Sankt Hans Amber Saison
Grassroots Brewing

Sankt Hans Amber SaisonSankt Hans Amber Saison
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #355
Ranked #6,398
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Sankt Hans Amber SaisonSankt Hans Amber Saison
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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, dated 05.17.18, poured into a Half Acre "occult" tulip glass. Enjoyed on 07.07.19, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice amber and honey olor, cloudy with a white head that has great soapy lacing. The aroma pleasant, soft funk, assertive amber grains, citrus peel, a bit of spice and floral bouquet with mineral water as well. The flavors are right in line with the nose, amber malts and biscuity cereal grains, lemon peel, orange blossom and other fragrant wildflower comes across with some raw honeycomb and soft funkiness and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, coating medium body that is lively and crisp with a lightly tart finish.

Verdict: A very nice amber saison from Grassroots/Hill Farmstead. It's simple and straight to the point but it's rewarding and very refreshing to drink.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle onsite at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

This one pours a nice golden amber color, with a big fluffy head and lots of lacing.

This smells like honey, grassy funk, herbal tea, bready malt, lemon, and toast.

This is really well done. It’s got a nice malt character for the style, with a nice warm toastiness and some definite breadiness. There’s a soft lemony acidity, and lots of hay type funk, and just a hint of honey sweetness.

This is light bodied and surprisingly creamy, with a great level of drinkability.

I had been looking forward to trying this for a while now. It did not disappoint.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: (4.00) Fantastic amber colour. Deep and dark almost like a peach or ice tea. Decent foam quickly dissipates to a ring.
S: (4.25) White grape, grass, lemon, honey, cloves, pepper, biscuits. Lots of different saison/farmhouse elements with a pronounced white grape aroma.
T: (3.75) Tart/sour flavour up front of white grape and lemon transition to a sweeter orange, spice and biscuit malt profile. Very strong flavours with that pleasing white grape really taking centre stage. Dry finish.
M: (4.00) Good oily body with a moderate carbonation pretty near to style. Wasn't detecting a lower carbonation as others have pointed out. Might've improved with newer batches (bottled May 2018).
O: (3.75) A very flavourful saison. My preference for saisons leans towards more of a spice/grass focus as opposed to fruit, however this is nonetheless very delicious.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. I got one bottle just because I drove a gazilloin miles to get to HF and I generally buy a bunch when I'm there. So I got and am glad I did. A little tart. I might buy another one if I was there when they released it again.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber. Not much in the form of head. The cap came off easily, so I wonder if there were some packaging issues. By that, I mean that it didn't seem as tightly on the bottle as other Hill farmstead ales. Smells like many of Hill's saisons. There's that yeasty lemony house character. This carries though as far as taste, but there isn't much else. It's dry. I don't know if greater carb would have led to a more pronounced body, but it felt very thin. I wouldn't call this a disappointment, but it was pretty ordinary by Hill's standards.

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Photo of PHBoiler
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2015 bottle. Poured still. Amber color is right on point. Fairly lemony tart. It's an interesting contrast with the malty body. It does drink a little heartier than the others but it is difficult to get all the flavors with no carbonation. It's an annual release and the brewery let this beer out, so I'll rate the experience that I had.

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Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with hints of orange. Off white head that doesn't linger very long. Very little carbonation even with a pretty aggressive pour. HF yeast aroma that has a hint of tartness to it. Just a bit of honey on the nose and flavor. Dry and crisp with more sourness in the flavor than aroma. I'd really like this more if it were carbonated a little more.

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Photo of shnsajax
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just came in flat, not even a half finger head. Flavor profile was good, right amounts of spice and acidity but really needs some carbonation where this had none.

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Photo of akdo
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The body is bright yellow, has a little bit of carbonation and has a one-finger white head. For a North American beer of any category, this one has an extremely good head retention. The head recedes to a thin white layer that nearly covers all of the beer.

Smell: The nose serves as a prelude announcing that we will deal with a simple beer. I could smell lemon. There is a little bit of the funkiness you would experience with a Belgian saison in the form of a feeling of heat.

