it up right off the shelf at a clearance price. Apparently Floridians don’t appreciate the beauty of HF/Grassroots. My score is obviously inflated because three years in the bottle has enhanced the Brett character to make it incredibly complex yet simply delicious. The Brett has become funky yet subtle and has lost that chalky flavor and feel that I find in younger Brett beers. The lime and hibiscus are still there, giving it a fruity finish and feel. This is stellar. What a steal!

Oct 05, 2018
4 by durlta from Iowa on Apr 07, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dertyd from California

The beer pours out a slightly hazy golden peach color, with 1 finger of white head--------------- the aromas are of bandaids, funk, oak, lime and grassy/floral notes-------------- the flavors are of hibiscus, lime and oak with lesser funk and spice, the beer has a light body with a dry finish--------------- overall this beer was nice it's a wonderful saison, it's complex and all the components of the beer work well together

Mar 02, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a nice large foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with light funky ester. Taste is a mix of tart notes with funky Brett notes and easily distinguishable lime notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting mix of lime and Brett notes with some complexities.

Oct 09, 2017
3.84 by drstalker from Illinois on Oct 06, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

batch 1 - thanks to ian

Sep 21, 2017
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3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by rand from California

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass

The beer has a peach-pink appearance with apparently low viscosity as virtually no head forms on a fairly aggressive pour. Soda-like effervescence as well.

Classic saison/Belgian pale aromas - dry grassy notes, a little citrus snap and a touch of funk. Fairly subdued bouquet for the style.

Lemon-pepper/dry citrus notes at the front, quickly followed by lime zest and a touch of crackery yeast. Not much going on here...hibiscus and Brett are nowhere to be found. There's a bit of a lime rind punch toward the end of the sip, quickly finishing with lingering bitter-citrus notes.

Light, effervescent complexion makes the brew at least drinkable.

Not at all what I was hoping for. I presume the acid from the added lime wiped out a lot of the flavor profile. If you've ever made ceviche, you know how you have to be careful with lime as an ingredient. Seems like I recall a lime-added brew from the Bruery that was a disaster, even worse than this. This is just kind of bland.

Jul 23, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeanBump from California

Pours a cool pinkish orange color with little head. Smells a bit funky due to the brett and slightly floral. I never got any of the bitterness that other reviewers mentioned. Rather, I got sort of a malty, brett/saison with hints of hibiscus and a little lime tartness. Overall, pretty good beer. Its light and drinks well on a warm day.

Jun 29, 2017
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2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Classic golden color, great carbonation, thin lacing. Aroma is a very traditional Brett saison with the expected tart barnyard smells along with loam, but also has a bit of rubber / plastic in there too. Taste lacks dimension, and has a very sharp bitterness at the end which almost tastes like lime gone bad. Not bright, complimentary tartness but just sour & bitter. Zero hibiscus that I could detect. I think the Brett & lime really clashed with each other, and the result is a very disappointing beer from two very reputable brewers. Can't all be winners, I guess.

May 18, 2017
3.94 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on May 16, 2017
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3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Nov 03, 2016
3.68 by HeartofMiami from Florida on Oct 16, 2016
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Knobs303 from Colorado

I thought this beer was going to turn out better.

Aug 13, 2016
4.26 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled October 2015, batch #2, had on 5/31/16.

Pours a good looking cloudy pink, with a one finger head and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Smell is tart, yeast, lime, Brett, lemon, a floral scent. The taste is lime, yeast, Brett, some lemon, some pear, oak. Fair amount of hop bitterness midway through the finish. Smooth. light bodied, the taste lingers.

Like the flavors, how the lime and hibiscus work well together. Well balanced overall. It's certainly worth a try.

Jul 09, 2016
3.83 by JoeMans from New York on Jun 27, 2016
4 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2016
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4 by BltByKrmn from New York on May 26, 2016
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3.91 by CBrodbeck from Florida on May 21, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #2, bottled in 10/2015. Moderate gusher upon popping the cork. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pinkish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, cranberry, pineapple, mango, pear, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, oak, honey, cracker, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity fruity/spicy/funky yeast, lime/hibiscus, oak, and light pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, cranberry, pineapple, mango, pear, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, oak, honey, cracker, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and light fruity/tannic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, cranberry, pineapple, mango, pear, white wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, lime/hibiscus, oak, and light pale malt flavors; with a great tartness/spiciness balance and no astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from tart/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic/tannic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Brett saison, All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, lime/hibiscus, oak, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

May 19, 2016
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Arctic Soirée from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 486 ratings