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Grassroots / Tired Hands Wachu SaisonGrassroots / Tired Hands Wachu Saison

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by codewarrior on 10-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into HF over-sized wine glass stemware. Thanks to uvm2003 for sending this to me in the BIF. Probably bottled at least two years ago at this point. There is a date labeled what appears to be 7/25/12, not sure if that is a best by date as I'm pretty sure this beer was made over two years ago.
Tired Hands collab brewed with long-grain red rice, schezuan pepper-corns, and Yuzu fruit. According to label: "If there exists such a beer as an Asian Farmhouse ale, this is our rendition of it.

A- Gusher as soon as the cap is taken off, tried to pour fast so it didn't get all over my counter. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a big foamy white head that measures at least 4-5 fingers. Nice consistent carbonation.

S- Classic hf saison yeast, a little bit of brett, lemons, slight pepper-corn, other fruits that I can't put my finger on (probably because I have no idea what Yuzu fruit is). Aroma has held up incredibly well.

T- Saison yeast with a bit of fruit reminiscent of a bit of lemons, oranges, passion fruit, etc (I'm assuming this is from the Yuzu fruit), faint funk, slight pepper-corns on the finish and can taste the rice aspect slightly. Very well balanced, clean saison qualities, held up extremely well- never had this fresh but seems like it hasn't deteriorated at all.

M- Medium bodied, clean, crisp, decent carbonation, light fluffy head, all the great qualities of a saison.

O- This beer holds all the great qualities of a perfectly crafted saison and has held up surprisingly well after being brewed well over two years ago. The "Asian-aspect" of this beer comes out nicely and adds a nice unique characteristic balancing with the saison qualities of the beer. This was an absolute treat to try and is definitely still worth seeking out. This makes me want to open up some of the HF saisons that I've been cellaring for over a year.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/25/2012? Not sure if that's what the date means. A collaboration between Grassroots and Tired Hands. A must try, even with my dismal outlook on collabs.

Appearance - Golden orange. Huge overflowing white head. Layers cling inside the glass. Impressive. Thick collar after it all finally settles.

Smell - Floral with some tropical fruits. A bit of apple. Lots of brett. Some sweet malts.

Taste - Dynamic. Apples counterpointed by some peppery notes. Sweet malts. Earthy tones from the brett. A build up of bitter flavors and a spicy finish. Tough to pinpoint the spice. Cardamon or something. I'm probably way off, but it's something that plays with that earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Way overcarbonated. Probably my fault for sitting on this bottle for so long. Medium bodied and a little sweet.

Overall - Great incorporation of flavors. I wonder how much it has dried out or maybe would have dried out if I sat on it longer. Definitely would have carbonated even more, but I'd be interested to see what flavors pan out as the brett chows down on the sugars.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.3.13
Date is rubbed off

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a huge cream-colored active head with good retention, foamy.

S - Spices, pepper, sweet.

T - Peppery, spices, sweet maltiness from the rice.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Black pepper and rice make this spicy and sweet, but very nicely balanced and super easy to drink. Very well done.

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Photo of Skrip
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish snifter

A~ hazy glowing orange with a crazy thick head. it almost looks like an ice cream float.

S~ very floral, peppercorn, bready yeast, and slightly tart.

T~ whoa! lots of hibiscus right up front. peppercorn, passion fruit, pineapple follow closely. finishes off with a nice tartness from the brett.

M~ very carbonated, smooth, and all around refreshing!

O~ i always love an amazing saison and this is right up there with some of the best HF's. if you really enjoy floral beers and teas like i do you will love this! it also reminds me of Fantome Saison but with hibiscus rather than jasmine and replace the smokeyness of the Fantome with brett. mmm...! how could you beat that!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. Fades very slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and coriander and other spices, Belgian yeast, funky Brett, barnyard smells, lemon zest, honey.

T - Sweet grainy malts with lemon zest, citrus hops, coriander and other spices, Belgian yeast, funky Brett, tart green fruits, honey.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and estery finish.

D - Nice funky Saison, Great Brett character and nice balance.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429, thanks, a long time want really glad I got to try this. This beer is pretty overcarbonated and since it is stored in the standard 12 ounce bottles I think people should be drinking them now lest they have a bottle bomb on their hands in the future. I enjoyed the brett and fruit character of this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a big white head, aggressive carbonation, lots of retention but minimal lacing.

Aroma is fruity, sweet, very yeasty / bretty.

Beer is light in body, effervescent and the Brett comes through very strongly. It is a nice beer, reminiscent of Rayon Vert or beers of the like, nice finish, dry beer overall. I'd have this again if it were made again for sure.

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Photo of TheBeerologist
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
This was a bit of a gusher, but my cat-like reflexes enabled the gush to go in a glass and not a drop was lost

Once the pour settled - this was a beautiful hazy golden straw color with a fairly substantial head that left a good bit of lacing on the glass

Smells of tart barnyard funk and a bit of fruit and spice.