Taste: The palate follows the nose. The beer maintains a taste of lemon juice during the tasting. As it is about to enter our throat, it has a mild peppery, and even salty, taste. Unfortunately, the taste of grasses is weak. As a result of that, I had the feeling I was tasting a mild Sauvignon blanc that is not too sour.

Feel: Despite having the appropriate wateriness, the beer didn't feel refreshing as other North American or Belgian saisons. Moreover, because of its very limited notes of spices, this saison was closer to a white wine than beer. The taste is not unpleasant. The beer just seems out of place.

Overall: This is not the best North American saison I've had, because it is not hoppy and therefore spicy enough on the back-end. However, this is the beer I will use to introduce a beginner to saison.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a musty smell, lots of yeast. Some fruits hidden behind. Taste is fairly malty, with some hops and a bit of fruit. Not one of the good ones from these guys, but still decent.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 0625/2015. 25oz. bottle served in a tulip at 47 degrees. Pours an amber hue with a slight haze and a loose, quarter inch, off-white head the dissipates into a soapy froth around the edges. Copious tiny bubbles are present adhering to the walls of the glass. Nose suggest chamomile, grassy notes and a hint of lemon. Taste follows nose - lemon coalesces nicely with the tea qualities. Mouthfeel is light in body with a kiss of acidity and a subtle carbonation. Overall, pleasant and easy drinking, but perhaps a bit young still. A nice beer, but not my favorite Grassroots offering.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a glowing orange.

The aroma has lemon hay sweetness bready lemon zest . Orange marmalade sweetness.

The flavor follows with signature HF lemon herbs bready malt. Orange and sweet lemony candy. Onto a dry and clean finish.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

September 24th, 2013 - The Sankt Hans Amber Saison was a treat served by a friend at a board game night, and impressed all much more than the board game did. The color is a murky, soft, brown-orange, heather at the edges, and effusive with buttery saffron notes in the smell. Yeast and white grape juice add a second and third dimension, with a full, fluffy smell and texture. The palate is on the light side, clear and quenching, and initially sour and carbonated. My first impression is that this resembles the Italian beer Panil, but a little flatter, and with the flavors and sourness reigned in. This saison also brings in more mandarin orange citrus, a light delicate palate, and tangerine to bring a hard-to-build balance.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just blew me away..tart, sour, moderate funk and the fruit notes: apricot, peach, orange are just phenomenal. of the best saisons I have ever tasted.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Amber in color. Fairly cloudy in appearance. Almost no head. Tart. A bit Malty. Lemon, apple, pear, minerally and some funk. Clean, dry finish. Low to very little carb. It's ok.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer from Grassroots, though at least for me, the sour component was a bit excessive. On the nose, one gets some light spice, a hint of clove and even some malty sweetness, but the lemon sour and light funk really take center stage. The flavor profile is just more of the same, with once again the sour component dominating. Drinkability is pretty good, as you would expect with such low (relatively) alcohol, but this beer also has great acidity as well.

Nice beer that would be terrific on a warm day in the summer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

The beer is hazy and golden with a thick, white head. The aroma offers lemons, farmhouse funk, grape skins. Mild acidity with some citrus notes, floral and herbal notes as well. Light to medium in body. A touch of earth and some lemon rind counter a mild sweetness. Tasty.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is slightly hazed golden amber with a foamy white head. Nose has lots of farmhouse yeast notes with fruity esters. Some lemon and white grape skins. Hints of caramel malt play in faintly. Taste is a bit more sweet, farmhouse yeast up front, soft body, caramel and sweet esters. Fruity and lemony notes play in back with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Stronger farmhouse notes come out as it warms giving a nice balance and depth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Big head. Great retention. Chunky surface foam. Mostly clear amber body.

Smell - Bretty. Lemony acidity. Earthy notes from the brett. Bready malts.

Taste - Bready malts and some tang from the brett. Lemony. Grainy malt and a little caramel.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Easy drinking. Medium light body.

Overall - Good saison characteristics, but nothing extraordinary. The light tanginess keeps it interesting.

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Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes taken yesterday at Blackback in Waterbury, VT. Still plenty of great beers flowing after the madness of Saturday.

A- Mid amber body poured from taps to a HF tulip snifter. Hazy yeast throughout and a foamy white cap with good retention. Small island and tiny ring with no lace.

