Rabbid Rabbit - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,024
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rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

7.4% ABV, 25 IBUs - This Franco-Belgian style Farmhouse Ale has an effervescent body and a light straw color. Rabbid Rabbit, with it’s light malt body, augmented by spices, is a complex and frothy beverage with a deceptively high alcohol content. March release.
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Photo of Beertracker
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit that I've been waiting several years for a chance to wrap my lips around this one. So... the review hereafter may be a bit skewed? The label is absolutely a work of art...featuring a monstrous, green rabbit (think De Dolle Boskeun) foaming at the mouth who's posed to eat a smoking, garden gnome (think Chouffe or Travelocity) who's dropped its Easter basket containing a poisinous egg. Very humorous!

Rabbid Rabbit is best served at cooler cellar temperatures (45-50F) from a short stemmed tulip or small goblet to truly enjoy all of the wonderous aromatics. This truly American Saison pours up a bit short on carbonation, but manages to create a rippled, white sandy head that sits atop a bright sunset-burnt orange body. Simply magnificant! The bouquet is very aromatic & perfumey with lots of floral notes reminiscent of freshly cut wild flowers, hop leaves and lavender buds. Hints of chamomile tea, cilantro spiciness and citron-mango fruitiness become more obvious as the beer warms and the candy-sweet maltiness is ever present. The flavor starts-off suprisingly cloying from the wafer-like maltiness, but it isn't long before the American influenced bitterness & yeasty spiciness emerges to take control of this one... as it drives to a decidely sweetish and lightly alcoholic finish. This medium-full bodied seasonal has a solid, toasted maltiness with underlying complexity that creates a decidedly drinkable beer, but atypical for a Saison. This is certainly a "must try" for any Americano-Belgie beer lovers. The Rabbid Rabbit from Munster should strike fear into Peter Cottontail this coming Easter and make garden gnomes everywhere wet their plants!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased @ the brewery

delicately brilliant orange color with a golden glow. not much in the way of head, bubbles or anything much here.. just an illuminated malt beverage shining brightly. the nose also shines.. it's belgian sweetness accented by a unique floral combination of spicy zings and zips. for a lighter, saison style beer, this showcases alot of the darker, overripe belgian-associated fruits in the nose like figs and dates. also, a dark brown sugar syrup aroma wafts... competes fiercely with the scents of a flower garden. this is one outrageously complex nose to wrestle with.

thick and spicy... that's the best way to describe this. here is a saison that intends to shock you into botanical bliss. a base more suited to a bspa allows for a silky, syrupy, stomach-warming beer that insists on sipping for enjoyment. very floral character is perfumy in the way that hops aren't, and the bitterness associated can be quite jarring. almost like eating the non-edible petal of something aromatic like a rose. that goes quick though, and segways into a burst of fresh honey mixed with white pepper and orange essence.

perhaps not the most drinkable beer due to three floyds' patented excess, but a noble effort at a style- applause-worthy. lots of saison styles out now, this is the best one.

Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from orbitalr0x as part of BIF 33, this 22 oz. bomber had a humorous label of rabbit attacking a gnome. When poured, this one came out a hazy golden color, which was a little deeper than typical. It was also under-carbonated compared to other examples of this style. Aromatically, it was a little too clean, which may have been due to me over chilling it. I could detect floral hops and green apple (which must be the chamomile), but none of the funk and spiciness that is typical of farmhouse ale. The taste was dominated by hops and chamomile with some unfermented candy sugar still evident. The warmer the beer got, the stronger the chamomile taste and smell became. Like Avery 12 (which has lavender), the flowers gave this a one dimensional quality. But unlike the 12, this was an agreeable one dimensionality. I much prefer the funky yeasty Saisons over these floral varieties. The Mouthfeel was medium thick, which was more in line with a Trippel than a Saison. The alcohol was well hidden, and the aftertaste was grainy sweet. It was quite drinkable, considering the fact that I don’t particularly care about chewing on flowers.

Photo of schenked
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this one at Amarnetti's this weekend. I have been looking forward to trying a local saison. Maybe I had my hopes to high since it was 3F, but I was a bit disappointed. It poured a fairly clear amber hue. The sweetness hits you in the nose. THe alcohol was too up front for me, especially for a saison. I found the chamomile accents off-putting, as well as the sweetness. The mouthfeel was ok, but lacking the fullness I look for in a saison.

I think if 3F's said they were making a strong belgian ale in the spirit of Duvel, I would have had a very different approach to this beer. The profile of it fits much better with that style. I liked Rabbid Rabbit, but I really would not call it a saison.

