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Grassroots Arctic SaisonGrassroots Arctic Saison

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow with a peppy white head. I know the beer is what's important but I'd appreciate some better bottle art. Damp hay, funk and floral aroma. Tastes crisp, dry and funky with lemon, floral herbal sweetness, sourdough and more. One of those beers that changes as it warms and you can fish for new flavors and flavor combinations throughout the bottle.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled March 2014.

Pours clear pale golden yellow. One finger of fizzy white head, okay retention, nice lacing. Sprinkling of bubbles spread throughout the glass.

Smell is a lovely blend of floral and funk. Light flowers in the nose, magnolias, then a potent brett barnyard funk comes ripping through, both disrupting and harmonizing with those flowery aromas. They combine fantastically, synergizing and bringing out the best in each aspect. The flowery bits have their thin-ness supported by the pungency of the funk, and the funk doesn't become overpowering because of the airy character of the flowers.

Taste is even better. A fantastic variety of flavors, with lemony citrus, earthy funk, and tangy spice leading the way. There are light overtones of those same flowers so prominent in the smell. Mild bitterness blends with the citrus in the finish Each sip brings waves of complexity. Outstanding.

Feel works quite well with the taste. Medium-light body. Carbonation that rises slowly but peaks high, turning fuzzy in the finish.

This is a stunning saison. I'm getting repetitive here, but the combination of different flavors and characteristics is fantastic. Varied, but it all works together nearly perfectly. Wow.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #2 March 2014.

A real nice orb glowing lemon body color, opaque and shiny. Head makes an easy fluffy and rock bleach white head, with hints of creamy whipped topping. A solid classic looking saison.

Real nice fruity and big nose. Small hints of oak and vanilla, with a big lemon brightness. Mild brett quality and minimal funk to go with it.

Palate comes off light body, almost grisette in quality. Strange yeast finish a bit, with almost a flattened bread dough that has not risen. Fruit lemon and very good brett heat with an easy tolerance. Nearly crisp, moderately dry. Minimal and subtle oaky quality, hard to detect because of the lighter mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty solid creation between the two breweries, I like this Grassroots project.

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Photo of Resuin
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This is batch #2 - bottled March 2014.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, not-very-hazy amber/gold and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head that take a while to fade to some leftover white atop the beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Lemon zest, lively hops, slight grassy funk, lime, citrus, hint of crackery malts. Nice, lively, refreshing scent.

Taste: The crackery malts are still here but a little more pronounced, lemon zest, citrus rinds, grassy hops. Huge drinkability with nice, light refreshing flavors. There is just a hint of funk and tartness, but quite mild.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with a thin to medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes incredibly smooth.

Overall: Such a refreshing, drinkable beer - for that this is incredibly well done. Nice light hop, malt, and grassy flavors make this one a fantastic summer beer, ironic that it is "Arctic" in the name.

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Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear light rose color with a decent head; slightly hazy.

Barnyard aroma with some much more inviting fruity aspects. Mild tartness, light funk and mixed fruits dominate the taste.

Feel: Body should be both livelier and a bit fuller.

O: Moderately complex and nicely original.

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Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently never reviewed this great beer. Thanks to threelions.

Light fizzy head, murky orange juice color.

Nose big Brett, farmhouse funk, lemon zest, saison funk light spices, wheat creamy, grainy, very Brett farmhouse funk, even little pineapple.

Taste stats with more fruit, pineapple, citrus, lemon, zest, etc. Big Brett funk, farmhouse saison funk, mild spices, etc. Big rind bitterness, little earthy bitterness, juice pineapple tangerine juice. Little creamy wheat too. Finish is dry fair bitterness rind bitterness, more lemon, pineapple and citrus juice.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall awesome. Not the best to look at, but aroma and flavor characters are awesome, nice Brett funk, pineapple and citrus, creamy wheat, bitterness, lemony, etc, just great.

