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

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Samuel Adams Rustic SaisonSamuel Adams Rustic Saison

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.35% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011

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Reviews by NHGrafx:
Photo of NHGrafx
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Outchillen
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought the sam adams variety for this

A: Golden yellow, very clear, white head with little lacing

S: Very mild, Belgian yeast, slight fruit and cloves

T/M: Slightly Malty, a little bitter and spicy, a little hoppy, finishes dry, highly carbonated

O: Was a little dissapointed, Im a big Sam Adams fan, It was an average saison, I love the style, and brew it a lot. Too clear and too hoppy. Just didnt hit it for me.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear as part of their Sam Adams showcase.

The beer pours straw yellow with a nice almost amber hue. The head forms and dissipates but it laces fully as the beer is drank very nice.

Spicy herbal nose, wheat malts with some indistinguishable spices

The taste is full of carbonation and wheat the spices come in and linger. The carbonation subsides and reveals a slight bitter and yeast taste very smooth mouth and fresh

Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Straw golden color, faint haze and a thin lacing on top. Spice, medicinal phenols (bandaid), lavender, cotton candy and almonds in the nose. Light slickness on the palate, stuggling crispness within the medium body. Even maltiness from start to finish with a taste of grapenuts within. Phenols flavor and balance with wild herb-like flavors and a mild medicinal back end. Slight twang middle to end with some overripe lemon flavor. Chalky yeast tone and drying maltiness in the end.

While the funk adds a light complex side to this beer it does not seem so rustic ... more restrained IMO. A decent take on the style even if it is more refined.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage, Yorktown, NY.

Pours clouded, light and dull golden, loose near white head, shows better then average retention and copious thicker sheeting and fine lacing.

Fruity sweet nose, with melon, orange and light pepper.

Saison for newbies. On the lighter side flavorwise, spicewise, but pleasantly fruity, some underlying pepper, moderate yeast character. Some spiced up hops in the rear of the mouth and finish of the beer. Would be fine with a summer lunch, salads, cheese, fruits, crusty bread...yum, I cant wait till summer.

Decent take on the style, very sessionable, and easy drinking at 4.35%,but does not present the same complexity, intensity and interest of the big boys of the style.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: lemon and pepper

Taste: lemon, pepper, and grass

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, dry, moderate carbonation, light body

Overall: I could drink a six of this. Rustic Saison is a nice intro saison. Not mind blowing, but very solid and another great addition to the Sam Adams line up. This is the one I am raiding from the summer styles pack.

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is basically undetectable. I think I get a little bit of wheat, but the beer basically has no aroma. The flavor is a mix of wheat with some pepper and orange notes. Still, it is very bland. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I generally like Samuel Adams' beers, but this one is not good.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Charlie Jewels
Redlands, CA

Clear and light golden. Small white head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Aromas of grass and hay are dominant along with a touch of lemon citrus.

Herbaceous and grassy saison. The sweet fruit elements are tough to find, unfortunately. An extremely simple, grassy and earthy saison. Above average, but nothing special.

I think the mouthfeel does this beer more harm than good. It seems a touch too heavy and ?metallic?.

I'm glad I got to try this one, but there are far better saisons available.

Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grain with some Belgian yeast and lots of spices. Smells like some coriander and mesquite spices. Hints of lemon and citrus hops.

Taste: A decent amount of wheat and yeast with plenty of spices. Coriander and mesquite mix to give a peppery spiced flavor. Also some lemon zest with a light hint of citrus hops. Also a hint of cloves.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium and slightly watery. Carbonation is moderate. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Saison that is on the lighter side but still flavorful.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, cool vibrant yellow, great clarity, egg shell white head, .5" high into a Chimay goblet.
Kind of a perfumy aroma, enjoyable, not pungent.

Great yeast quality flavor wise, no clove, some bubblegumminess, plenty tangy with its lemon aspect, mild sweetness, crisp.

Really enjoyed this one while grilling some basil & garlic brats, watching Rey Mysterio win the WWE title. Thought it was a great straight forward beer, equal parts BPA and saison.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also on tap at VE this past week, one of the most interesting throw back Saisons I've come across. Weighing in at only 4.35% abv they're aiming more for a style of beer that was drank by the farmhands lower alcohol session beer verus 6 to 8% versions of the Saisons we see around today. This one appears very much unflitered in my glass with a clouded bright golden shade of lemon, with a white bread egg shell colored head. Fine bands of lacing left with each sip. Spiced citrus flavors with a surprising earthy/herbal hoppy back end coming through and of course some spice additions with an evident level of coriander going on. Flavor is a nice rustic bready, good food pairing style of Saison. Flavors mesh well with hitns of citrus and tropical notes amongst the malts, again herbal/citric hoppiness comes out in the background...white pepper spice and coriander notes adds to make an interesting and flavorful Sam Adams seasonal. Mouthfeel has some creamy carbonation going on with a nice welcoming texture, medium to light bodied with a very sturdy flowing CO2 level. Drink this beer, overall an excellent Sam Adams experience, easpecially with the sessionable alcohol level this could be one of the most creative beers they've put out in quite some time.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light clear amber medium or higher carbonation visible. Lasting bone head that is rather dense.

S - Yeasty and bready aroma with floral and fruit overtones.

