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Grassroots Brewing Arctic Soirée

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery (Grassroots Brewing)
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Ale fermented and aged in oak tanks with brettanomyces, lime juice, and hibiscus. Collaboration – Hill Farmstead Brewery x Anchorage Brewing Company

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Inspired from travel and friendship, Grassroots creates artisan ales inspired by experience and imagination. Brewed and bottled in Alaska by our friends at Anchorage Brewing Company. This beer is crafted with organic hibiscus flowers, lime, and the essence and imagination of our Vermont farmstead family. Share. Consider. Enjoy…

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.49
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A corked and caged 750ml bottle, Batch #1, bottled in November 2013. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Light to moderate funk, lime, lemon peel, floral, tea and oak.
Taste: Funk, light tartness, lime, stone fruit, citrus, lemon peel, tea and a touch floral.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: The flavours didn’t really work for me. The lime seemed to overpower everything even the brett, and floral notes are not my favourite so it didn’t help balance it either. Not as complex or tasty as Arctic Saison.

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Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery (Grassroots Brewing)
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Ale fermented in oak tanks with brettanomyces. Collaboration – Hill Farmstead Brewery x Anchorage Brewing Company

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavour. We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bringing with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead family. Share. Consider. Enjoy…

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A corked and caged 750ml bottle, Batch #2, bottled in March 2014. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a one and a half finger off white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Funky, brett, grass, hay, green apple, apricot, lemon and oak.
Taste: Light sour, funky, brett, grass, hay, herbal, green apple, lemon peel and oak with hints of apricot.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I kept this last bottle of Batch #2 in my cellar longer than expected, but it seems it is just as good as when I last tried it in 2016. Good funk and brett balanced with some nice fruit coming through.

Highland Park Help Yourself

Brewery: Highland Park Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Batch 2

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Rustic Saison aged in guava and passionfruit barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.11
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle, batch 2. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Tart, guava, lemon, lemon zest, oak, light funk, with hints of grain and passionfruit.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, guava, lemonade, lemon zest, oak, light funk, and a hint of passionfruit.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice balanced flavours of guava and lemonade. I enjoyed it.

BFM Degustator √227

Brewery: BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
Country: Switzerland
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: 2015 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) (translated from French as best as I could) Infusion of blackcurrant and market raisins in two barrels of Saison √225.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml bottle, 2015 vintage, bottled in March 2016, and with a notched best before date of March 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big just over two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin layer, but left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Sour, tart, oak, funk, white grape, blackcurrant, hint of lemon rind.
Taste: Sour, oak, straw, funk, white grape, blackberry, with only a hint of blackcurrant and lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: I enjoyed this the more I drank it. It was balanced and tasty although the blackcurrant was perhaps a little light and the carbonation too soft.

Westbrook Joie

Brewery: Westbrook Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Saison

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Mixed fermentation saison style ale aged 1 year in Sauternes barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.1
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 18th November 2016. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a just over two finger white head that had decent retention but left only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet Sauternes wine, ice wine, white grape, tangy lime, lemon, oak and light funk.
Taste: Much like the aroma, taste was sweet Sauternes wine, ice wine, white grape, tangy and tart lime, lemon, oak, apple skin and light funk.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: I’m surprised how well the Sauternes barrel comes through so strongly. However this naturally meant that this was on the borderline of being too sweet for me. The lime and lemon tanginess was probably just enough to balance this sweetness. But this definitely did grow on me, and I liked it more and more.