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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010)
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Photo of callisbeers
4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I should give this a really bad review because they only brewed it for the summer! But I won't.

Far and away my favorite beer that I have had on tap at home. Typical saison appearance but man does the basil just kick the taste to the next level, It isn't overpowering but you can definitely taste it in there. I had this on tap over the summer and I could not wait until I would come home from a long, hot ride, and have a cold one. I believe this was the fastest I have gone through a keg at home. Just a perfect beer. Can't wait till late spring of next year!

callisbeers, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of LERiggs
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

LERiggs, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of adam_e
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

adam_e, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Lob
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Lob, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of abernethyj
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

abernethyj, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of njpencook
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

njpencook, May 15, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

THECPJ, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cadaugherty
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this was their very first batch then lookout world here comes Fullsteam!

I got this growler from some friends who are still down in the triangle and I was damn glad to get it, back in August. The appearance is about standard for a saison, good light color and lost of bubbles. The smell and taste are absolutely right on and I love the fresh summer basil that is so apparent in the beer. The whole idea of farmfresh and local ingredients creating a unique south-eastern beer line is wonderful and this beer embodies that quality so well.

The Mouthfeel is light and this beer is highly drinkable, which is exactly what I think of when I want a saison. If you can get some of this beer, it isn't easy since it is growler only but give it a go.

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer has a golden color with a finger or so of head; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Tart and lemony, with undertones of basil and licorice

Taste: Opens with a lemony flavor that adds basil undertones in quick fashion; by mid-palate, the sour tones build; the tart lemony flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Made with a deft touch as the basil adds a unique element to the lemon and sour tones; bet this would go great with Thai food

brentk56, Feb 25, 2012
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 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
Photo of detlefchef
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden peach color with a light white foam that holds up well and reforms with a swirl.

Aromas of orange and banana.

Very clean sweet, rich flavors of sourdough and fried, blanched almonds. At the finish, you get the slightest flavor that reminds me of how your hands smell when you've been picking basil.

Supple texture and a beer I could drink a lot of at once.

A very, very enjoyable beer.

detlefchef, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of rabiddawg
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

rabiddawg, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Axnjxn, Aug 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

alexm1309, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jmw4437, May 29, 2014
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
Photo of atsprings
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First batch on their full scale system, served a bit early so I'll come back and edit the review after another pint in a few weeks. On-tap at Dos Perros and served in a standard pint glass a very murky dark yellow with a nice khaki head that lasts and leaves slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is loads of spice with sweet fruits and malts with just a hint of basil. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malt with a nice kick of Belgian spice and a bit of basil. the beer is very crisp, smooth, and refreshing, great for the style. This is a very refreshing Summer beer, one I look forward to having again.

atsprings, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally.

Pour is cloudy light yellow, looks alot like the Beasley's Honey White. Decent half inch light white head.

The smell is pretty good. Lots of spicy peppery Saison yeast esters (more spicy clove than anything). Sweet malt backbone, but I dont get a ton of basil, just a small hint that melds in with the yeast flavors.

Now this is how to mix herbs and yeast. wow. Lots of spiciness from both the yeast and basil. Black pepper, super spicy clove, and overly spicy basil come out, but not enough to overpower anything. Theres a slightly sweet thing from the malt that balances out what would be too spicy.

It finishes super clean and light. i like this one alot.

VncentLIFE, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thopre, thanks. Beer is yellow / amber, clear with a white head, some bubbles, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with basil, smells good.

Beer tastes like basil and yeast, flowers, not overly strong, just a solid beer, a very nice, light lawnmower beer to me.

drabmuh, Aug 03, 2012
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 devilben02
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

dbrauneis, Jun 14, 2014
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Summer Basil from Fullsteam Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.