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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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293 Reviews
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Reviews: 293
Hads: 531
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.35% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011

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Reviews: 293 | Hads: 531
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style, might be good after working in the yard all day in the heat. Don't really know what to say, Sam Adams does alot of these styles of beers spicy (fruity)

Fruity, cloudy ... may be good to pair with fish, I don't know just trying to hit my 250 caracter limit mark to get through this one. (309 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.52/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light bodied, very clear and bright gold in color with a white lacing around the glass. It's definitely the clearest saison I've ever seen. The nose consists of plenty of honey, hay, and sweet pale malts. It definitely isn't traditional. There is little to no yeast in the nose. The flavors consist of a drier, earthier honey maltiness. It's really light bodied and easy to drink. It's just a little sweet for a saison. If you're to compare this to other saisons, it really lacks in all facets. I'd assume that this won't make the cut to be in their variety pack next year. (591 characters)

Photo of goldennectar
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with a nice head that quickly fades leaves some lacing

Smell: Sweet and earthy with some spices noted, maybe cloves and bannana. Not complex but very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet and a little grain comes through

Mouthfeel: Soothing clean and crisp

Overall: I wish this was available in a sixer instead of only in the sampler. I like this style and I enjoyed Sam Adams try on this. Something I hope they brew again. (481 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for a few months now, so I decided it was finally time to open it. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass, this beer is a clear light to medium pale gold color with a white head about an inch thick poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Not too much lacing or film layering on the surface of the beer here, just a bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of grainy fruits and bits of spice make up the main smell of this one. Has a good sweet spicey flavor upfront followed by a bit of bitterness with hints of caramel malt mixed in too and is rounded out with grainy fruit. Some citrus for sure. A bit of a dry aftertaste from this one. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be! Another good effort from The Boston Beer Company!

Eric (920 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single finger head on a slightly hazy gold body. Very nice lacing. Aroma is sweet banana and pineapple note filled with typical Belgian yeast though that is light. The taste is not very adventurous and somewhat watered down. I am glad Sam Adams is branching out but this is still ment to appeal to the masses. It is subtly spicy and rather simple for a saison. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. (405 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with some malt in there. Flavor is malty with banana and a bit of wheaty flavor also. Smooth and refreshing. A well done beer. Very refreshing; could be a very good brew to enjoy during the summer. (267 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately low; I don't know that Sam Adams can pull off a proper saison.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear dark yellow.

Sm: Yeast is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Yeast gets lost in the mix of the heavy lemon, orange peel, and light spices. The balance is haywire. It's built alright. Uninspired and boring - especially for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense. a bit thin.

Dr: Low ABV, mediocre quality, and average pricing. This is a pretty mundane beer all around. I won't be having it again. I don't know that I'd even want to try it on draught. (843 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a dirty yellow color with close to a 1/2 inch bubbly head and ok retention

Smell: Notes of peach clove and banana wake you up right away and then there is a light barnyard funk that kicks in and the nose finishes with just a hint of vanilla

Taste: The flavor is not nearly as complex as the nose is. Light banana and clove greet you and is backed up by a peppery spice. The beer then finishes with a touch of barnyard funky which I actually like because I am not a fan of overly funky saisons

Mouthfeel: Thin body and ample carbonation

Overall: To me this just seems like Sam Adams wanted to make a safe saison that the mass populous would like. I really liked the nose but the flavor fell short for me (718 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner-style tulip shaped glass.

A: Very pale, clean, slightly hazy straw-yellow color with a thin, bubbly head of white carbonation that fades quickly and leaves very weak lacing.

S: Lemon, honey, white grapes, zesty grains and an underlying acidic, metallic aroma.

T: Aggressively carbonated, lemony grain up front with quickly building acidic citrus flavors and a hint of steel-rolled pale grains. Leads into a grassy and lightly herbal, peppery hop flash before washing back very light, dry with a faint lemon and oat cereal flavor.

M: Thin, sharp and crisp, this acidic brew is dry and fairly watery throughout.

O: Not quite what I think of at all when thinking of a saison, Sam Adams has managed to create a beer that looks like a bud light but taste like someone poured a light lager into an overly filtered American wheat. The 4.35% ABV and near Country Time-like lemon qualities make it suited to a hot summer day at best. Re-branded and filtered Coastal Wheat? (1,013 characters)

Photo of beerman207
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow. Pours a nice 1/2 inch head with some lace

S: Very fruity and earthy in the nose. Some malt in the back

T: Spicy and bitter. Very tart in the finish

M: Dry beer with some bitterness that lingers for a while

O: Got this in a multi-pack and it was lingering in the fridge. I didn't end up reviewing all of the beers but I'm glad that I took the time to review this one. (386 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Situation: Joyous times--power again after five days without, and an LSU-Alabama #1 vs. #2 showdown... Glassware: La Fin du Monde tulip.... Appearance: golden-hued, rather transparent with a mountainous three-finger head that holds steady well into the drinking.... Aroma: light, yeasty, almost doughy scent--grassy notes as well... Palate:crisp, tight presence that occupies the tongue with effervescence.... Taste: bright, tart taste whhose malt is thin and punchy, almost a pilsner flavor that also has a slight yeasty fruitiness... Overall: admittedly, I missed the season for this beer, but fair or unfair, the taste establishes its own merits...Michael Jackson says the style has a "brisk refreshing attack"--then this is a saison and a solid offering at that... (768 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And so begins my 1900th review on this site ... My local trader, tone77, dropped off a buncha bottles that included several Sam. Adams beers and when my trivia partner begged off, I decided to make it an S. A. night. Man, what a long, strange trip it's been.

