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Grassroots Brother SoignéGrassroots Brother Soigné

Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tart, refreshing saison brewed with our dear friend Luc Bim Lafontaine, formerly of Dieu du Ciel! Lime, hibiscus and blood orange in a mixed fermentation.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull golden hue with minimal white head. It has the great aroma of lime. There's definitely some nice citrus on the nose, this is pretty much a beach farmstead ale. Citrus presents itself up front with a little bit of salinity. You get more of the Hill house culture on the finish. A very nice farmstead ale.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared bottle with a friend. Beautiful golden orange hue. Somewhat translucent. Nice funk in the aroma with hints of wet grass, citrus, and huge floral component. Flavor is similar with more spice/peppery notes. Nice lively carbonation. Overall one of the better saisons I have had.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was about 1 year old at time of enjoying. Nice funk had taken hold here - barnyard, wet hay etc. Gorgeous nose. Nice, well rounded flavor and feel. Was a definitely treat - would gladly enjoy again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear tulip glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: June 9, 2016
Consumed: June 9, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Stopped in to pick up a gift certificate and saw Hill Farmstead on the board. Insta-purchased. After looking up some more information, I don’t think it’s actually Hill Farmstead, but Grassroots (which may just be a part of Hill Farmstead). Either way I was looking forward to trying it without even looking what the group thinkers on Beer Advocate and Untappd were saying.

Poured a golden orange clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled spicy up front, then got orange blossom, blood orange, hibiscus, floral aromas, lime zest, pear, citrusy notes, grassy notes and light green apple. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted even better than the nose, getting lime zest, citrus, blood orange, grass, herbal, pear, kiwi, hibiscus and hints of cinnamon spice. (Taste - 4.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This one just grew on me. Really liked it, but I feel like I overrated it just a tad. (Overall - 4.25)

4.36 | 97 | A

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, citrus, caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out tart with flavors of wild Belgian yeast, citrus and some spice. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by some mild malt sweetness. The hops presence is mild and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Saison to drink for a long time if you’re looking for one that leans a bit toward the sour side.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange body, slightly hazy, with a thin white head, tracing the sides with mild lacing. Second pour is understandably much more hazy, turning transparency to translucent.

S - A slightly spiky tang of acidity and fruit notes. Hints of funk below, mostly horse blanket and earth.

T - Brisk and dry. A year has done nothing wrong here, but it has dropped some of the fruit notes out. The remaining hits are mostly in the lime, any blood orange is dialed back. The close is mildly biting, but nothing is punishing. The end hints at sweet tarts, and orange oils. Subtle and strong, this is nuanced sour.

M - Everything is measured without being soft. Bright and slightly puckering, but light enough to not tax.

O - A fine sour saison, very tasty and with a lot to explore. The lime is front and center, but there are all kinds of citrus highlights, and lots of nice but not overpowering acidity.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead glass. Bottle 20 August 2015.
Vibrant, clear, and golden with a touch of bubbly lacing.
It smells gently fruity, citric, and funky. Passionfruit, lime zest, and yeast.
The yeast hits first, and it's not entirely welcome. It's fine, but it's the dull, sweet stuff of an unfiltered hefeweizen. Thereafter is some briney, saline funk; think horse sweat, heavy on the sweat, light on the horse. We'll see if it improves as it warms/aerates, but as it stands, it's not great.
Mouthfeel is mineral-heavy, smackworthy, and refreshing. Definitely the best aspect of the beer.
Overall, worthy, if you like citrus in your beer and like funky saisons, both of which I do.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours an Apricot Orange with a soapy eggshell inch and a half of head.
S- Lots of Lactic acid, Lime zest, maybe some funkiness from Brett, juicy citrus
T- Tart limes, Juicy citrus, Orange peel, also some floral flavors as well
M- Medium bodied, crisp, extreme softness that only HF and a handful of Belgian brewers seem to achieve
O- This is my favorite of the farmstead ales I've had. The combo of Lime/Blood Orange/Hibiscus fits so well with the yeast profile and turns out and extraordinarily succinct and drinkable beer.

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Photo of VDubDJ
3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fate Brewing Teku glass.

Look: Pours a gorgeous color! Slightly hazy and light orange with a reddish tinge. Look just like blood-orange juice was squeezed into a Saison.

Smell: Some yeast and orange peel. A little funky with some great citrus up front.

Taste: Citrus and blood orange burst at first. Maybe a hint of the hibiscus in there. Bitter on the end as it goes down. Light sour but definitely more bitter than a normal saison/farmhouse ale.

