Brother Soigné
Grassroots Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #18
ABV:
5%
Score:
97
Ranked #351
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.35%
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
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Brother SoignéBrother Soigné
Notes: 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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3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You know I had this at Hill Farmstead in October 2019 and didn't realize it was another brewery's creation. No wonder it didn't score in the God tier like most HF saisons (although looking at its average score here, most feel it is).

Pours a bright yellow, 1/2" white head. Ample retention, she is a pretty looker. Aroma has the hay dried grass, lemon-lime, orange and grapefruit pithy smells to it. We're solidly within style guidelines.

Taste kept the clean saison vibe going, this isn't a funky mold from uncovered wet hay come summer monsoon season. Its a cleaner dry hay and citrus sensation. Definitely leans heavier on the citrus component than about any saison I can think of, but it still kept a refreshing bright barley aspect with ample carbonation. Light botanical floral hibiscus note on the back end. Damn, I liked this beer a lot, but the rest of y'all love it. I would totally purchase a bottle if given the chance.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Arch Bridge for their annual frantastic event.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, showcasing lemon zest, light funk and vinegar, and a hint of clove and blood orange. The flavor profile replicates the nose in a lightly tart flavor profile. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a mouthwatering quality that I like and appreciate. Alcohol is barely noticeable and is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

A very nice, easy to quaff saison from the folks at Grassroots.

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John_M from Oregon, Nov 09, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very nice Hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hibiscus and blood orange hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced hibiscus and blood orange flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great very well balanced Belgian Saison

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VABA from Virginia, Oct 14, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At Armsby Abbey
Vibrant slightly hazy gold; one finger white head, full curtains and cap
Lemon, yeast, grapefruit pith
Lemon, lime, blood orange, slight brett
Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish
Amazing

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Reef from South Carolina, Jul 28, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From draft at Hill Farmstead. From the tap list: “Farmstead ale brewed with hibiscus, blood orange, and lime. Refreshingly tart, with bright citrus.” Delicious!

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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania, Jul 25, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a beautiful hazy orange with soapy bright white head. smells and tastes like HF through and through. that wonderful HF funk. not sure i get a lot of the adjuncts on the nose but the taste is light funk, subtle tart fruit, and somewhat dry on the finish. refreshing despite the dry finish. mouthfeel is pleasant. thick enough. more importantly not overly bubbly. again, dry feel as well as finish. overall, fantastic saison that i’ve wanted to try for quite some time now. does not let down.

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Photo of Dope
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/1/18

A: Pours a nearly crystal-clear gold. Tall frothy tan head that sticks around for an extended period of time. Quite decent lacing as well, though a touch thin.

S: Tart lemons and lime. Flowery.

T: Tart lemons up front immediately, mixing with some lime. Sweetens up with blood orange in the middle though, nice. Lingering lime in the aftertaste along with some of that flowery hibiscus. Just a hint of bitterness on the back end for a millisecond.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, soft, and easy drinking.

O: Nicely balanced tart saison. It's sort of sweet and sour and perfectly executed at the same time. Nice complexity of flavors, nice smoothness, nice everything. One of the best, if not THE best saison I've ever had.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Mar 06, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[From Notes | Consumed 10/11/18]

@ State of Beer

Served up a hazy glowing orange hue topped with a beautifully thick, rocky head. Aromas of minerals, leather, basement, flowers, and a faint soft lime citrus. Big Brett in the flavor upfront with some citrus in the finish…moderately tart white wine, citrus rind, hay, a floral touch, and a bit of sweaty funk. Carbonation is on the low side, but otherwise drying and easy to drink.

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wedge from North Carolina, Mar 02, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a sunrise yellow color with white bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose had sweet tart lemon notes with light funky presence.

Taste - The lemon-lime initial taste had an authentic fruit presence. Orange was also very present with a light saison funk. The funk is modest and melts into the fruit notes nicely. Unlike some saisons, it was not heartburn inducing. The finish was like bubbly lemon rind.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was high, but not overly aggressive. It allowed a drier finish to happen.

Overall - For the style, I enjoyed this one a great deal.

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4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger head; splashy lacing

Smell: Funky and floral, with pineapple, lime and herbal tea tones

Taste: Lime forward with pineapple and herbal tea flavors emerging; funky, through the middle, with a slightly tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very nice been with the lime and tropical fruit tones blending nicely with the Saison elements

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Dec 22, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. Won at an auction from the good folks at Last Hope animal rescue. Sometimes I find breweries get more ambitious than necessary with ales like this and forget about taste. This though is very unique, and well balanced - great use of the lime in this saison.

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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts, Sep 14, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart refreshing ale brewed with lime, hibiscus, and blood orange. Extremely limited run of this. Very balanced taste with solid sour finish. Extremely well made beer.

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npolachek from New York, Aug 31, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bomber at Hill Farmstead last week while camping. My wife and I drank it out of our camp tin coffee cups so we didn't get a good look at it. It was fresh, had the expected funky farmhouse flavor from the yeast, and the blood orange was a nice addition. It was easy to drink, yet tart. Overall, it was a great experience and we both enjoyed it.

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gcasher from Pennsylvania, Jul 20, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a glowing golden straw color with a bright white head that recedes quickly. mild aromas are followed on palate - there is plenty of tart citric flavor led by lemon, lime, and grapefruit. these aspects brilliantly compliment a deep but subdued grassy and slightly funky barnyard thing. wonderfully fruity and green, dry and crisp. perfect summer offering!

