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Grassroots Arctic SoiréeGrassroots Arctic Soirée

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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

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Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty beer. When I poured it my immediate thought was Pink Flamingos. It's a very still beer, no head.
Aroma was floral, funky, and fruity.
Very strong lime taste. Earthy/funky from the brett. Late bitterness, like they threw in the lime zest.
Light-bodied, crisp.

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Photo of Trevor11
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Arctic Soiree was not as palatable to me compared head to head against the Arctic Saison both of which I picked up from Fischmann's in Chicago. It has a rosy hue (originating from the hibiscus most likely). It is a very clean beer that lacks certain depths maybe from the overwhelming lime notes.

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Photo of BenGap
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A reddish pink hue with light white head. The nose is almost entirely floral, as is the taste but with a bitter citrus undetone. Seems like grapefruit bitter but the description notes limes. I get the hibiscus in nose and taste but little brett funkiest which would help this beers complexity. Decent saison, but not my favorite from Anchorage.

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Photo of hopley
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer - the brett is more of a background note, if that. Pours a nice color light orangey pink color, smell is waftingly wonderful, taste is fresh and sweet, and the mouth feel is tasty. A pretty pedestrian description if I say so myself - for a beer that I was not optimistic about based on reading the reviews, but came away very satisfied with after drinking. The only negative I would add is that I actually prefer this on the colder side as when it warmed up too much, it was a little watery - seems to lose a little of its cheerfulness...

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Photo of boredalready
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am probably a bit of a Hill Farmstead/Grassroots homer but I enjoy this beer. Granted, I don't enjoy it as much as Soigne or Convivial but it is a dry, refreshing, and slightly fruity saison with decent drinkability. Nice color from the hibiscus as well.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got all excited when I found this bottle. Figured with a name like HF on the side it had to be good. Well it was, but not great. Easy drinking but rather bland and lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of itsJB
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, light pink, 1/2cm lacing around the edge, stream of bubbles in center of glass

Aroma: like Chardonnay, light, oak, vanilla, perfum-y flowers, lime

Taste: funky, not-dry Chardonnay, light, more floral, hint of lime, touch of oak/vanilla/sweetness

Feel: Crisp, light, soft

Overall: light and refreshing, seems complex but flavors are simple and muted, funk comes out more as it warms, super pretty color

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color. Hazy in appearance. Hints of lime, brett and minerals. Simple grain malt profile. Very light and refreshing. No sourness. Kinda bland.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a clear reddish amber with one finger of bubbly white head. A good looking sour, more Kriek than Saison, but nice. Scents of lime juice, grapefruit juice, medium-light hibiscus and passion fruit, sour barnyard Brett funk and light malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a sour, fruit-forward aroma with lesser levels of barnyard funk than expected. A nice aroma, odd and experimental as true farmhouse Saisons tend to be and overall pleasing. Flavor begins lightly sour with notes of funky yeast, medium lime juice and light hibiscus tea. Middle adds some light lime zest flavors, but continues the above flavor profile, with lime flavors becoming medium-high. Finish is dry with medium-high notes of lime juice, light hibiscus tea, light white pepper and very light oak barrel and funky yeast. Sourness is medium throughout, not overwhelming. Aftertaste is lime juice, hibiscus and light grainy malt with hints of white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a light, lime-forward, moderately sour ale that gets most of its sourness from the lime flavors and not a big amount of yeasty funk. The oak barrel is also light, yet the hibiscus is present. An odd experiment that is extremely refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high, effervescent carbonation and a slightly watery and puckering feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very light, crisp, refreshing beer, perfect for summer. Overall this is a good experimental sour. The added ingredients are still present after a year of aging in the aroma and flavor profiles and the flavor and mouthfeel are quite refreshing. However it is not without its faults. The Brettanomyces character is far to low considering this is a 1-year aged bottle and the oak tank is barely present in the aroma or flavor. It is a good beer, but it lacks a bit compared to other sours as a result. Still worth trying.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 83/100

A very average DIPA, I for some reason really thought this would rock. However it had a bit of a soapy after taste and the body was a bit flat. However it was very easy to drink~

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a pinkish orange hue with one finger head that doesnt hang round long,the smell is funk, oak, brett and I definately get the hibiscus, the feel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and on taste its a little muddledit starts off like the saison it is with that rustic farmhouse taste but its overhauled by the brett and hibiscus and finished with a touch of lime and overall im abit let down by this was expecting more but will still quaff the bottle cheers.

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

good but not fantastic.
rose to peach hue with a thin layer of head.
hibiscus is there with other subtle flavors.
not much sour bite. finishes oaky dry.
low carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pinkish orange body. Hazy. Big white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Floral. A little lime. Some brett. A little sweet and musty.

Taste - Sweet and floral up front. Lime is kinda lost. Brett builds. Kinda drops off and leaves some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Eh. Just shy of what I'd consider good.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Appears a pale orangeish pink with white head. The nose is full of lime, fruit, citrusy hops, and a hint of funk at the back end. The hibiscus is certainly present but I can't really put my finger on any descriptors for it. The flavor is juicy and refreshing. The flavors are relatively mellow for a saison as it lacks that farmhouse funk that I am used to with the style. Well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of kevanb
3.28/5  rDev -15%

750ml bottle poured into an Anchorage Teku. Enjoyed on 9.2.2014, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a pinkish orange color, light amber, very clear with many bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A fizzy, off white, slightly pink head rises, maybe a finger or so, that has low retention and lace, but nice film. The aroma is very herbal and medicinal with plenty of hibiscus and wildflower, lightly funky, mild oak and a touch of fruit. The flavors showcase a bit more complexity, but are still dominated by heavy and medicinal hibiscus flower, a bit of the limey citrus comes out with some oak and funk, and the fruitiness from the yeast is a bit clearer. The body is oddly thick, but still struggles to coat the mouth, carbonation is a bit lower, but still lively, and the finish is a bit creamy but generally unsubstantial.