This is a tasty saison that has its fair share of bretty funk along with some nice subtle floral and almost lemony apple taste to it. The peppercorn leaves a striking note in the aftertaste along with an almost astringent cherry medicinal flavor that lingers for a bit (think Ludens cough drops). A fairly complex and interesting flavor profile that really left me wanting more to try and figure it all out.

After the initial onslaught of gush, this was a nicely carbonated beer with a light body

Overall this was a very good saison with some great complexity and I wish it were more readily available. Definitely try it if you get a chance.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, dull orange with half an inch of a loose white head that laces. The nose is intense with huge spicy and herbal notes )which I attribute to the peppercorn being unfamiliar to yazu fruit). The taste is outstanding and doesn't disappoint with huge spice, yeast, and malt backbone. It's medium to full bodied with great flavor and balance. The aftertaste is slightly spicy and dissipates gradually...not a ton of Brett in the mouthfeel, but still present.
It's a very delicious beer that's completely worth trying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from the recent cellar offerings, at Blue Monk. Very barnyard. In fact barnyard gets in the way of all else. If not for the style I would suspect skunking. Lacey, above average mouthfeel. Some earthy and bretty taste with that horse.Not great drinkability, but for what it is was of some interest.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy off-white large head which leaves some sticky lace.

N: Peppery spices, bready yeast, some barnyard funk, floral and fruity, grass and hay.

T: Well integrated balance of warm spicy pepper, yeast and funk. Nice floral and earthy notes.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Lingering peppery spice finish.

O: Enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.  Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Funky aroma with zesty spice, ground proper flakes, light fruit and booze.  Can pick up the peppercorns but they don't overpower everything else.  Well integrated and nicely complimented by farmhouse yeast, light fruit and bread notes.

Medium bodied with a complex and interesting flavor profile.  Zesty, pepper spice and peppercorns up front provide some zesty heat.  Somewhat chalky mouthfeel and a slight bready yeast flavor that lingers over the other notes without overpowering everything.  Nice amount of heat over funky yeast, light fruit, citrus and bread.  Really well done pepper beer that's easy to drink.  Nice heat but no burn and the ABV is very well masked.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear, light golden color with two fingers of long lasting head.

S: Starts out with some gingery spice with some lemon zest, guava, peppercorn, and light Brett funk. Very dry smelling. Quite nice.

T: Very similar to the smell, but the Brett funk is dialed up a bit with a good amount of tartness. Quite dry with a good amount of ginger, lemon zest, and peppercorn. Very good.

M: Very light with very high carbonation.

O: A very good Saison. The smell is perfectly balanced between fruitiness, spiciness, and Brett funk. The taste is a bit too dry for my palate, quite sharp on the tongue. Having said that, this is a very good Saison.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, rocky, white head. Almost too much head to pour without a huge mess. Cloudy golden body.

Nose is tart and horsey. Orval-like.

Flavor is crisp, tart, quenching. The Brett is a huge contributor, only really getting the spices on the finish and aftertaste. Still a really great and unique brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tart bordering on astringent. Hits the palate hard and says, "Hey, I'm here, pay attention!".

Drinkability is higher than I originally thought. The Brett smooths out on the palate after a few sips and the Saison sweetness comes through a bit. Maybe this is my new summer ale!

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's during PBW.

The beer pours a fairly dark honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is most impressive in this bad boy, as I get considerable clove, sour funk, black pepper, light honey and underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I love the hoppy bitterness in this beer, which helps to buoy the honey, clove and considerable spice. Really, this is one of the better "non-Belgium" saisons I can recall having in quite some time. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but there's a "weightiness" to the mouthfeel that I really like. The beer other finishes well, with a wash of honey, clove and hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Wow! This was a very pleasant surprise. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Hazy golden-yellow liquid with a nice puff of white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma of yeast and wet grass, light fruit, sugary pale malts. Taste is a nice mixture of chewy bready malts, peppery yeast, light fruits--peach, pear, citrus--mild grassy funk, and a slightly sour twang; nice hop bitterness in the finish. Crisp, tasty, drying, light body, easily drinkable.

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Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful unfiltered golden color. Already can tell the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side. I let mine sit and ocassionally swirl in the glass before trying. This really helped with the carbonation. The smell is wonderful. Great Brett funk upfront. You get some citrus, I assume from the yuzu. Then you get some spice, typical for a saison. But the overall smell of the Brett and citrus notes gets me very excited.

The taste was perfect too. The brett hits you strong upfront and followed by a bit of sourness but not much tartness. The herbal and grassy taste come through strong and at the end I get the peppercorn. I love the flavor - I take a sip, let it hit every taste bud I can find and it never offends but it is packed with tons of flavor, funkiness, and pure beauty.

The mouthfell is great. Lingers very long on the palate. Nowhere near light bodied but not too thick, just like a saison/farmhouse beer should be. The taste and mouth just linger and linger. This is everything I want in a saison/farmhouse beer. I LOVE the Brett. It reminds me a bit of a Jolly Pumpkin, like the Oro Callabaza, but with more funk and less sour.