Feel: Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Like carbonated orange juice, just not as sweet.

Overall: Really enjoyable saison/farmhouse ale. The blood orange is an excellent addition to this brew. Would drink this one again for sure. Would be a great Summer/hot-weather beer.


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Photo of ragnar3
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Farmhouse yeast and funk but the lime and blood orange are an interesting combination and compliment the beer very well. Nicely done.

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Photo of cbutova
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Intensely hazy murky medium yellow body with a two finger frothy white caps. Puffy wide ring drops spotty lace patches.

S- Strong farmhouse yeast and lactic acid profile mostly clean of any funk, lemony sours are strong. The lime is more present here for me with peel and juice coming to mind. Orange citrus grows with time along with cereal grains and a hint of pale fruits.

T- Three massive elements combine into something somewhat reminiscent of a margarita and a classic HF farmhouse brew. Blood orange grows with a slight bitterness leading into somewhat sour lactic acid and then a distinct touch of lime. Slightest touch of pale barley and mineral water. Yogurt bacteria. Dry Brett straw or funky farmhouse yeast with time.

MF- Crisp light-medium body with a texture that is both foamy and puffy, certainly doesn't feel thin. Carbonation is fairly high and overall the word zesty comes to mind followed by tart.

Blood orange and lime are strong with this one and combine with a lactic acid farmhouse profile without any hesitation. Reminds me of fresh juice, yogurt and a great margarita.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As a few have pointed out below, this tastes more saison than wild ale, but either way, it's the most easy drinking, delicious saison I have ever had. It looks like grapefruit juice when it pours and it tastes like grapefruit juice and other citrus fruits. Really amazing how easy it is too drink. Just flat out superb

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque apricot color. Thin white head.. minimal lacing.

S: Citrus and funk... lime and grapefruit.

T/F: Citrusy and tart. Definitely funky, and it's more of a saison-sour than a straight up farmhouse ale. Nice yeasty notes, and the blood orange hits at the finish. Refreshing, solid mouthfeel... definitely a winner.

O: A tart citrusy saison.. delicious and complicated. One to sip and ponder.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Bottled Jan 2015.

Pours a bright orange hazy body with a 2 finger white fluffy head that reduces to a layer of foam to leave some heavy lacing.

Aromas are fantastic - lots of tart lactic, tons of citrus and oranges, a light farmhouse yeastyness, maybe some light hops and a grassy floral character. On the tongue is tart citrus, light wheat, some subtle funk, green apple, finishes dry and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall a nice, balanced, easy drinking farmhouse ale.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a wine glass a beautiful hazy amber color with bright orange highlights, a nice off white head leaves spotty lacing all around. Smell is funky, a farmhouse ale for sure, with some sweet citrus notes in the back. Taste is much more citrus than the aroma, it starts bready and very sweet, notes of the lime and orange in the middle, finishes with that dry, grassy, and yeasty funk. Very smooth and dry mouthfeel, heavier side of light bodied. Overall a perfect addition to the farmhouse style, superb.

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Photo of tapperm
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: lighter straw color. Not very hazy
S: Citrusy and funky
T: Citrus, herbal spices. Had an earthy tinge
F: Lighter than expected. Carbinated mouth
O: Solid

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Photo of Alequine
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is described by Grassroots Brewing as a mixed fermentation American Farmhouse Ale brewed with Lime, Hibiscus, and Blood Orange. Mixed fermentations come in two types: a sour fermentation or a funky mixed fermentation. Having had this beer twice I would not describe the beer as sour but tart and lightly funky particulary in comparison to its older, distant European Cantillon cousins. Funky fermentations refer to fermentations that contain Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces. They do not contain lactic acid bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. That's why I would further define this beer as a funky fermenation as this beer has a lightly tart flavor, not sour. Surprising I noted two articles on this beer rating it in the top 15 of the world by Business Insider and top 20 in the world by Time magazine. The two lists were almost identical and favored Hillfarmstead beers. This is a great beer but not top 20 in the world. When you have no Cantilllon on this list your drinking experience can be called narrow and elementary school. Anyway back to the beer.

Poured a nice light pink to orange hue with a bready white head. This pinkish coloration comes out of the color from the addition of the hibiscus to the boil. Subtle farmhouse funk aroma with herbal and flora notes in the back ground (again your hibiscus).. Tart citrus with a light bready creamy backbone, a refreshing effervescence and slightly dry all done in nice combination in the mouth feel. The lime and blood orange settle in at the finish with a light acidity, and a slight tartness. With boil additions of hibiscus you may also notice a subtle berry/fruit flavor and bitterness. .The mouth feel is also crisp, one of the best beers saisons I have had the pleasure of drinking in 2015.

