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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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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011)
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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Part of the Summer Styles variety 12-pack.

Pours a nice, hazy straw-yellow. A white head stays strong. Smell is quite a bit "barnyard" along with some floral and herbal notes. Taste is crisp & snappy. More citrusy notes to be found here, along with some spiciness after-the-sip. Good saison, nothing special.. I might have another.

sixerofelixir, May 11, 2011
Photo of afksports
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny that such a solid beer is so appropriate for a season and yet... I dont rate it well. Who knows...

This saison has a typical blond hazy appearance and lightly clings around the pint glass. Smells of biscuit and wheat, fresh fruit and hay. Touch of funk, not too strong. Taste is like the smell. Wheat feel on the finish as the barn in the smells comes through.

Had on tap at Amity Hall to celebrate the end of a semester, this is just the light touch my palate needs right now.

Good to drink, nice to sit with, easy all around. Like Sunday morning. Or summer - which is coming.

afksports, May 11, 2011
Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - very light yellow body had a decent head.

s - light grainy nose with mild spicy yeast notes.

t - yeast dominates up front followed by a dry, bready grain flavor in the finish, ends nice with a little bit of lingering flavor.

m/d - light body, ends dry as it should. Easy to drink, nice example of the style but nothing stands out at me.

magnj, May 10, 2011
Photo of FrankenBeerStein
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out very light gold in color, with about a finger's worth of head that bubbly dissipated quickly with some light lacing. The smell promised spicy hop notes which were there, but it didn't seem very balanced. While Saison isn't my favorite style, I have found some that I enjoy. This one doesn't really live up to the bar set by the others, and I would have to say is average at best. If you REALLY like the style, you might enjoy a bottle or two, but you can do better.

FrankenBeerStein, May 10, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. The head crackled and slowly receded to leave patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus fruits, herbs and yeasty notes. There was a touch of grainy presence.

T - It tasted of grains, caramel and some apple. There was a touch of spicy yeast flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice beer but by no means a great saison. It still works nicely on a warm summer day.

zeff80, May 10, 2011
Photo of jodmike2000
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had 12 oz bottle out of the summer variaty pack
A. clear gold color almost the color of honey
S. not a lot going on in the way of smell
T. bread with a touch of honey very flavorful
M. carbonated well, foams in the mouth
O. good beer nice to drink while grilling out in the sun

jodmike2000, May 09, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap at Instant Replay, didn't know Sam Adams made a Saison.

A: Served in a SA perfect pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw yellow, with a solid two inches of head, that slowly receded.

S: Mild lemon and wheat grains, mild sweet malt.

T: Mirrors nose mostly, light all around, but a good balance between the herbal bitter hops and sweet wheat grains & malt flavors. The beer also has a mineral water quality to it, with a dry finish. Nothing else too distinct flavor wise.

M: Light mouth, crisp and smooth, somewhat refreshing. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent, but not all that impressed, and not the best Saison I've had, but it was light, and went very well with this Mexican Burrito I had from next door.

Retsinis, May 09, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A – Light golden, almost green. Cleaner than the style typically is.

S – Tarragon, malt, and pear. Strong yeast character. Touch of banana.

T – Soft malt into wheat, lemon, and grass. Middle and backend have a nice water cracker and yeast character. Overall though the profile is fairly thin.

M – Very light body. Under carbonated.

O – Thin, under flavored, and under carbonated for a saison.

vfgccp, May 09, 2011
Photo of champ103
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 08, 2011
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very clear straw yellow with a fizzy, wispy white head that falls very quickly. A thin covering of lace lines the glass, but retention is poor.

S: Light fruit flavors, some dry spice and a noticeable dose of phenols. Some grain and nut-like aromas dance in the background, as well. Pleasant enough aroma, but lacks some of the complexity and presence that the best saisons showcase.

T&M: Very light and boring flavor. Some slight straw/wheat flavor with a twinge of spice and a very light hint of phenol. Body is light with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Not the most exciting saison, but it's not bad, either.

BamaBeerBuff, May 08, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz into a pint glass. Fizzy head that retains just ok on top of a light straw-brownish body.