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Jun 14, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great minds brew alike and as the team of Grassroots bonds with those formerly of Dieu du Ciel, greatness in saison reaches new heights. With a pinch of hibiscus here and a dash of lime peel there, this uniquely soured farmhouse ale does everything that this historic ale asks, ...and more.

Glowing with a beautiful translucent neon straw, Brother Soigne crowns with a creamy but arid stark white foam. Its funky freshness kicks off with a burst of weathered citrus, faint cellar funk and a full floral bouquet. Crisp yet wheaten on the palate the tongue is greeted with hints of sourdough, saltwater taffy and a sour hard candy character.

The real magic happens as the maltiness dissolves effortlessly on the middle palate and the estery fruitness of white grape, gooseberry, kiwi, lime, lemon and green apple begin to shine. The lime additions kick the beer to that side of the citrusy balance as the flowers turn from floral and to spicy. Natural sourness balances the fruit and invites the taste of dried oak, white pepper, white wine and an overall mustiness of damp burlap and cellar-like funk to decorate the retro olfactory senses and late palate.

Light, crisp and nearly irresistible in taste and texture, the drying ale has a juicy, briny component that brings the savory character of margarita. But its pleasant leathery funk is strikingly appealing as the ale trends strongly wine-like in finish and with a quick aftertaste, lingering only with brisk echoes of sourdough and cork.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jun 07, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml split with Trevor at Hill Farmstead brewery tasting room.
A: pours a huge +3 finger brilliant white fine bubble foam head that fades to the perimeter, stringy lacing, hazy golden caramel wheat color body
S: notes of tartness, soft greenness from hibiscus, citrus, lime shines through
M: soft medium light body, smooth dry finish on the tongue
T: citrus juice, lime juice, orange rind, wheat
O: smooth brew, amazing how soft it finishes, guess it is the water

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Photo of Phineasco
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a Straw Yellow with a big white fluffy head. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of lime, citrus, barnyard funk, musty brett, and orange. It tastes tart, with lime, citrus, orange, hay, barnyard funk, musty brett, and minerals. The mouthfeel is medium light. A great Saison from Hill from Hill Farmstead.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Mar 18, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, crisp light yellow / similar to Corona. Nice micro foam head that fades, minimal lacing. Has a gentle, earthy, funky aroma, grassy, citrusy. Taste is tart, some funk, citrus, a little sour on the finish. Has a bright, crisp mouthfeel, loads of micro carbonation bubbles. Very flavorful for 5%. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, very refreshing.

3/6/18
750ml bottle dated 4/3/17, bought st brewery 9/9/17
4.25 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Mar 07, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Teku glass. No visible date, the label is covered.
Appearance: First impression is that this is a Saison: slightly cloudy, golden orange body. No lacing left behind.

Aroma: Definite funk (Brett?) on the nose, peaches, a little sour/tartness to it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Funk, straw/hay, peaches, citrus, subtle bitterness, not sure but this has an oakiness to it as well, definite HF well water taste too. Soft feel to this one and easy to drink.

Overall: Lovely looking beer with a funky aroma and delicious taste. Really refreshing and something I would definitely drink again.

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jhartley from Florida, Oct 08, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, yellow. Light head, cloudy
Smells of straw and citrus. Taste is great up front, its tart but sweet. Straw, grassy malts, and slightly wheaty, doughy. Finishes with a very light dry bitterness. Overall very smooth and drinkable. Great saison with some wheat flavors.

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3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funk Teku glass bottled in April of 2017. Pours a bright yellow with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves thin wisps of lace behind.

Smell is musty, lime, some ginger, sage, coriander, and champagne.

Taste follows musty and a tad funky, lime, ginger, sage, and champagne.

Mouthfeel is about medium, plenty of life, maybe a little dry, and it goes down pretty easy considering I really don't love this style and a ton of flavor for 5 percent.

Overall for what this is, it is pretty good, well crafted, but I just am not into this style.

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Sep 03, 2017
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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at HF at the end of April. I am really getting into the Saison/Farmhouse Ales there and decided to try this out. The smell is wonderful - very citrus-y but also really floral. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and definitely sour, but your palate tends to adjust about 1/2-way through a full glass. I still think Arthur beats it out in a head-to-head but this is really sensational, particularly if you enjoy a crisp/light/punchy ale.

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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours clear yellow with a finger of white head. Looks clear Amber color in the glass.
S: lemon with some sourness
T: a nice orange and lemon mix. Slight sourness.
F: smooth and easy drinking. No puckering, and doesn't finish dry.

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Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. A hazy peach-straw color on the pour that formed a bright golden orange color in the glass. A generous, creamy bright white head that reluctantly settled into a resilient cap. Really nice aromas: oranges, dough, lemons, and some peppery scents. Tart on the first sip but not puckeringly sour. Lots of citrus - orange, lemon, and lime. Some floral notes were in the mix, with a bit of peppercorn and straw. A gentle funk enveloped the palate with an earthy stickiness. Dry on the finish with a crisp aftertaste.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Apr 02, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 6/26/15 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque dandelion appearance.

White head; strong lace.

Fresh-cut grass & lemon notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Lemon & fresh-cut grass flavors up front; spring water freshness on the finish. A very refreshing summer brew.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Dec 23, 2016
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