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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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516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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.

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Photo of Kuromaru


2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance--Pours a translucent, light golden amber with a white, billowing head. Some retention, lots of lacing.

Smell--Metallic. As the beer warmed, the sweet/ clovey honey became stronger, but not enough to overcome the incessant copperiness. There are some delicate notes of yeast, sugary malts, and citrus zest hanging around.

Mouthfeel--Almost no carbonation. Very light body. Watery. Pretty clean and refreshing, though.

Taste--Light on everything. Some malts, some spice, maybe just a little yeast and orange rind. Instead of singing, this beer hums quietly to itself.

Overall--Simple and refreshing, which is a good thing. But it's also very toned down and lacking in character. Drinkable, just not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:32:25 | More by Kuromaru
Photo of jgurley


2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale gold with a really thin head and no lace. Smell is sweet malt and yeast with a little hop. Taste is dry and grainy with some sweetness and hop on the back end. Refreshing bubbly medium high carbonation. Very light. Not a lot of anything, really.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:50:14 | More by jgurley
Photo of hdf561


2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at a friends house the other nite.

The taste was extremly hoppy initially, yet it was surprisingly smooth going down. It really had 2 different tastes, the initial taste was hop filled and a little harsh but the beer went down very smooth with very little after taste.

Not a beer I will buy on my own but not horrible by any stretch, and one I would not turn down if offered again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:34:52 | More by hdf561
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 06:27:56 | More by MattyG85
Photo of ptykozoon


2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clouded honey color. Nice layer.

Sweets, yeast, breadiness, belgian spices.

Floral notes, lemon, belgian spice and eventually banana when it warms up a bit.

Just a slightly bitter, dry mouthfeel.

Very elementary saison. Nothing really appealing going on here.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 06:16:03 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #21
Served On: 7/29/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

Look: Poured a very clear light straw yellow with a thick white head. Lately I’ve been pouring down the middle as this technique seems to activate the aroma nicely and it releases Co2 so you don’t get bloated after having a couple. I was actually expecting a darker color after seeing this beer reviewed by a couple people on YouTube (Chad’z Beer Reviews & Kevin at The Foaming Head Dot Com). I guess the camera must add some darkness.

Smell: This brew certainly had Belgian characters in the nose. I got the typical clove and banana. There was a kind of plastic note (not sure how else to describe it). Also got that barnyard funk that most Saisons seem to have (not sure where the ‘rustic’ comes into play). By the way, head was virtually gone at this point. Just a thin film was left. Still had lots of carbonation bubbles streaming upward though.

Taste: Very watery with faint clove and spice notes. The wateriness seemed to distract from any possible qualities. It also had a ‘diet soda’ aftertaste (yuck). Believe it or not, I could still pick up on that signature Sam Adams malty twang that all their brews seem to have. I’m thinking this one was a near miss. I’m glad to see the brewers trying to justify their position though.

I’ve always liked Sam Adams because they offer a gateway into the craft beer community, but I’m afraid they were a little off-target with this one. I would avoid it at all cost.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:02:06 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

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

Served at 50 degrees in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Light yellow with incredible clarity and a moderate white head. A steady stream of very fine bubbles.

S - Fruity, peppery aroma. Fairly mild.

T - Clean and crisp with some fruit. Maybe a hint of Saison / Belgian flavor but not much.

M - A moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles with a reasonable consistency.

O - Not very substantial but a nice, easy drinking summer beer. Typical Sam Adams; reliable but not compelling.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 21:42:37 | More by GJ40
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass

A: Pours an entirely clear slightly yellow straw color with a finger of nice pure white head that lingers nicely and is quite foamy
S: interesting scent, wheat, slight spice, and a bit of an underlying sweetness that is hard to place
T: nice quite as spicey as others from the style i have had, slight sweetness, hits with a light berry note at the end
M: strong carbonation not much else is discernible
O: a kind of blah representation of the style, lacked spice, carbonation was extremely intense, not much else to discuss here

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:49:30 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of Marty30


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into A Sam Adams glass,at fridge temp.