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Photo of tmzl
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours with fizzy, huge, relatively thick, white (with subtle yellow hue) head. It has a fast breakdown via forming big bubbles and breakdown of those. Sticky, medium slow, random retention, lots of random sticky lacing. Leaves a big foamy mountain on top. Cloudy, slightly darker yellow with a bit of orange hue.

Smell: Acetic acid at start, ripe lemon note dominant, also some tropical fruits (ripe mango). Subtle funk with hay and bit of grainy sweetness. Quite fresh and inviting.

Taste: Light-medium sour start, not aggressive, citrus (lemon zest mostly). Grainy pale malts in the middle then come an interesting redcurrant spike towards the end of the middle - very nice. Fine leathery funk (doesn't go into the barnyard zone) covers the middle and ends with light-medium sourness that stays and stacks up in the after. Also light hay bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, dry with lively carbonation - nice and fresh.

Overall: Light, fresh and interesting enough. Too bad it's kinda expensive, would pour gallons down my throat in this summery weather.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/26/14 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one, always interested in a new beer from Grassroots or HF.

a - Pours a deep amber-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell is of brett bomb. Tons of brett, oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, juicy pine, oak, toasted malts, and bready malts. Awesome; loving the brett.

t - Tastes of juicy tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, brett, oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, oak, earthy notes, floral hops, and bready malts. More tropical fruits than the nose and les sbrett, though there is still a good amount here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a fantastic beer with brett; I loved it. Tons of brett and tropical fruits, well worth seeking out. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release bottle share.

Pours a light golden yellow, with a big, 2 inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells rustic and funky- not unexpected. Some sour lemon, hay, Brett barnyard funk, pineapple.

The taste is pretty similar. Lots of tart lemon, some wet woody flavors, leather, barnyard, hay, citrus fruits. Fairly sour, but not crazy. Some lingering hop bitterness near the end.

Light bodied, spritzy crisp mouthfeel, lingering sour/bitter flavor near the end. Low carbonation.

I'm basically forcing myself to start liking sours, this was one really nice, and I'm really getting into them.

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Photo of beepill
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle that I have been cellaring since last summer.

A - Pale amber-yellow with slight cloudiness. Awesome head - thick and fluffy with bubbles of varying size. Great lacing throughout.

S - Very complex. Fruitiness - I am getting blackberries on the vine, green apples, and orange peels. Some farmy smells - spring grass, turned earth, older flowers, and wet oak. Slight funkiness with the brett.

T - Better than expected. Slight sourness, a hint of sweetness and dryness. The first tastes I thought of were grapefruit pith and raspberry seeds. Hints of wet hay, earthy malts, rose and lavender round it out.

M - Medium carbonation which helps with the flavor. The thick foamy head also keeps some of the carbonation in. Lip aftertaste is pleasant, grapefruit-like.

O - Well balanced saison. Quite complex, and quite drinkable. I was not expecting to like this one as much as I really did, but it sure did surpass my expectations. Worth seeking IMO.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. I brought this bottle, at the time about 6 months old. I heard it wasn't very stellar (for what it's supposed to be) fresh so I laid it down to let the Brett hopefully work its magic. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy amber pale color - it's crazy how much this beer has apparently cleared up in the past half year from a vibrant golden amber to a pale, nearly milky looking amber. The head is definitely stellar, as always with anything funky from Anchorage. Leaves behind some good sticky lacing at the sides of the glass, and retains a rustic, proper presentation overall. Well done.

As for the aroma? Magnificent! I'm amazed at what I was whiffing at through and through. Ever wanted to see what Brett can do at its full potential? Check this out: huge tropical notes of kiwi, lychee, mango, and passion fruit burst out of the glass, followed by perfumed notes of lavender and violets, as well as a tinge of green pepper, white peppercorns, slight toasted leathery notes, and a little bit of leafy, tobacco filled phenols. Finishes with strong citrus notes, mainly of tangerines, as well as pears, green apple, pine and cloves. Contains a funky, wet barnyard aroma that takes me straight to a farm. Amazingly refreshing, vibrant, warm stuff. Smells crisp as any good saison should - truly an achievement as far farmhouse ales tend to go.

