Wachu Saison (2020 - Crooked Stave)
Grassroots Brewing

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.18 | pDev: 5.5%
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

A formative and pivotal collaboration first brewed in 2011, Wachu Saison once again unites Shaun E. Hill, Ryan Witter-Merithew, and Jean Broilet IV. Familiar ingredients, fresh context, and a new stage provide the elements for a comforting renewal of friendship and a decade of reflection.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful little saison here, courtesy of my friend back east. made at crooked stave. cool to get these made and bottled and out into the world. i dont get a ton of the szechuan here, but certainly the fresh yuzu is evident, as is a light earthy and starchy grain thing from the rice, a cool addition to the grain bill subtle as it is. this is very delicate looking, blonde and clean, clear until close to the very bottom of the bottle, and sporting a cool inch of white fluff. citrus driven with some kiwi and green gooseberry notes, raw wheat likely too, and a familiar bretty tart complex that i know from other grassroots brews, perhaps with a little bit of a crooked stave element to it too. i love the bright minerality this has, an almost brine aspect really highlights the yuzu and the herbal aspects. robust carbonation this really pops, a bottle conditioned feel to me, and sadly, the bottle is gone before i can really even fully appreciate it, its just so easy drinking, mellow but also complex in an almost addicting kind of way, and not too tart at all. while i was admittedly hoping for a bit of a tongue number with the szechuan, overall i am stoked on this beer and wouldnt change a thing. it would be fun to try the real old one now, im sure this ages will with this mixed culture, even at such a low abv. distinctive beer but not as way out there as it sounds like it will be on the label. yum.

Feb 13, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Slightly hazy yellow. Smells of strong citrus. Lemon lime. Tastes of peppercorns, wow. Lots of peppercorns. You behind it. Lightly tart, if at all. Grassy finish. Medium body. Very good, but not like I remember it.

Dec 14, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I go to HF it’s a rare treat so I get beer based on I ain’t gonna get there all that often so I get beers just to try. This was one of them and I like it a lot. Tart, easy to drink and if it’s available next time I go I would likely buy one or two more. This time I would share them.

Oct 16, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at The Casita Brewery in Downtown Wilson NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Appears Hazy golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped to a thin cap and nice lacing.
Smells yeasty, earthy, bready.
Taste follows the nose, plenty of yeastiness on the front.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with good carbonation.
Overall a very nice Farmhouse Ale Saison that I would definitely order again.

Oct 04, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a little bit of a head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like exotic citrus and yuzu, with some lemon, white wine, pear and melon.

I don’t really get the peppercorns in this, but the yuzu does come through strongly enough. It’s citrusy, maybe lime-ish, with a nice dryness on the finish, with some lemon rind and dry white wine.

This is light bodied, clean, and not very sour, with a very good drinkability.

I wanted some spice from the peppercorns, but otherwise this is nice stuff.

Sep 28, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale, straw yellow body; lively and heavy carbonation provides most of the cloudiness; thick and creamy white head, dense and sticky while leaving thick sheets of foam inside the glass. Interesting aroma, primarily fruity; pear and peach with green grass and herbal notes. Light sourness with some green apple; lime; little to no bitterness. Light body; soft and creamy; gentle tartness.

Ah, so refreshing and stimulating!

Aug 03, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottled dated Feb 26 2020, into the test glass
A - Forsythia color, withe excellent clarity. Meandering carbonation strolls contemplatively toward the surface. A thin ring of white hangs on the glass wall.
S - Fruit up front, Yuzu, lemon, a bit of citrus rime, I do get the hints of rice, and certainly a red pepper thread.
T - Light grains, sharp citrus, dance the dance, as the offering warms the Szechuan peppercorn holds its own. leaning toward the sweet hot side. This rolls really well with the sharp citrus edge.
M - Light in body, crisp on the palate, tart start moves toward the sweet finish. That transition alone is a delight. Linger is lemondrop candy in the best way.
O - A very creative and delicious offering from a great team of brewers. the rice added keeps this super focused of the fruit and peppercorns. While not giving full permission to take over. A very good offering

Aug 02, 2020
Wachu Saison (2020 - Crooked Stave) from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 15 ratings