A. Light straw yellow body,Very clear. Good 2 finger pillowy white head that recedes to a nice cap. Strong carbonation. No lacing.

S. A slightly musty pepper smell comes to me,followed by some lemon. Spicy notes also in there such as coriander.

T. Lots of spice in here as in the smell,corriander is pretty bold. Some lemon and pepper some clove.

M. Mouth is good for the style,light and crisp.Good carbonation.

Overall I bought the syles of summer case and this was my favorite by far. Not the best saison Ive had,but a good representation none the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:38:00 | More by Marty30
Photo of grannun


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

A - Poured into a perfect pint glass. Very nice yellow/gold color. Much clearer than I would expect from a saison with a small head.

S - Slight hops, citrus, and grains. There are some spices in the nose as well, but I can't identify individual ones.

T - Much better than I expected. Actually quite nice for a saison, but maybe just cause it's summer. Citrus and grains up from, with a little bit of hops in the middle, finishing with more citrus, grains, and spices.

M - Very well carbonated and light.

O - Better than expected. A nice, refreshing summer beer, although I probably wouldn't buy it again. Average.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 18:41:23 | More by grannun
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 17:10:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 5minutes before it was gone entirely.

Smell – Grains, lemons, light hops, all spice

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of lemon juice and zest, breads, and all spice. It actually reminds me a little bit of a carrot or banana muffin. It finishes with a spicy slightly butter aftertaste.

Overall – It's not a bad beer by any means, but it strikes me as more of a fall/winter beer. It's actually very close to some of the Oktoberfest/pumpkin beers I've had in the past. Not something I'd go out of my way to have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 16:52:40 | More by spinrsx
Photo of greengorilla


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a light golden color with a fair one finger head.

The smell is decent.

The taste is alright too. It has hints of cloves. I am not crazy about it though.

The mouthfeel is good. It is drinkable.

Overall, it is just okay. I will probably give the other bottle from the mixed 12 to my wife.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 14:56:36 | More by greengorilla
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 11:41:18 | More by tdm168
Photo of SiriusBock


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

A: straw yellow, great lasting head and non-stop bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: Smelled like it tasted I suppose, not too grainy, not very hoppy. Not sure what was "Belgian" about it

T: Almost had a barnyard, hay, and grassy taste to it. It was refreshing, however didn't get any sourness in the yeast like a Belgian typically has. Good, not great

M: Good carbonation, left bubbles rising until the last slurp which made a good refreshing sensation. Not coating at all, but I guess that's what you want in a summer farmhouse beer

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:53:27 | More by SiriusBock
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The saison is my favorite Belgian style, so I'm approaching this one with hesitation. First Belgian style beer I have had from Samuel Adams.

A - Pours a very clear white gold with a two finger foamy white head. Decent retention on the head but minimal lacing.

S - Wheat, lemon zest, and a touch of Belgian yeast in the aroma. Estery and slightly floral.

T - Initially sweet and floral with hints of candied sugar and Belgian yeast. Toasted malt in the finish with a slightly earthy hop flavor. Tastes like a watered down, less complex saison and is somewhat disappointing.

M - Thin and lightly carbonated. Watery.

O - Overall, I would say that some of the essential saison flavors are present, however it is far too toned down for my taste. Most other saison ales I have had have been between 6.5-7% abv, and this one is only 4.35%. Could have been much better if everything here was kicked up a notch.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:52:20 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of OneDropSoup


2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Carnivore's in Oakmont, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Totally transparent, pale golden yellow, finger of creamy white head. Reminds me of Genny Cream Ale, but with better head retention.

Nice herbal, slightly fruity (think melon) smell with a nice pepper kick at the end. Not bad.

