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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison brewed with hibiscus and lemon.

Added by MasterSki on 01-21-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
710
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
7.24%
 
 
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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of aleigator
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Evahflow
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of Alequine
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of ChrisP802
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Mini4x
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pink colour. Rosehip and lemon midsip.saison yeast prominent. Unique saison, but nothing exceptional. Gene's DC tasting. Continued Grassroots series of alright beers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Large shared bottle in Atlanta.
Beautiful, lightly hazy, reddish body with a very good white head.
Overly funky aroma is not appealing. This returns in the aftertaste but, for the most part, the flavor is modestly appealing.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The color of this beer is like a full fledge hot and ready porno film. The feel is absolutely amazing. The taste is perfection when it hits the tongue. The finish is like a orgy in the shire off gondor

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Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 8/2014.

A: Pours a clear pink color that’s a shade oranger than cranberry juice. The head is large and frothy, a pinkish-white in color, and very fluffy and thick. A thick film was left after the head subsided, and wispy lace was left down the glass.
S: The nose is full of semi-sweet lemon, grainy wheat, floral and lightly tannic hibiscus, and a touch of spicy yeast and a light mineral quality. As the foam dies down a lot of earthy characteristics come through along with some musty brett and mild funk.
T: Light and clean flavors of floral hibiscus, earthy and spicy saison yeast and brett, dry wheat, and just a kiss of sweet and lightly tart lemon juice in the finish. The finish is minerally and slightly chalky, with a drying and lightly tannic hibiscus aftertaste mixed with peppery spice. The flavors have a sugary almost fruity quality, that at times, is slightly off-putting. The hibiscus is very floral and not as dry and tannic as I was expecting.
M: Medium-light body, drying mouthfeel but not a desert, soft and frothy carbonation. There is a slight acidic sharpness to the brew that makes it quite drinkable.
O: A fairly clean and flavorful saison. The yeast profile is delicious, but the fruity almost fruit punch quality I was getting at times wasn’t my favorite. Still, I enjoyed this bottle.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a ton of beers from Grassroots, but this was easily the best. Beautiful color, great smell and unbelievable flavor. The hibiscus adds this nice, slight sweetness to both the smell and the taste, but the lemon pairs this tartness against it that just sings. Wouldn't have thought to pair these together, but holy crap does it work. There's nothing in here that just knocks your socks off on its own, but the combination of everything is just fantastic. Lightly tart with a gentle citrus acidity but has the great nuanced sweetness from the hibiscus. Get this if you can.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a surprising pinkish color. Very hazy. It's a pink/orange tweener. Leans more towards pink, though. Even the head has an inner rosiness. Aroma is neat! Semi-tart. Pink lemonade, hibiscus and other floral things. Flavor is not much like anything I've recently had. Pink lemonade. Floral, citrusy, funky, flowery, red grapefruity. Very drinkable. Lighter bodied. Not too tart. A damn tasty treat for sure.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer caught me off guard, almost a pinkish red. The look would give the expectation of something very sour, but it falls inline with most of the rest of the HF bottles in taste. The "cleanest" saison I've ever had, a little funk with nice notes of lemon. I got almost no hibiscus in smell or taste. A very delicious offering as HF continues to impress me in everything I taste.

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Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So hoppypocket just blows my porch the F#@% up last week with the biggest box of HF I've ever seen. Cheers and bro hugs from the west coast, I`ll be enjoying these treats all summer. :D

Pours a nice peachy-pink with some haze and almost 3 fingers of white head. Really nice nose. Tart floral notes and light fruits ...melons and berries, mineral and light yeast.

Floral, berries, light sourness, dry yeast funk, nice mineral softness. Below medium body, medium-strong but fairly soft feeling carbonation.

Great stuff.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was enjoyable but the details are fuzzy.

I remember sitting at the bar and telling the girl behind the counter that the beer was, "good" when she asked me how I liked it, all the while feeling kind of nervous because Shaun Hill was three seats down from me.

Everything I have had from Hill Farmstead is -at the very least- good, so I trust my words from that night, but the brewer intimidation factor may have affected the rating on this one.

Will revisit with the bottled version this summer and add notes, if necessary.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours cloudy dusty red with 2-3 fingers of light pinkish head, very good retention and light lacing.

N: A really pleasing nose, light malt, light vinous notes, light fruit (cherries, white grapes).

T: The taste carries those same notes forward. Up front is the tartness, forward but not overwhelming, with some oak, light vinegar, sweet fruit (cherries, lemon), some nice floral notes, some light hops. Really nice.

M: Light and lively on the palate, with nice carbonation keeping it very easy drinking.

O: Overall, a delicious beer. Round, lively and interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With more and more saisons taking on the rustic and ancient type of sourness, that high acidity can be quite polarizing and off-putting to some. However the delicate use of hibiscus, flower and herb gives this sourish farmhouse ale a friendlier and more jovial approach.

And that approachable side starts with the beer's beautiful faint ruby glow that caps with a soapy swath of foam. Tangy fruit aromas set the tide as the scent apple cider, rose wine, corkish must and white grape. Its sharply acidic taste easily overcomes the short backbone of wafer-thin breadiness and slight confectioner's sugar.

With its malt character continuing to recede and the fruit, flower and sourness gaining further control, the body also ascends on dryness for a decidedly wine-like middle. Peps of rice-wine vinegar, crabapple, lemon sourness and limey bitterness come to play delicately on the finish. All the while, an aura of flowery bouquet wafts above the palate and act in more retro-olfactry fashion.

Its light and dry body sides with wine as much as beer as its finish of white pepper and acidity pop with effervescence and highlight the beer's floral and fauna as much in texture as it does in taste, buffered only by light velvety slickness of flower pedal. An aftertaste of wheat returns to usher the rose and hibiscus character into a pleasant afterglow.

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Photo of parris
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appealing murky red color, white lacing.

Mostly a citrus herbal nose, with some unpleasant ketchup.

Dry but sour flavor, none of unplesant aromas come through in the flavor.

Satisfyingly full mouthfeel.

Overall a super tasty beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks mikeymikee for the goandpickitupformebro. enjoyed from a hf stemmed bulb.

a - simply stunning. deep magenta, big foamy pink head. really a fantastic color.

s - nose is as advertised, hibiscis, honey, saison. really nice.

t/m/o - as expected, yum. great floral taste rounded out with honey. finish is a bit dry but great floral based saison.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Pour is hazy light ruby red with a tight white head that lingers for a bit. Nose is a bit floral, light buttery white wine notes, hints of berry sweetness, light lime. Taste is stronger berry and lime, the floral notes are more subtle, lighter carbonation, soft feel, a bit fuller body.

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Photo of cvm4
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Aug. 2014

L - Pours a pink body with an off color white/pink one finger head. Slightly opaque and really a beauty to look at.

S - Light funk, lemon, hibiscus, tart berries and a bit metallic on the nose. Nothing was dominating, but all interwoven well together.

T - There's a bit of floral element to go along with everything that transfers over from the smell. Still satisfying to drink.

F - Medium body and carbonation that is very drinkable and smooth. I wish the carbonation was a touch more.

O - I'd enjoy the heck out of this on a hot summer day. The lemon & hibiscus play well together along with the other flavors. A joy to drink.

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