From the bottle: "Incredibly complex yet refreshing, Rustic Saison is brewed in the farmhouse beer tradition. Uniquely floral, fruity and estery flavors are imparted from its Belgian yeast. These flavors are layered with a citrusy and herbal hop character for a bright and satisfying brew. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch"; "Belgian-style Farmhouse beer brewed with honey".

I was initially a little heavy-handed on my pour and got a little bit of overflow above the rim of my S. A. Perfect Pint glass, but once I backed off, it netted two huge, rocky fingers of eggshell-white foam with not only good retention, but beautiful lacing in its wake as it began to fall. Color was that of liquid sunshine with NE-quality clarity and I relished it as rain continued to fall outside on a dull, dreary evening. Nose smelled of musty newspapers, which is what Jim meant by "estery flavors", I suppose. That is not fair, since it also had a good amount of spiciness on the nose. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing with a pleasant blend of spice, must, and even a light honey-like sweetness on the tongue. Finish was dry, not quite bone-dry, but approaching such status. I think that this was the best of the three S. A. beers that I had this evening. It was quite refreshing and might make a nice summer seasonal. (1,558 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rustic Saison opens with a spicy, floral, yeasty nose that instantly recalls baking lavender bread in the summer, with the windows wide open and flower pollen drifting through the screen. The aromas are present in good quantities and are quite enticing, beginning with a very Belgian banana-and-clove base, then adding pineapple, orange, lavender, peppery spices, and yeasty dough to the mix.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of banana, clove, and sourdough bread, then moves quickly into a more palatable middle ground of light banana, peppery spices, toast crusts, orange, and pineapple. Hops add a slight citrusy note, as well as a small burn on the tongue and soft palate. The flavors as a whole are slightly watery, except for the slightly-too-powerful peppers, which continue to gnaw at the tongue well into the aftertaste. Other flavors in the aftertaste include a continuation of the banana and clove theme, as well as fading hints of orange and pineapple fruit esters. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is decent fare, and a good introduction to the Saison style for those unfamiliar with its basic flavor profile. Though the beer is slightly too peppery and bitter, it's still well crafted. (1,261 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a light golden cream soda color with two fingers of white has that leaves some lacing behind.

S-Huge bubblegum notes with a bit of spice notes and a light malt base.

T-Big notes of clove and bubblegum and that's about it.

M-Very light and crisp feeling with heavy carbonation.

D-I could this being a very easy drinking beer; however, it's not my thing at all. (371 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden blonde with cornsilk highlights when backlit and a pretty looking, lumpy cream colored head that leaves some nice lace on the glass. The nose is nice, soft banana and lemon zest with a touch of spice and earthy hop notes. Lemon sugar cookie and untoasted grain with a mild hop bite. On the leaner side of medium bodied with a clean citric finish. A fine session beer from BBC, I hope this will be released in sixpack form next year. (439 characters)

Photo of colts9016
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have sat on this beer for a bit and now I am going to review it. Poured into a perfect pint glass at 45 degree.

Appearance: A one finger head that is foamy and bubbly with a light off white color. The retention on the head is okay and it does leave a little lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a pale yellow color with some amber hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall the appearance of the beer is average, nothing special.

Nose: A moderate fruity aroma, no alcohol aroma, and a light fresh hop. Citrus notes are the most dominate aroma, oranges, lemons zest, and a hint of grapefruit. Some fruity esters and no pine notes in the hop profile. Overall the nose is average, nothing to make it stand out.

Taste: The taste is hoppy with light citrus flavors, grassy, yeasty, musty, grapefruity, and biscuit overtones. The taste is off putting the grassy flavors dominate the palate and makes this beer a different drinking experience. Some sourness is detected with some barnyard notes. Overall the flavor profile is different.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, dry, and astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish on the beer medium. I have drank this beer twice; age on it does not make it any better or worse. I think that these are quick construction beer and need more thought. A rustic siason fits this beer well. (1,409 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Forget where I bought this single, maybe @ Nikki's. Into tiny saison glass.

A- pale yellow, big fluffy sticky head with some moderate lacing.

S- A little spice and something floral like lavender or lilac.

T- Some pear, mild crisp sweetness. A bit floral and it drifts towards soapy. Loses me in the finish. I don't think I like the yeast.

M- A bit astringent in the finish, moderate carbonation.

