Grassroots Arctic Soirée | Grassroots Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
474 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Grassroots Arctic SoiréeGrassroots Arctic Soirée
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MasterSki on 11-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
474
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
73
For Trade:
12
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of rand
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

 1,029 characters

Photo of BeanBump
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

 337 characters

Photo of ajm5108
2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

 569 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eman17
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was going to turn out better.

49 characters

Photo of madelf66
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

 514 characters

Photo of JoeMans
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wonothesane42
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eire
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

 1,890 characters

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Grassroots Arctic Soirée from Grassroots Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.