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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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Rapscallion Premier
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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a fluffy white head over a copper hued body. Head recedes leaving a wisps of lace. Aromas of tart citric fruit and perhaps a hint of coriander. Flavor is similar although slightly sweeter and not nearly as tart as my nose led me to believe it would be. In fact the malt is fairly substantial and its sweetness comes through in the finish as the tartness fades. Still the tart and citric notes are major players in the flavor profile and lend a moderate bitter crispness. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.

A little less attenuated than I expected, but the extra malt backbone helps balance out the initial tartness-- still it seems a little off kilter to me. Nitpicking aside, this is a tasty Belgian inspired golden ale… or whatever is.

01-11-2007 01:33:53 | More by Shovelbum
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance – This one poured from the tap a light orange in color with a good, soft white head. The carbonation was easily visible through the clear liquid.

Smell – The malts here are light and very smooth. The orangish hop aroma is mixed with some good refined sugars and some sharp, darkish spices.

Taste – The pale malt flavor is very good here. The hoppy orangeness takes a small step back at the taste as do the spices. Overall, a very balanced flavor profile and quite bold for the style.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is very sweet and will have you smacking your lips dry. The light, herbal hop bitterness goes a long way.

Drinkability – This one is very tasty and went down well enough. It’s easy on the palate and was very refreshing.

Comments – I almost grew roots at the Rapscallion booth at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. The brewery rep was very knowledgeable about the beer (he may have even been the brewmaster for all I know) and their beers rock.

11-15-2004 19:53:58 | More by RoyalT
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

The Rapscallion Premier pours from the devilish bottle a vibrant amber goldenrod color with a airy bubbly white head on top. Active carbonation rises up in the glass. Aromas of fresh fruity pale malts along with a decadent spice featuring cloves, white pepper and anise. Earthy, bready yeast profile. Enjoyable.

First sip brings a mix of pale malts and green apple skins. Raisin bread, punchy cloves, pepper, coriander and allspice. Quite fruity with hints of peach and pear as well. Crisp with a fresh, earthy, spicy yeast that imparts an interesting overall flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly slick and creamy. Nice active carbonation rushes over the palate. I find this brew to be quite enjoyable. Seems like a spicy tripel to me. I could definetly have a few of these without a problem. Thanks to MuddyFeet for the opportunity.

07-27-2005 02:37:53 | More by orbitalr0x
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Even sweeter on tap than in the bottle, served in the appropriate snifter. Good clarity with a bubbly lace that slowly drops down after each sip.

The aroma was very expressive of bubble gum, cotton candy, juicy fruit and some hop as well as a light wafting alcohol. Malt is there and shows off the sweetness.

Very smooth thought the carbonation was not as crisp as I expected it to be, I am sure this will vary and especially bar to bar. Sweet and malty, nearly a mirror image of the aroma with a cotton candy, juicy fruit and malt flavour. Hops are oily with a laid back bitterness.

I felt a bit extravagant drinking this brew out of the snifter at Bukowksi’s Tavern until I saw nine other blousers quaffing the stuff down. Nice to see good local beer being consumed on tap.

08-15-2002 18:57:12 | More by Jason
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from the tap at Bukowski's in Boston and served in a Rapscallion glass.

Huge head. I checked out the beer bottles and tap offerings while I waited for the head to shrink. Can't hold that against a beer, it usually is well worth the wait.

Smells very sweet and malty. I only managed two sniffs before I had to take a sip.

Taste was super sweet with a bit of hops thrown in. The sweetness didn't push me away, but I could see how it could for some people.

The drinkability for this baby would greatly vary depending on my mood, as much as a full point in either direction.

08-20-2004 23:37:12 | More by fdrich29
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a beautiful golden coppery-orange with a gorgeous puffy three finger white head. Little traces of yeast fizz awat their destiny. Looking up through the bottom og th chalice I can see the beer reflected in the bubbles. Just heavenly looking.

Smells nicely sweet with a little ester edge.

This is what a great balanced beer should taste like. Lots of big malty sweetness up front. Caramel, toffee, and a hint of butterscotch. Then the flavor turns a little nutty. Then after a long malt kick you get a rush of hop bitterness to finish it off. Well done.

Mouthfeel is moderate and this is easily drinkable to many. Not just a beer for beer geeks.

This is fairly stellar stuff IMHO.

