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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:
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)
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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.

Photo of twelvsies
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served lightly chilled in a Rapscallion goblet.

Appearance: Hazy burnished golden orange topped by a healthy off-white and bubbly head. Dissipates to a film and ring in good time and leaves small splotches of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very yeasty. Peppers, orange, apricots, and lemons. Floral hops round out the nose.

Taste: Vaguely sour and acidic initially. Sweet malts with a lot of peppery and fruity aftertastes. Again, very yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshings. Very palate cleansing.

Drinkability: Reminiscent of Delirium Tremens, but more sour and tart. Hurt a bit by the acidity. Food is definitely necessary with this. Might I suggest moule frites? Not bad at all, though. Not in the least.

Thanks to Uncle Jimbo and BIF 4.0.

Photo of pentathlete
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish peach with a 1/4 inch foam topping that falls to a stubborn table. Mild nose with minor hop notes and a suggestion of fruit that I can't place yet. There it is in the taste...is this a fruit beer? Strong presence of apricots and candied orange peel. Nice hop bitterness over the top of a carbonic tongue lashing. Mouthfeel is barely medium, but doesn't take away from the experience. Refreshing beer that is almost too strong for its own good.

Thanks to warriorsoul for including this one in a trade.

Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My beer review snuck up on me a little. I did not really like the beer as much as my review states I did. The beer scored high for me on most categories, although it may not be to my liking. Basically, I can say that this is an interesting fusion beer of two different styles. I, personally, am not blown away by it, but it is a very good beer for its category, or lack of category...

Photo of gfreed
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This translucent amber libation poured with a vociferous torrent that hissed and bubbled as the head took form. The head materialized as a fluffy cream white bubbly layer atop the beer. Slight lacing on my glass, but gravity was the master here..

The nose produced a mild pleasant citrus-yeast combination with an underlying fruitiness along with a note of bitter hops.

Flavor was a tart bitter hops foundation supporting sprites of yeast. I couldn't detect much else, thus aside from the yeast the over all flavor profile was rather "monochromatic" and one-dimensional.

The finish was a tireless sustained bitter hops promenade that seemed to endure on my palate to the start of the next sip.

Mouthfell was a pleasant lively effervescent experience. Seemed to cleanse my tastebuds for the next sample.

While not a complex flavored beer, nor a particularly volatile brew emitting an olfactory presence like a bouquet of spring flowers, I do consider this beer an enjoyable 'beer-time' interlude during a busy day.

Photo of sweisel80
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of winomark
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice golden hue with a miniscule, bone white head and lots of streaming bubbles. Sweet, grainy nose. Some sourness also noticable. Very strange palate. Some esters, slightly vegetal, and sour. Lots of stuff going on. Flavorful mouthfeel. Dry, sour finish. I did not enjoy this one. Tastes like a soured Belgian pale ale. Too different for me.

Photo of Freshie
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden colour with very little head that recedes to the sides of the glass very quickly.

The smell is very sweet

The taste is also sweet with nice carbonation and malt flavour. An oily texture stays with you in your mouth and is a little much. There is some natural citrus and floral tastes in there as well, subtle but there.

Very smooth and goes down easily, but the aftertaste, as I said, can be a bit much.

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.

Photo of fdrich29
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of shippos
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ppoitras for this excellent offering.

poured into a duvel glass, 1.5 finger white head and a semi clear honey color. tons of citrus in the aromas, oranges lemons tangerines mixed in with a sweet sugary center while some dry hops linger in the distance. soft sparkling co2 fizzes throughout the mouth with a farily average body coats the mouth with a sugary glaze and then a lingering dry finish. this beer will definetly clean your palate. very drinkable.

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.

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.

Photo of LPorter33
1.93/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of chaduvel
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a gigantic merengue head that turns to a mass of spiderweb lacing around a mushroom cloud. Citrus and orange colored fruits dominate the nose, dried apricots, pineapple etc.. Hint of sour. Some yeast and a mellow malts. Taste is similar to the smell, quite tasty, and more flavorful than the smell. Definitely has a Belgian kick to it.

Photo of grannaniwa
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed tasting this brew on cask at NERAX. The appearance was impressive, as the golden orange brew grabbed the dim light from the VFW hall and shimmered. The hop nose was interesting, but not the beer's strongest point. I enjoyed the melange of flavors. It was buttery, nutty and had subtle fruit flavors as a backbone. This full-bodied ale had a crisp, dry finish and a bit of an alcohol flavor. It's a wee bit strong for a blonde, but I'm not going to take off points there.

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.

Photo of radshoesbro
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep golden color with a good head that left very little lacing. smelled very sweet on the nose with hints of malts and alcohol. the taste is basically what i expected. sweet with hints of fruits, maybe even candy. when i licked my lips i could definately taste the alcohol, but not as much as when it was actually in my mouth. sort of weird. another great beer from concord!

Rapscallion Premier from Rapscallion
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.