Convivial Suaréz
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #44
Ranked #870
4.3 | pDev: 7.21%
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
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Notes: Saison brewed with hibiscus and lemon.
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed golden red pour with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head. Great ring of lacing.

S: Tart and acidic. Fruit, funk, and goodness.

T.F: Tart without being sour. Light grain/bread. Funk and oak... green fruits and lemon citrus. Hibiscus, pear, and white grape. Moderate acidity with some apple-cider vinegar. Complex... green apple peel and spice. Lots of different flavors going on and the character changes slightly as it warms. Medium bodied... prickly carbonation with more funk and green fruit at the finish.

O: An outstanding Saison. Tart but super drinkable and a great mix of flavors. Just awesome beer.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Mar 10, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a beautiful deep red with a fluffy white head. smells first and foremost of that inviting HF yeast / bacteria. also get hints of lemon, tea, earthy grass and hay. taste is similar with a noticeable lemon or citrus character. extremely east drinking and refreshing. almost no tartness or sourness to speak of. just that soapy, funky goodness that’s inherent in all HF saisons. mouthfeel is spot on. not overly bubbly. not thick but definitely not watery or thin either. overall this was super good. delicate, light, refreshing. very impressive stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a beautiful light ruby color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hibiscus and lemon hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced hibiscus and lemon flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great very well balanced Belgian Saison

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VABA from Virginia, Oct 12, 2019
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy with an orange hue; the one finger head fades quickly to a ringlet, leaving spotty lace

Smell: Vinous aromatics of rosé wine with the hibiscus and lemon tones merging with peppery phenols

Taste: Tart qualities forward, with bold lemon blending with the hibiscus flavors; the vinous character builds, through the middle; tart wheat bread tones expand, underneath, with the malt bringing a hint of caramel; with a peppery element in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A unique character to this tart Saison

Thanks, PhineasMcClintock, for the opportunity

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jan 13, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ActonBrewer for sending this bottle. Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. 2013 vintage bottle.

A: Orangish gold - somewhat darker than typical for style. A thin off-white head fades almost instantly. A fairly low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Lemon and citric acid tart. Lightly sweet biscuity malts. Some earthy and herbal character, and some citrus hops. A mild barnyard mustiness. Nice, but not much in the way of black pepper or funk.

T: Lemon and orange zest citrus, modest citric acid tartness. The biscuit malts add a bit of sweetness. Some coriander, and then some earthy and/or basement mustiness but stops short of anything I’d really call funk. A light grassiness reminiscent of lemongrass. Light citric tart and dryness in the hang.

M: A surprisingly high level of carbonation sensation for a bottle with age on it...but there's essentially no oxidation noticeable here either. Low alcohol presence, and an average heft to the body for style.

O: Really an enjoyable beer. Nice lightly tart citrus forward saison…not overly funky or earthy, but still has those things in mild amount. Minimal - if any - black pepper from the saison yeast. But that's a piddling complaint. Plenty tasty as it is.

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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite of all the Hill Farmstead offerings. Tastes of Hibiscus and Lemon. I think the color is truly unique - perhaps the most beautiful beer I’ve ever seen.

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npolachek from New York, Oct 10, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolutely beautiful looking brew. lemon, wheat, berries, floral, grassy, hay, dry, herbal and earthy, grape skin, green apple, mineral, mellow funk and lactic notes, balanced level of tartness.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Jun 14, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep red with thin white head. Has medium carbonation.
Smell: Hibiscus, dandelion, lemon, and raspberries.
Taste: Very tart, hibiscus, lemon, and raspberries.
Mouthfeel: Light.
Overall: A very good Saison from Hill Farmstead.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Dec 24, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bottle. Bottled on 9/??/17

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Well, folks it pours out red! Light white foam.

Sweet, juicy fruity aroma, funky and sour. Sweet N sour.

A swwet , juicy and funky sour flavor, lemmon tang, sour red grapes, light....easy and funky.

A very well done sour with nice additions. Quality.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Nov 12, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear reddish copper in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is hibiscus, lemon, floral, and a touch of hay. Taste mirrors the aroma with hibiscus and lemon dominating but a wonderfully tart note is also present in the dry finish. There is also a light funk throughout. Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. This is very tasty and refreshing; I really dig the combination of hibiscus, lemon, tartness, and funk.

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mnj21655 from Massachusetts, Oct 29, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: pours a rose colored light amber - looks like a glass of Rose wine.

