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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 number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this brew.

Pours a light orange hazy golden color with about one finger of creamy ivory head. Head retention is pretty solid, keeps a nice lace and leaves some stick.

Smells fruity, with peaches, apricot, and some citrus in there. Some yeast too which gives it an almost Belgian character. Also a sweet, bready malt note.

Taste is bready with a lightly toasted graininess, also some honey-like sweetness and then lots of fruit. Apricot and peach, some citrus just like the smell, also some apple and who knows what else. It's quite complex, with some yeast and herbal hop bitterness in there for good measure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite creamy and appropriately carbonated. There's a good amount of sweetness but it becomes dry through the finish which makes it very palatable.

Pretty tasty brew and a nice change of pace. Very fruity, complex and interesting and definitely worth a try.

number1bum, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Hazy straw with a light peach in color; noticeable sediment and active carbonation. Frothy, light foam with impressive retention. Delicate patches of condensed lacing.

Belgian-candied sweetness with an earthen mustiness. Peach, pear fruity esters. Diacetyl-laced toasted malts. Mild peppercorn and corriander spices.

Shawrply acidic, fruity tartness: lemon, orange, raspberry, cranberry, green apple. The creamy, Belgian-candied sugar gives a nice smoothness to the tart flavors. Undertones of corriander throughout the sip.

A light, medium in body; light and crisp, but intensely carbonated.

A flavorful pale Belgian-style offering. Don't be confused by the 'Blonde Ale' moniker, this one tastes nothing like it. Quite pleasant.

NEhophead, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

BeerResearcher, May 09, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 08, 2009
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.

chaduvel, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

AnitaBrewski, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of snilsen13
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 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.

OatmattStout, Jan 21, 2004
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
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 donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

donkeyrunner, Mar 01, 2012
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.

ManekiNeko, Jan 13, 2004
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.

pentathlete, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

EPICAC, Feb 20, 2010
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.

Shovelbum, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, May 07, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden orange with a white head. floral sweet aromas pervade with and underlying acidic near tomato juice smell that softens as the temperature rises. the tomoto juice qualities are thankfully not found in the taste. this beer has a real pleasant sweetness, floral peaches and pear mostly with a light herbal hop bitterness that adds a nice crispness. a light clove spiced flavor in there too. the light meduim well carbonated body, suits this beer well. good drinkability despite the sort weird smell, since it does taste pretty good, and may have just been a little off or something. in any case the smell isn't enough to make me dislike it.

kmo1030, Jan 25, 2005
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 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 Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Interesting ale... Poursout to a golden mustard color with a small head of white foam that bubbled off rather quickly. Medium level of carbonation, no lace. Inital scent reminded me of a latex surgical glove; when agitated, the real aromas come out. Some sweet malts, maybe some herbal notes. Taste was good; a lighter maltiness over sweet grains, some sweet corn flavors. Nice. Mouthfeel was medium light bodied, kind of bland. Not a lot going on the in the "experience" dept. Average drinkability; I could take or leave this one. Probably best on a hot summer day. Worth a try. Special thanks to conneticutpoet for the specimen.

Frozensoul327, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of KCRealAle
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

KCRealAle, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of EtOHMD
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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%.

EtOHMD, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

morebeergood, May 06, 2010
Photo of genaro
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Boilermaker88, Jun 30, 2005
Rapscallion Premier from Rapscallion
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.