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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 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 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 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 Skrip
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish snifter

A~ hazy copper with minimal head and slight lacing.

S~ very floral with pepper notes, followed by some citrusy saison goodness!

T~ slight lemony tartness followed by lite orange and pepper on the finish. i'm a little disappointed, the hibiscus dosen't come out so much, but its still pretty tasty. i'm a little picky when it comes to floral brews, too much is just right lol.

M~ very carbonated! finishing with the slight tartness.

O~ pretty good saison, definitely not my favorite Grassroots project but definitely worth a shot if you have the opportunity. honestly Wachu Saison has way more hibiscus in the flavor and i don't believe its actually brewed with any flowers. Wachu also seems to be more relatively available, definitely pick up a few bottles of it! even though it always seems to have a pretty hefty price tag. ok... yeah i got off topic lol...

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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 Gosox8787
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into a Russian River tulip glass. Bottle date of January 2013. Picked up at Hill Farmstead a couple weeks ago.

Appearance: Bottle open with a slight hiss but no gushing. Pours a really aggressive two finger, fizzy white head even on my really gentle pour. Light orange in color with plenty of bubbles. Clear throughout.

Aroma: Lemon, some light tartness and some light floral tones from the hibiscus. Really nice light funk character and some green apple. Really nice and light.

Taste: Green apple and lemon tartness upfront. Really nice, light and refreshing. The funk character is definitely there but really feels like its more in hte background. The hibiscus is a bit lighter than the aroma but gives off a nice floral character.

Mouthfeel: Really nice and light bodied. Really strong carbonation. Gives a nice bite.

Overall, a really well done and tasty saison. Incredibly refreshing with a really nice light tartness and balance of funk and floral characters. An incredibly good buy for the price. Wish I has purchased more my last trip. A perfect beer for the summer.

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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 MRsojourner
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very tart in the nose with a pilsner aroma with hints of brett and a touch of barnyard as it warms up.
golden hazy appearance with small white bubble that formed a thick head and hung around for some time throughout the glass.
The taste follows the aroma perfectly with a sharp tartness and acidity that borders on sour. you get a lemon aftertaste after the tartness. its very thin with heavy carbonation that makes it a little prickly on the tongue but remains very enjoyable.
a very inspiring, unique and enjoyable saison to say the least. could drink this everyday

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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 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 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 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 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 hooliganlife
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a peachy orange, thick white head with great retention. light lacing.

light oak, sharp lemon, spice

a great blend of oak and lemon with a light floral spice character. pops with flavor, yet is subtle enough to never be overpowering.

very carbonated. a tad bit too much and thats really being picky.

overall, stupid good. i loved every sip, never boring. beautiful looking. looked even hotter in the HF stem i used.

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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 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 jaasen64
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a reddish orange with about a finger of head that recedes to a quarter of a finger, has great retention, and leaves nice layered lacing. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles brilliantly streaming towards the top of the glass with very nice consistency.

S- Floral hibiscus, oranges, acidic lemons, saison yeast. All the aromas meld beautifully together and has a distinct clean, crisp but tart smelling HF aroma from the saison yeast and well water. This actually might be one of my favorite smelling HF beers.

T- Oranges, lemon acidity, tart saison yeast, honey, finishes with hibiscus petals, a light tartness and a lingering fruitiness of oranges, lemons, a bit of hibiscus, and maybe some strawberries. Quite complex for a saison and very tasty.

M- Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking, fairly light, nice lightly tingly carbonation, typical HF saison feel.

O- Wow this beer was fantastic. Right up there with all the other HF saisons, maybe even slightly better. I think this might tie with Anna as being my favorite. I highly recommend checking this out if you like HF saisons, you will not be disappointed.

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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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