The Parking Lot Grissette
Wicked Weed Brewing

The Parking Lot GrissetteThe Parking Lot Grissette
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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Oct 01, 2017
Mar 03, 2016
The Parking Lot GrissetteThe Parking Lot Grissette
Notes: Collaboration with Jester King Brewery

The Parking Lot Grissette is a foeder-aged, tart farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with our friends at Jester King Brewery. Like so many of our ideas, this rustic beer, dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon, was dreamed up in a parking lot session during a climbing trip with our Texas friends.
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Rated: 3.7 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Oct 01, 2017
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Solid amber hued body; one-finger thick, creamy and sculpted head. Spicy, herbal scent; peppery. Tart, lime-like flavor; mild phenolic action; lemons. Medium body; crisp and mildly fizzy; tart.

A fine crisp and tart beer with plenty of citrus tones.
May 07, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by chrispe2 from Massachusetts

Apr 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Mar 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"The Parking Lot Grissette is a foeder-aged, tart farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with our friends at Jester King Brewery. Like so many of our ideas, this rustic beer, dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon, was dreamed up in a parking lot session during a climbing trip with our Texas friends." Brewed in the style of a Farmhouse Ale, dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon, available in 500ml. bottle or on limited draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of an eggnog-white tone over a moderately hazy copper-amber body with moderate lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and stringy. 4.5

(Smell) Saison yeast nose up front, with a majority spicy and lesser stone fruit character, atop a simple pale and cracker malt body with a gentle sweetness, a moderate tangy acidity with a modest funkiness, and a spicy, citrusy and lemony nose from the two hop additions with a moderate bitterness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with an extraordinary lightness to the body, common in Grissette style beers- yet incredible preservation and presentation of flavor nonetheless. Pale and pilsner malt body, very clean with a light sweetness, a comparatively strong acidity and funk backbone with suggestions of tangy spring fruit juices, and a moderately hopped back end with more lemony and spicy characteristics that lend well to the sour angle of this beer and compliment the saison yeast presence, which is notably more dialed down from the aroma, yet simultaneously more in line with the volume of the flavor. Finishes lightly dry and tangy. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly residual, tangy, acidic and slightly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly even acidic and tart to sweetness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) With nicely balanced Saison ales gaining in popularity stateside, I am enjoying seeing breweries play around with the style, incorporating souring and dry hopping techniques to make for an overall enjoyable culmination of flavors. Much appreciated is the "Grissette" substyle, which calls for a lighter body without a sacrifice in flavor, and the inclusion of lesser recognized, but enjoyable hops to use nonetheless. Despite its' collaboration status limiting a revival of this beer in particular, beers like this are very becoming and I think this would be excellent packaged in sessionable canned formats. Worth a shot. 4

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Feb 25, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by thatche2 from Georgia

Feb 11, 2017
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
With a new age German attitude, the collaborative efforts of Wicked Weed and Jester King hits the rustic saison style head on. Much more citrusy and melon-like on the hop front gives this saison something succulent but with the same spicy, grassy bitter bite that's familiar to the style's classic taste.

The Partking Lot Grissette pours like fruit juice with its pale and heavily hazy golden orange hues. A creamy ecru froth mounts on top with a heavy scent of citrusy tangerine, blood orange and mandarine orange blossoming with a perfumy array. Bready, fruity and creamy, the early sweetness is laced with fruit juices of the tropical and citrus variety to mask the beer's often grainy upstart.

Bursting with tart and tangy fruit flavor, the middle palate unfolds with all those orange centric tastes and along with aspects of cider, lemon, melon and tropical flavors. Pineapple, mango and apricot apply a juicy coat of flavor before the ale tightens and its sour fruit finish crispens the taste and the hops trend herbal and grassy.

Semidry and remaining juicy with honeydew and orange, the beer's sourness never dominates the hops. Properly hopped, the bitter spice from hops is pleasantly of chive, parsley and lemongrass. Its medium length aftertaste is a return of bright citrus but the earth of cellar funk and dry hay.
Feb 07, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by crobinso from Colorado

Jan 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Mateo2699 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pour is a semi hazy, medium orange hue. Big soft white head with excellent lacing. It has a big typical Belgian yeast aroma similar to many JK brews, strong lemon zest and orange peel notes a little mustiness. Lemon zest, with a little more bursts of citrus pops up in the taste. Slightly tart, not much rustic character going on. Mouthfeel is moderately thin, somewhat acidic.
Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 3 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by WritersBlock from Texas

Nov 23, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by The_Committee from Texas

Nov 22, 2016
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle dated 1/2016:
The pour gives me a body that is a little murky. It almost looks like some of the NE IPAs that aren't milkshake-like in nature. The head bubbles up nicely before condensing into a nice foam cap (nucleated glass). Sheets of white lacing adorn the opposite side of the glass.

Nose pretty much backs up what the first two things on the bottle's tagline indicate: tart and farmhouse. Hay, musty wood, a white grape and sour apple tartness, and a little grass bitterness. I ended up enjoying just sniffing it for a while.

