Arctic Saison
Grassroots Brewing

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #192
Ranked #3,646
4.11 | pDev: 8.27%
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
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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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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wedge from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.48/5  rDev +9%
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.

Sep 07, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

May 31, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Feb 24, 2018
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Feb 07, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw, clear, with big fluffy white head. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Grapefruit, damp oak, brett funk, and barn yard.
Taste: Grapefruit, oak, peppercorn, brett funk, and hay.
Mouthfeel: Light.
Overall: A good oak aged saison.

Sep 18, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit bretty after being in the bottle for a while. White head. Golden orange color.

Funky with saison and oak notes. Wine and fruit notes. Light lemon citrus. Dry.

Mar 08, 2017
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rand from California

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to tulip glass

A: The brew has a yellow-orange color with a cloudy haze, while an easy pour yields a huge, fluffy white head that never really recedes at all.

S: The nose is straightforward farmhouse with a lemony bent - Brett-funk, dried grass, commercial rubber, cherries and lemon. Crackery yeast edges the bouquet.

T: Flavors follow, although a little more hoppy than the nose portends. Plenty of funk, and depth of flavor with nuances of lemon peel, white pepper, flower petals, and a hint of cherries. Oaky and crackery overtones throughout the sip, with a short, clean and refreshing finish.

M: Light-medium bodies, relatively low in carbonation for the style.

Nothing fancy here, just a tasty Saison that could work as a session brew.

Jul 28, 2016
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MacSon1982 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: light and golden in color and transparent. 3/4" of white creamy head. Head retention was on point. Tons of bubbles rode up the glass throughout. Zero lacing lines during enjoyment...

S: lemon and bits of citrus. Strong Brett musty funkyness as well...

T: medium spice, medium low tart, strong lemon, and solid bready yeastyness...

F: medium to medium high feel. Medium acidic tart, medium low dryness.

Jun 10, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch 4 10/15, poured into a teku

A- A clear golden straw with a large white head.

S- Brett, slightly funky, lemons, oak, band-aids, peppercorns, wheat.

T- Wheat, musty funk, peppercorns, oak, slightly tart lemons, hay.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty saison, but was hoping for a little more out of this being a collaboration between Hill Farmstead and Anchorage. Think it could use more time in the bottle.

Apr 24, 2016
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khmel from Ukraine

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This saison pours a light golden, almost straw color with just a hint of cloudiness. The head is off-white at two fingers with a LONG retention. The nose is where it's at on this brew: sour apricots, hints of jasmine and peppercorn. The taste follows the nose, but is more muddled than the nose and so lacks a bit of character. The mouthfeel is good and smooth on this one with just a slightly dry finish. All around, a good saison, but fairly mild and not the best I've had. This being a Hillstead Farm collaboration, I was expecting a little more.

Apr 09, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky straw golden yellow with a solid two finger head of active white foam.

Grain, toast, subtle lactic acidity, musty brett, barnyard funk, wet hay, lemon, and subtle white peppery spice.

Citrusy and lemon notes much more pronounced in flavor than aroma, there is still a musty Bretty funkiness but is less pronounced and the lactic acidity takes on stronger character with a hint of yeasty phenols and white pepper.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, tart, light, refreshing.

Overall, while not a huge fan of the style, this is a great example and certainly worth a sampling.

Apr 09, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque straw yellow with a big foamy bubbly head.

Spicy peppery lemon bubblegum on the nose.

Tastes like light barnyard funk enveloping the above aromas, with banana candy very far in the background.

Arctic is kind of a shy, unimposing Saison--for the legendary status of Hill Farmstead, and the sudden notoriety of the up and coming Anchorage, it's a touch underwhelming.

While refreshingly tart, it actually does feel like it has a sort of arctic chill to it, like some greater quality may have been shocked out in the cold.

Mar 25, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #4, bottled in 10/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pear, melon, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light musty funk, light oak/vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pear, melon, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light musty funk, light oak/vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pear, melon, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 06, 2016
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Trevor11 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic saison that emerged from the collaboration between the world renowned Hill Farmstead with the well-respected Anchorage brewing. It is very clean and refreshing. I tasted essentially a lemony explosion. There is nice foamy head and great carbonation. Any time is a great time drink saisons but I imagine this would be heavenly in the summer time.

Mar 02, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold, a couple fingers of foam, good surface coverage.
Funky Brett aroma, wet hay and sandalwood, dried lemon peel.
Taste is all funky Brett, much the same as the aroma with a bone dry finish and mild bitterness.
Nicely balanced and drinkable, the Brett dominates.
For my money Saison Brett holds its own against this, but it was nice to try.

Feb 28, 2016
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rogerdandy from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison is my second favorite style and this is certainly a stellar example. Lots of brett, hops and funk on a light, bubbly body with amazing head retention this beer is exceptional and should be sought after.

Sep 21, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged batch 2 bottle poured into tulip 8/9/15

A milky bright yellow liquid with tiny speedy bubbles popping up from everywhere, as much foam as you desire really I stop it at a large loose three fingers, decent retention oddly enough half of the glass sticks around while the other half has a thin film, lots of random lace deep down the glass

S heavy brett and wet wood, hint of leather, 18 months old but I'm still getting plenty of tropical hops with some lemon, pineapple, green apple, and maybe some dried mango, loving the funk, has some vinous notes working wonders, dried hay and grass just add to the complexity, sexy stuff for sure

T again I'm getting vinous notes, heaps of funk but the fruity aspects toned down, more wood, some vinegar, apples green, tart but not all that sour, tastes great but the nose was a hard act to follow

M light and fluffy, just a little prickly, very mild sour bite, fine grit and some fruity barnyard linger

O plenty going on with this one, the funks coming out strong, still lots of fruity hops, I'm guessing wine barrels have a role, just all around great

One of those beers I want to try at every age, its not every day a "new" brew enters my area with 18 months of age on it, I'm hating the price tag because I want more

Sep 09, 2015
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