The flavor is not as mind blowing as the aroma, but it's definitely in a strong league, for what it's worth. The citrus notes are far more up front than the tropical notes, but it's definitely refreshing - and, combined with the pear and green apple notes from the yeast, it manages to be a dry, fruity, crisp saison as good as any top quality one you can get in Belgium (in this case, I'm thinking of d'Erpe-Mere). Nice white pepper, baking soda, wet hay, and slight lactic funk at the finish. Leathery, toasted, and very floral, with a lot of the lavender shining through. Finishes dry, but with a refreshing crisp bready flavor that melds well with the earthiness from the yeast, as well as the crisp flavor. Carbonation is effervescent like a good sparkling wine, and allows a lot of the more gentle flavors to pass through against the funk. Very easy to drink - and by far my favorite beer of the night.

Can Anchorage and Hill Farmstead brew this again?? Maybe make it year round? This lays down terrifically well, and is totally worth the $18 price tag I paid for. This is a prime example of how farmhouse beers in America are only getting better, and when everything is done properly towards a beer's profile, the addition of Brett only makes everything more complex, rustic, and unique. I really wish I had another bottle to see how it's progressing, but I honestly think the sweet spot is 6-8 months. Terrific, wonderful stuff. Really exceeded my expectations in many ways.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this. (Cheers to myself for giving it to him as a gift.)

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange - pours with a huge, fluffy, white head - fades to a small but mostly solid cap - leaves streaks and blobs of lacing - decidedly pretty

Smell: So, so funky - an abundance of Brett - powdery and juicy Brett - lots of barnyard aroma as well as some musty cellar - some spiciness and some grass - some light fruits like pears and green apples - some pale malts and some spicy wheat - some perfume, hay, and citrus - quite a variety of saison aromas

Taste: Funky and potent - pungent even for a saison - funky flavors, with some barnyard, some musty cellar, hay - loads of and loads of Brett - straight-up, powdery Brett - some touches of citrus, but mostly other light fruits like ripe pear and green apple - fruity and funky - some nice sweetness balanced by some yeasty dryness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, juicy funk but finishes dry

Overall: Slightly less icy than something I'd expect from the arctic

I had high hopes for this beer. And the beer exceeded my expectations. This is remarkably flavorful, with a ridiculous amount of Brett , and an above-average amount of funk. I need to buy more of this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head starts off a massive pillowy bright-white. Clumps of lacing. Decent retention leaves a 1cm clumpy white head that persists for the duration. Cork popped off with crazy force leading tons big bubbly carbonation.

Smell: Anchorage yeast right up front. Some banana coupled with peach and mango. Very fruity. Damp yeast. Some grass and wheat and musty basement. A touch floral. Nice slightly bready malts with a clean pale malt sweetness. A touch of undercooked bread. Yeast and soft eatery spice. A touch of clove. Light and clean. Warming adds some light powdery yeast elements. A touch of rose petal and apricot.

Taste: Soft Belgian influence complete with overripe banana and slightly spicy clove. Fruity esters abound. Pale slightly breast malt. Lightly sweet. Some push of something like wheat. Floral as well. Musty and earthy in good measure. Warming rounds out some of the esters, but jumps the yeast profile up a few notches. Apricot, peach, mango and some pear and apple. A lot of fruity esters. Rosemary and rose petal. Hay and grass. A touch of caramelized malt. Yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice and smooth with a touch of creaminess. Moderate pushing toward high carbonation. Slightly crisp up front.

Overall: Best served above freezing.

