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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #761
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,772
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
99
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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 draw 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
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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
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago as this beer had a date of December 2016 on the side of the bottle. Most of Grimm's other bottles were easy to quaff but this one was a bit odd, and not in a funky or sour way. While this never felt skunked or old, the European feel to this was a bit off given that I preferred American takes on this by breweries such as Ommegang.

This had a nice pour to it as the beer was golden, cloudy, and topped off with a massive, foamy head. Lots of soapy and intricate lacing could be seen down the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Not a lot of sediment either as there was just a few dark bits on the bottom of the bottle that had to be swirled out. Lots of Pilsner in the nose with the usual funky farmhouse notes underneath that. The taste was somewhat floral with notes of mineral water, grass, straw, lemon, and pepper. Was this a Saison? A Sour? A Belgian White or IPA? It could have been any of those as this finished relatively clean with a bit of herbal tea in the aftertaste. Can't say that I know beer well enough to detect Hallertau, Hersbrucker, or Tettnang but after having this, it's obvious that they combined for a taste and feel that was quite distinctive.

At least this was light in alcohol and had traces of champagne-like yeast and carbonation in it. This was a nice beer that was tough to pinpoint but relatively easy to enjoy and at the end of the day, isn't that why we're all here? I hope to give this another go with a slightly fresher bottle next time around...

Apr 12, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"farmhouse ale" is generous for this i think, its much simpler, cleaner beer than we are used to under the "farmhouse" moniker. its almost like an esb meets a czech pils with a little belgian inspiration, but nothing about it is raw, rustic, wild, funky, or grain driven in any way. that said, i like the malt base, i wouldnt have guessed it to be all pils as the description states here. it has a bit more color than that, maris otter or something i would have suspected, especially because the hops (at least to me), have more of an english than a german complexion, especially in the finish, all grassy and bitter without the brightness i look for in the noble varietals. i like how clean the grain is, somewhat more earthy and toasty, less bready and crackery than i normally think of pils malt being. the beer is well hoppy too, a nice departure from the american varietals, and completely satisfying to me both mentally and physically. the yeast is like a cooler fermented common belgian strain, not allowed to go crazy, but way off the saison or wild funky or estery elements, no dry spice quality, none of that, its just clean and simple, classic. almost crisp like a lager. a neat stylistic fusion, and good quality simple ale. the world needs more beer like this, and its nice to see something of such stature thats not a barrel aged adjunct stout or a wild ale, especially from these guys. less is more. right on!

Mar 08, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz Game of Thrones tulip glass bottled in December of 2015. Pours a light yellow with a fluffy 3 plus finger white head that leaves behind thin wisps of lace.

Smell is must, sour grapes, rubarb, lemon, coriander, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows nicely must, champagne, lemon, coriander, grapes, and some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is light, loads of bubbly carbonation, definitely a tad dry, and drinks easy.

Overall this is a good Saison, not my favorite style at all, but it is one of the best I have had. Loads of flavor for only 5.5% ABV.

Jan 29, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a very large, dense bright white head. Retention is nothing special and there is a ton of sticky chunks of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is funky, spicy, fruity esters, and crackery malts.

Taste is similar but more complex. Some barnyard funk, spiciness, fresh cut grass, crackery malt and fruity esters combine wonderfully to make a very flavorful, yet easy drinking beer. Moderately bitter on the finish.

Feel is light, crisp and very refreshing. Lots of carbonation. Would absolutely crush this as a lawn mowing beer in the summer.

Overall a very good beer. I'mean not huge on saisons, but I am definitely starting to come around.

Jan 27, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly spicy saison yeast with a subtle hint of earthy funkiness. That is followed by light to moderate aromas of biscuit + cracker + pale malts with light amounts of lemon citrus. Moderate aromas of grassy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit + cracker + pale malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lemon citrus and a subtle note of earthy funkiness. There is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor slightly saison yeast and moderate flavors of grassy + herbal hops. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of non-aggressive bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Exactly what was described, a bitter saison - not aggressive, not hoppy.

Jan 20, 2017
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Biggtriksta from New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Lots of bubbles streaming to the top. Decent amount of head on this one. Pale straw color with some slight haziness. A good amount of light coming through.

S: Funky, yeasty, peppery. Smells like a classic Belgian wheat ale with a bit of funkiness.

T: Very dry. The funk from the yeast is minimal. Honestly, tastes like a standard saison-style beer. A little bit of a hay quality.

F: Probably my favorite part of this beer. It's very dry. The head is bubbly and sticky. No alcohol throughout the sip.

O: Pretty standard. Wish there was a bit more funkiness in the taste. Overall, good in terms of the style. Reminiscent of a Belgian style wheat ale.

Jan 07, 2017
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dar482 from New York

4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a medium gold color, medium plus haze, highly carbonated fluffy white head.

The aroma offers orange marmalade, a light crackery malt, spice driven with pepper, hay, hints of grass.

The flavor follows with a wonderful flow of light biscuity and mostly crackery malts, moving with a wonderful orange sweetness, more hay, pepper, onto a forward earthy bitterness. Soft and smooth on the palate.

Reminders of

Jan 05, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear straw yellow, with a small wispy head, and not much head.

Smells like crisp crackery malt, grassy hops, dry hay, minerally yeast, clean esters, and slight lemon.

This is wonderful and a definite change up from the usual funky Grimm saison. It's super dry, and quite bitter, with a minerally finish, just a hint of sulphur, with lots of grassiness, some lemon, etc. The saison esters are very clean and reigned in.

This is quite drinkable, with a lingering bitter finish.

I'm quite impressed with this little beer - shows a bit more range for Grimm.

Dec 30, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mid sized bottle

Pours lighter and verging on yellow/golden, supports an initially huge fluffy cap and leaves behind all sorts of lacing.

Light barnyard funk to the nose.

Tasty, complex and highly enjoyable brew, more light funk and farm yard characteristics, earthy, yeasty , delicious.

Dec 29, 2016
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spark3148857 from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy dark straw with one finger off white head. Aroma is sort of off putting even for funky farmhouse yeast, just nothing to pull me in. On the palate it's a straightforward saison. Marketed as a bitter/hoppy saison but it's coming at me with typical saison flavors. Overall a solid, though nothing special, saison.

Dec 21, 2016
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 99 ratings