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A new saison under the Grassroots brand. Hibiscus.

BjørnAndersen's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BjørnAndersen (5) - - AUG 21, 2013
Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. The nose is somewhat bland with barrel highlights. Real smooth with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (751) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Hibiscus saison . Cloudypink pour with white head. Faint Sour nose Light body. Clean drinkin’ slightly sticky finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2015
This is a cloudy pink orange brew with a long lasting head. It has a herbal, flowery nose w/ some citrus--possibly from hops. It’s slightly tart w/ creamy, mild carbonation and a whole lot of fruity flavor. It finishes w/ a very slight bit of bitterness. This is a pretty tasty beer but maybe not my favorite from the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12601) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Capped 750 from jredmond. Pours copper with a slight white head. Aroma is floral with something sweet beneath. Honey? Med body or so. Flavor is dryish, floral, spicy, earthy, herbal. Lots going on here. That thing that might be honey tends to render this less dryish than I though. Still, it’s a floral ale, and earthy and tart enough to be a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8670) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
2015-08-15. Hazy orange body with a small white head. 3+ Aroma is pleasant, but mild, lightly yeasty, mild fruit character. 7+ Flavour is very lightly sour, fruity and lightly bitter. Hoppy? Average bodied palate, good effervescent carbonation. Very nice. I will need to revisit this one to fully appreciate it I think. Bottle at Campground Brewdown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12374) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2015
75cl bottle. Medium off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brett, some sour, funk. Taste is moderately sweet. Lacto, Brett, some sour, funk. Medium body, some effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2865) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at the Niels bash. Nose is an herbal earthy funkiness. Light flowers. Pinkish pour with white head. Taste is also floral with some citrus. Moderate malt sweetness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2015
August 2014 magnum shared 7/25/15 by the generous Adam C.
Lovely, bright deep pink-raspberry body is sparklingly-well-carbonated and is topped by an off-white, rose-flecked head that shows strong retention.
Belgian yeast is soft and lightly fruity in the nose, full of light floral notes, a bit of damp moss and bits and pieces of tart acids. Citrus character breaks through, brightening things but malt keeps balance, all the while, in the background, adding light vanilla-tinged honey notes. Hibiscus isn’t very prominent in the nose, perhaps adding just a touch of nutty-like dryness or earthy tea-like character. As with Hill Farmstead’s saison/Belgian ales, it’s difficult to put my finger on exactly why I find their aromas so pleasing. It’s nothing like any of the classics (Dupont, Blaugies, Thiriez, Fantome, etc...) yet nor is it even remotely like the new breed of pseudo or Americanized "saisons". They’re all lovely, bright, airy and fresh yeast-filled aromas, yet they also carry just the right amount of earthy, cellar-like funkiness. Not that this is any problem, as none of the "classics" I just mentioned are all that much like each other. Sure, some are closer to each other than others, but all seem to say "saison" to me, without taking anything away from how the others express themselves as saisons. So, may as well chalk Hill Farmstead up as another dissimilar, yet equally "classic" example of the "style". A "modern classic", if you will.
Ahem, back to the beer, the flavor is well-malted, tending a little sweeter than some of Shaun’s other offerings, but not problematic at all, for the hibiscus dryness and citrus acidity quickly kick in to help balance. Wonderfully tight, spritzy carbonation keeps things flowing and the finish holds wonderful acidity and brightness, with enjoyable hibiscus tartness, if you’re in to that sort of thing (I am). Nothing fancy here, but I’m always a huge fan of adjuncts when they’re done well (added conservatively, to be one aspect, not the whole character of the beer) and these are done admirably. Could honestly drink this all day. Like DdC’s Rose des hibiscus, but with more complexity/Belgian character to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (444) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Poured from magnum thanks AdamChandler for the Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Pours hazy pink with a nice effervescent head. Aromas of floral citrus yeast and mild funk. Taste is nice and clean with notes that follow aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1519) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
August 14 Magnum shared by Adam, opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Pours reddish orange with a white head. Aroma is HFS funk, mild citrus, mild spice. Flavor is the classic HFS wheat based saiso with lemon, lime. Hibiscus adds spice dark red fruits to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (756) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle shared at Blåbær Lambik release. Pours hazy juicy grapefruit pink. Aromas of lemon zest, vinegar, red berries, hibiscus, yeast. Taste is lemon, oaky, vinegar, red berries, hibiscus, sweet esters.

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