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Summer Basil - Fullsteam Brewery

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Summer BasilSummer Basil

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very good

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 106
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 106
Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited the brewery's tavern on Rigsbee Street in Durham where I found this on tap. Cloudy and vibrantly yellow in its appearance, it looked very much to style with a multitude of little bubbles on the sides. The fresh basil aroma was very inviting of the first taste as it seemed to have replaced the hops with its floral elements.

The first taste was a mild revelation as I could seemingly distinguish between the basil and the Saison as well as them both together. Easy drinking in its own way, this was clearly a unique selection to me that was a one round item.

I think the supporting element of Fullsteam's Saison would be just fine on its own merits without additional flavoring, though the Basil element was unique in my visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10/12/12 per growler cap.Poured into an imperial nonic a lemony color with athinner wispy white head,very good carbonation to the beer,it had a look kinda like lemonade with carbonation.Yeasty phenols with sweet basil in the back end,seems like a Belgian pale "table" beer to me so far.Bready malts with yeasty phenols on the palate,again there is a nice subtle sweet basil note in the finish.As I drink more I get a light shot of white pepper in the finish as well.This isn't bad,it's very Belgian in style with the phenols going on but it's really good.A great summer quaffer,nice job here.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really excellent combination!

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Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in north Raleigh

Pours a golden yellow with little head. Nose detects herbs and wheat. The taste is sweet but balanced out by the basil. The basil does not overpower but compliments what otherwise would be a mediocre pale ale nicely. Mild carbonation and light bodied, this is an enjoyable Saison.

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Photo of struttinj
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of trackerdave
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My preference is a farmhouse ale and this one is a very refreshing beer. Just finished my last 16 oz can. That is one thing I like about Fullsteam, they give you a full 16 oz beer.
Look: Light color with a small head that doesn't stick around for long.
Smell: Basil (Duh!!!), light citrus, yeast and hops.
Taste: A great saison with basil, yeast, lemony peppery notes.
Feel: Great palate cleansing ability, bubbly on the tongue. Definitely goes down smooth.
Overall: A very refreshing beer that is typical of a well made saison. The basil is the real show. Fullsteam gets their basil from local farms in the area. It is brewed during the summer months while the basil is growing through about October. One of the interesting things about this beer is that the taste will never be exactly the same from batch to batch. As the basil plant matures it gets stronger and more pungent throughout the summer. Also, the amount of rain, sunshine and temperature has an effect on how the basil will affect the taste. This adds additional interest to the beer (IMHO) as the summer begins to come to a close. I need to go out early next week and see if I can find some more.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heynau10
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look; A very pale, hazy yellow. Not very enticing, though it does sport a nice 2 inch meringue head.
Smell; Belgian yeast, light basil.
Taste; The first taste is a little off, with a vegetable taste mixed with the chalky Saison yeast taking over. This improves with each sip, becoming a a well integrated herbal presence.
Feel; Just right, lightly carbonated and light.
Overall; A brave success. A very refreshing drink, subtle and very enjoyable after a shaky beginning. Nice packaging as well!

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Photo of ghowehattrick
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of LERiggs
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of n2185
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LannahC
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsanford
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2012

Pours a clear gold with a soapy white head. Strong aromas of tart lime juice, crisp malt, honey, and a bunch of basil. Taste is similarly herbal, with a good amount of basil and mint and a wonderfully tart base of lemon, lime, and honey. Mouthfeel is very crisp, with a smooth medium body and good carbonation. A great Summertime beer that I wish I had regular access to.

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Photo of wedge
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh growler from Bottle Revolution: "Best Before 09/03/12"

Foggy straw yellow under a large, though fleeting, airy pure white head. Fresh basil hits the nose immediately. Sweet pale malt, pepper, maybe some clove and licorice. Basil upfront in the flavor, well integrated with fresh grain. Subtly sweet, crackery malt, light lemon, very mild yeasty funk melding with the herbalness. Creaminess in both aroma and flavor. Pretty light, drying, and solidly crisp. Super refreshing. I think this is a little less basil-forward than what I had last year, which is a good thing. Not super Belgian-y overall, but quite satisfying and appropriate for the summer season.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says Canned 06/23/15.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Floral smell of saison yeast with the basil complementing quite nicely.

T- Somewhat sweet from the yeast and then the basil cuts it a bit adding a nice layer of complexity. Faint bready malt detected. So incredibly drinkable.

M- Crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- What a fantastic summer beer. This has been selling like hotcakes in my neck of the woods and now I see why.

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Photo of blackie
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting this one into the system - had it awhile ago, fresh, at the brewpub.

Served in a tall weizen style glass, the beer is an opaque-cloudy golden in color, topped with a nice layer of bone white carbonation, leaving some light lace

Lovely aroma, clean malts, delicately spicy yeast influence, fresh basil aroma in ideal proportion - not exactly subtle, but that's not the point, really nice basil presence, light lemony citrus, grassy.

carbonation lively, body refreshingly light but not thin

Pale malt flavors, crisp and clean, perfect basil flavor - fresh and very complimentary to the style, hops grassy and imparting a refreshing bitterness, some spicy yeast flavors, a little bready at times, quite nice.

Love the implementation of the basil here, matched perfectly to the base, and shows off the best parts of the herb, others herbed this way have been a bit heavy handed.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of devilben02
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Summer Basil from Fullsteam Brewery
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