A damn fine saison. The yeast runs a bit heavy on the Belgian influence, but everything else is spot on.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into tulip glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw color with a huge, billowing , frothy, bright white head that slowly faded into a very fuzzy thick film that left a thick sheet of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of Brett dominate with earthy and spicy scents, followed by strong herbal and slight stone fruit, peach, mild lemon zest. Super Brett overall.
T: Follows the nose but sweeter and fruitier. Brett still dominates earthy and musty, hints of straw. Fruit is sweet, peachy and apricoty. Lemon juice comes through in the finish with a mild tartness. Brett kicks up some mild funk in the aftertaste. Slight chalk and citrus pith in the aftertaste alongside juicy fruit nectar.
M: Full body, thick and fluffy mouthfeel, with soft carbonation, mild dryness, faint acidity, solid sweetness, and creamy carbonation.
O: Drinks very well, great Brett forward flavor, sweet fruit, herbal hop, spice and earthy must. Can definitely tell this was made at Anchorage. Very very good.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden body with a huge, white head. Aroma of brett , lacquer, musty basement, citrus, cracker, lemon, apricot. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish. Crisp on the tongue. Taste of mustiness and pineapple with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy pale yellow with a tight white head and thick lacing. Nose has a strong lemon characteristic with some subtle pepper and balanced farmhouse yeast with some earthy qualities. Taste also leans a bit to the lemon side surrounding the palate. The farmhouse yeast of earthy mushroom and pepper comes in mid palate and plays through the back. Strong carbonation and a clean crisp body with a dry finish make this very palatable. The Brett presence really doesn't adds much but plays in with the citrus and earthy notes.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one is right up there with Boulevard Saison-Brett and Logsdon Seizoen Bretta for me. Wonderful use of oak and brett. The mouthfeel is fantastic and completely effervescent. You get lemons, fruit juice, and straw on the nose and in the taste. So easy to drink and completely delicious. Way too underrated.

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Photo of concealed
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Beer. Perfect on a cold New England night, that feels like the Arctic. Thanks to IndyDad for throwing this in a trade.

Overall this beer is a very Bretty Saison, and it follows all of the stereotypes you would imagine.

Appears quite attractive, lots of foam and creates excellent lacing. Opaque.

Smells like pears, fruits, brett

tastes pretty tart, but not as much funk as I expected. some fruits like green apple, lemon peel, and also a peppery yeasty farmhouse taste

overall it is a great winter saison

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Photo of bahnfire
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle to HF stemware

A: Pours an opaque golden honey color, fluffy 2-3 finger head that settles to a fine film on top of the beers surface.

S: Brett, followed by more brett, then some pear. Possibly other fruits.

T: Brett up front. No big surprise there. Followed by bready yeast, maybe what some folks would call biscuity, and normal saison flavors. I heard the recipe for this was basically Arthur with brett, I could be wrong. But I don't think Arthur when I taste this.

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation. Leaves your mouth feeling wet, whereas I find most HF saisons considerably more dry.

O: A good example of a brett forward saison. Right there with Saison Brett IMO. And like Saison Brett I think a year in the bottle will do wonders for it. Going to pick up another bottle to put some age on.

Convivial Suarez and Brother Soigne were home runs out of the box (bottle?). Arctic Saison will take some time to develop into the best version of itself.

UPDATED 12/4/13: Opened another bottle now that it has been developing for a few months. Like I thought, this is considerably better now. I can recommend this beer now with a straight face.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy yellow-gold color with two fingers of rich and creamy white head. Generous lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon peel, coriander, earthy funk, Belgian yeast, and white pepper.

The taste was tart with green apple, lemon peel, cherry, brett, and Belgian yeast.

Medium bodied and very dry with a moderate carbonation.

I highly recommend this one. Delicious and interesting.

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale lemon yellow brew, hinting of straw, slightly cloudy but still somewhat translucent. Small-ish white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell is of lemongrass, mild Brett, bright hops, and wheat.

Taste follows the nose: slightly sour, fairly dry, and barely sweet. A tiny bit sour, a little bit of funk. Beyond that, some perfectly balanced bright hops, lemon, and wheat. Fantastic; I can't wait to try this beer with some age (although I suppose waiting is quite literally the only option).

Medium feel, almost silky, quite cloying, with a decent carbonation sting and dry finish. Very drinkable; just enough sting to make you take a little bit of time.