T - more tame and refined than wild. Modestly floral and fruity. Dry and tart finish

M – smooth and a bit tart

O – refreshing, interesting, a change of pace – moderate recommendation

Photo of mocktm
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This week's cheap $6.99 growler fill of the week at Bellport Beer in Bellport, NY. Being the enthused Saison fan that I am, combined with the fact that I credit Sam Adams for being one of the beers that brought me into the craft scene, I jumped on it.

Into a traditional pint glass, the beer appears a transparent light golden yellow with a finger or so of chunky white head. Decent lacing as the head fizzles down to practically nothing but a flimsy film.

Nose is full of strong and phenolic yeast aromas for the most part. Slight lemon citrus notes, some wheat, and a barely noticeable hop presence are also there, but just not well defined. Definitely smells like a Saison, just not a particularly pungent and well balanced one.

Taste is medicinal and grassy up front with a slight hop bitterness throughout. Lemon and apple tartness take a more prominent role to match the yeast mustiness. A little watery, but not bad.

Light to medium bodied and with very easy drinking and refreshing qualities. Crisp with a dry finish; good session beer, especially for summer, although a bit boring and muted for the style.

Overall, a valiant crack at the style. However, given that there are much much better options available for only a bit more bank, this one will not be a regular for me. Still glad I tried it though.

Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of ripe medium fruits – pears and green apples. Also present are slight amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by crisp green apple flavors. Slight overripe pear flavors join in shortly thereafter until they’re pushed aside by leafy and slightly earthy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I’ve been on a saison kick lately and this one was far from my favorite. A nice enough beer but I’m not sure it fits as a saison for any other reason than it doesn’t fit anywhere else.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear lemon yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a snow white head that last as a thin film.

S- The spicy citrus yeast ester combine with black pepper and a lemon pithy quality in the finish.

T- The soft dry pale malt and field corn flavor blend into finish that is a dry sulfury green hop flavor. There is a dry citrus flavor with a pithy taste to the malt and a bit of a patchouli perfume flavor in the finishing spices.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp finish and a tight fizz finish.

O- The yeast character is really over the top esters for such a light beer that is really too dry in the finish. It would be nice to have less of the estery character and less fruit/spices or a bigger malt bill to support it.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pretty average beer, thats really got like 10 things wrong with it... but here is 5...

1. little to no head...the carbonation is good...the color is alright

2. wrong yeast...a belgian yeast for sure but def not a saison yeast

3. doen't even taste like a bubble depth at all

4. abv is way under where it should be

5. it is way average and pretty much sucks and not really worth any more than 50 cent a bottle...

Photo of mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather clear, pale straw color. Decently sized head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S: Lots of yeast on the aroma, some light spice/herbal notes and a light fruit.

T: Light hoppiness with moderate spice/herbal flavor. Decent lemony fruit flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with nice crispness.

O: Glad to see Sam Adams branching out. This one is ok, not the best, but a nice addition to their lineup.

Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, white golden color with a deep crystal white top with rather quick dissipaton.

A very floral-sweet nose, honey and wheat...good amount of yeastie aroma's. Grains and garden greens too.

A crispy bite of gentle honey and various herbs, malty kick and floral-fruity yeast flavor's of celery, basil blend with the hops in a subtle way. Simple flavor's, not much complexity with a light, watery body.

Simple, but fun in the sun!

Photo of BennyL1
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last style from the Summer pack, poured into a Sam Perfect Pint. Drink by October 2011.

Rustic Saison pours a translucent golden color with a small white head that quickly fell into the beer. Average lacing.

Fruits like lemon and green apple in the nose. A bit of lavender and some Belgian yeast notes in there too.

Light maltiness up front with the fruits coming in after. Nice Belgian yeast in the flavor as well. Ever so slight hop notes at the end.

Body on the lighter side. Dry finish, medium carbonation.

Overall a good training wheels saison from Sam Adams. Props to them for putting styles out there that a lot of beer drinkers wouldn't normally drink. A refreshing summer brew.

Photo of Dave128
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Not much in appearance. Pale straw in color. Head is fizzy and similar to light beers.

S - Nothing spectacular here as well. smells fresh and light.

T - Surprisingly refreshing! Crisp and light. Sweet and slightly fruity with just a touch of hops in the finish.

M - Light and crisp.

O - I feel like this beer should replace Summer Ale as Sam Adams's summer seasonal. Its much more refreshing and consistent.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the HopCat. A decent saison, yellow with a generous head.Little spicy aroma. A little sour, some pepper. I would be happy if the best beer I could find in the city, but nothing too special.Bit on the light side, and nothing complex or interesting among the spices. More non-offesnsive.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear gold with carbonation bubbles racing to meet the immense mound of head. Smells of Belgian yeast and spice with a little clove coming through. Taste is Belgian yeast, clove, and a little lemon. All flavors are very mild, some even faint. The finish is a little more bitter than I would have expected and seems to not mesh well with the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer. It comes off more as a Belgian Pale than a Saison though.

Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden, with a rich white head. Beautiful lace. Points on presentation.

Nose is fruit and spicy Belgian yeast. Pleasant.

Flavor is a wisp of spice, and understated, balanced hints of grain, hops, and more fruit. This light-bodied, easy-drinking session saison is a fine warm weather drink that's full of flavor. Worthy.

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