Verdict: A bit of a miss from Anchorage and Hill Farmstead here, the hibiscus is just a bit too overpowering and dominant and the texture is very odd, heavy but wispy and ethereal at the same time. There are some redeeming qualities in here for sure, the tart citrus from the lime could use a bit more oomph to balance things out, but this was generally unimpressive.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +3.6%

750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is spotty and sparse. Beer is a clear, pink ruby red. Decent.

Nose is spices, hibiscus, citrus, Brett and wood. Nicely aromatic, sweet and crisp. A treat

Opens citrus, Brett funk, lime and floral. Coriander and other spicy and floral notes in the middle with a decidedly Brett-y finish and just a hint of citrus fruit. Notes of oak, cobwebs and foam. Finishes clean. Really refreshing and drinkable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and crisp and refreshing going down. Clean finish with the slightest lingering aftertaste. The perfect session beer.

Just a really solid offering though nothing stands out about this beer. I could have a ton of this before I've had my fill though.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

750ml bottle (batch 1, 11/13) poured into a tulip
A: Ruby grapefruit is what comes to mind, light orange with a reddish/pinkish hue
S: Grapefruit, lime, wheat, a bit of pineapple
T: Matches the nose but lacks depth
M: Fairly light-bodied, a nice citrus acidity & a pleasant finish
O: The flavors don't blow me away but the rest of the beer is nice. Definitely screams grapefruit every step of the way (I'm not getting as much of the other notes the bottle mentions). A bit of brett but very much a complimentary note. Good not great; worth a try

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Photo of scottfrie
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours an interesting shade of pinkish-orange with a surprisingly unexciting head that quickly fizzed away into nothing.
S: Lime juice hits first followed by a rather cheesey and sweaty variety of funk. I get a few earthy barnyard notes as well. The hibiscus is noticeable as well, and gives off that characteristic dry floral scent.
T: The funky oak/brett and lime juice come through up front followed by floral hibiscus and bitter lime/yeast in the finish. The oak, hibiscus and Brett make for a dryish finish, but it's not as crisp and dry as I'd hoped. The aftertaste is mildly bretty but this beer really falls off in the end. I get a touch bitter lime in there as well.
M: Medium-light body, slicker and wetter than I would have liked, with soft and splashy carbonation.
O: Decent flavor, interesting ingredients, but I was disappointed by this one. Definitely not as good as it should have been on paper. Very underwhelming.

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Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged offering poured into a wine glass. The brew appears strikingly pink with a white head that is quick to fade. Some spots of lace hang on the glass.

The aroma includes notes of rinds and tart lemon juice. This is a pretty awesone nose, albeit simple and to the point. Faint wild yeastiness blends with lemon and faint herbal/floral appeal.

The taste is dry and grainy with floral herbal impact in the finish. Whereas the aroma makes it seem like this might he sour, the taste is dry and not even tart. It is simple and easy drinking, perhaps a bit of a letdown with being so mild flavored compared to the wonderful aroma.

This is a light bodied brew with ample carbonation. It is easy drinking with a very delicate flavoring across the board. Unfortunately the look and the nose were the best parts of this. Id take it again if offered but I would not pay the asking price again.

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Photo of stewart124
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter this is rose in color with little head if any. Some peach hues reflect the light.

Herbal notes come through in the nose with just a hint of a Belgian farmhouse yeast.

Smooth and yet watery in the initial sip. Effortless on the palate but I am warming to this. Light and the carbonation is lower then expected but it dances on the tongue. Playing to the light tartness this saison comes across well. The hibiscus and lime go well with the style and aide rather then compete with the farmhouse style.

Just a beautiful, easy drinking beer. A pleasure to drink even if it doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of cbutova
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- 750ml bottle pours to a tulip glass with a hazy, orange-pink body. A white head forms atop it to about two fingers high with a foamy, frothy texture. Decent head retention as a medium ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Aromatically most of what I get is spicy Farmhouse yeast. Notes of pepper, lemon zest, cooking herbs and fruits. Hints of barnyard straw, citrus, flowers and slight Brett funk beyond that.

T- Compared to the aroma things are much different and rounded out. The Saison yeast is still prevalent with the flavors mentioned above but the added ingredients and Brett open up. Notes of fresh squeezed lime juice, dry pineapple, citrus zest, tart floral hibiscus, cherry pits, dry straw and slight funk.

MF- Medium bodied Saison with a texture somewhere between foamy and creamy. Carbonation is at a moderately high level with a light tartness in the finish.

The flavor opens up a ton compared the aroma and the lime really comes into play there. Solid brew but for some reason the whole flavor just doesn't really end up being smooth as a whole.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-pink color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-grain, floral, lime, grapes, slight funk

T-grainy malt, lemon zest, lime, floral, sour grapes, light oak, light funk

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and a dry finish

O-interesting saison, great summer beer, crisp and refreshing

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #1, November 2013. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy light pink/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for very long. Not much lacing. Aroma is fruity and floral, the brew smells like hibiscus, lime, white grapes, pink grapefruit and some funk. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some bready malt and a bit of green apple noticeable. It's a lightly tart beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit dry with moderate carbonation. I think it's a nice, refreshing brew. $13.99 a bottle.

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