Grassroots Arctic Saison | Grassroots Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by N17shelfside on 07-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,311
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
827
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
142
Trade:
12
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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pprichar
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Datdubj1988
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lic217
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of coryhk
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 827 ratings