Photo of zjungleist
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/orange in color with a nice active white head. The smell is fruity and sweet with a little alcohol bite. The taste is fairly complex, with lots of sweet sugars and malts, fruity yeast flavors, and a combination of hops and spices that leave a slightly herbal finish. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, but balanced in the carbonation department. Overall this is probably one of the best I've had from the Floyds.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left less than one finger head that quickly receded to just scant surface skim, that left little lacing. Color was a slightly hazy orange-copper, more like an IPA than a Saision...

Smell - Esters and malt. Bananas and mangoes, and bready malt. Some overripe fruit.

Taste - like the smell, but with spices. The mentioned bananas, overripe mangoes, bready malt, all tied together with the chamomile. Finishes with some alcohol warmth, and finally a hint of sugary rock candy.

Mouthfeel - full and smooth.

Drinkabilty - this goes down easy, but it does not entirely taste like a saison - like many 3F's it claims to be a certain style but actually sort of does its own thing - a good thing usually, certainly a distinctly 3F thing, and this is really good, just not entirely ...a saison. High and well hidden abv limit it to just one bomber per session.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality brew to be expected from Three Floyds. The color is stuck somewhere between copper and orange with a light haze and a mysterious glow. The aromas of bruised fruits, spices, and must. The taste confirms the aromas. Heavy flavors of peaches, pears, oranges, apricots, mangos, and papayas (all of the over-rippened variety) with a light pepery spiciness. Lovely medium texture, creamy and smooth; softens a bit in the finish for easy drinking. The beer did have a 'dish soap' flavor that began midway through the sip and lingered into the aftertaste which was a mild deterant. I also prefer a less rich fruitiness, but prefer a lighter refresher 'juicy' Saison. I also prefer a bit more woodsy, musty, and earthy flavor in the style. Nevertheless, I do recommend the brew. Thanks Kmpitz2 for the find on the road.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber orange with a barely off-white and well lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a strong earthy presence. The aroma was woodsy with a farmhouse feel and some light citrus presence. There was a nice fruity character and the spices were enhanced by the alcohol presence.

The flavor was nicely spicy with a well done peppery flavor and a light caramel presence. The pepper and malt combination were very well achieved but the flavor contained just a bit more malty sweetness than was expected. Of course at TF It's Not Normal, so go with the flow.

The finish was dry with a lasting flavor of light citrus with a moderate peppery flavor long and pleasantly into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium but the carbonation was fairly low and could have used a bit of a boost. The alcohol was really only a factor in the aroma and only contributed a low warming after consumption.

I have wanted to try this beer for a very long time. It was worth the wait!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks afatty for picking up this scary green elf eating thing for me.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an oversized wine goblet)

A- This beer has a hazy golden warm brown body with a bubbly light tan head that last a good bit. The carbonation of tiny bubble race to the surface.

S- A soft note of perfume, peaches and a faint ginger yeast hint are finish with a nice punch of grassy hops.

T- This beer has a soft pale malt with a slight sweetness that has some nice fruit flavor notes with a light yeasty hint. The malt has a very soft chamomile note that allows the fruity flavor to come through. The finish a nice green and grassy hops with little hop bitterness. There is no alcohol taste to the finish, which is pretty neutral. As it warms there is a coriander note comes through in the malt.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with crisp texture. There is a faint alcohol warmth as it warms a bit.

D- This beer has lots of nice complex flavors that disguise one another very nicely. The flavors are hard to pull apart but all work together and the hops are big but appropriate to the beer. No big pine flavor or grapefruit flavor in the hops.

Photo of ejquin
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Cloudy and deep burnt orange with nice white head

S: Yeasty with some citrus and spice

T: A bit soury and yeasty with hops up front. Fades to some coriander spice and a touch of apple spice. Bitterness reappares on finish with some malt. Semi - dry finsh.

M: Slick, decent carbonation.

O: Solid Saison. I like some of the classics like Dupont better. This wasn't quite as clean and crisp as Dupont, but still good. I reviewd this almost a year ago on tap at the brewery and thought it was better. Don't know if there's any difference now that they're bottling it.

Photo of lungboy
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange soft pillow-like attack on the tongue. Marshmallows and lemon rinds with Sleepytime Tea. All this quickly recedes and malt appears to tame the overwhelming pleasantness. Citrus-y hops and a hint of astringency finally come to clean up after this confusing but pleasurable mess. I dare say it's a vaguely wholesome pornographic experience. Like watching Annie Sprinkle do Mr. Rogers while Garfield Goose lays Easter eggs.