Here's my main problem with this beer--where is the yeast funk? The yeast character is supposed to be a big part of this beer so what gives? Other than that, the smell isn't terrible but lacks the complexity of a true saison.

Taste is likewise not great...I don't think I'd buy this beer on its own. Lacks malt complexity or depth and the lack of yeast character isn't remedied by the taste.

Mouthfeel is ok...nothing too objectionable here.

Overall, this beer is a failure. Sam Adams makes a solid lager and a really great pilsner, but for some reason can't make any good ales. Not sure what the deal is with that.

chicagoabbot, May 08, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Shows a clear deep straw with a half inch of white cap. Retention is moderate, settling to a light film which holds nicely and leaves bits of lace.

Sweet lemon is prominent on the nose, along with bready malts and a touch of yeast. Spice notes are light and peppery, losing the battle to the sweet notes. Sour/funk is absent.

Spritzy delivery of lemony grain, bit coarse in the middle, and with a sweet close with a hint of pepper spice. Light to moderate feel given the light ABV. Body thins as the carbonation lessons and the sweetness becomes more apparent.

Overall this Saison offers a subdued yeast character and is sweeter than the ABV might ask for. Still notably better in the bottle than when sampled on tap.

HalfFull, May 08, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the 2011 Summer Seasonal pack poured into a tulip.

Look: clear, golden body with huge carbonation bubbles racing to the top where a thick, foamy head forms, dwindles down to a thin layer of foam, and remains until the beer is finished. Surprisingly, very clear for a saison. There's good lacing but the lacing disappears after a little while.

Smell: a little fruitiness, lemon zest, and Belgian esters reminiscent of saison yeast. Smells good.

Taste: fairly flavorful, with a bit of breadiness, lemon and tropical fruit, some grain, and a light barnyard flavor coming from the yeast. Its good but nothing extraordinary.

Feel: heavily carbonated at first, eventually ending up a bit flat, crisp, medium to light in body, and dry. Easy drinking and could be a session beer given how light it is in terms of alcohol.

Overall: decent, but with so many great saisons out there, this one falls a little short. I think it will be a nice introduction to saison for new drinkers, but for someone like me who loves the style, its disappointing. The light alcohol does appeal to me, since it pays homage to the table saisons they had back in the day, but the restrained nature of the yeast puts a damper on things. I would give it a try if it falls into your lap but I wouldn't seek it out. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, May 08, 2011
Photo of shand
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Saisons aren't usually my favourite style, so I'm curious if I'll enjoy this.

This one pours a clear pale gold color, crested with two fingers of white head. The aroma is primarily strong, dry yeast, with some fruit notes, spices, hay, and floral aspects. This is surely a lighter saison taste-wise, but the yeast really shines through here, dominating the show. The fruits and spices make their presence known at the end, along with just a hint of that signature Sam Adams maltiness.

The mouthfeel is solid, it's well-carbonated and fairly light. The drinkability suffers due to the overwhelming yeastiness, as typically happens to me for the style. This settles one thing for sure. Still not a saison guy. My tastebuds are still way too sensitive to the yeasty flavors. I seriously wish that wasn't so, I read reviews on saisons and think "hey, that sounds pretty good!" Then I pop them open, and it's a yeastfest every time. But it's a fairly enjoyable beer for what it is. I was able to get through the bottle, for what it's worth. Unfortunately though, this'll have to be my first negative Rdev brew for Sam Adams.

shand, May 08, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a very pale hay hue. Transparent. A nice little white head forms but leaves quickly. No lacing.

S- Nice & light, quite similar to their summer ale. Citrus, hay, a darker earthy note of fields, grass clippings. The dirty and dank aroma is rather pleasant.

T- Similar to aroma, light overall. a nice and mellow blend of the previously mentioned notes. Nothing that stands out.

M- light, kinda crisp, watery, dries well. doesn't linger very well or at all.