I wish the price wasn't so high. $12 for 11.5 oz is steap. I would perfer 750ml of this at $15-$20. I would give it a 4.5 overall if it wasn't for the price.

For those of you that like saisons, you'll love this beer. If you haven't tried many of this style it may be too much. But, life, he said, is all about style!

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Photo of DenverLogan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold straw color...lingering small head. Big aroma of grass, anise, crackers, flower fields. Rich flavors...some bitterness, fruit rind, citrus, grass, peppercorn, mango. Lingering bitter fruit rind finish with minimal alcohol notes. Overall tasty and fun...good for a pint.

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Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 12oz bottle into a tulip. A brewery I've been looking forward to!

Hazy dark orange body, with a big, thick offwhite head. Good lacing and fantastic retention. Nose is funky and bretty, lemon, spice, and incredibly floral/perfumy. Some sweet malt too, a real nice nose here. Taste echoes this, quite spicy and again a unique floral/herbal quality. Peppercorn in there too. Reminds me quite a bit of the DDC Noce de Soie. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Good effervescence, mildly drying and supremely drinkable. An excellent saison.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at prohibition pig

Big fizzy fluffy 2 finger head fades semi quickly with plenty of lacing, slight hazy golden orange yellow color.

Nose brings plenty of Brett, funky barnyard wild funk, light bready malts, hint of saison spices, light citrus.

Taste wild funk, tons of Brett again, barnyard funk but not quite horsehair, light bready malts and saison flavors, hint of spices and citrus with a nice peppercorn taste midway, light juicy malts, fluffy and smooth, quite carbonated. Finish is dry and bready, more lingering funk, light floral hops, bitterness lingering.

mouth is lighter bodied, tons of carb.

Overall nice, really shows the potential of Brett but without to much horsehair wet blanket, and nice saison notes in the background, but a bit too much carb.

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4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Golden color, chill haze. White, copious & foamy crown. Flowers, intense vanilla fragancy , clove hues & spices to the nose. Flavors are slightly malty touches, tangerine, peppery. Underlying sparkling sensation & velvet palate. Bitter finish, sweet malt notes. Flavorful body, moderate carbonation. Dry bitterness & fruits on the aftertaste. One of the best beers I´ve ever had !!

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Vito from the Copper Mine for giving me a bottle of this to try.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dulled brown stained orange with a nice 2 finger white crown that shows very good retention and lace.

Smell: Saison yeast, pear fruit, a hint of mango, some minor pepper spice, and other spices I can't wrap my palette around.

Taste: Same as the nose with a finish that is a touch medicinal and leathery but in a fairly enjoyable way. Hint of band aid as well. I've give this one a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Moutheel: Medium bodied with a good amount of very soft and fine carbonation. The crown adds to the creaminess.

Overall: A very drinkable and solid saison. I wouldn't snuff this one if given another chance to try it.

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Photo of Blanco
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a variety of reasons I've wanted to try this beer. I love Hill Farmstead and Grassroots is sister brand. This is a collaboration with Tired Hands, which will be opening down the road from me soon.

The beer pours a very light cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. The smell is of typical saison yeast with a hint of brett and a huge dose of spices. The flavor is similar and dry, though the spices are more prominent and overshadow the brett. Some lemon and orange citrus linger in the background as well along with a medicinal quality. The mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated. This is a pretty good saison. Certainly different. Not an everyday drinker, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, dark gold body with a tall, persistent, airy white head.

Smell: Damp hay, moist pears, pepper oil, an array of juicy citrus peelings, pinch of rock candy, a squirt of cheap perfume, with a butyric, phenol-soaked handkerchief chock full of bretty pleasantries.

Taste: Modestly bready, sweet maltiness before a launch into citric, sourish yuzu, pears, a ripple of kiwi, a slight but noticeable peppery, heat-inducing spiciness (albeit somewhat brief), and all the varied, funky, whimsical brett accents I'd hoped for. The taste is pulling up some cobweb-covered, forgotten taste/smell memory, but it's not quite coming to mind, like a mental car that just won't turn over. Some kernels of sweetness present themselves later on. Water-logged, citrusy, soured finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I liked it. While by no means an everyday saison for me, it was a delightful diversion to drink whilst ignoring the Oscars at an Oscar party.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a half finger tall fizzy white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a very thin layer of bubbles, mostly around the edges of the glass. Very minimal amounts of lacing.

S: Aroma is pungently sour and funky with hints of citrus.

T: Flavor is sour funk upfront with hints of citrus and pepper. Nice balance with moderate amounts of acidity.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness.

O: Lots of funk with pleasant amounts of complexity. Not super easy to drink but on the other hand, quite enjoyable. Would match well with aromatic cheeses.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are subtle sour aromas of Yuzu fruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a light amount of sourness and a moderate amount of acidity from the Yuzu fruit.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This isn’t as refreshing compared to other saisons but is very complex and makes for a good sipping beer. It is definitely unique for the style.

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Grassroots / Tired Hands Wachu Saison from Grassroots Brewing
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