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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.

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

Beautiful pink/purple color in the glass. Scent of lemon juice, tea, and hay. The flavor is the traditional HF saison funk with bright lemon tartness and loads of tea quality from the hibiscus. Refreshing.

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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 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 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 gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Purchased at the HF brewery.

Pours a beautiful, stunning bright cherry-amber body with a light strawberry, foamy, frothy head that reduces slowly to leave some chunky foam and lacing.

Smells interesting.. funk, farmhouse, belgian yeast, spices, coriander, wheat, cloves, berries, flowers.

Taste is creamy with tart berries/cherry mixed with flowers, grass, and caramel.. follow through is funky, floral, and fruity. Very raw. The finish is spicy with cloves and wheat.

Low carbonation, medium body. Sipper.

Interesting, unique, raw, and tasty. Recommendable.

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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 TWStandley
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%

This was my last beer after a pretty serious beer tasting so my review might not be as accurate had I had this..well..sober..

Poured into a tasting glass.

Hazy golden straw color with a bit of orange tint. Fluffy white head.

Smell dominated by floral notes - slight citrus. Some decent yeast scents as well.

Taste is light and refreshing - some citrus and tartness to it. Lots of floral hop tastes.

Light and bubbly mouth-feel.

Overall delicious!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @pschul4 for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange with withe head. Nose is terrific, a bit of funk and farm up front with heavy citrus and notes of hibiscus as well as fresh cut grass. Some candied fruit comes through as well. Taste is a bit sweet and sour up front with some delicate layers of funk to follow. Candied fruit comes through again and is cut nicely with funk. The balance on this is great. Mouthfeel is moderate with low carbonation. Overall, a delicious beer worth seeking out!

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

A-hazy light red with orange and a nice white head, decent lacing

S-grains, floral, red wine vinegar, lemon

T-tart berries, lemon, vinous, loads of floral, grainy malt, light chamomile, slight funk

F-medium body with nice lively carbonation, crisp and tart

O-another great Saison from Grassroots, hope to have this one again

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours with a full head with small to medium-sized bubbles. The beer has a slighty hazy, amber/dark orange hue.

S: Bretty funk, lemon and berries.

T: Lemon and raspberry again. A balance between acidic and juicy flavors.

O: Really great. Refreshing for a hot afternoon. Hope they make this again.

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

Bottle into Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours out a light burgundy with pinkish hue. Head builds nice and settles to a beautiful frothy crown that sits white with soft pink highlights. Plenty of carbonation bubbles stream from the bottom. Comparing this to the Arctic Soirée this seems darker in color or at least has a more rustic nature.

Aroma is delicate. A big floral component is obvious along with fruity apple and sweet citrus notes. Hibiscus is there but not as much so than Arctic Soirée. Overall just a soft but well rounded nose on this.

The taste screams with lemon pith, hibiscus/chamomile tea onslaught, fresh lime juice, huckleberry, cranberry essence, and a dry herbal pungency I see coming from any wild micro flora that may be present. Compared to its Anchorage sibling this beer drinks juicier and tarter. The similarities are there but the craftsmanship is more apparent in Convivial.

Mouthfeel is heavy side of light with supple carbonation really close to spritzy if not there. The tartness makes the body feel fuller and the finish lingers with lime pucker before a rustic, brett like herbal dry finale.

This is a wonderful Saison. Really evidence that small batch beer has a certain touch which is almost non existent in bigger batch brews. There is an immense sense of balance and refinement in this compared to the Arctic Soirée. Even though they were brewed differently you still expect to find that refinement in something with the Grassroots label on it, but Arctic Soirée didn't quite accomplish that in my opinion. Convivial Suarez on the other hand drinks like its worldclass. Don't get me wrong, I hope Gabe and Shaun continue the Grassroots label collaborations at Anchorage, as it makes Shaun's brewing wizardry more obtainable. Not to say Gabe doesn't brew up some awesome stuff :). How about an Anchorage/Grassroots Ephraim twin? Please...

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

This saison has a beautiful blush courtesy of the hibiscus. The nose is lemony citrus with a hint of floral notes, not too far from a wild ale. This is light and delicate, like a spring breeze. Lemon predominates, giving convivial a fizzy pucker. Again, this beer is almost more akin to a wild ale than a saison. Some mineral notes at the end add a nice dryness. This is a superb saison, perfect to usher in spring.

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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

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 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 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 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 angrybabboon
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Pours with a huge, fluffy, off-white head - burnt orange in color, with some nice orange and red tones - fades to a solid cap, leaves some great lacing, quite pretty overall

Smell: Great saison funk and an unexpected abundance of fruit - I will admit that I couldn't identify hibiscus from a line up, but I'm going to assume the awesome floral aroma here is thanks to the hibiscus - nice level of citrus with a nice level of lemon, lemon flesh, and a vague hint of orange - very floral with some nice light fruits - nice depth to the funk - some pepper, earth, and some light tartness - nicely acidic - only gets better as is warms

Taste: Charming balance between typical saison flavors and bright fruit - big floral flavors, with a lot of fruit - lemons, oranges, and some other fruity esters including apple and pear - some fruits that seem like they shouldn't even be in here, like strawberries - nice level of funk, with some pepper, clove, and general weirdness, and some tart - nicely complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, oddly refreshing, finishes dry and clean

Overall: Hooray for "hibiscuits"

This is a nice saison that benefits from the use of hibiscus in some unexpected ways. It's nicely floral, fruity, and nicely complex. It's hard not to have high expectations for any beer associated with Hill Farmstead... And this exceeded expectations.

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks judkinst!

A: Beautiful, hazy, deep orange-red with a seriously massive, slightly off-white head leaving behind great lacing and head retention. Wow. Truly gorgeous beer.

S: Lots of citrus and yeast. The powerful and patented Grassroots/Hill Farmstead nose is there. This yeast is something else. Bready, chalky, earthy goodness. The floral/hibiscus character is definitely there as are some fruity and sweet aromas.

T: Flavors are so strong. Deliciously fruity, floral, yeasty, tart, pungent. Just damn good.

M: Refreshing! Smooth is an understatement. Perfect carbonation as expected. Only complaint is the thin body. But I'm glad it's not too heavy. Finish is superb.

O: Breaking news! Grassroots/HF nailed another saison/farmhouse! (just kidding...it was expected)

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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 Mikeypnh
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, pink hue with a one finger bubbly head. Bubbly ring around the glass. Smells tart. Citrus is abundant in the smell. The taste is tart, with a lot of lemon. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium bodied and coats the tongue with bubbles. Really good. The tartness lingers at the end. There's also a mild sweetness that cuts into the lemon so it's not too much. Very well done.

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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 rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Bright yellow orange, nice carbonation.

S-Lemon, wheat, grass, floral notes, some tartness.

T-What amazing balance. Starts with sweet and tart lemon. Then grassy and floral notes take over. The tart is not that much but enough to balance it out.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, crisp finish.

O-Not as sour as I was expecting, but enough tartness to complete the beer. Another knockout from HF.

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Grassroots Convivial Suaréz from Grassroots Brewing
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