A kind of pils-like cracker character (with a little sulfur) starts out, then dries out quickly & turns into a kind of tap-water-homebrew taste that's just...not good. A little lemon, but still not liking it.

Lightly spritzy mouthfeel that somehow manages to coat & weight on the palate.

Not great - rustic shouldn't equal dirty. Hard to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 00:34:39 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of BDIMike


3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden look. There is a slight amount of carbonation that creates a thin white head with good retention.
Smell is very nice. A lot of good smells to this saison. Great Belgian sugar smells with a tinge of prune.
Taste is not as good as the smell. A good yeasty taste with but the sugary Belgian taste I am used to in a Saison falls flat.
Mouthfeel is good. Kind of thin, but crisp and very refreshing.
Drinkability is above average. A very easy-to-drink beer that is very refreshing. However, there is not a ton of taste to this beer, so its not something to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:44:40 | More by BDIMike
Photo of FuzzyGuy84


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass

A - Rich yellow in color. Crystal clear with lots of small bubbles. Thick white head.

S - Bitter, malty smell. Very european. Clean and simple - not overly complex. A bit of fruit as it warms up.

T - Tastes like is smellls. Very warm taste with hints of citrus on the back end. Good but unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 19:52:53 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours golden with a short lived white head and lively bubbles. Balanced aroma of perfume hops, yeast, bready malt and some fruity notes. Medium, tangy body. Flavors begin with herbal hops and funky yeast, followed by sweet malt and some citrusy notes. Long, dry finish. Overall this is not Dupont, but still enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 15:21:27 | More by mikeg67
Photo of HeavyMetalBrew


3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Good head that fades into nice lacing. A light, transparent golden color.

S: Hops, spices, honey, a little scent of grains.

T: Some malts, spicy notes, bread, and a light honey flavor. There's a fruity taste to it as well, possibly pears? There is also a light band-aid flavor that I didn't really notice until I was about halfway through, though it is not to the point where it ruins the beer.

M: Crisp. A little much carbonation for me, and it's really light.

O: With a decent flavor, and being light enough to sink down, this beer is probably best suited for the beach or sitting by the pool. I personally prefer other summer beers to this, but I always enjoy trying Samuel Adams' seasonal beers and this wasn't a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 19:38:03 | More by HeavyMetalBrew
Photo of Spikester


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

A clean pale gold with a modest white head. Some minor lacing. Aroma is fruity somewhat over ripe apple barrel. Taste is slightly acidic fruit with just enough yeast funk to let you know it is a Belgian variety. Clean and crisp mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Low abv is a plus for me. Almost reminds me of homemade hard ciders of my youth. Excellent entry to this style. Well done Boston Beer Co.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 08:20:53 | More by Spikester
Photo of Vonerichs


3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with thin head.

The smell is funky, phenolic, and floral. Band-aids and lilac.

It's not very flavorful for the style. It's phenolic with a touch of yeasty funk, but little of anything else.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little oily.

It's a decent beer, but there are much better saisons out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:57:37 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer mix pack.
Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thinnish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some sticky lace. Smell is bread and grainy with some light pomme fruit notes. Lightly spicy with notes of wheat and yeast. Taste is sweet and bready malt with a touch of honey. Bits of green apple and pear appear quickly but are beaten down by a spicy earthy overtone. Leaves a spicy almost astringent flavor in its wake. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet sugary water type mouthfeel. I can see this light refreshing brew drinking well in the summer sun, but frankly it is kind of boring.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 00:34:17 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Duff27


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

A- Into a tulip glass, nice one inch white fluffy head . beer is a golden/light orange hue. good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of lemons and coriander

T- Belgian spicy yeast, although not overpowering. Some lemon notes, bananas/cloves. "Bready."

M- Somewhat thin/watery. Adequate carbonation.

D/O- Nice, easy drinking saison here. I found it to be a solid, albeit not complex, interpretation of the style (minus mouthfeel). Low ABV demands another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:20:48 | More by Duff27
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.