Sankt Hans Amber Saison
Grassroots Brewing

Sankt Hans Amber SaisonSankt Hans Amber Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #354
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,454
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
289
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Grassroots Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  10
Gots
  40
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviews by akdo:
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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 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

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 cp45
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sankt Hans Amber Saison from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 289 ratings