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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

Rapscallion Premier
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BA SCORE
88
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Rapscallion visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 18:44:42 | More by guinness33
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 19:41:40 | More by beernut7
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 21:41:34 | More by Admiraldinty
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 15:51:20 | More by jdhilt
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 19:05:21 | More by CharlesRiver
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 09:08:13 | More by Longstaff
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 20:48:03 | More by donkeyrunner
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rbd13

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with visible carbonation, two finger head fades fast and leaves light lacing on the glass.
Smells of sweet banana and sugars.
Flavors of sweet light fruits and spice, banana, cloves and lingering white pepper.
Medium / light body, tingling sensation with a lingering refreshing finish.
Very easy drinking considering the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 02:31:42 | More by rbd13
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a tulip glass.
It pours an amber-hued golden color, with a fluffy, off-white head.
A mild dry grainy smell is upfront. A light blend of sweet candy, fruit cup, with a dose of citrus and resins roam around. A whiff of white rum fades in and out.
This Golden is a bit sweet for the style, yet it’s a pleasing sweetness. Bready, grassy and caramel malts carry hints of citrus and fruit cup, along with some warming alcohol. A faint taste of ripe banana and spices peek through.
The body is a little full for the style and lacks any dryness.
It’s a good beer to pair with a wide variety of cheeses and salamis, or vanilla-based desserts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 12:59:01 | More by BeerResearcher
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed last in a short string of surprisingly bad beers at the normally well-informed Cambridge Common, this saved the evening in terms of beer drinking. Built along the lines of Duvel but a tad thinner and fluffier, there's an adequate supply of nutmeg and bananas and yeastiness, none overpowering the other but instead playing nicely in the tulip. Dry finish; actually quite dry all around yet still presents malty qualities that give it a good sturdy base. Not as rich as the Belgian ales on which it is modeled, but a good beer to have in the neighborhood.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 13:23:54 | More by gfreed
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sunset Grill. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderately-hazy light golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it makes its way down the glass. Thin cap nearly throughout. The nose brings forward some light banana, a bit of yeast, and a light grainy presence. Nothing too complex, but everything fits together quite well. The flavor falls along the same lines. The banana was light and carried the rear, while the more forward flavors were a bit of other yeastiness as well as a pervasive presence of grain. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 14:25:27 | More by Thorpe429
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on 9/18 at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a visibly carbonated, translucent deep copper color with a white film of a head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is of honey, coriander, and yeast.

T: Taste starts with strong coriander and pepper flavoring and then moves in to a yeast and biscuity flavor. Lemon zest then moves in with the yeast and holds through the finish.

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, crisp feel with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, and a nice representation of style. I could have a few of these any given day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 00:51:52 | More by Jayli
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rattlesnake on Boylston St. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark reddish color with orange and brown highlights. Large white head. Smell was very fruity. Flavor was sugary and had notes of strawberry, cherry and coriander. I did like the taste, but the mouthfeel was another story. This beer was way too sweet and malty. It left a sticky feeling on my palate after every sip. I enjoyed drinking this beer, but I could only drink one at the time then I moved on.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 19:34:59 | More by morebeergood
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EtOHMD

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, poured into a pint glass.

Clear, pale orange with a thin head. Underwhelming.

Smell is fruity, mainly banana.

Following from the smell, taste is of banana bread. Hints of apricot. Taste dissipated with continued drinking.

Feel was bit too watery for my liking.

Easily drinkable. Just saw the ABV -- didn't notice in the bar -- and definitely very drinkable for 7%.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 01:23:52 | More by EtOHMD
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rapscllion Premier pours a clear copper-amber. It's topped by a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. There are notes of caramel, citrus, juicy fruit, a mild resinous hop character, and hints of graininess.

This beer is sweet overall. Toasty malts upfront move into bready and caramel malts with hints of citrus and fruit. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hop flavor. This beer is light bodied with prickly carbonation.

This is a nice easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 05:01:38 | More by EPICAC
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kirbsicles

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 02:41:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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adowney523

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2007 14:48:30 | More by adowney523
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lawrence76

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After staying away from the Rapscallion brews for a few years, I decided to try one last night @ Atwood's

Poured into a beautiful Rapscallion oversized snifter, the bar tender actually swirled the first few seconds of the pour really aggressively to develop the head...which is awesome...

A gorgeous orange/honey coloured brew with a dense, creamy, nearly white head. Aromas bursting through of sweet malts, yeasty character, and earthy, almost sour fermentation notes

Taste is wonderful, complex balance of slight malt sweetness, hint of hops, and smooth, yet slightly tart finish. Paper-dry body, and some warmer sugar flavour noticable, like the lightest caramel you could imagine. Delicate is a word that comes to mind.

Fantastic brew....so glad I decided to try this one again!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 14:14:45 | More by lawrence76
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2004 05:02:19 | More by twelvsies
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston. Served in a huge rapscallion brand snifter. I was disturbed that of the huge snifter only 1/4 was filled with beer, 3/4 head. I let it settle, to about 1/2 and 1/2, but still for the price I expected a little more beer. The body was a clear medium brown, I could see though to the other side of the glass. It smells very floral and spring like, very refreshing. The flavor is of sweet malt blended with floral hops. Nothing bitter here. The mouth feel is watery which leads to a high drinkablility. Overall a very smooth sweet malt and floral hops blended perfectly together, each of equal power.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2004 12:33:55 | More by danadeny
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Squealing Pig in Boston, MA.

Beautiful presentaion in a snifter with a huge head and a great aroma pouring out of it. Almost like bubble gum in a way, kind of fruity, kind of spicy. The taste was completely composed of cinnamon and nutmeg. This beer should be a winter brew. The spices are similar to what you would put in egg nog. Anyhow, a great brew that is more suited for a cold, winter night by the fire than an upbeat, summer night out on the town.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2004 06:43:51 | More by Jacobob10
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88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.