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Grassroots Convivial SuarézGrassroots Convivial Suaréz

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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

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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 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 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 Dreadnaught33
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, but maybe not up my alley as much as it seems to be for others.

Not a fan of the look, it looks like a nearly still ipa, not hazy at all and the color is close to an orange gold look rather than the normal straw color.

The smell has a nice earthy and herbal tone to it, the additions make sense as it has a nice citrus rind smell as well. Some sweetness and slight funk enclosed in the additions, a nice solid good smell. Potpourri like when it warms but not bad.

The taste follows suit, but the feel is a little thin and overly bubbly for my palate. Taste doesn't really pop with what I would have guessed from the smell, just decent not overly tasty. I get the herbal notes and some lemon bitterness at the back, some lighter malts in the base.

This is only ok, overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a brilliant hazy rosy red, with a 2 inch head, and a good amount of lacing. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

Smells like tart citrus fruit, mainly lemon, funk, smarties candy, and unmistakeable- a ton of hibiscus.

The taste is similar, but the the heavy hibiscus is slightly overwhelming. This is probably better to someone who likes hibiscus, I'll be honest, but it's never been my favorite thing. There's a good amount of tartness (not sourness, though), with lemon, orange, and some quite floral flavors. It does taste good, but it gets kind of old, quickly. Much better in smaller amounts. Do note that my review concerns me drinking the entire bottle, so take it with a grain (or full shaker) of salt.

This is light bodied, with floral and herbal, but crisp mouthfeel. There is a higher amount of carbonation.

Not too bad, absolutely brilliant look and mouthfeel to this one, but my distaste for hibiscus hinders my enjoyment of this one.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Slight red tinge to an otherwise golden body. Decent white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Really floral. Yeasty, floral, and a little bit of grassiness. Almost a wine barrel scent to it.

Taste - Also really floral. Sweet with a touch of acidity. Yeastiness is less intense. Malt flavor comes through behind all of it. Simple but flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Heavier than I expected. Medium carbonation. A little too sweet.

Overall - Impressive floral character. Maybe too sweet. Covers up a lot of the character that might have come out

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 1/2013.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with mildly sour flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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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 Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up at Hill Farmstead a few weeks ago, I believe this is my first beer from Grassroots. Label describes it as a saison brewed with hibiscus and lemon, bottled 8-2013.

Appearance - Poured to a tulip glass. Color surprised me, a hazy, rosy reddish pink. Off-white/slightly pink head, very foamy to start, retains as a good finger or so leaving lace behind.

Scent - Nice tart light fruits like lemon, lime, kiwi, grapefruit come to mind. Some earthy and sweaty funk there, light white wine notes. It seems to get funkier and gain some grains/bready tones over time.

Taste - Nice funk profile as well, fair amount of tartness and acidity. Not as fruit-forward as the smell, but still noticeable lemon and grapefruit specifically, even some strawberry and blood orange. Some floral from the hibiscus. Earthy, grainy, yeasty, some sweeter malts hiding in there too.

Mouthfeel - Feels a bit watery, good amount of foaminess but carbonation was a bit lacking. But it's nice and light, no alcohol noticeable, quite drinkable despite tartness/funk.

Overall - Nice funky saison, was hoping for something a bit more unique with the hibiscus but a minor complaint. Good flavors, light and drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's no Brother Soigne but it's quite delightful. Light, effervescent and slightly sour. Pretty delicious..................................................

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Photo of Noyt
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the anniversary party. Shiny hazy blond with foamy white head. Aroma has white fruits (peach), flowers and cherry. Highly aromatic. Taste has a nice tartness and leans towards fruits. Belgian-like mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Very good, refreshing.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ataraxia for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dusky rose and copper. Glows. Head starts off a massive pale pink. Drops to a small cap and collar. Solid but not overbearing carbonation.

Smell: Rose hips immediately. A touch of lemon zest and the typical Grassroots yeast profile. Hyper clean grassy, mildly earthy with some underlying funk. Mild malt sweetness. Mostly pale malts with some deeper hints of caramel malts. Obviously floral with a nice touch of hibiscus. Very mild and easy.

Taste: Mild push of yeast. Slightly earthy with some balancing funk and damp hay. Light malt backbone with some small pale malt sweetness. A touch floral with some nice hibiscus pseudobitterness. A touch of rose petal. Mild tart edge. A touch of vague fruitiness. slightly tart on the back. Acetic and lactic in small measure. Light and easy without sacrificing complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Clean. Moderate carbonation. Spot on.

Overall: We can be friends.

So light, so clean, so yeah boy.

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/2014 Bottle poured into a HF Glass

Pours a nice pinkish red color with a nice 2 finger head that chills for a bit and slowly works it's way down. Nice ring stays and left some decent lacing on the way down.

Smell I expected a little more. It had some nice floral notes and a tiny bit of funk but really didn't get that really tart punch. Slight grass and grain.

Taste was floral, funk, slight grassy notes. The hibiscus was definitely there. Not tart really at all which was surprising. Not a bad thing for me but expected a little more punch. I did get more funk than I had expected from the nose.

Feel was airy and almost creamy. Very easy to drink. Smooth going down and very refreshing.

Overall a decent saison. Not my favorite from HF but definitely a must try.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, thanks Jonathan!

A- Pours a clear orange/copper color, produces a thin white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Really nice aroma, lots of grassy funk, earthy notes, lemon and a ton of great hibiscus.

T- Has some malt sweetness, a bit of lemon and herbal spiciness, it's nice, but the big herbal flavors that made the aroma so awesome are pretty toned down here.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, slightly dry finish.

O- A solid saison, it smells great, but it would have been much improved if some of that great hibiscus and herbal aroma had come across more in the flavor.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the 8/2014 batch. Poured into a snifter 10/15/2014.

