Grassroots / Kissmeyer Bliss Of Absence (Wine Barrel Aged) | Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted at Hill Farmstead Brewery with our friend Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Brewing, this blonde ale was brewed with chamomile and lemongrass and then aged in wine barrels for 10 months.

It represents the fondness of memory, the satisfaction of great effort and the joy of great results.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Prairie Dino tulip.

A~ glowing light orange with a soft white head and a lot of lacing.

S~ tons of lemon up front along with floral and tea like characters. lots of wine barrel funk on the back end. also a little hay/straw like aspects.

T~ the lemongrass comes in first and punches you right in the face! followed by a burst of lemony tartness, oak, and wine barrel funk. a bunch of chamomile on the back end that lingers on the tongue.

M~ very refreshing and crazy drinkable, a little surprising for a wine barrel aged brew. wait never mind haha! perfect carbonation, exactly where i like it for this style.

O~ this is incredible, no surprise it went so fast. you can really tell exactly what went into this brew, its just so well balanced! i really love what HF has been doing with wine barrels lately. Le Sarrasin along with this both have very similar barrel characteristics, i wouldn't be surprised if they used the same type of wine barrel. this is also very similar to Tired Hands Parageusia1, i think they've been talking haha! now lets just hope for another HF/Grassroots Tired Hands colab.! but in the mean time we have these amazing works of art to hold us over. thankfully!

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500 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow with a nice white head. Thick chunky collar and a bit of lacing.

Smell - Lots of white wine. Light citrus. A bit of tea-like herbal character. Some sweetness too.

Taste - Citrus up front and a light tartness. Sweet pale malt also. Lemongrass is really strong here. Citrusy and grassy. The chamomile gives it an interesting kinda earthy herbal flavor. White wine becomes much more prominent in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very lightly tart. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Wine barrel is delicious, as always from HF. Maybe too sweet, but the herbal additions are interesting enough that it doesn't bother me.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

A-Cloudy yellow, nice carbonation, two finger head

S-Grapes, oak, lemon, wheat, slight notes of grass.

T-starts with grapes and oak, nice tartness, lemon, citrus followed up with grass and spice.

M-lighter, dry finish with nice carbonation.

O-As it was the beer improves even more.

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Grassroots / Kissmeyer Bliss Of Absence (Wine Barrel Aged) from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 75 ratings