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Summer Basil - Fullsteam Brewery

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87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010)
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Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

bonbright7, Sep 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

oberon, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -16%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jtladner, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

tdm168, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of struttinj
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

struttinj, Jul 05, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%

Heynau10, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of ghowehattrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ghowehattrick, Aug 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

hemorhoidzz, Aug 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

LERiggs, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

KevinGordon, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of jsanford
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

jsanford, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

wedge, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

blackie, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

devilben02, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dbrauneis, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Sam’s in Durham. Served in a Full Steam shaker pint. Pours a fairly-clear golden with a nice white head. Nose carries light basil and faint notes of spice and pepper. Very light, base saison behind a nice herbal presence. Really tasty and well-integrated. Extremely refreshing.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

IPAchris, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

abernethyj, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Rifugium, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

mportnoy, Aug 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Amedlin18, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Beerness, Jul 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jacobmwilson, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

cardsfan, Jun 23, 2014
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Summer Basil from Fullsteam Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.