A- Beautiful pink-red body with a two-finger pink head that has a good bit of hang-time. Nice lacing. [4.25]

S- Very funky nose, a bit metallic with a lot of floral notes, mixed in with a nice grainy, yeasty sweetness and a good bit of the Vermont tartness that I've come to expect from Hill Farmstead-brewed saisons. [3.75]

F- Tastes great- floral notes presumably from the hibiscus, quite citrusy with a nice lemon zest finish, with a bit of a tart Vermont acidity. Pretty easy to get along with, here. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, soft and creamy, well carbonated and easy to drink. The funky floral notes dominate the finish. [4]

O- More than a solid saison, one of the better Grassroots saisons that compare favorably to the likes of Anna and Florence in terms of my preferences. Not the best, but still very good. [4]

Final score: 4.08

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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 dar482
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a gorgeous dark pink color, almost like rose wine.

The aroma hits of floral, a signature Hill Farmstead wet hay and slight mustiness.

The flavor follows with some lemon zest up front, a general musty funk and a touch of tart, lots of white bready malt in the middle with a tannic drying from the hibiscus.

A refreshing and floral saison, but slightly lacking compared to some of the other HF saison.

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Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml botte, fall 2013 bottling, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

The beer pours a bright pinkish red color, hazy with a few rising bubbles that supports a soft, loose, white head, about 2 fingers high that has decent retention and leaves a fair amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is very floral and herbal, hibiscus, wildflower, rose petal, a bit of light funk, tangy citrus with a small dose of sweet, pale grain. It's to the point, not abundantly complex, but showcases the adjuncts well. The flavors follow nicely, very tangy, almost lightly sour, the lemons are more pronounced straight away, but the hibiscus and wildflower character is also potent and leaps onto the tongue, the funk is a bit more noticeable and brings about some berry fruit flavors that bridges some sweetness from the grain to the more tangy flavors that pop up straight away. The body is lively, but at times a bit thin, it coats the mouth fairly well with a lightly creamy finish.

Verdict: A fun saison from Grassroots (Hill Farmstead), lightly funky, lightly sour, very floral, definitely delicate and bright, which I really enjoy. The balance of flavors is nice, but the typical yeasty aromas and spice qualities that underline the farmhouse style are all but an afterthought, although surely that is intentional. Worth a try for anyone who enjoys a either a wild ale or a saison, but looking for something unique and creative.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle purchased during my 40th birthday weekend celebration in VT. Served in a Hill Farmstead stem. It's a gusher - pours a translucent honey-amber hue with a rocky, three-inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a frothy, quarter-inch cap leaving textured clusters of lacing as the brew recedes. This beer looks beautiful in the glass. Nose is grassy and expresses a hint of green apples and citric acid; however, it all comes off very subtle and subdued. Taste follows nose with the green apple character much more prevalent in the flavor profile. There's also a pleasant tartness, as well as a light, medicinal quality. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation, a slightly puckering astringency and a semi-dry finish. Overall, an excellent Saison with some lambic-like qualities in my opinion. Not sure what it tasted like fresh, but 10 months on it hasn't seemed to diminish it much.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy golden copper, bubbly, bone white head, two fingers, minimal lace, light retention.

Aroma: musky, Brett, lemon rind, yeast, light fruit sweetness, orange zest.

Taste: sweet orange, touch of lemon, Brett funk, dry musk, herbal, tea, fruitiness.

***Light and airy with a crisp, bubbly feel, light body, nice drinkability. Well done and wonderfully refreshing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bunch of these bottles at Hill Farmstead with JLindros. This sucker didn't look like it was going to gush, and remained still for a few seconds. Then...volcano time!

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear dark gold/light copper hue with just a twinge of rose hue to it. Had a one finger fizzy head that faded almost immediately to leave a very, very thin halo and light wisp.

S - Aromas of light hibiscus/floral notes, very light citrus and peppercorns, and finishes with some nice standard earthy saison funk. Get an almost blood orange aroma flirting in and out.

T - Not too bad, more of the floral hibiscus notes. Floral though, not quite medicinal. The orange makes an appearance again though quite faint. There is some faint pepper notes along with funk. Finish is a dry musty funk. Light perfumey flavours too.

M - Mouthfeel isn't bad either. Lightly crisp, very clean. quite drinkable

O - Overall a tasty saison. Wish the appearance was better and that there was more hibiscus. Was told to give this 6 months or so and it will really come around. Will try then.

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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 xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into FFF teku - thanks alex

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a one-finger crop of white head resting on top. Fluffy retention slowly fades out into some spotty lacing streaked around the glass.

Floral and spicy notes in the nose with peppery spice and hints of citrus. Lemon peel, Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Invigorating and inviting with a nice balance of scents.

Soft hoppy kiss up front with lemon peel and citrusy juiciness. Floral hints from the hibiscus, zesty tartness, Belgian yeast and soft funkiness. Straw, grain and a bit of honey sweetness. Light fruity esters and spice, finishing with some dryness.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly, dry and lively on the tongue. The label might say Grassroots, but this definitely reads like a HF saison to me, which means it's an easy winner. Nice balance, delicate, yet expressive profile and pleasant balance.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Convivial Suaréz pours a hazy, bright amber with a small fizzy head. No lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of strawberry, peach and apricot. Some bready notes and a touch of spice are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and fizzy on the palate. The flavor is flowery and fruity with a sweet malt base. It starts flowery & herbal followed by fruit notes of strawberry and peach. It finishes dry and tart with some pepper and lemon notes. Once gone the strawberry and tart lemon lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty and well balanced beer that has lovely fruity, spicy and flowery flavors. Quite unique.

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