Arctic Saison
Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #298
Ranked #6,499
4.09 | pDev: 8.31%
Nov 20, 2020
Jul 17, 2013
Arctic SaisonArctic Saison
Notes: This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavor.

We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bringing with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead family.

Brewed and Bottled by Anchorage Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

I got a bottle of this at Susan’s Wine Shop in Santa Fe, NM. Very nice rustic saison, excellent with leftover salmon!

Initially pours a fairly clear yellow color with nice white head and good lacing. Swishing the bottle at the end produces a flavorful slightly murky yellow. Herbal and floral smell and taste. Citrus flavors of lemon and orange. Rustic and earthy. Definitely something to get again!

Nov 20, 2020
3.75 by zotzot from Vermont on Aug 16, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by wedge from North Carolina

Batch #5 October 2016

Slightly hazed gold with a small foamy white head. Aromas of wet hay, leather, light woody spice, and a touch of lemon. Flowery Brett, light anise, cedar, wheat, peppercorns, and musty funk. Medium bodied, dry, fluffy carb. Real nice.

Jun 30, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Batch #5 October 2016

Pours golden yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like oak, barnyardy farmhouse funk, some horse blanket, leathery brett, hay, straw, bready crackery pale malts, lemon, orange citrus, grapefruit, peppery clove spices, banana, vanilla, apple, pear, with floral earthy herbal grassy hops. Tastes clean and refreshing with lemony orange grapefruity citrus, barnyardy farmhouse funk, horse blanket, leathery brett, oak barrel, hay, straw, caramelized bready crackery malts, vanilla, banana, peppery clove phenolic spices, apple, pear esters, finishing dry with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, soft, pillowy, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice oak fermented saison with brettanomyces.

May 17, 2020
4.44 by edthehead from New York on Oct 20, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A corked and caged 750ml bottle, Batch #2, bottled in March 2014. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one and a half finger off white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Funky, brett, grass, hay, green apple, apricot, lemon and oak.

Taste: Light sour, funky, brett, grass, hay, herbal, green apple, lemon peel and oak with hints of apricot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I kept this last bottle of Batch #2 in my cellar longer than expected, but it seems it is just as good as when I last tried it in 2016. Good funk and brett balanced with some nice fruit coming through.

Oct 18, 2019
4.18 by ChipChaight from New York on Sep 07, 2019
4.37 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Aug 10, 2019
3.79 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Jul 22, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brenn79 from Idaho

750 ml bottle- Pours lightly hazy with a medium head that reduces leaving a collar. Aroma is funky, pretty, horse blanket, dusty basement, minerals. The taste is floral, fruity, apples and pears mostly, funky, minerals again, dandelion, dusty and full flavored. Delicious, perfect Brett Saison.

Mar 30, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

750ml bottle - $11.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Hued the tone of a sweet, lazy ole sunbeam. The head, initially quite frothy and tall, quickly settles back down, leaving a whitish, craggy head.

Smell: Honey-kissed barley and wheat swaddled in fruity funkiness.

Taste: Lightly bready, a little hinting of honey with a slender snap of wheat. Houses a rich variety of fruitiness, you get yourself some citrus, pineapple, green apple and peach. Nicely funky Brett character with a musty basement quality and touch of camphor. Light, low woodiness. Finishes fairly crisp, reasonably dry with some residual fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall: A likable brew with an appealing Brett quality.

Jan 19, 2019
3.9 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Dec 27, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a white head. Big Brett aroma along with grass, hay, and bread. The taste followed nicely. Huge Brett flavor. Great farmhouse notes. Dry and clean finish.

Nov 23, 2018
3.98 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Sep 30, 2018
4.08 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 15, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

750ml bottle.

It pours a hazy dark yellow with oodles of foam, awesome sticky lacing.

The smell is of Brett, coriander, light cloves, hoppy..smells, overall, Very dry. Yummy aromas.

Brett is almost as strong in the taste as the smell. Coriander and clove here, big hop bitterness, finishes dry to the bone.

Lightish body, zesty carbonation. A true joy to sip on.

Sep 07, 2018
4.34 by pprichar from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2018
4.1 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Aug 20, 2018
3.84 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy / rocky head that lasted a long time. Excellent lacing.

S: A very good aroma of citrus, Belgian yeast, malt, a floral quality, and the barnyard funk.

T: Tasted of a hint of the floral quality (very ephemeral), a lot of the saison barnyard funk (hay, especially), some spices (pepper), light malt, and a bit of citrus (lemon, in particular). One of the more vibrant saison flavors you'll find. Light and somewhat sweet, this one is quite focused and tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A totally likable, easy to drink saison. Certainly drinkable.

May 31, 2018
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on May 16, 2018
3.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Apr 16, 2018
4.34 by Datdubj1988 from Iowa on Apr 13, 2018
4.28 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Apr 07, 2018
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Mar 17, 2018
4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota on Mar 16, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

I'm willing to bet that I'm the only Belgo-phile Poo-bah on the planet who has not Had an ale from Farmstead.
This subsidiary is as close as I get for right now. And it is an interesting idea for a subsidiary to take on the risk of training American crafters in the very specialized art of Belgian brewing. Spreading the gospel in Anchorage, to boot !

I think of this saison as the 4Bs: aged in wine Barrels, Balanced by spicing, made unique by Brett and Better with an array of appetizers.

I get the wine aromatics immediately and it mellows in the Taste. We have a Balanced saison in which neither the alcohol nor hops are allowed to steal the show and, instead, play nice together all the way to dry finish. While I am only just starting to appreciate Brett, it must be gentle with me and Arctic Saison is. Finally, my test of a good saison is how many different foods does it make better and Arctic Saison improved a whole platter of otherwise undistinguished appetizers.

Will I have this again ? Sure. But only after I lose my Farmstead virginity.

Feb 24, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by lic217 from Connecticut

Too much of a medicinal flavor. It's strong and makes the beer hard to enjoy. It has a nice tartness to it and nice mild citrus flavor. Definitely would not buy again

Feb 07, 2018
4 by coryhk from California on Jan 31, 2018
3.9 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Dec 29, 2017
4.32 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Dec 23, 2017
4.21 by fehrminator from North Carolina on Dec 21, 2017
4.34 by Mattybuchs from Vermont on Dec 10, 2017
4.09 by Eman17 from Illinois on Nov 19, 2017
4 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Nov 17, 2017
3.91 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2017
4.27 by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island on Nov 01, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

peppery, funk, horse blanket, some lemony citrus, grassy, grainy ... decent offering overall.

Oct 15, 2017
4.34 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina on Oct 09, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

Appearance - Pours slightly cloudy lemon color with really nice foamy white head that lasts a good bit.

Aroma - Pretty funky barnyard aroma, wet hay, grass, and brett.

Taste - Taste is really pretty mild, light funk, hay, grain, light brett.

Feel - Light bodied, well carbonated and a light dry finish.

Overall - A really well done easy drinking Saison. Great flavors and very easy drinking.

Sep 28, 2017
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