CanIHave4Beers (4136) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle, courtesy of a nice man from Portland, in a location remote of the library.
Pours a light orange color with a good head and some nice lacing all over the dang.
The aroma is like a really rich funk with brine, wet rock, barnyard & hay. It’s got lemon peel and wood. Honestly it smells like a really good Gueuze at this point, which is not how I remember it smelling last time I cracked one of these guys, so that’s interesting.
The flavor is lightly bitter and pretty dang dry while retaining some malt richness. There are some earthy leafy notes to it, some tart strawberry, a bit of multigrain bread and a nice lemony tartness. There is a light floral character to the beer but it’s almost something that (at this point) one would have to look for.
Anyway, a really fun beer even with a little bit of age on it.
jbruner (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to trade with AkAndy! Pours a hazy golden pink from the cork and cage bomber with fluffy white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of funky brett and big floral undertones. Taste follows, crisp brett qualities, a slight hint of tart citrus. Bubbly carbonation, dry finish, really nice.
asheft (3026) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in The Olive Tree tasting room. Slightly tart aroma-clean lactic acid-floral hibiscus, and sweet strawberry and cherry. Almost clear pink-orange under a persistent, slightly pink sheet and thick collar. Flavour is dry and slightly sour, with a faint farmhouse and peppery note. Low to moderate woody bitterness. Crisp and light.
Bule (1908) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a pink color with a bit of head. Lots of Brett that balances well with the hibiscus. The Brett lingers along after.
BeerandBlues2 (12474) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at GABBF. Pours hazy orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Brettanomyces, earthy and farmhouse with light berries, cracker malt and earthy hops. Flavor is tart berries, farmhouse Brettanomyces, wheat malt, light earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
phaleslu (9705) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle that I think I bought locally but can’t remember where, or from whom. Pours a cloudy gold color with a small white head that settles into a ring. The lime is certainly pronounced here, with lemon, white grapes, hibiscus, grass, apricot, peach, straw, oak, funk, and wildflowers. Light-medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a tart, funky, floral mouthfeel. Really nice; I prefer this one to the Arctic Saison, although maybe I should try them both side-by-side someday to make the ultimate determination.
Pyrmir (5763) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from big bottle at SBWF15. Golden with thin white head. Aroma has citrus, berries, wood, flowers, light fruit, bretty notes, apple and lemon. Taste is light, almost thin with notes of lemon, bretty notes, flowers, heather, citrus, wood and earth.
jrob21 (3519) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to westmeister for sharing this one. Light, tart, and a little bit of lime. Funky earthy finish. Hay and grass in the aroma. Pretty subtle, pretty smooth.
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle
The brett appears to have taken this one over and the results remain sublime. If you’ve got any Batch 1 bottles sitting in the cellar do not waste any more time opening one. I hope that I get a chance to try a few more Grassroots beers in the future without such a long delay before the next one.
Aroma / Appearance - A warm chestnut base sits idly below vanilla cream head. Hibiscus, orange peels, and a dry tartness mix into the scent of an earthy jungle just after a heavy rain. The funk, while not overpowering, definitely has become assertive.
Flavor / Palate - A fluid mouthfeel explodes with hibiscus, orange, and the aftertaste of a balanced mimosa. Hay and dirt round out a beer that is part saison and part American funk. While still fantastic some signs suggest the experience won’t be getting any better. Drink this now if you’ve still got one with more than three years on it.
pintbypint (3352) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750ml brown bottle, corked at RBAG ’15, part two. Golden colour, haze. Head is thin, white and form a a ring in the glass. Aroma has berry, wood, floral, apple, lemon tartness. Taste has lemon and some brett. Very dry finish with some barrel notes. Good.