O- Not very exciting or tasty. Forgettable. One I'm in no rush to revisit. (478 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really light gold, and watery looking in the glass. Mouthfeel confirmed watery mouthfeel.

All sorts of clove on the nose here. Maybe even a little banana spices.

Taste was very similar to smell. Lots of clove and herb on the palate. It says that there is honey in here, I couldn't detect it except for the little bit of sweetness. No hops bitterness at all.

Overall, this is a weird style for me. Not sure if it's what i expected it to be or not. Lots of clove flavor isn't my favorite, but it's light enough on the palate that it kind of works. (548 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light honey-gold with a thin bubbly layer of white. A few sparse dots of lace. Holds at a thin covering.

Aroma - just a light Belgian yeast that denotes the Saison style.

Taste - strong Saison flavor, though I do pick up a little hefe flavor. The yeast totally dominates the fore and middle palate, yielding only after the swallow as some hops kick in a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, lighter-moderate body.

Drinkability - not my favorite style, but I think this was well done. Still, not the kind of brew I tend to go looking for. Nice props for including a Saison in the seasonal pack though. (641 characters)

Photo of NHGrafx
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a very clear straw yellow color with a large head.

Smell is yeasty with some hop aroma. A bit of banana and clove aroma too. There is also a really nice spicy floral smell, hard to tell what it is.

Taste is nice with malts and hops. There are also some spicy and yeasty flavors. Hoppy and malty finish which is also dry. Mouthfeel and drinkability is good. Not exactly what I was expecting, but still good overall. (456 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright gold with a thick white head that gives way to strong lacing.

S - Fruit esters. Clove. Herbal hops aroma.

T - The Belgian yeast gives touches of banana and cloves. Herbal hops throughout, oily and spicy. Crisp. Bready malts appear now and again. Nice dry finish.

M - Light, lively carbonation.

O - Great summer beer. Well-balanced strong flavors all add up to a very refreshing farmhouse beer. (416 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rustic Saison is a very light straw color. It’s crystal clear. What? Where’s the haze? A little light behind it gives it a yellow-ish look. It’s topped with a soft white crown that stands a little over a finger tall. It recedes slowly, leaving behind a sticky, moderate coat of lace. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

The nose is definitely above average. It’s very earthy, herbal, and grainy throughout. Those scents are complemented by a nice, healthy dose of Belgian yeast. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that to come through. Pleasant surprise. There are some floral, grassy hop notes. Definitely smells like some form of noble hops. Perhaps a bit of light citric lemon. Alcohol is buried. Pretty good.

The flavor is okay. For a Saison, it’s honestly very average. It kicks off with a mix of earthy, herbal, and grainy flavors. There’s a strong grassy hop flavor. Definitely noble in character. Frankly, it comes on a little too strong. It’s a little bitter and dry. Belgian yeast is a little noticeable, but fights for space. Ultimately , it loses out to the hops. Not a great thing for a Saison. Nonetheless, it adds a light peppery spice flavor to the mix. Alcohol is buried.

The body is very light and feels a tad watered down. Carbonation is okay. The feel is nothing that will be confused for an authentic Belgian though. No doubt about that. Average for the style at best.

Rustic Saison is an okay beer. It’s not one Boston Beer Company’s finest efforts. Its biggest problems are that the hops are too strong and the body too light. The hops seem to mask the Belgian yeast and perhaps some of its other Saison qualities. That’s too bad. The body also definitely needs more heft and smoothness to accurately represent the style. Eh. It’s not bad, but it needs work. (1,812 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up cheap as it is out of season. Included in the Sam Adams summer pack.

Poured it into a Red Hook Limited glass. Dark gold in color with a solid amount of carbonation. Smells citrusy/flowery. Not much I can say about the flavor except that it's very light/crisp and a good beer to enjoy out on the deck during a cookout. Highly drinkable though nothing stands out to make me want to seek it out on a regular basis. (427 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How good could a Sam Adams Saison be? I was pleasantly surprised it was well above average. It is no Saison Dupont, but it is better than a lot of domestic saisons I have had lately.

Clear golden color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has a lot of fruity esters going on, a little grass, and bready malt. The malt aroma is not particularly pleasant in this beer.

Fruity and grassy flavor. Phenols are kept at a minimum. The malt does not play much of a role in the flavor allowing the esters to come out. Finish is crisp and slightly dry.

A little overcarbonated with a somewhat thin body. The weakest part of the beer.

Surprised by the beer. I would not hesitate drinking this beer again. (786 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden body. Fluffy head. Looks filtered. So much for the rustic part.

S: Some light banana but that's about it. Strange floral notes as it warms.

T: Very clean and easy drinking but that's because the flavors are rather muted. Disappointing as I was expecting big flavor, but I'm trying to appreciate it for what it is, which is more like a saison light. Nothing bad about it, so that counts for something.

M: Light and lively.

Quite serviceable and equally forgettable. Like Leffe Blonde, it seems to have traded flavor for inoffensiveness and drinkability. Not the worst thing in the world to do. Sometimes I need a beer like that. (646 characters)

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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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