This is a fantastic saison; the balance of the earthy wheat tones, the bright lemony hops, and the yeast all come together in a subtle yet complex package that is eminently drinkable (and at 6%, it really is). I will try this one again in a year or two and see if the Brett development makes it even more interesting.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple bottles on our trip to Vermont. Generally like brett-fermented beers and saisons. Loved everything from Hill Farmstead I've had. What's not to be excited about?

A - Opaque straw blond with a voluptuous foamy head that sticks around. Pretty little pour.

S - Gueuze-y overtones. I'm talking white wine vinegar, green apple, barnyard funk, wet grass. Also, some softer notes like cornhusks and sourdough. More subdued than a lambic, more sour than a saison.

T - That's compelling. The first notes are sweet and playful: rosewater and wheat. Then comes the sour grape and apple. This throbbing farmhouse melange slinks off to a pleasantly ashy aftertaste. The corny, biscuity saison quality is contending with the funk. This is wilder than, say, Crooked Stave Surette. Still, nicely balances.

M - Medium. Sticky but effervescent.

O - Rich and bold, but still well rounded and a pleasant easy drink. Everything is well integrated now, so I wonder how it will develop over time.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip
Batch-1 May 2013

A - This beer is cloudy with a golden pale color, a massive rocky white head slowly settles with cavernous mounds of bubbles. Sloppy wet lacing sinks down the sides of the glass.

S - Grain dust, earthy hay, grainy pilsner malts, lemons and minerals, the yeast is tangy and bready with a very mild funk and timid white pepper phenolics. Mushrooms come out once it warms up.

T - Tangy lemons, mineral soda water, slightly acidic, the dusty hay and grassiness fade quickly as it warms. Bright tropical fruits work well against the grainy pale malt. Lemony tang really comes around on the backend along with a floral/herbal bitterness finishing crisp and clean.

M - Active seltzer-like carbonation, light body, crisp and clean.

Bright, dry, and very refreshing. A very nice Saison indeed. Extremely crisp with mineral water and tangy lemon taking the stage. I am thoroughly enjoying this beer on a brisk 28 degree November night.

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Photo of Gatch
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 1 May/2013 Picked up at Meulemans' Craft Draughts in Rawsonville (Jamaica), Vermont!

We have an extreme gusher here! Cork came off way too easily and then the bottle proceeded to spew foam and beer everywhere. Literally. Lost about a third of the liquid. I didn't make things better by trying to stop it with my hand which pressurized it and shot it even further in all directions. Kind of upset but what can ya do? Still turned out to be a great beer.

A: Super hazy, beautiful golden-orange-yellow with a massive, bubbly, fluffy, bright white head leaving behind lots of lace and retention. As the style should be!

S: Heavy on the yeast, funk, hay, barnyard, tart fruit, a bit of booze, and some faint hints of wood. Of course the Brett steals the show, though. Serious funk. As strange as it sounds, it actually smells kind of arctic!

T: Incredibly funky, yeasty, fruity, and Bretty! Great tartness while remaining smooth and funky. Sat outside on a cold, quiet night to enjoy this one. Paired well.

M: Fantastic body, spot-on carbonation for the style, and massive flavor that does not get boring or bland. Every sip is delicious.

O: Even being a gusher, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The incident didn't take anything away from the drinking experience. Grassroots/HF (& Anchorage) can do no wrong!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2.5 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a pale, clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and web-like with good stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is a bit earthy. Lemon peel, citrus and spice with a very mild funk. Aromatic, crisp and clean.

Opens citrus, lemon peel, coriander, and flower petals. A bit of Brett funk and light, fizzy tartness in the middle with a tart, lemon zest and peppercorn end. Finish is accented and dry with a slight hop presence. Puckering tart and bitter lemon zest in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down frothy and a bit dry. Finishes bone dry with a filmy aftertaste. Really drinkable.

Grassroots saisons have been every bit as good as their Hill Farmstead offerings and Arctic Saison continues that trend. Super drinkable and definitely worth trying.

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Grassroots Arctic Saison from Grassroots Brewing
4.1 out of 5 based on 790 ratings.
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