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

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Samuel Adams Rustic SaisonSamuel Adams Rustic Saison

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530 Ratings

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.35% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011)
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5/5  rDev +49.3%

Eastsideinside, Nov 19, 2011
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4.95/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like my dark beers, but this saison is pretty good. Color is golden, just like honey. Smells like honey and oats and it also tastes like honey and oats. Pretty much tastes just like Honey Nut Cheerios. Mouthful is so wonderful. Drinkablity is high. I could drink a case of this beer

yuenglingfan101, May 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal example of a saison. Drink it like water but still not watered down. Excellent wheaty dimension whithout the wheat haze or wheat astringency. Wonderful tight white bubbled head that still maintains creamieness. This is why SA is so successful with the exceptions of their fruit beers and that poison they pass off as "summer ale".

streetcommander, May 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Lincolnman, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

EnjoiThePureTrip, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

BeerNut78, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of RaginBull
4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft. Pours a pale yellow. The head forms quick but does go down just as quick. You can taste the honey and coriander blend towards the end. It's a smooth light not to strong farmhouse. Much enjoyed with some spicy wings.

Not one of the best Sam Adams, but I would do it again!

RaginBull, Mar 19, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

Wamesit, Oct 02, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass, freshness dated for December 2011.

This has a nice golden color, a pleasant aroma.The head was full and robust lasting a goodly amount of time. The taste is the pleasing mix of honey and lemons, almost like mead from a Rennaisance festival! The hops are just enough to bitter and balance what could be too sweet!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

BluFenderStrat07, Sep 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Dave128, Jun 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

aleslover, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

disruptor32, May 29, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very big nose of spicy Belgian yeast mixing with that hop smell you'd get from their Noble Pils. It starts off sweet with the cracker almost pilsner like malt and then the spicy clove takes over and it ends with the bright, citrus notes from the hops. It leaves a bitter taste that melds with the spicyness and ends a bit yeasty as well.

This sort of reminds me of a sessionable more refreshing Victory's Golden Monkey. I love that it has this much taste for such a lower alcohol percentage beer. The mouthfeel is light but it adds to the very refreshing quality of the beer. I was surprised with the enjoyable hop flavor and bitterness. It really makes the beer in my opinion.

If they pitched their Noble Pils with Belgian yeast and dialed down the hops a bit to let the spicy Belgian yeast qualities come out then you'd get this beer. Fantastic offering from Samuel Adams. I hope it comes back in next years Summer Styles 12 pack.

thebrood1987, Aug 26, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a clear, bright golden color with fairly heavy carbonation visible. Head is foam, very airy and it settles down leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Slight fuzzy-fruit aroma (peach/apricot) with a gentle rose vibe going on. Nice mellow yeastiness and a lightly sweet malt character, along with a nicely-matched floral hop profile make this one a winner.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a gentle carbonation which allows the taste to expand on the tongue. Spice notes are the first thing to strike me, as I didn't notice them in the smell; clove, allspice. Then comes the malt, which is bready and slightly fruity. Throw in those hops and a touch of honey and you've got yourself a beer.

Overall: Unless I'm mistaken, I've only ever had one other kind of Saison...that was Golden Cap by New Holland Brewing Company. This one blows GC out of the water.

Lauthaha, Sep 18, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light gold, very similar to the Sam Adams Kolsh that I just had. Like I said then, it was comparable to someone’s dehydrated urine. Somewhere between ¾ and an inch of head. Plenty of lacing on the initial pour. Also some film.

Full flavor after the first sniff. Hoppy. Fruity smell, pumpkin keeps coming to mind but it wasn’t quite there. It had me wanting to try it, that’s for sure.

First taste reminded me of warm apple cider with cinnamon sticks. I didn’t get another taste, but could immediately feel the carbonation. Really enjoyed it.

Somewhat high on the carbonation, maybe moderate to high. Smooth going down. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

I liked this beer a lot, probably my favorite of the six I had in the variety pack. Just a smooth beer with lots of good complimenting flavors.

BucannonXC5, Aug 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 30, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 16 oz shaker.

Excellent pour. Golden brown color with some bubbling and a nice head with good retention. A soft film lacing remained through the drink.

Smells pleasantly sweet and possibly a little hint of citrus. There is a somewhat Earthy scent that is subtle to tease the senses.

Tastes like honey, a little lemon somewhere in there, with a malt finish. The hop flavor is notable but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel was a just a little watery, but overall enjoyable and refreshing. Smooth.

Overall a good beer. Certainly one I would have again, but not likely my first choice from the Summer varieties.

Fulky, Aug 22, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to a small ring in a second. Not much lace.
S: Grassy, earthy, and dry. Light fruit flavors of banana and a light spice.
T: Follows the nose with an earthy musk and dry, grassy flavor. Light fruity esters of banana and some peppery spice. A nice tart lemon flavor. Finishes a little on the sweet side.
M/D: A light to medium body that is well carbonated. Crisp and clean. Smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I can drink this again and again.

I like this a lot. Maybe not as much funky dryness that I would like, but still very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

champ103, May 09, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Summer Styles Mix Pack served in a large wine glass.

L - clear bright yellow with a white head that thinned to a coating/ring and left a few rings of lacing as I drank.

S - citrus and herbal aromas.

T - good blend of spices, yeast, floral and citrus hops finishing dry yet slightly sweet on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - easy to drink, tasty and refreshing.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 30, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp dark yellow with a thin diminishing head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus and lemon pepper. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts alongside a nice kick of spices such as lemon pepper and orange peel. The beer is very light, crisp and extremely quaffable. This is a very enjoyable Saison, I may need to seek out some bottles of this one.

atsprings, Apr 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

LucienDeRubempre, Nov 22, 2011
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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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