Smell: earthy, sweet, funky, lemon, wildflower,

Taste: Tart with an unusual bitterness at first, probably from the hibiscus. Funky, sour, tangy, lemon zest, bright citrus, thick of grapefruit rind, lots going on here.

Feel: crisp and refreshing.

Overall: not my favorite offering from HF, but it is interesting.

750ml from brewery (9/20/17)
3.75 rating
Bottling date.: 5/25/18

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Oct 11, 2017
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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is reddish pink and fairly opaque with the finger thick head and pretty good retention. Looks like fresh Guyana juice. Smell is hibiscus and tart lemon as expected, guava, hay and a touch of wheat.

Taste follows the nose with a lot more juice coming through than expected. However, it does not over power the Saison-like tart and delicate flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, juicy and creamy up front. There is a nice refreshing finish that brings it all together. Overall, just an incredible beer.

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thatche2 from Georgia, Oct 08, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

absolutely gorgeous bottle of beer here, huge dept of gratitude to my friend for bringing this (and a whole bunch of other gems) back for me from vermont! i am hit or miss on hibiscus in beer, but i think saison is the right style for it, and i trust these guys to use it well, and they sure do! the flowers are tea-like in this beer, somewhat bitter, floral and springy, but delicate, not overpowering, and they seem to call out and highlight some cool floral and spicy elements in the wild yeast here, which is very much hill farmstead, a mix of agents i would think, soft farmy brett and some light acidic elements too that really jive with the lemon in here, this is a really smart beer, and there are cool synergistic relationships all throughout it. i get an almost lemonade aspect to it, very summery, and with some light sweetness from the grain. lemongrass too, zesty and fresh. some nice bitterness too in the end, gorgeously complex and rustic funkiness from the yeast, dynamic but also sort of subtle in the sense that this isnt overly weird or sour at all, yet its so interesting, really cool. amazing carbonation too, this absolutely dances on the tongue, and it drinks easy and refreshing even without being as dry as some of their others. sensational beer, stoked to have another bottle of it in the cellar so we can see how it ages. special stuff.

edit: ages well too, but absolutely no need for that!

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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a amber color with a two finger foamy white head, good retention

S- earthy and spicy yeast, dried hay, light funk, lemon peel, light barnyard funk, floral notes

T- slightly tart and funky, dried hay and barnyard, lemon peel, some hibiscus floral notes, the finish is dry with an earthy spicy yeast linger

M- medium light body with light carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- solid saison with just enough funk mixing with some soft floral notes

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Jun 21, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle shared with friends. Pours a cloudy/hazy orangish coppery color with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Floral notes, berries, funk, light earthiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more floral notes and a nice funk.

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4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish orange hue. Slightly transparent. Nice rocky white head but doesn't last too long. Floral, berry, lemon, funk on the nose. Peppery funk with lemon, orange zest, and a slight dry bitterness. Great.

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jfitzbrew from Vermont, Sep 16, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yields an orange-red color with a fizzy white head, not even leaving back a thin film of lacing.

Smells of strawberry bush, wild berries, hay and grass with a flowery lemon crispness on top. Got a dough wrapped old leather funk quality, accompanied by more hay and fresh cut wild flowers.

Has a lively carbonation to it, showcasing a light bodied, utmost refreshing and versatile beer. It turns pleasantly fruity onwards from the mid palate, while its funky farmhouse character maintains on the palate, with a softer turning mouthfeel, once an initial effervescence slowly dies down.

Tastes of juicy blood orange pulp and a dryer layer of lemon zest with its fruitiness setting the tone during the beginning. Offers a well nuanced stony mineral quality, which enhances the sourness of the lemon, soothed by white bread dough. A flowery hay aspect joins in, complimenting to the sour, intriguing fruit profile. Finishes slightly dry, sour, maintaining its thirst quenching fruit quality, slowly maturing to a more soddled state, due to noticable malts.

Another unique offering from this world class brewery, convincing on all fronts. To me this is an innovative beer which looks great, smells great, has a well balanced, lively, yet soft mouthfeel - and the beer actually tastes great. Differently from what I expected it to be, fruitier, but with such a nice depth to it.

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aleigator from Germany, Sep 12, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for sharing this with me on Memorial day poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead Goblet.

The color is a slightly magenta hued red color with slight haze and thin pink head with fine bead. The smell is both tropical with floral element and slightly citrus in scent with a mild yeast adding to the aroma. The feel is very good with a tart, tangy quality yet highly carbonated almost like a spritzer with a light dry finish.

