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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 94
Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a 4-pack (with glass) from Yankee Spirits, MA. Brewtrack code is possibly 624.

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed a fluffly 1"+ beige head above the dark amber/light copper brew. Nose consists of Belgian pale malts and slight fruit essences. Taste is upfront with the pale malts, and then expands voluminously in the mouth with the fruits portended by the aroma. Another great Rapscallion. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is good as well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plain label stating Artisanal Golden Beer on Lees with an illegible Bretrak number. WTF! Plain bottle cap.
Golden cloudy apricot orange hues under a tight spumescent cloudy antique white one finger head. Suspended scrod chunkies floating in this brew. Lattice lace slicks down the glass.

Apricots and citrusy lemony scents pervade the nose.

Huge carbonated foamy sizzle coats me tongue. Yeasty apricots and bready body are the prevalent characteristics in the taste. Complex flavors dominate the intriguing adventure. Clean crisp fruitiness and easy sweet hops create a totally unique flavor. After a bit of warming, the awl-kee-hawl scents pervade, eventually even some phenolics pop out. Jeese, gimmie another minute and it might develop into wine! Ooops…all gone. Can I have another?

Last swigs: This would be an excellent cellar ager, I imagine. Me like. Almost a Belgian due to the quality of yeast, carbonation and hops. What a great beer! One of the best I’ve enjoyed in a long time. Received through a BA trade. Reminds me of when my Grandma makes an orange cake with actual orange peel pieces in the cake. I can’t help but mention CHIMAY in comparison. I will definitely seek this beer again.

Beer (on lees) is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear shiny golden amber body, bursting with carbonation, topped by a hefty heap of foam, which at first resembles melted marshmallow. Mellows into a thick sea of bubbles of all sizes. Excellent lacing.

Excellent fruity nose. Apricots and peaches abound. It's sticks to the roof of your nose, so to speak.

A light malty start, enveloped by some earthy hoppiness, and a tingly fruity finish, which continues into the aftertaste.

Smooth, light mouthfeel. Drinkability seems equal to half of the actual abv..

A nice experince. Would be a good "break in the middle of a summer day" beer.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of genaro
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!!

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Photo of ipogios
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you flies out to rosebud for sending me this beer. Pours a beautiful amber colour topped by a rich thick head that sits quite fast leaving lace on the glass. This Ale is quite sweet with hints of honey. Very smooth and well balanced this beer is one of the finest Ales i've tried so far.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice semi-deep golden yellow color, slow carbonation bubbles within, head tall and fluffy thats a light yellowy white hue, very unique colored head, reminds me off the yellows seen around Easter time. Resides on top for a good while, finally crumbling down to a thick skim always present and lace in thickly sticking strings. Aroma has a pretty strong phenolic smell of band-aid plastic; whole lotta yeast, some citrusy notions come through as well as some grassy hops but the yeast is a bit hard to get past. Taste is super mild with some light notions of citrus, plastic-like yeast thats harsh and unpleasant, bland and way to much yeast for me. Not much going on in this bottle besides a yeast fest of plastic, some metallic notes and grassy hops find there way through the brigade of yeast with some candied citrus, but as this warmed it became nastier then at first. This was a bit disappointing. The feel seems to be medium bodied, but it was hard to tell with my taste buds nearly going wacko. An unfortunate bad bottle perhaps, and an unfortunately a hard drinker. No sir, I didn't like it. But hey, it looked damn good. Oh well?

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Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of scottum
4.08/5  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.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.06/5  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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of taez555
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Rapscallion Premier from Rapscallion
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.