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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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Rapscallion Premier
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BA SCORE
87
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 94
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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Photo of edchicma
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

edchicma, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of indiapaleale
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe its just me, but I was reallly, really impressed with this beer. It was my first taste of Rapscallion, which I think is only available here in Massachusetts right now. It was served in a large "snifter" type glass which definately brought out some intense aromas. The color was a sandy blonde color with an unfiltered hue to it. The taste blew me away, just so much flavor. It was malty, hoppy and citrusy all at once. It had a smooth texture that was a little heavy on the tongue but overall just right. An outstanding beer all around.

indiapaleale, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the CTRiver Brewers Festival.

The beer is a darker golden color. There was a ton of head to the beer (were we in a TV ad?). Somewhat sweet, malty aroma. Possibly fruit in the aroma. The taste was slightly sweet, with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Decent, but not special at all.

Boto, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy orangey amber, with a giant off white head. Poor retention, despite the legion of bubbles rapidly working to maintain it.
The aroma is sweet and authentically belgian. Sugary malts, with tons of fruitiness. A touch of caramel mixed in with the candi sweetness. Hints of pear, grape, and peach. A faint whiff of alcohol. No apparent hopping.
Flavor is an explosion of malts. Very well done, with a pleasant sparkly texture to the mouthfeel. Lots of complexity in the esters. Giant sweet floral fruitiness, a mix of pear, peach, grape, and maybe a touch of strawberry. A little bit of astringency, and a mild alcohol bite at the end. Some alcoholic warmth down the throat, with a lasting malty sweet aftertaste.
I had this a long time ago, and I didn't like it nearly as much as I did this evening. One of the better american brewed belgian beers, in my opinion.

UnionMade, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of kaszeta
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

A rather nice blonde ale, with a nice light amber body and a thick frothy head. It sports a nice hops aroma, a bit of floral character, and the thin maltiness you expect in a blonde. The taste was rather sweet with a slight fruity character, plenty of yeast, and a hint of hops. It has a nice mouthfeel, dancing over the tongue, and a bit of a dry finish. Quite drinkable, in fact fairly enjoyable (and I don't usually care for blonde ales).

kaszeta, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orangish-gold in color with a fine off-white head. It leaves a collar and some nice lacing.
Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Orange peel & lemon zest with a bit of spice.
Light fruity taste with a bitter bite and a metallic tinge. There's a mild coriander note too. Finishes slightly astringent.
Mouthfeel could be called creamy if the carbonation was just a touch lower.
This one disappointed me a bit, but it's still a solid brew.

cretemixer, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in the lovely Rapscallion glass. A golden amber with a big head. Sweet like honey. A bit fruity and peppery. A touch of the 6.7% comes through as well. Hops try their best to balance the big malt profile. In the end though, the sweetness wins. A bit too sweet for me to drink more than one.






*** A fresh sample on clean lines at the new Bukowski's on 4-26

On this day with this keg I could drink it all night.

scottum, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in it's specially made glass it's really attractive. A pretty peachy color with a fluffy white foam top, it has a floral hop with sugary malt nose. It has a really nice creamy texture that starts out sweet with a little banana and finishes toasty and honeyish. A pretty interesting beer overall easy to want a couple glasses of this on a cool evening. Would be great with food as well.

jeffboo, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rapscallion, eh? Somehow I get the feeling that if the brewers of Duvel imitators continue to spin upon that devilish name, the field of available satan-derived monikers will be so reduced that we'll see an artisanal golden ale called Li'l Stinker.
Thoroughly golden color, bubbly, short white head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, and fruity, with citrus and peach upfront. Huge hops on the palate, backed up with appropriate malt, and full, sweet fruitiness that continues through the long and lovely finish. Strength is ungiven, and is unfelt. Smooth, tasty, very drinkable,though the citrus becomes more dominant at the end. Great tasting ale, but a bit light for it's style.
Big up to UncleJimbo.