The taste is excellent - mild yeast flavor leads to hibiscus which has a tangy fruity floral quality and lemony zest in the middle with a subtle malt which seems crisp with a dry finish. This is perfect for enjoying on a very warm day as it has a slight level of sourness and the high carbonation adds some refreshment -does not taste like a 6% ale at all

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, May 31, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

08 2014

Pours a lovely rosy amber color with a modest, frothy cap that sticks to the surface, Earthy, spicy, rustic aroma - dried flowers, hay, wheat, and strawberries. Very flavorful, tart, and fruity...definitely pushing the boundaries of Saison. Lemon, berries, mineral dryness, airy florals, peaches, light wheathy grain, and wood finishing with a delicate acidity. Light and crisp, fairly gentle carbonation. Thanks Patrick!

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wedge from North Carolina, May 31, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

* Not consumed on this date just finally posting my review

A-A nice Rose Hue with a frothy white head.
S-Floral, lactic,lemon, slight earthiness
T- Floral, citrus like tartness, earthy/mushroom flavor
M-Light, medium carbination, slightly creamy
O- Wanted to like this more than I did. Was fairly dull and wasn't expressive at all. Maybe I'm not a big Hibiscus fan or maybe this bottle develops better with time(I'm assuming this) Would probably be a lot better with some brett development/age on it.

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Evahflow from Pennsylvania, Feb 23, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured alight reddish color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of oak and cherry with some clearly identifiable hibiscus notes. Taste is a mix of oak and cherry notes with quite a bit of hibiscus with some light tart notes and some acidity. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another solid offering from this brewer with great balance between the different flavours.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Jan 17, 2016
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a cloudy ruby red grapefruit color with a foamy white head that lingers for almost 2 minutes.

S. Guava, floral, lemon, some farmhouse funk. Dried wheat

T. This beer tastes real nice. It's got nice traditional farmhouse funk elements but a nice sweet aspect along with some citrus. Very nicely balanced. Lot going on that comes together super nice.

M. A nice medium light body with some refreshing carbonation that's not prickly but lets you know it's there. Smooth.

O. I love this beer. It's so nicely balance from taste to mouthfeel. Even with all that's going on with the tart, sweet and funk its so nicely put together. I think this would actually go great with some grilled walleye. Get your hands on one.

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IPAGeorge from Illinois, Jan 16, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost you should not rate this beer if you are not an experienced drinker of farmhouse ales as it takes a bit to get past the funky smell. I have read a couple of other reviews of this beer and can tell those people apart. It is not fair to the brewer or the beer. The funk smell to me is now a Pavlov's mechanism to tart, vinegary and citrusy taste and mouthfeel which took me time to equate. The funk smell, vinegary taste and high acidity can be off-putting to some people. Understandable. Don't rate the beer till you have been able to drink a variety of the style.

Off my soap box. The beer pours a rosy pink with a very foamy head which was surprising. This was good because I allowed the head to dissipate and the beer was able to get closer to room temperature to allow for the aromas and flavors to come out. My wife was able to immediately and distinctly callout the use of hibiscus flower in the beer. She has a great nose and great palate which I didn't find out till later on in my marriage.

For me the aromatic funk smell followed by wafts of citrus is enticing for me. Another whiff of the beer gives me the funk, citrus, slight vinegary and bready aromas. I can tell that the beer is carbonated as the carbonation popped off and dissipated the head. In my mouth the carbonation brings out the hibiscus, lemon and grapefruit flavors with a lasting tartness and vinegary sourness in the finish. Its light, its dry yet citrusy, sour, slightly sweet from the hibiscus, bitter and vinegary. I enjoyed this saison and thought it rates high. Its simple ingredients have brought out a complexity of flavors and aromas if you really pay attention to this beer. Outstanding job Grassroots.

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Alequine from Delaware, Dec 31, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vermont is a great place to live
Pour - pinkish color, tall white head
Smell - wheat, lemon, and I'm guessing hibiscus
Taste - floral, refreshing
Overall - not a bad beer, great for a summer day

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ChrisP802 from Vermont, Oct 16, 2015
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4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a tad pink, very tall fizzy head that hangs around a bit, the lemon come n the nose and in teh taste, the hibiscus is clearly present but a tad more subtle, a delicious summer beer.

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Mini4x from Massachusetts, Oct 03, 2015
Convivial Suaréz from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 784 ratings