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Saison Rustica - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Saison RusticaSaison Rustica

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97 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 97
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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Photo of Sludgeman
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

Photo of ThisWangsChung
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...

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Saison Rustica from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.