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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 jibbyvonjibb
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Lemons, grass, leaves. Slight bretty funk, but not overbearing.
T: Soft, lemony acidity. Dry, with a touch of sweetness.
M: Light but not thin. Carbonation is medium-high.
O: I am skeptical of all beers with the name "Brett" in description because they tend to be one dimensional and thin. However, like other Anchorage products, this finds a balance that makes it extremely drinkable and at the same time fairly complex.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #1. Thanks be to the good doktorzee for procuring this for me from sunny SoCal. Fantastic pop when the cork was dislodged, rather easily, I was glad to see.

This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, spongy, and finely foamy rising off-white head, which leaves a solid pattern of snow crystal lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of edgy, grassy, and mildly funky yeast, grainy pale malt, a touch of wheatiness, indistinct dry citrus rind, mildly woody oak staves, and spicy, earthen hops. The taste is a fairly tart kick to the palate - sourly acidic apple and citrus, astringently funky Brett, raw wood fibers, stale, dry leather, musty white wine lees, and understated earthy, herbal, and spicy hops.

The carbonation is fairly tight and frothy, the body a pleasant enough medium-light weight, whose smoothness is pretty hard to discern among all that heady funk and acid (hipster band name pending). It finishes on the dry side, as the graininess of the wheaty malt isn't sturdy enough to keep fending off those Brett and oak overtones.

A generally approachable Saison - from afar, of course, until your taste buds acclimatize, if they ever do. A lot going on here, the wood the most innocuous of the bunch, while the guest bacteria does what it does best, and the citrusy hops do well to keep things adjacent to traditional beer territory. Quite well made, this one is, and definitely worthy of seeking out, especially if you're an avowed funk-head, eh, Greg?

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear light golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat, yeast funk, citrus, spice

T-lemon zest, wheat, yeasty funk, pepper, spice,little oak, slight bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate and lively carbonation, crisp

O-good Saison, well-made, but straightforward

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer tonight!

750ml C&C bottle. Cork comes out of the bottle with a loud pop.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: bright yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to an uneven clumpy cap and leaves behind a spotty lacing..

Smell: Light, bright clean and balanced nose. Hints of citrus, tropical fruits, light brett and earthy oak, yeasty/breadiness, and wheat malts.

Taste: mild lemon tartness. Light brett notes that are earthy with a hint of oaky. Yeast and peppery notes. Wheat malts. Nice balance thats effortlessly delicous. I like that the brett wasnt over the top in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. bright, crisp, and clean. Awesome drinkablility.

Overall: I think this Grassroot's beer is way under appreciated. It is very hard to find any major flaws. Another really enjoyable saison! What a jem!

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

The tag-team of Anchorage and Grassroots play into a crescendo of funky freshness in this Arctic Saison!

Pouring a lemon-yellow color and chocked full of powdery haze, the ale simply looks citrusy and zesty. It builds a creamy off-white head with proven retention and concentric lace. The ale simply exudes the look of Belgian farmhouse ale.

Both rustic and racy, its aromas contain the earthy wet hay, supple whole wheat, vinous tartness scent with a light waft of sea air and weathered wood. Lightly leathery and attic-like, the roots of Saison are firm. But then the fresh scent of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, and herbal botanicals offer up a new-wave and highly complex set of aromatics.

The vibrant sweetness of ripe citrus pulp and tropical fruits are propped up with light malty wheat support. The complementing taste of orchard, citrus and tropical fruits weave into the malts with playful acidity and impeccable balance. Its finish is earthy with brine, french oak, wine rot and hay. Sharp hop bitterness offers up one last citrusy impression before the ale fades into an aftertaste of sawdust and a return to lemons.

Medium-light in body, the sparkling carbonation dissolves into the malt for a creamy upstart. But as the acidity comes to life, the ale takes a lighter tone while alcohol, hops, and peppercorn spice dries the beer in finish. In closure, the ale has a somewhat "feathery" texture with a sense of arid dryness and slight warmth.

The new way that folks like Anchorage, Prairie, Hill Farmstead and Grassroots have reinvented the "American-ized" Saison style is truly inventive as they retain what's classic about traditional farmhouse taste but injecting them with the lively character of citrusy hops. They simply flirt with perfection.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4, bottled October 2015.

In a teku glass the beer was a light gold/yellow color with a slight haze. Pretty white head that left a little lace. A visually appealing beer.
Aroma of citrus, grass, and earthy hops.
Mostly lemon taste. Some peach. Earthy hops. Nice peppery finish.
Light-bodied. Dry.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle. Label is marked Batch #1, May/2013, so this is still relatively young for a brett saison. Will be interested to see how the second bottle turns out with some age on it. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden honey yellow body with a slight amount of chill haze. Head is a bone white sudsy one-and-a-half fingers and remains for a solid amount of time before dissipating to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is silky and fades away after a short while.