If you're into that sort of thing...

Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades out. Gentle specks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spicey, warm biscuits, light pils malt, light caramel, candy, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel...certainly doesn't seem like a saison at all. More like a biere de garde.
Taste is of the above aromas with a slightly odd taste that is mildly vegetal.
Mouthfeel is warming with spices and pepper jumping around.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as I was expecting, this is a wicked saison. Very aggressively spiced, and of course being FFF's it is fairly aggressively hopped as well.

The beer pours to a couldy golden amber color with little effervescent head. The lacing shimmers down the side of the glass like a diamond, despite there only being a thin ring of head around the edge of the glass.

The smell is great. very spicy with some good banana esters. Nice hops aromas as well. I was expecting it to drift much further from the style with all the hops, but it is actually quite consistent. The light bubblegummy hops go perfect with the banana.

The taste is great. Very spicy and sweet with a very good banana flavor. Has a bit of a watermelon flavor in the finish. The only thing that keeps this from being a great summer refresher is that it has a slight burn from the alcohol. This is what seperates this beer from Gumballhead in terms of overall drinkability. Not that this beer isn't a masterpiece in it's own right.

The body is moderate. Not too sticky. Fairly dry and spicy in the finish. Not too bitter, since the hops are subtle yet aggressive. Drinkability is good, though as I've already stated, it's no match for Gumballhead in that department. I wish I had more.

Photo of hero27
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

24-karet gold color. Fizzy white head sits atop.
I'm not a huge Saison fan, but I enjoyed this one. The spices and fruits blend together really well, and the soft malts round this out a bit to make for a very sweet offering from a brewery typically known for it's extreme use of hops. For 9%, it's amazing how every sip still feels very crisp & refreshing without being heavy at all. Certainly very different from every other Three Floyds brew I've had to date, and an interesting take on the style. Absolutely worth a try.

Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day before Dark Lord Day i've just arrived here at the Three Floyds pub and am trying this Saison first.

A hazey copper red with mixed red hues throughout. Little head but very good lacing.

Malt yeast strain in the nose with a peachy nectarine aroma. Some hops hop out hence the rabbid rabbit.

Very particular yeast flavor. Complex fruit flavors of the tropical variety. Some peach, banana, malt and a nice blend of hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter and sharp. Not necessarily a bad thing but the finish is slightly off. A good Saison but not the best.

Photo of walleye
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to bbb63 from the other site at the Kuhnhenn gathering on 6/10. from the bottle. poured a golden brown, with a small white head. aroma spicey, orange, cloves, ginger, coriander and hints of floral. flavor a nicce blend of cinnamon, gloves, ginger and orange peel and touch of malts come out at the end with a dry mouthfeel. good beer

Photo of karst
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy gold color. Medium head for a 9% ABV. Aroma is delicate by Saison standards and suggests cloves, ginger, milder yeast (somewhere between earthy and bready) and floral hops - no hint of alcoholic aroma. Malts are blended with fruity esters and seem slightly sweet. Amarillo hops are floral and offer no bitterness. Maybe the best presentation of delicate hop flavors that I have yet encountered. Smooth taste that is light and refreshing to fit the summer season but this is not your simple summer thirst quencher. Complex spices and hop flavors open up with warmth. Pleasant diacetyl taste adds to a full and round mouthfeel. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet (I heard described as honey and bread) - no bitterness. The alcohol may dry the mouth a little but stayed hidden as you finally sense the ABV by effect not taste. Most drinkable.

Photo of bashiba
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poures a cloudy golden orange with tons of thick white creamy head.

Smell is of cinnamon apples and coriander, and that is exactly what it taste like as well. The first taste is like bitting into a plate of unsweeted malted cinamon apples. Absolutlely fantastic. The finish is smooth and crisp. This beer is absolutely exceptional. The mouthfeel while bubbly is a little on the thin side, but still good.

I found the drinkability so good I had trouble saving a glass in the growler for my best freind.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft served by Nick Floyd. How, this is even better than when they had it last year. Great coriander & citrus spiciness ("light spicing" my Aunt Fanny!), even a suggestion of cinnamon, layered on a good caramel malt base (It’s better than that, actually, but all the adjectives I want to use are already on their own description). A burly drink; a lawnmower beer only if you’ve been mowing golf greens for 8 hours.

