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Grassroots / Jackie O’s Autumn Saison
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Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Saison
Greensboro, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
An Autumn Saison painstakingly brewed with locally grown, organic pumpkins from our friend Ben (Ben’s Pumpkins!). Joined by Shaun, Dan, and Brad from Jackie O’s - this Autumn Saison was naturally carbonated and gently spiced...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2014
From notes. 3rd Anniversary Party. Amber pour with a thin white head. Hints of herbal spice and cheesecloth funk lead to quenching lactic acid and the cheesy barnyard funk that I get from so many Hill Farmstead Saisons. Earthy, rustic, and distinctive. Light body with velvety carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
Draft at Three Penny. Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep orange with a touch of off white head. Nose is earthy saison yeast, some peppercorn, and a touch of fleshy squash. Flavor is much of the same, with a more pronounced sweetness, some of the same fleshy squash, and doughy brett. Rather dry. I wish there was a touch more carb. A nice beer for sure, and I look forward to future iterations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (5005) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Très bien équilibré entre l’acétique et le surette avec une touche funky. Je ne pourrais pas identifier les sucres comme étant ceux de la citrouille et le côté épicé est presque absent, une très bonne american wild en général.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
At HF 3rd Anniversary. Pours a light amber color with a white head. Mild tartness, sweet yeast body, spice, cider, earthy hops and light pumpkin. Less a saison, more a tolerable spiced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6284) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Draft Three Penny Taproom. 2012 vintage. Nose is herbs, yeast tones with some light funky gourd. Taste is mild yeast, earthy herbs with very little spice. No pumpkin can be found in the flavor. Very mild tartness without any funk to mention. Small / weak pucker in the taste buds. Medium, chewy body with a low carbonation level. A pretty smooth, well-tuned lightly tart saison. I never had it fresh so it’s hard for me to gauge how the year of age changed it. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pleasantly rustic aroma laced with tart pumpkin flesh, raw almonds, mace and clove.

There’s a distant mist of acidic funk that frames the aroma nicely, but that doesn’t present itself noticeably in the flavor. Here there’s some light pumpkin, doughy malt and dried brown spices.

Texturally it’s pretty cool. There’s a fleshiness to it that doesn’t translate to being heavy, and a brightness to it that also doesn’t mean brisk or light; the finish shows some mild vanilla with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
In short: A not-too-spicy pumpkin-style beer with a pleasant rural character.
How: Tap at infamous Hill Farmstead 3rd Anniversary, winter storm in May.
The look: Cloudy pale copper body topped by a small off-white head.
In long: Nose is a bit spicy (usual array of spices found in autumnal pumpkin-style beers), a certain rusticity and herbal notes of tea. Comfortable medium-full body with ample carbonation. Taste was same as aroma. Really not too spicy and with a good integration of the spices, doughy cookies, moderately sweet (a bit too sweet for a Saison imho), tea-like herbal sensation, a light overall rural farmhouse character. I’m really not a big fan the spiced pumpkin beers tradition and this one falls into this category, however it might be because this was kegged in autumn and served to us in May but I found everything was well integrated with no rough edges. Good beer. And speaking of Autumn, you can’t stop time, every year autumn always turn into winter no matter how many leaves I glue back onto the trees.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Hill Farmstead during the Third Anniversary Party. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Soft musk, gentle spiciness on the nose. I don’t get a lot of pumpkin, but there’s some gentle caramel and sweetness. Sweet spice comes through, light yeast. Medium bodied, musk, spicy and lingering. Always a good sign when your least favorite beer of the day was still really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5338) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
On tap @ Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary. Hazy golden/amber with a medium off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin, spices, earthy notes and yeast. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with pumpkin, spices, earthy notes and a grassy finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not bad, but not one of the best from Grassroots/HF. Also, I think this one should be under "Spice/Herb/Vegetable" rather than Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (7824) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
on tap at hill farmstead’s 3rd anniversary. hazy medium dark golden, orange tint, with a creamy off-white head, good retention and strong lacing. grainy malt bill, light toastiness, very yeasty, earthy and spicy - clove, pepper, cardamom - almost disturbing, pumpkin indeed and other gourds, hint of sweetness too. average carbonation, light body - feels a tad heavy, nice herbal-grassy finish. more than decent saison but an autumn non-saison brew would have probably been more appropriate even though saison yeast pairs somewhat well with added spices and pumpkin..

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