O- A welcome offering to the SA line. Very easy to drink and would be welcome by most. Not close to the top saisons, could be good if some changes. Good for SA to attempt something most have never heard of that may be liked by the causal drinker.

busterthecat, May 08, 2011
Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale, straw color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a strong yeasty, flowery aroma with some sweetness and herbal notes as well. Perhaps a bit muted compared to other saisons but all the components are there.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front with some herbal hoppiness. Finishes sweet and yeasty with some floral, herbal, and honey notes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A nice addition to Sam Adams' lineup even if it isn't exactly "rustic" or up to par with other saisons. Sam Adams does a good job of making faithful recreations of classic styles that are accessible to non-craft drinkers in both flavor and price. In that regard, this beer is a success. It probably won't impress any of us craft-drinkers much but, hey, it's a nice, well-rounded saison for a great price. Cheers to that!

wahhmaster, May 07, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

GratefulBeerGuy, May 07, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and smoky with a scent of sage and a very sharp barn hay smell. There is some honeysuckle here along with what smells like heather.

Starts out dry at first and then finishes malty and grassy. Gets sweeter the more you drink it, hops are very grassy like chewing on a straw of hay. Medium level of hop bitterness.

Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good. Seems a little on the sweet side for a Saison to me.

Zorro, May 07, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Nonic

A - Golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger white head. The head didn't hold so well, and there appears to be moderate C02. No lacing was left on my glass.

S - Right upfront I get kind of a hard cider quality with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Underneath the cider like quality I get some mild spice, graininess and bubble gum. Much more complex than I thought. I picked up banana as it warmed.

T - I get a combination of a mild spice, mustiness and bubble gum. Immediately following is dry and tart qualities that really remind of hard cider. I pick up apple, pear and grape fruits, and it finishes with banana and bubble gum notes, mild bitterness, graininess and lingering dryness.

M - Moderately crisp with a smooth feel and a medium body.

O - Overall I thought this was one of the most complex beers Ive ever had from Sam Adams. I thought it was very thirst quenching and refreshing enough to toss back more than a few of em in one sitting. I'd pick it up in a mix pack every once in a great while but I can't see myself buying a 6-pack of it or more. Definitely worth a try. Cheers!

PintOHops, May 06, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: nonic

Pours a clear, pale and golden color. Foamy 1 inch head accumulated but settled to a one finger froth atop the beer.

The aroms has soft bready notes underneath a fairly spicy and bubbglegum-like base.

Although that spicy, bubblegum, glove tastes are present, the malt is definitely playing a bigger role, adding rich toasted bread and dough-like flavors. A noticable amount of bittering hops are present as well.

Fairly carbonated with a light-medium body.

This is a decent beer. It's my first Saison and i can say with confidence that there are very likely, plenty of better beers in this style out there.

JosiahS, May 06, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Crystal clear yellow with a half finger of white head. Lots of carbonation.

S - Belgian yeast, sweet fruit. Bubblegum and a little bread.

T - Not the most exciting saison. Spicy (peppery clove) with a strong yeast component. Sweet fruity bubblegum. Finishes with considerable bready notes.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation.

O - Overall this is an average take on the style. Nothing too exciting. It checks a lot of the right boxes, but just doesn't compel me at all. I'll say that I really appreciate seeing this style in the Summer pack for BBC, because it'd be nice to introduce some people to the Saison.

greenmonstah, May 06, 2011
Photo of yuenglingfan101
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
Photo of Mora2000
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Mora2000, May 05, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & very bright honey color with a finger+ of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Pears, apple peels& some crackery/grainy notes

T: Peach blossoms, hints of lemon & pears up front. Some golden delicious apple peel, a touch of honey & white grape as this warms along with grassy hops & some barnyard hiding in the background. Finishes fruity, dry, grassy & with refreshing
lemon hints

MF: Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation

Probably not "dirty" enough for purists; but I found this to be an approachable, super drinkable take on the style. Packs plenty of flavor for a low end ABV Saison. Well done Sammy!

russpowell, May 05, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkable and approachable Saison, nice.

Pours a pale golden color with medium sized white head. Nose is straightforward with some prickly perfume, nuts, and candy. Palate offers some zing with citrusy flavors mingling in the carbonation, some barnyard funk that is restrained and more polite than most, and it carries through nicely into the finish. Very drinkable example and could enjoy this regularly.

yemenmocha, May 05, 2011
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.