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86 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by paulish on 12-20-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,911
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
86
pDev:
8.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of alexsergio
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of edthehead
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SkeletonBitch
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheGent
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iculus
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so good, it should be naturally accruing!

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of Delli555
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear draw gold with dense white foam. Smells like a saison, taste gets a little more bitterness than usual. Just a really good, clean beer.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ontic
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dansushi
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of probert
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karenremom
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cshaffer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amalak
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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