Les Grisettes | Green Bench Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Bench Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brought back the first beer of our 100% Brettanomyces line, Les Grisettes. At under 4%, Les Grisette is a traditional style farmhouse ale brewed with Spelt, Buckwheat, Rye, and Oats, fermented on our house mixed culture of wild yeast. Grisettes were originally brewed for coal miners in the Hainaut region of Wallonia, Belgium. The name refers to the “gray” garments the women wore that delivered the beer to the miners. They were known as, “Les Grisettes.”

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by davewlfpckfan29:
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4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

these guys are on a big time roll. first of all, the label art here is gorgeous, simple and clever, classy and inventive. i dig it. second of all, this costs five or so bucks per bottle, for a 500ml, how fair is that? you dont see wild beer coming in anywhere close to this price point, i love it, shake it up and make those price gougers nervous. the beer in the bottle is every bit as good as its packaging and its politics. barely hazy, incredibly luminescent yellow color, even a shade towards green in the right light, with a full two inches of white bubbles like champagne but permanent. smells almost as good as it looks, with a ton of bretty funk up front and a light citrus profile, very summery, hints of grapefruit and orange in there, with a complex grain base that is sturdy and light at the same time, and very interesting. wheat for sure, likely some rye i am picking up, and maybe oats for body along with a base barley malt. its what grisette is all about, and i wish there were more of them this good in the market. this is textbook for the style as far as i am concerned, grain driven in a way no other beer really is, and still so crushable at this low abv and with this lively feel. huge fan of this one, i will certainly buy another bottle or two if i see it around. how are more people not raving about this one? the best i have had from green bench by a landslide. the bottle says 4.3% abv, not the 3% listed here, but its inconsequential.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Meyers1023
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with tons of bubbly white head that hangs around. There is a funk upfront in the smell followed by some lemon and salt. The taste is all Brett at first but then the fruit flavor breaks through and you also get some lemon grass. The feel is very carbonated like a champagne which compliments the style. This saison is done very well. The flavors work well together with the nose and the feel. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Bottle gushed a lot. Hazy pale golden. No head after a while. Smells of doughy malts. Light lemon and yeast. Tastes is very strong yeast. Light lemon tang. Doughy and bready maltiness and wheaty finish. Light body with medium carbonation. The gushing wasn't a good sign, but this turned out pretty pleasant.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a soft burnt semi-hazy yellow color with some carbonation seen rising to blend into a one finger white foamy head. Soft white foamy and semi-bubbly lacing sticks and then slides into the beer. The smell takes on some lemon citrusy rind. Light mustiness comes in to balance with an effervescent crisp champagne-like yeast (not sure if a champagne yeast was used, but hey, to me, at least, it smells like one was used). The taste was crisp citrus sweetness with a light sweet grassy dryness clinging to my tastebuds. Light sour and bitter citrus rind and pulp combines to lay down in the aftertaste and slides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs fairly light feel to it. Overall, as a saison, I’d say this works. I’d have again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lean and simple famhouse ale, Brett driven aroma and taste.
Very attenuated with high carbonation. Racing streams, pale pastel yellow gold.
Minerally aroma, light horsehair Brett funk as it warms.
Taste is similarly Brett forward, lightly tart. Floral and minerally, very dry.
Crisp and clean, simple and straightforward. Works well as a palate cleanser with cheese and charcuterie. Scrubs the palate with fatty foods nicely.

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Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a bright light yellow that's a little hazy topped by a dense two finger white head. This one took awhile to pour due to being a little heavy on carbonation out of the bottle. head retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of funky chalky yeast with some light lemony sourness along with some hints of peppery spice
T: Taste is lemony sourness up front with a pretty heavy hit from a band aid note along with a large amount of horseblanket. Slight peppery spice as well but tons of band aid on this one to the point of tasting like a throat soothing spray. The swallow on this one is slightly chalky yeast, some peppery spice and some lingering band aids.
M: This beer is fairly light in body and at times is approaching watery. Carbonation is prickly and effervescent which helps keep things moving along the palate. The beer has a fairly dry finish which isn't bad at all and is somewhat expected by the thorough attenuation.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. The light sour notes are pretty nice while the yeast really drives the rest of the flavors to the beer. The band aid note is a little strong but other than that it's pretty well balanced. It's worth a try if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rather bland, some wheat, a tad tart, but not much in total.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 500ml pry-off bottle to a 10oz stemmed tasting glass. This a fairly recent release, if I’m not mistaken, and it’s been chilling in my fridge for a week or two so it’s had plenty of time to settle. This should be a fairly ideal tasting experience.

Appearance (4.25): Bit of a slow foamer! Two fluffy fingers of crackly, fat-bubbled foam dies down slowly to cap a fairly hazy, sunshiney orange-yellow body—it looks a LOT like a mimosa, actually. The head leaves a few wisps of clumpy foam here and there as the beer goes on. Very, very pretty, especially for the style.

Smell (4.25): Classic, wild farmhouse ale: spicy, dusty hay, and a bit of the old-basement-musty-funk kind of vibe, draped in tart citrus aromas (lemon juice, fresh grapefruit zest) with an undercurrent of tangy, lactic funk. The horseblanket is present but moderate and restrained. Subtle, but well-played.

Taste (3.5): Soft, floral tones with light, herbal and citrusy bitternes is paired with a creamy, wheat-dominated, very lean malt body—honestly, it feels like the malt has been almost completely fermented out. The malt tastes like common crackers, white flour, and milk crackers. On the backend, the bitterness comes up with a modest lemon flavor paired with bitter herbal and floral notes. It’s that part of it that comes off as slightly nail polish-y early on, but smoothes out and blends in better as the beer warms. There’s an odd vegetal undertone through a lot of this, which tastes a bit like green bananas. I like a lot of what’s going on, but a few components feel a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Soft, foamy carbonation is met with a smooth, medium- side of light-weight, silky body. It’s got wheat and oats written all over it, when it comes to the feel. It has a slightly chalky finish as the body washes out in a foamy flourish. Extremely easy to drink, and perfect for the style—light and refreshing.

Overall (3.75): This is a tasty beer that isn’t perfect, for sure, but has a lot of nice things going for it. The flavors that seem out of place on the palate throw off the whole balance, bringing it down further than its constituent components would add up, but it is what it is: rustic, grainy, funky and a little tart, with a soft balance of phenols and lean malt.

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allurex
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DangerDawg
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Les Grisettes from Green Bench Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 85 ratings