Arctic Saison
Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Ranked #278
Ranked #6,536
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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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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
Rated: 3.75 by zotzot from Vermont

Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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
Rated: 4.44 by edthehead from New York

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Rated: 4.18 by ChipChaight from New York

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Aug 10, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jul 22, 2019
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Reviewed by brenn79 from Idaho

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Rated: 3.9 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Dec 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Rated: 3.98 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.
Sep 07, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by pprichar from Massachusetts

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Aug 20, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Aug 17, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

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.
May 31, 2018
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 16, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by rspauldi from Texas

Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by Datdubj1988 from Iowa

Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Apr 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Mar 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.
Feb 24, 2018
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Reviewed by lic217 from Connecticut

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
Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by coryhk from California

Jan 31, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Dec 21, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by Mattybuchs from Vermont

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

Nov 01, 2017
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Rated by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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.
Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Oct 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
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