Photo of CBFanWish
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not often in life do you have a chance to say, "goddam, this could be just about perfect". You may never have a chance to have a perfect tasting beer in your life, but Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit comes awfully close.
The first thing you will notice when the glass is poured for you is the colour. A perfect amber. It is somewhere in that special place between clear and hazy. The head was super thin to non-existant with only a film of bubbles in the surface. The carbonation is light.
I burried my nose deep into the glass to get a good feel of the smell. The aroma is grassy with strong undertones of apple, lemon, and flowers.
The taste was unique and very complex. At first I tasted something very familiar. Something I have known all my life. I couldn't quite place my finger on it. But then, after a few sips, it hit me. Apple crisp.
Apple crisp? Am I on crack?
No. If I was on crack, why the hell would I be drinking good beer when I could be out selling myself for rock.
Anyway, I did get a strong taste of apple crisp. It was very comfortable and inviting. Something I could drink often with a chicken dish.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, luminescent amber/orange color, head is a tight 1/4 carpet of whitish fuzz, and there's active carbonation, bubbles rising perennially, a ripe appearance.
Warm, beatiful spices greet the nose immediately, is it cinnamon, aniseed, clove? Coriander, cardamom, lavender? I'm not so sure, nor does it matter, it feels most like pumpkin pie, or gingerbread cookies, or mulled cider, you could be at Grandma's house on Thanksgiving Day with this beer and not know which is which.
I pull my snoot out of the glass and drink at last...bold, bright, brisk hops storm the palate, buzz the tongue, set it stirring. Malt is luscious, and hops are high, lasting long in the mouth. Flavor is fantastic and in copious supply. I'm utterly enamored of this beer!
I had some Dupont before this, reacquainting myself after too long with this classic exemplar of the saison style, and eager to compare the two. There is no comparison, two different animals altogether, the Rabbit owning a unique claim on a particular spice blend, and possessing a fruity profile that goes beyond the citric character of so many others.
Yum. I feels so fine, fresh and fruity in the mouth, with each new swallow, and then the spicy kick rushes in, and it's just an extraordinary sensation!
I'm going to relax with this one, and pretend like I deserve it!
It's that kind of brew!

Thanks, Floyds, and most of all, thanks to cretemixer for the growler!

Photo of ngandhi
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler.

Among all human consumables, Rabbid Rabbit is unequivocal in depth and complexity. Warm lavendar opens up to pistachio, gingerbread, and quiet clove -- a dominating flavor of chai tea. The spices lead into gentle caramel malt and an absolutely stunning display of fresh, juicy, citric hops.

This beer defines balance for me because it considers so many different elements and presents them as a single taste. Though there's no real presence of a bold Belgian yeast, Rabbid Rabbit uses the very rich mid-boil hops in place of those esters. We're left with a lightly fruity, barely phenolic backdrop for the spices.

[Sadly, all you get are those phenols in the bottled version, which is sharp and dissapointing.]

As my friend Drew pointed out, this is really all about coriander and tons of it. But the way it works with these particular malts and these particular hops creates more flavor sensations than I could expect out of any of the world's cuisine. As opposed to Castelain, the deep coriander isn't at all astringent, helped, I think, by the low bitterness of the overall beer and the moderately rich malt.

I wondered how Three Floyds could possibly make a saison. If they're "not normal" and care almost exclusively about hops, how could they reproduce this delicate Belgian summer beer without making it too bitter or too much against the style?

They've managed to achieve what is, to me, the highest craft of any art: to understand what has come before you, change it, and have your audience wonder why it wasn't always that way. As Cezanne looked out his window each morning and saw the mountains, I feel the Floyds have seen many beers, learned to take God's children and make them their own. This saison calls on all of the great saisons of Belgium from Dupont to Fantome and, though it shares some traits with them, it is a comprehensive revision of the style -- a beer I didn't know I was looking for all these years.

Imagine eating a fruitcake on Opposite Day.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of jlh8643
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Lavender and chamomile dominate the aroma. Some floral spiciness linger in the background from the hops. The body is full and very flavorfull. Definately something different to drink if you have not had a saison before.

Photo of beerguy101
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is a touch barnyard, leather and must. A medium bodied saison. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are floral. Smooth taste. Light and refreshing. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Photo of jackndan
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer: wonderful aroma of Belgian yeast/banana, with the same initial taste. Initial impressions are misleading, however, as the taste was dominated by hops, with a spicy kick. Nice alcohol warmth in the end. Excellent.

Rabbid Rabbit from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.