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Grassroots Convivial SuarézGrassroots Convivial Suaréz

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

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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 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 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 emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dany Prignon, Dan Suarez, Shaun Hill collaboration.

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Color has a slight reddish pink tint from the hibiscus most likely, fairly cloudy with a thin web by skim of foam across the surface, no lacing visible.

Lemon and passionfruit aroma, fruit forward.

Taste is tart and fruity, fruit forward lemon and passionfruit impressions again. Signature HF yeast. Crisp feel with a dry finish. Overall very drinkable.

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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 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 Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden-yellow pour, hazy, with a big fluff of white head that settled to a thick ringlet and coated the glass with lacing. Nice floral aroma, citrus and stone fruit essence, peppery spice and a slight earthiness. Floral taste as well, peach and orange blossom, some spicy and funky elements seemingly coming from the yeast, slight tartness on the tongue. Crisp and clean, light-medium body, and very enjoyable overall.

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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 mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 05/19/14 notes. Had this during the mega-BCS tasting as a break from all the stout. 750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby stemware.

a - Pours a hazy pinkish-orange color with two fingers of fluffy bright white head and high carbonation evident. Looks cool, a nice color.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, brett, hibiscus, earthy notes, floral hops, citrus, lemon zest, berries, sour wine, and jam. Very nice nose, sour and fruity, like it a lot.

t - Tastes of sour berries and dark fruits, jam, brett, citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, spice, floral hops, earthy malts, oak, lemon, and wine. More dark fruits than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice wild ale; lots of brett, sour dark fruits, and citrus mixing together. Easy to drink, would love to have it again.

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

Unexpected share by Lunch. Thanks a lot Paul.

The beer is golden hued with a small head. The aroma offers well water, sweet malt, cotton candy, tropical fruit. Not as sweet as I may have depicted. Mildly tart with delicate floral notes. Earth tones with a light bitterness and lingering juicy oranges. Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Really tasty.

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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 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 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 yourefragile
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, thanks for delivering to my door Thorpes!

So, you know how Fantome makes a grip of beers under random labels, where it isn't always clear what the difference of one from another is? This is a good version of one of those.

Pours a glowing, hazed rust amber with a thick, fluffy off white head. Good retention, fades to a thin layer and clumps of lace. Aroma of the woodlands, tart and lemon, grassy, hibiscus petal, pine, peach, Starburst, and seriously, this smells like a Fantome. Flavor adds a little acidity to the mix and a stronger hibiscus presence (which is well balanced without being distracting like some other unnamed beers), with lemon, peach, sweet yeast, mild acidity, grassy hops and deliciousness. Effervescent carbonation, full bodied, soft and crisp with a dry refreshing finish. Boom, great saison. Don't sleep on this under the Grassroots label.

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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 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 corby112
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with dark tangerine edges and a frothy, massive 2.5/3 finger head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring.  Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves large chunks and streaks of soapy lace behind.

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with lots of juicy topical fruit notes, farmhouse funk, flower petal, pale malt and zesty spice.   Tons of citrus, notably blood orange, mango, orange peel and lemon zest but the floral notes still stand out.  Would never guess hibiscus but there's a very prominent floral character.  Slightly musty and funky with hints of straw, farmhouse, grass, musty bugs and peppery spice.   There's some bready yeast and  lemon pith in the nose as well.  Really complex!  

Full bodied with soft carbonation and a decent balance of oak, wild funky bugs, citrus fruit, bread and pale malt.  Incredibly complex with subtle pepper and coriander flavor followed by musty brett, wild yeast.  Floral pale malt and sweet citrus toward the finish balance things really nicely.  Slight creamy texture with some biscuit, flower petal and a ton of citrus swetness.  Some lemon pith followed by strong notes of curaçao, blood orange and tangerine.  Really well balanced with no noticeable ABV making it insanely drinkable.  

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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 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 TX-Badger
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a tulip.

murky yellow color, huge head. smell has a TON of funk. barnyard for sure. absolutely awesome. taste of tart lemon at first then a good bit of funk. great taste too. but nothing could top that nose. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall absolutely world class. get me more asap

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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 cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A long time want for me. Thanks to Kimmy for the bottle a few months back.

A- Poured from the 750ml bottle to two snifters with a dazzling pink body, red in the center of the glass with lighter hues around the edges. A foamy, creamy white head rises atop the brew to about two fingers. Good head retention but the cap eventually falls to a fluffy pillow and ring covering most of the beer. Lacing starts with some thick spots and

S- The first thing I notice is the tartness off the top, it reminds me of the other HF Saisons like Clara and Florence. Some spicy and funky yeast feel but the most compelling thing here is the citrus and distinct hibiscus floral notes. A large amount of lemony tarts that remind me of certain Lambics and Berliners. I am not sure how much of the tartness comes from the bugs and how much from added lemon.

T- As with the nose, the beer consists of a blend of lemon, floral hibiscus and yeast driven flavors. The way the lemon and hibiscus combine is especially intriguing and would make for probably the best shaved ice flavor of all time. Backing this is a cascade of spicy Saison yeast, herbal tones, musty yeast bread, lactic tartness, apple, white grapes and some barnyard funk.

MF- Light end body with a texture that is foamy, fizzy and somewhat creamy. High end carbonation provides that fizz but it helps accentuate the citrus and hibiscus flavors. Finishes with a medium tartness lingering on the palate for quite some time.

This beer is really something to appreciate with each sip. The delicate yet pungent flavors make each sip a new experience with waves of citrus, hibiscus and funky farmhouse yeast oscillating on the taste buds. I'm glad I don't see HF brews as hype beers because that would only cloud up my perception. The artistry behind creating these beers is so amazingly consistent like Tiger Woods in his prime of beermaking consistent.

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

Bottle opened on 3.29.13
Bottled Jan 2013

A - Slow gusher. Pours a super bright hazy orange with a fizzy off-white head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Lemon, floral and spice, I guess it is hibicus.

T - Tart lemon, light floral-buttery-spice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light spices and dry. This is a solid night-cap.

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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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