Friday, October 18, 2013

Grassroots Brewing Sankt Hans

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (992) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2013
I split a 750ml bottle with a friend. It was bottled in July of 2013 and cost $12 ($0.47 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful golden/orange hue. Hazy but translucent. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Light fruit notes of banana, white grape and a slight antiseptic scent.

Taste: Grassroots Brewing Sankt Hans is a lot different than your typical saison, yet at the same time it’s quite familiar. It has the classic white grape and saison yeast character you identify with the style, but it’s also cleaner without much zesty character and has a significant, but restrained, sourness. It’s quite tasty and refreshing.

As soon as the beer hit my tongue the first flavor I noticed was pure white grape juice. It’s not sugary, but there is a sweetness to it. Nothing particularly malty, just a general light barley taste. Cantalope, honeydew and hints of citrus emerge through the middle of the swig making for a refreshing palette. It then changes on a dime into a significantly sour taste. It’s not simply farmhouse or Brett yeast character, it seems to be a deliberate (but tasty) infection. My only complaint is that there’s a slight Band-Aid taste and aroma on the finish. I’ve encountered this in other beers, but it’s rather contained here. I’m not sure what’s accounting for it, but I can overlook it easily.

Drinkability: This is an ideal summer beer, despite it being a tad heavy at 5.4% ABV. It’s as refreshing as ice water, and ridiculously easy to drink as the mouthfeel is slightly flat, but extremely smooth with almost no aftertaste. I could drink the entire 750ml bottle by myself in January 
Grade: 8/10

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