Gin Barrel-Aged Brother Soigné
Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #43
Ranked #880
4.44 | pDev: 6.76%
Jun 28, 2021
Feb 17, 2018
Gin Barrel-Aged Brother SoignéGin Barrel-Aged Brother Soigné
Notes: What now seems like ages ago, our dear friend Bim Lafontaine traveled from Japan to brew with us the inaugural batch of Brother Soigné, a beautiful collaboration that we continue to produce in the spirit of that visit. A small portion of a subsequent batch was aged in Caledonia Spirits gin barrels for nearly a year and then allowed an extended bottle conditioning. It's now ready to be enjoyed!
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4.84 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Jun 28, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

375 mL bottle. Slightly murky orange. Smells of orange and gin. Some earthy yeast notes. Tastes of gin, orange, lime, heavy herbal notes, light basement funk. Medium light. Excellent.

Feb 19, 2021
4.48 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Jan 05, 2021
4.33 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Jan 01, 2021
4.43 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Dec 04, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of chesco.
L:Golden deep orange/copper. Thick fluffy head with lacing.
S: Brett, oak, lemon, lime. vanilla.
T: Tart, lemon/lime with a little brett Barn funk. Soft and pleasant though, not sour. Berries, vanilla. As expected, more flavors keep showing up as it warms. (Particulary gin, oak and lime).
F: fairly full bodied yet dry.
Overall: Very nice. Still surprised that gin barrels can do such great things for saisons.

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery. Grassroots Brewing is a subsidiary of Hill Farmstead Brewery, VT.

Nov 28, 2020
4.39 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on May 14, 2020
4.35 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Dec 23, 2019
4.6 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2019
4 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Nov 08, 2019
4.61 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Sep 03, 2019
4.37 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Jul 22, 2019
4.44 by Beerbom from California on Jul 01, 2019
4.66 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2019
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Jun 13, 2019
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4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells fantastic - funky lime, oak, dusty brett, juniper, blood orange, floral funk, and spicy herbs.

The gin barrel is essentially a flawless match for the base beer - that funky and earthy lime and blood orange from the base beer is a great marriage to the fruity and herbaceous qualities of the gin. There's a nice oakiness, and a slightly creamy vanilla tone, along with a sharp and musty funkines. There's also that classic delicate citrusy funk all Hill Farmstead beers have.

This is light bodied, slightly creamy, very crisp, with a lightly lingering acidity at the end of each sip.

This is as good at it gets. It's inventive and unique, and puts a wonderfully weird spin on Brother Soigne. One of the most complex beers you could ever try.

Jun 03, 2019
4.58 by Kurmaraja from California on Jan 18, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this is amazing beer right here, a very cool furthering of the delicious original, and what must at this point be a pretty rare bottle, rare in my circles anyway, but thanks to my homie for cracking it open with me over the holidays, its fanciness and relative lack of availability made it suit the occasion perfectly. it really is something special, the gin is huge in here, maybe as much of it as i have known in a beer, certainly in a wild beer like this, and its so compatible with this particular fermentation profile, this brett is herbaceous, floral, and citrusy to me, especially in the nose, and the obvious juniper and culinary type herbs in the gin pair so well with it, i have rarely seen gin used so smartly, especially at this intensity. its almost like menthol when i inhale deeply to smell it, not minty but opening my senses like that, i smell it in my brain, so deep in my sinuses, its crazy. the lime in the base beer comes out a lot in the flavor, of course matching brilliantly with the gin, while the other elements in the beer seem to fall off a little bit compared to the original in favor of the gin and additional funky yeasty maturity, which is a trade off i would take gladly in this instance. the oak is strong here, but it has soft edges from the wheat in the base beer, this feels fluffy and full, bottle conditioned to perfection, and pours with the vigor of champagne. its texture as beautiful as the flavor. it does get a little more sharp when it warms up, acid and sour coming out, tons of lime later on, and some oak tannins too, still insanely fresh on the herbal side and its as flavorful on the exhale as it is on the palate, an incredible sip of beer. i love the funk profile, i love the gin barrel, and i love the company i got to share this with. next level.

Jan 08, 2019
4.24 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2018
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2018
4.1 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2018
4.75 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts on Dec 12, 2018
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4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Beautiful, perfect beer to pair with gin, spruce, pine, juniper, lime, blood orange, gin barrel, smooth, nice farmhouse ale

Dec 08, 2018
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4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

nose is sweet candied lime, lemon heads, funky slightly spicy quality, hay. palate explodes with candied orange and lime, oak, gin and a hint of woodsy pine, there is hay, grassy barnyard, floral qualities, a decent amount of sweetness and almost feel like im detecting a hint of vanilla but well balanced with dry funky and oak character. mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful effervescent carbonation. i love the base beer used on this one, but the barrel imparts so much complexity in terms of oak and gin infused flavors. adds a good amount of sweetness and floral quality as well as like a woodsy flavor.

Nov 17, 2018
4.59 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Sep 05, 2018
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Aug 31, 2018
4.65 by CTJman from Connecticut on Jul 31, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by kevanb from Illinois

375ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 04.15.18, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright apricot color, hazy and cloudy with a foamy white head, good retention yielding spots of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, strong gin barrel, strong oak and lots of botanicals, funk, citrus peel, mineral water, floral bouquet and doughy pale grain. The flavors are good, juicy citrus and tropical fruit, more of the base Brother Soigné, gin botanicals, funk and pale grain with warm and sweet booze and linger oak. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy, lively texture with a medium body and a tart finish.

Verdict: A good saison from Hill Farmstead. The gin botanicals are a nice compliment to the base saison and pair well with the citrus peel, but the beer does read a bit boozy and the barrel character is a bit heavy and can mute some of the brightness.

Jun 28, 2018
4.64 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jun 17, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Bottle thanks to Stephen - very unique

May 23, 2018
4.5 by edthehead from New York on May 10, 2018
4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland on May 09, 2018
4.41 by dental from Massachusetts on Apr 25, 2018
4.5 by Argento from Rhode Island on Apr 20, 2018
4.47 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Apr 14, 2018
4.43 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Apr 13, 2018
4.46 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Apr 13, 2018
4.56 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Apr 09, 2018
3.67 by Jhfinn from New York on Apr 02, 2018
Gin Barrel-Aged Brother Soigné from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 45 ratings