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Saison Rustica - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-17-2013)
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

claspada, Monday at 04:14 PM
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

whatname, Monday at 01:16 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

lillitnn92, Nov 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

LeeEvolved, Nov 17, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

hoppymcgee, Nov 09, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +27.9%

SmoothOneTwo, Oct 27, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

TomT2, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Hopbully, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

I'm a big fan of the Saison Rustica.Smells great and drinks smooth.

rjs246, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and minor lace patches.
Slight bit of funk in the aroma as yeast and sour citric notes come out
Light and crisp, there is a bit of funky dryness to this beer and then some balance comes from a bit of juicy fruit sweetness.
Yeast helps keep it smooth and I get some spices and citric notes.
Not a bad saison but just didn't seem to pull everything together as everything seemed faint.

clayrock81, Sep 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Sonofalime, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

seanchai, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

A nice, easy-drinking saison. Grassy herbal hops with refreshing lemongrass. Quite dry and fizzy. Just a touch of citrus tang.

MrIncognito, Sep 02, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

ProstMasterson, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ncstateplaya, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ChrisKayler, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a cloudy light straw color with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemongrass and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast and earthy grass.
T: It tasted like strong herbal malts and waxy hops, with some lemongrass and peppercorn and anise. It had a clean waxy aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of smooth natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an interesting saison, with unique scent and taste. I wasn't a fan of the peppercorn and anise. The body was solid, but the finish was unpleasant, so this wasn't very easy for me to drink. Others may enjoy this, as I suspect it is a quality brew that meets the brewer's intent. But it's simply not for me.

Pencible, Aug 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ADTaber, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

atrocity, Aug 02, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bomber obtained through the Rustico bottle club. Poured into a tulip. Bottle on 5/23/14.

I like the label art but its downhill from there. Generally a refreshing beer, but unremarkable in my eyes (and taste). Liked the low sessionable ABV, but maybe that’s the beer’s downfall. The peppercorn, lemongrass and star anise are not obtrusive and for me not very evident. 3.5

A – Pours a pale orange, slightly hazy, with a three-finger off-white mousy head with a rocky top. Head dissipates to a constant thin layer. 3.75

S – Citrus/lemon, yeasty, some barnyard, faint spiciness, no alcohol evident (only a 4.5% ABV), grassy hops. 3.75

T – Herbal, mild grassy hops, a bit citrus/lemon. 3.5

MF – Medium-light body, dry finish. 3.75

Sludgeman, Jul 31, 2014
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2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. There's a finger worth of white colored head, with a fizzy texture and low retention. Just a tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I feel that saisons should have a mild 'strangeness' to them - and this certainly does. Lemongrass notes pop first, along with some spicy bread. At times, there are vague hints of fruit and garden herbs. I enjoy the bevy of varying aromatic notes, but it doesn't fully coalesce for me. Still, a solid aroma (especially for 4.5%).

T: It starts with a bit of lemongrass. The real 'star' of the show (for better or worse) are the aniseed flavors right before the finish. It's not quite like a friggen' Jagermeister, but it's rather licoricey. It finishes like a typical saison with notes of herbs and black pepper. Nothing exciting or complex here, unfortunately.

M: No doubt this is dry - so massively, parchingly dry. Sadly, it comes off a bit dinky. As it traverses the palate, the fizzy texture does a good job of filling the mouth (making it seem bigger), but reveals a watery finish post-swallow. Did I mention it's fizzy? Holy crap, it's so carbonated it's a bit harsh. Still, it's drinkable...then again, something's wrong if a light saison ISN'T endlessly crushable.

O: It hits the basics of a light saison decently, but doesn't have any standout qualities to make me truly enjoy it. It isn't deep, it isn't bursting with flavor, and worst of all, it isn't really balanced that well. This does have the potential to be a good saison, it just needs a couple tweaks (that, and less star anise...)

2.95/5: It doesn't convince me it's bigger nor does it balance fully...

ThisWangsChung, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

HuntDaddy540, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Spiral517, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

77apm, Jul 21, 2014
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Saison Rustica from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.