Smell - A fruity balance of some bretty funk and phenolic elements. Elements of wet grass and must, but largely notes of white fruits, with an almost wine-like characteristic.

Taste - White fruits--nectarine, anjou pear, with some interlacing peppery spiciness, but faint. The lead flavors again impart the winey characteristics, almost like a fruitier wine, like a pinot gris. Brett elements are again present, imparting some funk, and I definitely can still detect the bittering characteristics from the hops. The finish is subtle oak and drying.

Mouthfeel - Light side of medium bodied, with a healthy moderate amount of carbonation.

OVerall, a very tasty saison, one with a good amount of balance, with the fruit and hops playing leading roles. I would like a little more funk to the smell and taste, so the subdued nature of that element is the only drawback.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Three Floyds wine glass

A- Very carbonated, the head is huge, 3-4 finger white frothy head, the head stays around for a long time. lacing coats the glass. Nice golden brown/hay color, slight haziness.
S- Peppery notes, lemon zest, slight apple, malt, really mellow aroma.
T- The taste is very much similar to the aroma, brett is more apparent in the taste then in the nose, sour lemon, nice peppery notes, nice malt backbone that balances out the brett.
M- Light mouthfeel, very refreshing, clean finish, very carbonated
O- Really like this beer, wish i would of grabbed more bottles while i was in Vermont. Very refreshing beer. Would drink again in a second.

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

750mL(batch 1, May 2013) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden color w/ a frothy white head, nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is funky, grassy, citrusy. Bright and clean.

Taste leads off with biscuity pale (Pilsner?) malt. Spicy, grassy, a little lemony. Oak and Brett apparent but not overwhelming. Just a touch of pear and a distant vinous quality.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Light, crisp, and dry.

Overall a rock-solid, if somewhat middle-of-the-road saison by a pair of brewing masters.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy straw yellow. Head is of decent stature. Its bubbly and frothy. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Starts off funky with a bunch of Brett. Light grassiness and cereal with some subtle sweetness.

T-A cool representation of the nose. At first, I get a big, buzzing Bretty flavor. The funky, herbal Brett note dies off and then it becomes a much more traditional Saison. Grassy, with some cereal notes and some more relaxed yeasty notes.

M-Quite drinkable. Putting back a 750ml of this was easy-peasy.

O/D-It starts funky and wild then re-composes itself. Interesting flavor transition. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, two finger light fluffy head with great lacing.

S-Mild funk, lots of lemon and orange, grass.

T-Grass, spices, lemon, orange, very slight tart notes.

M-Light, crisp, dry finish, well carbonated.

O-Could have been more on the sour side. However a sweet, citrusy saison that hit the spot.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle

A: Pale, semi-opaque gold with a firm lasting head.

N: Plenty of earth, pine, banana. Some mustiness. Lemon and oak. Very well balanced with its floral and wood elements.

T: Soured and quite bitter. Really falls apart for me here. Wood adds another bite. Too many hops, not enough malt balance. Yeast and funk are prevalent.

M: Crisp, but biting. Feels like this is stretched out too far on the tongue.

O: Not my favorite example of the style. Leans too far towards the funk and oak without any balance to bring it back to enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kyle for sharing this at the dive.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice hazy golden straw hue with a thin had that fades to leave light lacing and a thin clouds of a head.

S - Aromas of funky barnyard, lemons, faint horse blanket, super gentle saison spices

T - Taste is nice fruity green apples, barnyard funk, Belgian yeast, , faint lemons. More green apples than lemons here which is super nice.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, super sessionable, firmly carbonated, well done.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Good Apple notes along with barnyard. Well done collaboration cc which is fast and few between.

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

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Grassroots Saison is clear gold with a white head leaving sticky chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is herbal, light sweetness, faint brett funk, but nice pineapple.

Taste is clean sweet cereals with light dusty barnyard. Herbal snap. There is a feeling of alcohol, must be the brett and grain sweetness coming together. Slightly herbal. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, a little slippery.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a solid saison. Just enough funk to be interesting, more of the tropical fruit notes which are nice. Much thanks J!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle marked Batch #1, May/2013. Poured in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, golden wheat coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body and a clingy, bubbly, chunky, bright white head that has a decent retention around half an inch. Nose of buttered biscuits in the backbone, with floral highlights, toasted grains, and a subtle dose of spices, including pepper, orange zest, and coriander. Flavors of sour and tart forward, with an acidic undertone. Citrus tart profile follows, with a heavier spice blend of coriander, all-spice, pepper, orange zest, and another solid shot of sour. The aftertaste is citrus and sour, with a slowly regressing boldness. The finish is tart and tangy, with a slightly drying feel and spiced linger. Decent brew, with a building spice profile as the rest of the palate quietly subsides. Interesting.