feloniousmonk, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of taez555
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tracking number on this particular beer was 1622. I poured it straight into the glass that came with it, trying to get as much head as possible. I'd already had another one in the 4 pack and found this to be a beer that no matter how many ways you try to pour it, it just can't get a decent head. This time was no exception, it had a small head that quickly cleared with just a few bubbles. Looking at it with it's amber/orange color, it reminded me a lot of apple juice. The nose on the other hand, even without the help of a head, was very inviting. Malty, very fruity. Hints of apples or pears possibly.
The initial taste was not as note worthy as the nose. Very light, with a taste of sour fruit. Not heavily carbonated. Very lightly hopped.
I'm torn with this beer. I really like the company a lot. The whole brewtrack system is very cool. Check out the website to learn all about it. But the beer feels like a belgian trippel that just falls a little in a few areas. Seeing as how this is the first attempt by the former Northeast Brewing Company brewmaster, it's really hard to say something bad about it though. I'm really looking forward to see how this beer is going to be down the line with a few tweeks.
And plus.. it's worth trying just for the glass.

taez555, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SixpointJMH, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, not a very impressive Rapscallion brew. The aroma is a bit yeasty with tones of musk and hints of brown bread. The initial flavor is of old strawberries and stewed carrots with a sharp malt sweetness and a sharp bitterness. The musky yeast flavors are what really rule the show here. Just as raw as I found teh Creation to be.

beernut7, Jan 29, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's rather unique. I'll say that much. Golden amber in color with little head. Leaves a good amount of lace, however. Smells somewhat fruity, with definite honey. Taste is fairly good and mildly sweet. Apples were an obvious flavor (although I could be wrong). Others have mentioned a bubble gum flavor, although I couldn't detect it. This sort of reminds me of a less tart Hennepin's for some reason. According to the beer track code the batch that my bottle came from was not a particularly good one, e.g. the carbonation was not right on. I'd be interested in trying this on tap. I'd try this again, but I'd like to sample the other Rapscallions first.

Admiraldinty, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium head and carbonation that goes fairly quickly. Nice golden color, smooth with some sweetness from the malt - imported from France and Germany. Finish is balanced between the malts and hops.

jdhilt, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a four pack with the proper drinking goblet included. I had tried this beer at the brewery after one of their Saturday tours. The head was small and didn't seem to last. The smell is sweat and gentle and is a beautiful cloudy golden color. Well balanced and full of flavor.

CharlesRiver, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of Longstaff
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle version is out. 4 pack of bottles packaged with its own glass (big brandy snifter with Rapscallion logo and graphic). No description of the beer and no drink by date on the bottle. But instead there is a brewtrak # where you can go to their website and look up the details about that particular batch - pretty cool to see the brewers notes.

Batch # 1622
Pours with a half inch head that dissapates down to a thin layer that floats on top of the awesome looking, crystal clear, dark golden -almost reddish body. Smell is a little dissapointing - wheatish, apple cider like with almost a lager yeast aroma(phenols?). The magic of the brew is in the delicate yet complex flavors of apple, pear, and pineapple at first, followed by a soft grainy flavor and earthy hops. Hops are not overbearing but has a dry-hopped characteristic. I love the lingering aftertaste of the grainy pale malt on the front and middle of the tounge while the hops dance around the back of the tounge and mouth. Very easy to drink and after each glass, I wanted another. A little pricey compared to other belgian ales like Ommagang, Allagash, or even Unibroue.

Longstaff, Aug 01, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First bier I tried at the Summit. Premier was a golden-orange color, clear, with an extremely small head. A tiny bit of lace was left. The aromas were spicy and yeasty, yet quite mild. Relatively smooth on the tongue, but body was perhaps a tad thin. Pleasing flavor: yeasty notes, some peppery spiciness....reminded me of a mellow Tripel. I would like to sample a whole bottle of this to re-affirm my thoughts on this.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Bierman9, May 15, 2002
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