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Saison Rustica - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-17-2013

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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 18
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4.68/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Gorgeous deep gold with just a touch of haze. Head comes to about 3/4 of an inch before receding to about 1/4 inch and staying there.

S- Pungent yeast and light pepper. Of the three touted ingredients (lemongrass, star anise, and peppercorns) I expected to peppercorns to be the least noticeable, but they're rather prominent in the nose. There is also a bit of a lemony tartness as the beer warms.

T- Begins with a shock of sweet bubblegum and tropical fruit, surprising given the savory notes in the aroma. The anise definitely comes through here but it does a really good job complementing the other flavors rather than overpowering them (a concern I have with many beers that list star anise as one of the ingredients). The sweetness at the beginning quickly gives way to pepper and a moderate bitterness. Finishes quite dry and pleasantly bitter.

M- On the light side with very lively carbonation. Very quaffable.

I was a little hesitant to try this despite it being from an outstanding local brewery and being one of my favorite styles. I don't tend to like it when breweries mess around too much and add a bunch of weird ingredients. However, the guys at Hardywood clearly knew what they were doing here. The brewers displayed a deft hand with the ingredients and expertly melded them with the classic saison flavors. This is an outstanding beer and a great, low-alcohol summer quaffer. I'll have to stop underestimating Hardywood. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Golden tan slight straw yellow, minor 1/8 inch head with some lacing.

Smell - Belgian yeasts, Sour/funky. Added sugars and spices. Floral grassy hops. I do get a peppery aroma, I'm guessing its the peppercorns. I have no idea what star anise is suppose to smell like, I know anise and im not picking any of that up.

Taste - First sip is really fruity with minor bitter/sour notes. Nice spice and pepper flavors add more character. The classic orange and banana is also present. Nice sweet yeasts and lemon grassy/farmhouse feel. No alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel - The beer is crisp, nice and light, the tongue gets yeasts, hops and spices. The palate really gets sugars, spices and the lemongrass, along with some sour notes. The aftertaste is minor bitter, a little sour and fruity.

Overall - Really nice super easy to drink and enjoy beer. Each flavor is nice and mellow and can shine on its own, and then work well with the next flavor. Nice beer for someone that maybe cant handle or just getting into Belgium beers, and for the experienced drinker that wants quality in such a smooth low alcohol beer.

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4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Medium clarity golden body. Rocky, 3-finger head in an NB Globe glass.

Aroma/Flavor: Lemongrass and anise definitely come through on the aroma and palate. Peppercorn waits to make an appearance on the finish. Belgian yeast leaves the slightest hint of fruity-ness as well. All flavors are very in check and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation, light bodied, mostly dry, and refreshing.

Flavor levels and mouthfeel are tell ale signs of a great saison, and Hardywood nailed this one.

Photo of portia99
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale golden color, translucent and hazy, and a finger of fluffy white head that falls fairly quickly and leaves some light foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Very, very lemony up front...nice complement of orangey citrus as well. Spicy, touch of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Touch of pepper and a mild hop and yeast presence too. Very citrusy saison overall - smells light and refreshing.

T - Lemony citrus carries through to the flavor too. Hops are more prominent in the flavor with a middle level bitterness that gives a touch of bite to the flavor. Mix of spicy aspects - mostly cloves and black pepper with the star anise providing just a hint of licorice-y flavor towards the finish and on the exhale. Very mild malt base - dry and biscuit. Fruity orange aspect increase as the beer warms a bit.

M - Light in body with a firm carbonation that is tingly and a touch foamy. Dry malt base with tons of citrus, plenty of spiciness. No trace of alcohol. Very smooth...nice warm weather beer.

O - Well balanced saison - hops, malt, spices, citrusy flavors work together quite well. Super citrusy with lemon taking the lead - makes this very easy drinker and goes down very fast on this warm evening with dinner. Really appreciate the lightness of this beer. Flavor intensity is good, lots of "lighter/summery" flavors keep this an easy drinker. Very nice...pleasantly surprised a bit by this. Would definitely have again.

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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly orange golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-grainy malt, yeast, fruit, lemon, hint of anise

T-cracker, lemon, apple, pepper, little anise, yeasty, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-decent Saison, but nothing that really elevates it to a top example of the style

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3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml caged and corked brown bottle with no freshness date, there is a vintage date of 2013 on the label.

Decent looking head, dissipates quicker than anticipated. Hazed orange straw color. Spicy aroma with hints of anise, lemongrass, yeast, cracker-like maltiness. Semi-crisp, mild creaminess with a moderate sized body. Yeast and dried grass to start, mild herbal phenols, peppery spice, lemongrass, faint anise, ripe pears, rounded maltiness, modest hopping, semi-dry finish.

Love the flavor and aroma here, was hoping for a bit more dryness and for it to pop a bit more. The lemongrass does add that feigned element of a mild tartness, a bit more tartness from somewhere else would have been welcomed. Regardless of all of the nitpicking, this is a good quaff.

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Saison Rustica from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.