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
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