03-05-2004 00:30:46 | More by yankeeheel
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

07-13-2013 23:27:55 | More by doremite
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Glowing fairly clear, golden orange with a two finger white head atop. A few bits of sediment are evident. Very nice color and some spotty lace. A white ring remains after the fine bubbly head fades. Smells of sugary fruits, bubble gum, with mild sweet soft malts. Refreshingly spicey and floral. Taste is soft and sweet as well. Cloves, fruit, herbal and floral hops, honey, toasted bread, and bubble gum. Great smooth carbonation gives way to the variety of (very well balanced) flavors. There is a very mild sense of spicey alcohol that occasionally makes a welcome appearance. Mouthfeel is smooth and delicate. Very drinkable in my book. What food to have with this remains a mystery for me. My boyfriend made some popcorn and though I had to hide from the smell to review this, the addition of butter seemed to compliment the candy-like fruits, honey, and toasty malts.

Certainly worth the while.

08-07-2006 03:40:25 | More by tastybeer
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Brewtrak 1633.
Translucent goldenized apricot. The head is dirty ivory, and full of rise and stick.
Nose is mostly yeasty. Like unrisen bread made with smidgens of peach preserves. Solvent notes arrise, especially as it warms.
Pale maltiness upfront. Crusty- but not toasty- breads. Grainy peaches, then plain graininess. Fruitiness is elusive, only glimmers here and there. Sweetness appears mostly in honey form. Touches of spice provide contrast. Coriander primarily. Everything remains soft. Herbal-laced floral hop closing adds trickling bitterness. Rubber cement burps, however infrequent, are a bit of a mood-killer.
A medium bodied brew that is heavily cushioned by its tiny, active carbonation.
This is modestly flavored. It suggests a diluted tripel.
Drinkability is a strong point here. 12ozs were gone in a flash.
This is a better-than-decent, alternatively-styled quaffer.
I enjoyed it, yankeeheel. Thanks.

05-07-2004 06:57:24 | More by cokes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Carefully poured, it's a surprisingly clear golden-orange although some particles of sediment are clearly noticeable nestled down in the base of the goblet. A tall head of creamy white foam rests lazily above, slowly fading in height but at the same time being fortified by the tiny effervescent bubbles rising from below. Some very nice lacing is left throughout the entire glass and adds greatly to the appearance. The nose delivers a pleasing combination of yeasty fruitiness (dried apricot), light malt, mild spice and a delicate floral hoppiness. It's lightly creamy, soft, and very smooth in the mouth due to an exceptionally fine natural carbonation and medium/light body. In the flavor, a candyish sweetness hits the tip of the tongue before its delicate fruitiness develops and a mild clove note comes into play. There's a light note of gentle tartness, and then it finishes dry with a light wash of clove and some gentle, spicy hop character. Intriguing! Very well-balanced with an underlying bitterness that never really makes an appearance, but certainly puts out some effort to balance things. Worth trying.

06-14-2003 16:58:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Beautiful large, long lasting head...nice amber yellow color...flowery and fruity elements in the smell..Very nice tart taste on the tongue with some alcohol elements. Medium mouthfeel with crispness that was satisfying. Tasted like it was 6.7 abv....This beer would probably be even better in the winter time..wil revisit when the snow flies. This beer was a bit different than others I have tried, so another tasting to give a better review will also be in order.

09-25-2003 22:37:30 | More by edchicma
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1%

Big head and a thick merange lace on the glass. It has a pronounced sour nose of sour apple and unripe fruits. Taste of honey and yeast but has a unique sour and slightly tart after taste that lingers for a while. Mouth feel is light and you can feel the warming of the alchohol in your belly. Good beer.

01-21-2004 01:09:05 | More by OatmattStout
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours light orange and yellow with a 2 finger white head. Very well carbonated and lots of chunky lace is left on the glass.
Aroma of very pale malt (blonde). Certain roundness and light bready component to the nose. Little bit of citrus and lgith spices in the background.
Flavor of pale malt flavor and citurs are the predominant notes. Little of light coriander and yeast as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start but well cut by some spicy and light herbal tea notes on the finish.
Drinkability is high. Was lucky to receive a few of the Rapscallion line in some trades and very impressed. Fairly light beer but really starts to shine as it warms.

Drinkability – This one is very tasty and went down well enough. It’s easy on the palate and was very refreshing.

11-22-2004 03:31:04 | More by CRJMellor
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Boilermaker88

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Had a slightly cloudy peach color, vigorous carbonation and a foamy vanilla colored head. No lace.
The nose had a very floral and fruity sweetness to it. Also quite a bit of spiciness in the form of clove, coriander and white pepper notes. Very light wafting of alcohol fumes. Almost tripel-ish.
A few pulls and I kept getting the very sweet tastes of soft cotton candy and peaches. Almost syrupy at times, it strove to balance things out with a solid punch of coriander and clove spiciness. Malt profile is kept under wraps at all times; mildly dusty, yeasty tone.
Premier had a fuller feel than anticipated..a bit cloying at times.
All in all, this is an interesting take on the style. Fairly drinkable although I wouldn't really go for a lot of this one. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the surprise addition in our trade!

