The Parking Lot Grissette
Wicked Weed Brewing

The Parking Lot GrissetteThe Parking Lot Grissette
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
126
From:
Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  15
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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beergoot from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Wicked Weed Brewing's
The Parking Lot Grissette
3.97/5.00

Feb 25, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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
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farrago from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
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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buschbeer from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +3%
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
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Premo88 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
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
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe glass. Bottled Jan 15th 2016.

Dark amber brown to orange, almost looking into dark biere de garde territory but certainly reminds me of one appearance wise. Opaque. Soapy two finger head with good retention and very soapy cupped collar while settling.

Garden herbs, and funky yeast give a solid aroma with some real nice floral touches. Sweet tropical notes and citrus orange qualities also come out as well with a nice balance between the two contrasting flavors. A little bit malt sweet smelling, even sort of reminds me of cherry a bit. Very nice bouquet going on here.

Palate goes for more simplicity. Light grissette feel but still manages to give a decent malt depth and flavor for the palate. Chewy grapefruit sour rindy zest a bit in the mid palate, mixing in with garden herbs slightly. Finishes with a bit of mild hop bitterness and hinting juicy hop flavors of citrus orange and tropical fruit.

A pretty easy drinking flavorful Grissette, with a nice real solid complimenting hop flavor.

Jul 24, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One finger of pristine tan froth atop this light golden brown brew makes for a pretty beer indeed.

Aroma involves a mixture of warm, damp hay, watermelon, pear and leather.

Noticeably dry and spicy up front with melon rind, beer bread and various fruits following.

So tasty and with just enough tartness to please the sour jones but not so much as to destroy the palate. That equals success in my book.

Jul 21, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Last evening I drank a bottle of Wicked Weed's Parking lot, which I bought at Jester King a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed it.

L: It had a orange cloudy apple juice like hue with a two inch thick white head.

A: The aroma was sweet and sour orange.

T: It was tart, juicy, lots of fruit flavors, lemon, mandarin/tangerine, melon, a bit aoky and dank, quite good.

F: Medium carbonation, perhaps a bit fizzy, but thirst quenching in the heat.

Jul 06, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour, deep amber, hazy. Hoppy nose with more of a juicy profile along with lacto. Taste is coming in lacto first, dry, and mild bitterness from the hops. Medium feel and carbonation.

Jun 25, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bitterness clashes with the sourness. One of my least favorite offerings from Wicked Weed, but it's a pretty high bar. Not bad by any means, especially if you like sour IPAs.

Jun 16, 2016
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fizzy light orange, with average carb for the style. Nice citrusy, and funky notes on the nose. Lemon, a bit of orange, and damp hay. A very nice, gentle tartness coats the tongue, and dries out at the finish, leaving me wanting another sip. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Much more tart than the other WW saisons I've had. I'm guessing JK's yeast has a significant influence. This reminded me of a HF saison, but it's not quite as clean and is a bit rougher around the edges. Still a very nice, tart, table beer.

May 28, 2016
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Rockthedashboard from Rhode Island

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden copper color. Thin sheet of lacy, head hangs around for duration.

S: Nice lactic aroma, slight funk coming through. Hops really hold the aroma together, peach and white grape aromas from the hops.

T: Taste follows nose; nice soft lactic acidity with tart funkiness coming through. Once again, the dry hopping adds a layer of fruity complexity that, had it not been there, would have made the beer quite one dimensional.

M: About what I would expect from a dry hopped farmhouse ale, light mouthfeel, super easy to drink.

O: Nice collaboration between these two breweries. Would have again given the opportunity.

May 17, 2016
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange average to high carbonation. Aroma is a little harsh, funky but not that potent. Taste is salty, citrusy, fruity with a noticeable but gentle tartness. Very crisp with a little funk at the back end. Overall this a very refreshing, easy drinking beer. Reminds me a lot of a gose with a bit of Bretty funk but not enough to distract you from fruit and salt.

May 08, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/30/16

Cheers to Bilco for the bottle, cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing it

A: Medium to burnt orange with some honey highlights - hazy - pours with a medium sized, frothy white head, fades to a wispy cap, maintains a medium collar and leaves some spots of lacing

S: This is a noseful of funk - more specifically, the aroma seems dominated by Jester King yeasty funk, which is not a bad thing (this just smells more like a Jester King beer than a Wicked Weed beer) - musty, damp cellar, barnyard, hay funk - hints of pepper, yeasty spice - some citrus - floral citrus, flowers - some grass - touch of melon and melon rind - green grapes - pale malts at the base, but mostly this is about the funk

T: Not as much funk as the aroma, more fruit - citrus, with some orange and touches of lemon - very floral, flowery, with a touch of grass - yeasty, with some yeast funk and light spice - tart melon - touch of sour - peppery - some pale malts and grain, minimal sweetness

M: On the light side of medium, medium carbonation, nicely crisp, dry finish

O: Pave paradise

This is a nice saison/grisette/vaguely sour creation. It's nicely tart with a lot of interesting fruit flavors. Worth a try.

Apr 30, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose offers a nicely subtle brett quality. It's funky and a little fruity. I don't get much of the crystal malt sweetness - perhaps a compliment considering how rustic it comes across. Mild tartness opens the flavor profile up. The funkier aspects of brett show up around the mid-taste, and the finish shows off the light hooping solidly. It feels medium bodied, with the tartness cleansing the palate well. Would be up in the 4 range with a bit more nuance, but very tasty and refreshing regardless. Pairs beautifully with a pesto, prosciutto, and ricotta flatbread.

3.75/5: Tasty grisette with a nice sourness to it

Apr 24, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Big melon and citrus hoppy aroma, with moderately light funk, soft fruity citrusy esters, coupled with moderate sourness.

A: Deep orange color, pretty hazy with a moderate white head that slowly recedes to a film across the glass. There is ample lacing left in the glass.

T: Very pronounced orange citrusy and melon hoppy flavors, light funk and wood, moderately light, slightly sharp clean sourness that lingers, coupled with a dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is sour, but not acidic.

O: Excellent; While this beer is on the bigger side of the style and certainly has a more pronounced hoppy aroma and flavor, the dry-hopping really provides a great citrusy-Orange and melon hoppy aroma and flavor. The slightly funky farmhouse base is a great base for these hops to shine. The clean sourness really brings the beer together – quite refreshing and easy to drink.

Apr 24, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange with sticky, bubbly sheets of lacing.

Aromas of yeast spice and rose petal.

There is a strong tang and that iconic JK yeast providing a slight spice to this. Orange rind is present as well.

Fizzy, moderate body.

Apr 14, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The floral nature of the hops leads right into the body. The hops are the star of the show but are presented in a softness that highlights the base beer. Tropical fruits with a hint toward melon and green grapes. A nice grassy note as well compliments the hay-like funk character. Dry and refreshing.

Apr 04, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color, capped by a three-fingered head that literally leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Rustic and woodsy, with grassy, lemon/pine and leathery tones; slightly herbal

Taste: Bready in the base, the lemony Pine-Sol and grassy tones building and a medicinal/herbal element ultimately dominating, after the swallow; the finish is dry and yeasty, with medicinal bitterness lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The flavors in this beer are surprisingly powerful for a Grisette and, ultimately, the medicinal bitterness verges on being upleasant

Apr 02, 2016
The Parking Lot Grissette from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 126 ratings