Initially I thought this beer was a little weird, and I wasn't overly certain I would like it. It opened lightly tart and funky - lemon spritzed granny smith accenting a dry farmhouse beer. But then the beer seemed to enter a watery stage, with the tartness just barely hanging on. I did not like this watery note, but it appears as if cold could have affected my palate. This flavor sensation eventually faded, although the force of flavor in this beer remained up front. The relative lightness on the palate later in the taste did make it quite refreshing - and entice me to grab another sip.
Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by A_Rad from Wisconsin

Nov 05, 2016
Rated: 4 by ArtZan from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 19, 2016
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy amber color with off-white head. Funk, tartness, caramel malt, citrus, and some grassy notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with some malt, citrus, and light tartness.
Oct 17, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4 by Jason_cs from Florida

Oct 05, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Sep 20, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by billab914 from Virginia

Sep 15, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Sep 06, 2016
Rated: 4 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by ScientificSquill from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
really cool brett and oak profile to this beer, a light and easy drinking saison with a really interesting yeast flavor to it. perhaps a little less grainy than i was expecting in something called a grisette, which usually has all sorts of cool malts, but this seems to be dominated by pale wheat malt, maybe the slightest bit of rye spice here. i get fresh botanicals on the nose, something from the brett i am sure, vegetal and medicinal almost, summery, blossoming, floral, bitter, with some fruity aspects too, mostly white grape, apricot, and citrus peel to me, lots happening with the brett here, and it seems to bring out the best fruity aspects of these two hop varietals, which are on excellent display in this beer. perfect base for them. i love how dry and funky this is, just a hint of acidity on the back end, keeping it light. awesome carbonation, thats one thing i have been impressed with in all of the recent wicked weed beers to come around, especially the wild ales, the mouthfeel is great in all of them, bubbly and real crisp and dry. this is great stuff, maybe my favorite to come around so far...
Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 2.65 by dasotelo50 from Texas

Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by tregan_20 from Connecticut

Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Aug 17, 2016
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The head quickly crests close to two fingers and just as rapidly dissolves, just off-white in color, wispy lacing with little stickiness. Bright and clear coppery orange liquid, very fine bubbles yet consistently active, pretty and sparkles in the glass. Light and penetrating nose which focuses mainly on tangerine, lemon citrus, sour and close to dank hops, vinegar, cloves, the melon comes though infrequently and then tentatively, more consistent tart apple to pear notes, starts off much better than ends. In the mouth it is lighter bodied yet sour and acidic enough that it avoids evanescence. More vinous to vinegar notes, verging on rubbing alcohol with a light grade volatility throughout. The sour orange remains dominant and brings a meadow grassiness as well, twigs and underbrush. Soda bread and dried scone bits subtly present, again not much by way of fruit, mostly underripe apple or pear. The carbonation is pretty strong and some sips push it up to the mouth roof. Fades too quickly through the finish leaves a textural echo more than flavor. Got bored with it fairly quickly.
Aug 17, 2016
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle
Served in a beer flute
Bottled On: 01.15.16

This beer pours amber in color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with two inches of beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

It has a tart and funky aroma.

The tastes starts out tart and fruity. There is some dank basement funk on the back end with a dry finish.

Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

I thought this beer would be a little more sour from the initial smell. I did like the tartness and funkiness of this beer. It is well made and refreshing.
Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Aug 11, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Roybert from Texas

Aug 05, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by mikepcarney from Ohio

Aug 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(bottled on 1/15/2016)

L: gold with a bit of amber in it; pushes up thick head of offwhite foam, at least a full inch tall, maybe a bit taller, and a little sticky at the top; keeps a thick collar; mostly clear brew, at least 80% clear with just a slight mistiness, no debris off careful pour

S: funkfest ... tart lemon peel, lime peel, something grassy and all kinds of musty wood barn aroma; also has some sweet orange mixing with tart lemon juice; oak ... not charred or old wooden floor oak but rather growing green twigs broken off a live oak, "green" oak; as it warms, the sweetness raises a notch ... orange and slight biscuit malt sweetness; it doesn't get better than this

T: earthy tart lemon peel, lemon, a drop of lime juice, musty oak barn and dust off some dried grain sacks, a little tart orange

F: lots of carbonation and a decent bit of weight, though overall comes off light and pleasant ... perfect

O: Wicked Weed and Jester King have cooked up a beauty ... I could drink this all year long and never grow tired of it, so many different notes mixing with a solid earthy farmhouse base; I'd love to try a fresh bottle to see how much sweeter it might be, though this semi-dry six-month-old version is fantastic; what our American farmhouse/wild ales are all about
Jul 31, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by siege06nd from Virginia

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Jonesy1981 from Colorado

Jul 29, 2016
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Reviewed by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
375 ml bottle. Pours deep clean orange, two finger off white head has great retention. Funky citrus aroma with some tart notes. Sour funky taste, the funk is dominant flavor but hops come in late. Flavors blend pretty well as it warms. Medium semi soft mouthfeel with a crisp peppery finish.
Jul 27, 2016
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