Two month in March of 2016 I had another bottle dated April 2015. That's within the one year recommended shelf life for saisons. The beer had the same physical characteristics but during the tasting it was found to have fallen off in its flavor profile, mouth feel and finish. 9 months would be the shelf time I would give this beer.

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Photo of danh53
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice light orange color with one finger head. Lime flavor up from, then the sour hits lightly. Orange comes through in the middle of the mouth and finishes dry. Mouth feel is soft and crisp. Outstanding saison

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Photo of Chico1985
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle split 3 ways last night. Bottled-on was 8/20/15, reviewed from notes.

Pour is a hazy pumpkin orange color. A half-finger of white head to start which eventually forms a patchy swirl-cap and leaves some lace behind. Smell and taste are both potent, blood orange coming through really nicely, lime is less prevalent but certainly there as well. Nice tartness with light farmy yeast funk and just a bit of wheat. Some pineapple and lemon coming through, mostly overall coming off as fresh and tart citrusy funk juice. Solid feel, nicely carbonated, lots of flavor for the low ABV.

Perhaps a bit lacking in the complexity department as far as farmhouses go, but super solid, lightly tart and funky, tasty citrus all-around, easy drinking impressive flavors for only 5%, blood orange is great and the lime is nice and a unique touch. Would gladly drink anytime.

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Photo of dd43
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first foray into the magical world of Hill Farmstead. Poured a lovely shade of fairly translucent dark orange with a finger of uniformly sized head bubbles on top. Swirling the glass after the head receded released a new burst of aromas each time.

This was a great saison, and fairly tart for the style which was more than fine by me. Fruit esters were prominent, definitely some orange, along with a pleasing floral bouquet. Finished dry as a saison should, the sour characteristics were well balanced. This was a great drinking experience and I'd happily pick up another bottle if I had some way to get one.

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Photo of deanhead
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is not your run of the mill Saison. This one pushes the enveloped for the style. Tart, light and refreshing. This is one interesting beer. Enjoyed this on tap at the Whetstone. Reminded me a bit like the Berliner Weiß with the tartness. Very dry. Very clean tasting, yet some dusty oxidized notes from the yeast. Earthy with a dry mouth feel. This beer kept me wondering what was next. It definitely is one of those beers that has a clear beginning, middle, end and afterglow with each sip. Perfect beer for a hot summer evening.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass. Aroma and flavors of lime, orange, and hibiscus come through nicely. Well integrated. Medium-light body. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance -Hazy golden yellow hues.

Smell - Lightly funky nose.

Taste - Light funk, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Enjoyable slightly funky saison. Recommended.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the well in Brooklyn.
A little disappointed by this one. Look is flat honey. Nice aroma though...sour plum sweet. Taste is mineral...herbal...slightly sweet but a ltitle cracker finish. It's flat but dry.
Meh...not a huge fan of this one. This may be better aged in a bottle.

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Photo of aleigator
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant, hazed golden-orange color, with a sizzling, huge white head, slowly fading down to a glass coating lacing.

The nose is full of tart lemon zest, accompanied by white bread, funky cheese and leather, building the beers foundation. Its fruit impression gets enhanced by sour blood orange rind and wet mushrooms. All in all the aromas feature an intriguing balance between tart fruits and pleasant funk, coming well together, with notes of old potatoes, forest flowers and saw dust.

Has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel to it, while the carbonation remains unusual high, which leads to an outstandingly pleasant drinking experience, finishing with soft mineralic qualities.

Tastes of matured hops, hay, lemon rind and dough bread, while its fantastic mouthfeel and clean design reveals a plethora of nuances, encouraging me to keep on drinking. The beers refreshing qualities reveal themselves, as luscious, funk coated blood orange gets introduced. It packs a rich fruitiness, as well as a bitter punch, successfully balanced by hay and crackers. Its aqueous, mineralic quality gets the most noteable during the finish, due to a fusion of lively carbonation, blood orange and lime, creating a sappy, bitter, pleasantly funky finish, with a hint of fructose to it, adding even more depth to the bitterness.

While this is certainly funky and tart, fruits are the mvp in this beer. The main difference to the popular fruit juice ipas is, that this beer is not entirely based on the fruits. It entangles them into recognizable barnyard qualities, which all benefit from the beers fantastic balance, opening the palate to many details, which becomes the beers biggest strengh overall. Very unique in taste, successfull on all fronts, while remaining its focussed freshness, this one is a winner.

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