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Saison Rustica - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-17-2013

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. Earthy, peppery hops, musty yeast, and clove in the aroma. Thick malt, coriander, and herbals hops in the finish. Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish. Not bad, a little bland on the yeast, but nice hop character.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very light and pale yellow body, almost watery and translucent. Small rising column of carbonation in the middle, with very very fine bubbles rising through a bit of an opaque body. Head is very soapy and bright white, but easily makes three fingers tall and a decent one finger puck while slowly settling.

Weird nose. THere is big ash quality to this, like cigarette smoke. Small hints of light and tart fruit peach and apricot, and a bit of spice. At first very alarming, but sweetness kicks in with the fruit after some time, and really grows on me.

Palate is very dry and light body. Hints of fruit, but very wet finish and a classic mild pepper heat a bit on the finish. Some good brut crackery dry sensations, but misses a lot of malt depth and Belgian character. There's also not a lot of the spice or lemongrass coming through this very much

Overall, it's the lack of depth in this beer compared to most saisons that seems to be lacking. It does have a great flavor profile and big dry quality however.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kelp
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PEIhop
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looked good, smelled okay, but horrible taste with the peppermint. Just didnt work with this style IMHO.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of AlexFields
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dicers
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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Saison Rustica from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.