Castling | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Amalak:
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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...

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of acurtis
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mindfuldave
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spark3148857
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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

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 logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 know- shows a bit more range for Grimm.

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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 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 Khaack
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of msondel
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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