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Grimm Artisanal Ales

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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #540
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,856
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
84
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 03, 2022
Added:
Dec 20, 2016
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  17
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: As our friend Yvan De Baets writes, farmhouse ales were "either sour or very bitter." This is the latter -- a bitterly refreshing, eurocentric farmhouse ale produced by step mashing a 100% pilsner grist and hopping heavily with Hallertau Hersbrucker and Tettnang.
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Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Apr 03, 2022
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Rated by Jack_Tierney

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Standard light color. Transparent. Sweetness to the taste and smell. Very drinkable.
Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Well,I like this beer and I think it is a bit underrated.

I picked up a can at Appalachian Vintners in Asheville a couple weeks ago. Poured into a tulip glass, bright cloudy yellow color with nice fluffy white head and and great curtain lacing. Sweet apple and pear smell and taste, almost like a tripel. Peppery with cinnamon and some earthy funk. Some sweet peaches as well. Smooth pleasant feel, very easy to drink. I would definitely get it again.
Aug 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by InfernoBoss from California

May 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by mltobin from Connecticut

Dec 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by caffeinelogic from New York

Aug 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.32 by hoponit from New York

Aug 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a pale jelly, appropriate head. Minimal aroma, nondescript. Flavor is fairly sweet, very good malty flavor, I get some banana, sweet honey on the finish with a touch of bitterness. Carbonation is appropriate. Overall it is ok.

8/14/20
500 ml bottle
4 rating
Aug 14, 2020
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a fairly clear pale yellow with a massive head of foam.

Smell is yeasty and crisp with notes of apples, pears white pepper and a hint of banana.

Taste is crisp and peppery with a solid bitterness. Notes of apples, pears, yeast, banana and peach.

Mouthfeel is medium, with sparkling carbonation.
Jan 14, 2020
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Light yellow, mild cloudy, small head fades quick to just lacing, decent retention.

Mild esters

Fruit esters, pear, baking soda, white grape. Lime.

Sharp bite, excellent carbonation.
Sep 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Sep 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Sep 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by bubseymour from Maryland

Sep 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Aug 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by BerryKumquat from California

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Apr 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by elamb106 from New York

Sep 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by StoutBoi from New York

Aug 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by alexsergio from New York

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 16 oz can into a willie pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with 2 fingers of soapy white head. The head leaves a ring of sticky, cobweb lacing as it settles into a thin halo.

The aroma is very yeasty, bringing notes of bread and coriander with some banana and pear esters and cracked pepper spice on the back end.

The flavor brings lots of banana and clove, as well as some cracked pepper and freshly baked dough. There's some floral, spicy hops on the finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with a ton of carbonation. Very crisp with an exceptionally dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good saison that doesn't do anything unique for the style, but is still well-made and highly drinkable. A good summer beer.
Jul 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.34 by edthehead from New York

Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.74 by SkeletonBitch from New York

Jul 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Jul 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Jul 02, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by tfsimpkins from Florida

Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.91 by TheGent from New Jersey

Apr 28, 2018
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Rated by iculus from New York

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer is so good, it should be naturally accruing!
Mar 28, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: The beer is a bit hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spicy yeast—black peppers stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of lemon citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy and spicy yeast along with notes of grainy malts. There is a light amount of bitterness noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly "rough" and grainy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With the grainy malts in the flavor, this beer seems more like a "rustic" saison compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle
Mar 19, 2018
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
My third Grimm beer
bottled february 2018
bomber pour into teku glass
Soapy, frothy two finger white foam cap, good lacings, settles to islands of white foam
Golden yellow, translucent with a lot of carbonation
Aroma of yeasty tartness
Tart, sour not too bitter , tongue drying & quenching , tartness lingers on the tongue
not a style that I pursue. In fact, the three Grimm's that I have tried are not styles that I pursue. This is another great rendition on the style. Grimm does a great job and will grab more of there bottles when I can
Good beer
Mar 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Delli555 from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Far from my favorite Grimm I have tried so far (about 10), but I am also not very big into Farmhouse/Saison style beers. All Grimm brews are exceptional, so I figured I had to give it a go to see if it would change my perception of this style of beer. I do think they did a great job conjuring up a traditional European style beer, so props for achieving that. Definitely more on the bitter side, so lacking the signature sour Grimm flavor that all of my favorite beers they brew have. The pour had a small amount of large, soapy bubbles with a small head- no more than one finger. It is a straw-golden yellow color with some floral notes coming off of it. Fairly smooth going down, as the bitterness isn't overwhelming like many beers can be. At the end of the day, I would say it is good for what it is, but not sure I would buy it again simply because I rarely am looking for this style of beer.
Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Lucular from Maryland

Oct 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap, pours a clear straw gold with dense white foam. Smells like a saison, taste gets a little more bitterness than usual. Just a really good, clean beer.
Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Sep 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.41 by ontic from Massachusetts

Sep 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by dansushi from New York

Sep 06, 2017
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Reviewed by edward_boumil from New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Golden colored beer, light orange highlights. Head poured was very soapy with large bubbles, fades quickly, little lace.
S: I appreciate the complexity of the aroma. Most prominently is a strong bread yeast aroma, I also get some rather strong sweet fruity notes. Also get some bubble gum and banana (amyl esters?), which is a bit surprising as I don't think this was brewed with wheat.
T: Dry bitterness, not like an IPA, more subtle. Lots of spicyness, presumably from phenols, and a grassy/floral hop astringency. Still has a nice sweetness though.
F: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Easy to drink. Carbonation feels high but it may just be the spicyness I mentioned.
O: I actually really liked this, has an excellent balance in regard to its dryness/bitterness. Drinkable yet assertive. Also appreciate some of the complexity I experienced with this beer.
Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by probert from New York

Sep 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by Karenremom from New York

Aug 31, 2017
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