S- Brett cherry and band aid, lemony tart citrus, vinous grape and stone fruit in a fruity funky aroma. Herbal tea comes to mind with some Saison yeast aspects.

T- Lemony lactic tartness rides flavors of white grape, apple, stone fruits, lemon and orange zest, cherry pits and cracked grains. Yeasty pepper, slight spicy herbal Saison notes with a bit of funk.

Mf- Dry light end body with silky, fizzy texture. Tartness throughout while carbonation is medium and smooth.

For me a nice light funk and medium tart with an apple and grape fruity vinous feel. Crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of GJ40
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 750ml bottle dated "07 2013" at cellar temperature. Thanks surge1311!

A - Light amber with a hazy finish and a moderate white head. A steady rise of bubbles gives it a liveliness. Nice lacing.

S - Lemon, bubble gum, wheat and grass.

T - Tart with a firm but restrained lemon flavor. Various other fruits and some nice funk too.

M - On the lighter side but it works. A nice low carbonation.

O - A very refreshing and flavorful beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. High expectations. Slightly under cellar temps.

Appearance- Clear amber with two finger head that left nice lacing. Surprised how clear it is. Figured it would be cloudier.

Smell- A very rustic spicy, tart, funk that reminds me of Arthur mixed with a young lambic. Some mild earthy characteristics, woody notes, real funky yeast, lemons and limes, and maybe some pears.

Taste- Oaky funk up front that goes into a tart lemony/apple flavor. Earthy and floral. Similar to Arthur and Convivial but a little roast and very mild hop bitterness. Not too much going on, but what is there, is real solid.

Mouthfeel- Very, very light. This is more or less what the beer lacks. Body isn't really there. Good carbonation, but needs more viscosity to balance it out. The tartness is nice and mildly puckering.

Overall- A nice tart amber saison with nice flavors going on, but lacking in body. Tarter than expected, but that's always nice.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Note: bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse in 2012

Appearance: Hazy, medium amber - the bottle opens with some big carbonation, fades to a medium head, solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Funky and interesting - some nice saison yeast, with some barnyard aromas, clove, pepper, and spice - pale and caramel malts - earth and some dirt, but also very clean - some light fruits, like apple, as well as some lemon - lightly phenolic - some nice tartness

Taste: Tart, funky, tasty - pale and caramel malts, with a touch of amber grains - lightly toasty - really nice yeast component, with a touch of barnyard, clove, lemon, and pepper - some really nice light fruitiness, with both esters (apple) and tart notes (lemon) - finishes tart and dry

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light and medium - nicely dry, nicely tart, finishes very clean

Overall: More fortunate than Sankt Hans Moleman

This is a lovely saison. I hope it gets brewed again, and sees distribution beyond the Hill Farmstead property line. It's nicely funky and tart, yet also clean. Quite, quite nice.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber gold. Fluffy, sticky, white head. Drops to a tiny chunk of a cap with big sticky lacing.

Smell: Lightly tart. Carries some nice yeasty funk. A touch bready with some hints of acetic tartness. Some powdery yeast and some vague fruity elements. Slight caramel malt sweetness. A touch of apple. Some pearr and even a touch of mango. Nicely fruity. A bit of leather.

Taste: A bit less tart than the nose. Mild malt backbone adds some caramel malt sweetness as a compliment. Yeast is powdery and light leaving some solid earthy and grassy notes. A bit damp and musty, with a slight toasted and roasted malt element as well. A touch acetic. A vague sort of nuttiness coupled with an almost cocoa nib note. Woody. Herbal and slightly floral as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium moving toward light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Slightly dry.

Overall: Summer, not Gruber.

A nice balance of tart and funky. The darker malt profile gives it a nice touch of sweetness.

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

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.
Appearance is a nice amber color, good head on this beer two fingers high.
Smell is very nice yeast, some sour and tartness.
Taste is delicious and bold. Sour fruit, tanginess, some tart citrus acid.
Mouthfeel was spot on for me. Just right viscosity and just right amount of bubbles on the tongue.
This beer was a delight to enjoy. A bold and flavor forward saison.

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