06-30-2005 18:26:14 | More by Boilermaker88
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

1.93/5  rDev -50.4%

4 pack from Martignetti's.

Ugh..this one didn't do it for me. It's ridiculously sweet with a bubble gum like flavoring, but it's the dominant flavor of cloves that cuts through which turned me off. You really need to be a fan of the clove spice or this beer will be difficult to take down.

04-03-2005 21:36:54 | More by LPorter33
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

having enjoyed dann's beers at notheast brewing co while living in boston, i was excited to pick up some rapscallion on a return trip last weekend.

premier pours a slightly hazy gold/orange with a strong head that never fully dissolves. after having seen reviews boasting flavours of bubble gum, i was half expecting liquid bazooka, but was happier with what i got, which was more of a juicy fruit gum smell/flavour. additional fruit flavours and sweetness were also detected but i couldn't pinpoint anything else specific, save for a bit of a taste of honey.

this was not nearly as sweet as i expected and i thoroughly enjoyed every sip (which i also expected). i just wish my dumb ass would have grabbed the blessing and creation 4 packs while i was in boston.

by the way, i was sipping batch 1624.

02-18-2003 18:44:42 | More by SixpointJMH
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adowney523

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Poured into an oversized pint glass from the tap at the Brewery Exchange in Lowell, MA. Color is amber and clear. There is little head but decent lacing.

Smells very estery with light floral scents and hints of plums and peach.

Light malt up front is bready. There are medicinal phenols in the middle with other yeast flavors and light alcohol burn in the finish.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. I think this beer has a lot of good flavors going on, but I don't think they combine in a great way. I think the recipe needs some minor tweaking to make it a great beer.

06-23-2007 14:48:30 | More by adowney523
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8%

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Smeared brewtrak #.
Appears a deep, cloudy, glowing gold with a tiny, fizzy white head. Tiny speckles of lacing that don't seem to stick.
Smell is of light, sweet tripical fruit with a touch of bubblegum.
Taste is reminescent of light bodied fruit cocktail.
Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, and peppery hitting the tongue in the middle of the tongue and releasing a bit of alcohol and sourness before the swallow.
Drinkability is ok. This is a slightly bland version of something that could be good.

It's ok, dog.

06-01-2005 13:08:05 | More by weeare138
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kirbsicles

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +21.3%

While at the Blues & Brews Festival today I stumbled upon this amazing brew. I thought nothing of it at first since many of the beers at the event were ordinary, but once I tasted the rare Premier Ale from Rapscallion I was delightfully surprised. This beer was easily the best beer at the event, and I suggest that any Belgian beer fan try this brew. Again, I would like to commend Rapscallion on this delicious beer! Hopefully it will be available in the North Shore.

08-22-2009 23:17:51 | More by kirbsicles
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Mjdoyon

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -74.3%

07-06-2014 01:51:37 | More by Mjdoyon
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

At Finz, Salem MA

True gold with a short white head. Fair retention and lace. Smells of potpourri, clover honey and a whiff of light grain as it warms up. Tastes like it smells, with floral honey being the main theme. Mouthfeel has a zippy carbonation with a little drying in back. A more than sufficient beer to wash down a burger.

03-01-2012 20:48:03 | More by donkeyrunner
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +1%

On-tap 12/28/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is gives some spice up front along with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a good hops presence that provides a nice balance. The malt character provides substance but is light enough to make it drinkable. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer with some strength to it that is worth drinking for a long time.

01-08-2009 02:41:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Another beer sampled - and enjoyed - at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

This was a nice amber ale with a good foamy head. Looked quite good.

The aroma was of medium malts, with a light sweetness. Not a lot of hop aroma.

Light hops came through in the taste, however, along with the maltiness. It was a very smooth, easy drinking brew. Good mouthfeel. I liked it a lot.

10-05-2004 02:42:21 | More by connecticutpoet
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

12oz bottle from a 4-pack (with glass) from Yankee Spirits, MA. Brewtrack code is possibly 624.

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed a fluffly 1"+ beige head above the dark amber/light copper brew. Nose consists of Belgian pale malts and slight fruit essences. Taste is upfront with the pale malts, and then expands voluminously in the mouth with the fruits portended by the aroma. Another great Rapscallion. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is good as well. Highly recommended.

06-30-2004 23:44:38 | More by ppoitras
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twelvsies

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

This is a great Belgian style brew. Poured into a snifter at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, this one looks like a treat. Puffy head with lots of swiss-cheesy holes in it. Smells almost like milk or English tea, with a dash of dirt, in a good way. It tastes very creamy and sweet, but I can still taste that musty dirty flavor, very complex. Smooth and sweet going down the hatch, very drinkable. It's a keeper.

09-28-2004 05:02:19 | More by twelvsies
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Rapscallion Premier from Rapscallion
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.