Friday, January 31, 2014

Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1053) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2014
I split 750ml bottle with a friend. It was bottled in May of 2013 and cost $10. ($0.39 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful golden hue. Crystal clear at first, but becomes quite cloudy when sediment is mixed in. Pours to a large, bright white, fluffy head which retains well but doesn’t lace the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of Brettanomyces plus clean lemon scent.

Taste: I was little nervous about drinking a nine-month-old bottle of saison, but was pleasantly surprised by how strong the flavor had remained and what was there was delicious. This is cleaner and fruitier than most saisons, and the Brett character gives is a noticeable amount of tartness and earthy character to make it more than interesting without becoming distracting.

The initial palette is fruity with distinct lemonpeel and a general clean citrus taste. White grape also appears to be quite noticeable. The Brett character emerges about halfway through the palette - giving it a discernible tartness. A hint of sour, but more accurately described as a farmhouse funk. The yeast and sediment impart some bitterness and give the palette a little more character. The residual aftertaste is quite pleasant. I didn’t find there to be any oak character at all, despite the label’s indication that it was aged in oak tanks.

Drinkability: Saisons were created to be refreshing and that’s exactly what Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison is. It’s extremely crisp and clean and seems to cleanse the palate as it goes down. It feels much lighter than its 6% ABV weight, though it definitely has the flavor of a brew that strong. . I could see myself drinking the entire bottle solo in the summer. 
Grade: 9/10