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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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Photo of danadeny
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

danadeny, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of genaro
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

I believe I had this in the Bukowski's near the Prudential Center. Anyway, Rapscallion Premier was a cloudy dark amber color. It had a big creamy head that lasted forever. The aroma was floral and spicey. This beer was sweeter and mellower than it appeared.The taste was fairly good, a bit spicey and caramelly. Mouthfeel was a little bready with a decent hop bite. The finish was bittersweet, dry and slightly astringent.

genaro, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of MattBrooks
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Although listed as a golden beer, while the Blessing is supposed to be an amber ale; I found this brew to have more color and depth than the Blessing. It pours clean with fruit notes on the nose and a powerful, rich body and finish. I am very impressed with all of the Rapscallions and am surprised that the alc % is not higher, because that's what they feel like.

MattBrooks, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of EtOHMD
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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%.

EtOHMD, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of KCRealAle
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

KCRealAle, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of kaszeta
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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 JasonCoop
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

poured into the rapscallion snifter. a very nice hazy gold color. nice head too. good looking.

smell - very buttery, little caramel and honey. ginger. some hops but the smell is predominantly buttery

the taste is extremely smooth. very very laid back, and a lot like it smells. very buttery and i swear, some ginger. hops round it out but don't bite, just very smooth.

mouthfeel is creamy and light, very nice. couldn't ask for something smoother. drinkability is ok. i don't usually drink too many of a beer that is so creamy.

overall very good. a nice sweet ale with good hops. i definitely prefer the rapscallion blessing brew, but this on is pretty good. probably just a preference in style.

JasonCoop, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of adowney523
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.

adowney523, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

Brewtrak ...1689 ? This is a guess folks due the numerals being blurry / faded . Poured into my Rapscallion snifter aggressively which led to a nice head and a abundance of aromas coming up from the table . Smells of honey bread . There is some lacing on the glass and the head has reduced to nothing . The beer is not bad it is just a bit watery . It tastes good and would like to try it on tap too . Granted this is my first american blonde ale so I have nothing to compare it with for this style . I am not regretting purchasing this Rapscallion product . Just like Creation , it is good .

Have a safe Labor Day weekend ...

Kudashov, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Mjdoyon
1/5  rDev -74.3%

Mjdoyon, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of snilsen13
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

going out of stock at my local, so I indulged.
from bottle, slightly cool to room temp, in a glass chalice.

A -initially lots of white froth, but before long, gone-o. slightly cloudy, browny orange. nice color and opacity.

S - fresh bread with apricot and light apple

T/M - sweet on lips and toasty on tounge. smooth swalow with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. solid but not complex.

D - good to the last drop

snilsen13, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of trisweb
5/5  rDev +28.5%

trisweb, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of kirbsicles
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.

kirbsicles, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of gueuzegeek
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

This beer poured out with a nice fluffy textured creamy head that lasted rather well. The color was a light copper and just a bit of a haze to it. The fragrance was really quite remarkable and seemed almost like a smell a nice desert (yes, food) would have. It was most than just a floral hops aroma. At first, I was surprised by the taste, since it really seemed to be rather different from the scent, however, in time, I noticed a certain earthy taste reminiscent of buckwheat, yet I know not whether there was any in this brew. The mouthfeel was almost dry, but not to the point of anything distracting. As it warmed a bit, the yeasty earthiness became more pronounced. I really did like this beer quite a bit more by the time I finished it!!

gueuzegeek, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of skynxnex
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured out of a brown bottle with an unread Brewtrack number into a Rapscallion snifter. A pretty dark golden color, with slight chill haze and some suspended protein/yeast. Fine bubbles rise to the surface. The head isn't quite what I expected--about one finger--but perhaps I didn't pour it quite strong enough. Lacing lasts throughout, but is slightly watery.

Nose is bready, touch of alcohol with some sweetness. Slight citrus fruit. Taste is similar, sweet slight hop flavor and bittness there. Surpisingly clean tasting, but still complex yeast esters come through. Very interesting, and quite drinkable, hybrid beer.

skynxnex, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of lawrence76
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

lawrence76, May 04, 2007
Photo of rbd13
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

rbd13, May 24, 2011
Photo of phaley87
5/5  rDev +28.5%

phaley87, Jun 04, 2012
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