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

Poured from tap into tulip at Humpy's in Anchorage, AK. Pours a golden color with white fluffy head. Nice hoppy malty and slightly funky aromas...a bit of lemony citrus as well. Taste is big on the cat piss/lemony hop notes, but is met with some good dose of brett funk and corn/maize malt. Very smooth and nice balance. Really great brew and glad I finally got to snag it on tap. Now to just get a bottle for the basement...

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

Poured into a Tree House tulip

A- A bright golden hue with a nice frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly

S- hay, pineapple, bit of yeasty saison characteristics, but tame, nothing over the top

T- Saison yeast forward with a complement of light pineapple, pear apricot, does come off as a bit young, especially if compared to Arthur, flavor wise it is just light this early in the beer's life, should shine though with another 6-18 months depending on your preference

M- not quite as spritzy as arthur, but a nice full mouthfeel with gentle carbonation

O- Dangerously drinkable, thirst quenching flavors. I do feel this will shine even brighter in 6 months, will probably revisit in 12 because of my fondness for brett

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #1- May 2013. Sampled on August 11, 2013. Why does this say brewed by Anchorage Brewing of Anchorage Alaska on the label if it is brewed in Vermont? Is it some kind of contract thing for the East Coast?

Anyway the pour is a decent looking, slightly cloudy pale yellow with a soft, fluffy head on top that sits there for quite some time but eventually fades down.

The aroma has a faint Belgian malts and Belgian sugar note but the citrus and tartness exposes itself early on taking over the nose.

The body is light to medium.

The taste begins with a roasted maltiness but just like the aroma the citrus grapefruit tartness kicks in from behinds and remains on the back of my throat for a few moments.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is VERY funky! I love it! Funky barnyard and brett with some hay and tart aromas. Fresh baked sourdough bread with some sharp cheese and citrus notes. Slightly spicy, but more funky than spicy. Love the aroma on this beer. Taste is initially tarts with a good amount of lemon and other citrus flavors. Good amount of barnyard, grass, and pepper. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I think this is an awesome saison that certainly lets the brett shine through as a fresh beer. I would still like to buy another bottle to see how it evolves over a year or so.

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Photo of rdickey
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, with fine white bubbles swirling up from the bottom. A rocky white head drops fairly quickly, leaving scattered lacing.

Smell: The nose is an interesting mix. The expected peppery spiciness is there, along with lemon and lime citrus. There is an additional element, though, that is somewhat minerally. I don’t get any funk until it warms up a bit, and even then it is pretty mild.

Taste: White pepper, slightly more Brett funk than is apparent in the nose, and a little fruit tartness start the party. There is an interesting vinous element, along with more lemony citrus, and a slight hint of the oak aging. The mineral element continues, and influences the largely dry finish. It definitely gets more interesting as it warms, so make sure you’ve got your temperature calibrated appropriately.

Mouthfeel: The medium to high carbonation lets this once dance a little bit. It works and seems to alleviate any perceived weight from the oak.

Drinkability: This is a pretty sessionable beer, and would probably do well on a sunny summer day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share on the beer bus to San Diego.

Batch # 1. Bottled 5/2013.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that showcases a solid earthy Brett presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Batch 1, May '13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Slightly hazy pale straw yellow in color. Later of bright white head. Some carbonation streaming off bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Slight Brett character. Some barnyard funky notes. Vinous wine like notes. Some traces of pepper, typical to the style.

T: Up front you get some of the true to style pepper notes. Right in tip of the tongue. The Brett is there but it's not as pronounced as other Anchorage brews. Brings out that barnyard, grassy field, flavors. Some traces of lemon. As you drink it, some chalk like flavors. Clean. Finish is dry and refreshing. Really solid brew.

M: Medium bodied. Richer mouth than expected

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Photo of PerHops
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow, visible carbonation with 1/8" head that sticks around.

S- Brett funk, pineapple, grass, melon, apples and citrus

T- More tart than I expected from the smell. Granny smith apples, lemon, funk, spices.

M- Medium high carbonation which works well with the style. No complaints here.

O- I tried this a couple of times and can say this is a truly great saison. It has a near perfect balance of earth, spice, hops and sourness. Reminiscent of fantome saisons I've had in the past. Hats off to a near perfect saison!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second Bottle opened on 10.1.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a huge off-white head with good retention.

S - Citrus, hay, funk.

T - Funky, oranges and lemon citrus, oak, straw.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Funk and tart citrus. I enjoyed this one way more than the fist bottle.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high fluffy white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down th sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has sour and funky flavors from the brett along with some hints of oak towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable saison as it has lots of brett aromas and flavors, but neither of which are overpowering.

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