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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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BA SCORE
77
okay

528 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-10-2011)
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Photo of musicforairports
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden and light, carbonation visible, small head goes quick and doesn't leave lacing.

Smells of lemon, hay, some spice. Not very strong, but very saison-like.

Taste is right on par for a saison, but muted and watery. Notes of citrus and grass, faint peppery spice and a very faint musty quality.

Feels a bit too watery on the mouth, and undercarbonated for how light it is.

All the right qualities are here, but they clearly tried to keep this one very light, given the ABV and muted flavors. I guess that's more on par with what saisons were once like, but I'd grab lots of other saisons before this. Would probably be refreshing outside on a hot day, though.

musicforairports, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Strong fruity and woody aroma has a firm malty tone and hints of pear and banana. Lip-smacking malty flavor has oak and banan tones and a hint of grass. Texture is smooth, slightly slimy (but not nasty at all!) and rather fizzy.

Cyberkedi, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rustic pours a brilliant brass into my Nonic. It has a fizzy bone cap that quickly fades and leaves no lace. The look is not impressing me.

Saison-light is what I'm getting out of this bottle. A nice sourdough funk gets the Saison feeling going. It's backed by coriander, grass, straw and a hint of sweetness. The bottle says there's honey in the beer, but all I'm getting of it is perhaps some syrupy feel in the otherwise light body. Overall balance is good, but everything seems way too muted.

I want to like this beer, but I can't muster much excitement. Compared to other Saisons I've had, this one is lacking.

Rayek, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of BeerBoss
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a chilled bottle into a pint glass.

A: A crisp, clear golden color with a conservative head.

S: A fruity nose with a healthy sweet smell...perhaps honey.

T: A nice clean fruity front with a mildly bitter finish.

M: Tingly on the tounge but smooth.

O: A nice beer with the complexity that I like.

BeerBoss, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Sep. Pours a translucent light yellow color with an inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is spicy and fruity. Citrus peel, yeast, and some hard to pinpoint spice. Flavor is mostly the yeast along with some of the orange peel in the background. Slightly peppery. Tart orange peel aftertaste. This is a crisp and light beer. Easy to drink and a low abv as well. Pretty good for warm weather drinking. I haven't had too many beers of this style and this one is alright. It fits well in the Summer Mix 12 Pack and that is where it should stay. Overall, its decent.

PicoPapa, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mavis Winkles in Twinsburg. Served in a pint glass for about $5.

The beer looks OK, but is missing the trademark billowing head of a true saison/farmhouse ale. It also could be cloudier - I can see through the golden colored liquid with its many active bubbles.

The smell is quite nice. There are notes of pale belgian malt, pepper and fruit - namely apricot. The taste follows quite nicely, with a crackery malt spiced with pepper, apricot and belgian sugar. The dry finish is very abrupt, but no booze is noticed.

The beer has a medium to light body. The finish is very dry and the mouthfeel is a touch too effervescent. Take away some crispness and dryness and we'd have a better score. Overall, this beer was refreshing and was one of the better Sam offerings I've had recently.

jampics2, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of ToddT
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy pale golden yellow with a well formed off white head. Head falls quickly to a cap and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Bubblegum, banana, spice, clove, and hints of yeast.

T- Banana, and clove right away, some floral hops balance the fruit out and add and some bitterness in the middle. The finish is dry and grainy with a nice bit of funk in the aftertaste.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, it is a little slick on the palate, not a clean finish.

D- Easily drinkable, the low 4.35% ABV helps too, note the best saison I’ve had but not the worst either.

Not my favorite style but this is a solid reflection of the style.

ToddT, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweet and fruity at first, with definite banana and perhaps apricot, with some cloves in the back. Grassy hoppiness shows up after and becomes a defining part of the aroma.

Pours golden, with a nice rocky head.

The taste is definitely not quite what I expected. The fruity sweetness is more restrained in the body, and it comes across thin. The spices are faint and well hidden. A good deal of grain shows near the finish, along with a fairly substantial (for style) grassy hoppiness. I was surprised at the somewhat stinging bitterness there.

Basically a somewhat fruity sweet and spicy body...grain...and a solid bitterness. Not an elite beer by any means...but not a failure. I'm not sure if I'll seek it out again simply because it doesn't excel and there are many beers that do.

NODAK, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Summer mixed 12-pack

A: Pours a pale straw yellow with a very small head that barely coats the surface. At least it retains better than most SA beers, which (from my experience) fade very quickly with nothing to show for a head

S: The Belgian yeast jumps right out at the front, followed by nice spicy notes and some malt

T: Same as the smell. Fruity, estery Belgian yeast followed by a nice bready malt that rounds off the spices nicely

M: Light bodied with relatively high carbonation

D/O: Another easy drinker from the SA Summer pack, I like what they've done this year. All of the beers are at or under 6% abv and are great Summer drinkers

BEERMILER12, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Best before September notched on the label. Pours a translucent golden-yellow with a loose, quarter inch head that settles into a solid skim. Copious amounts of bubbles effervesced from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Some residual spots of lacing are exposed during the tasting. Nose is fairly clean - hints of clove and coriander and wheat. It's also a little grassy. Taste is slightly herbal and biscuity/grainy. Mouthfeel is light with a lively effervescence. Well, as a Saison, this beer's a swing and a miss. Not sure how I would classify it - maybe closer to a Belgian Pale Ale but there's a little too much of a wheat character more reminiscent of a German than a Belgian.

Jwale73, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild yellow color with a frothy head into my glass. It's not bottle-conditioned but that may not matter.

A bit of spice from the yeast is all that's there. Perhaps a slight hint of lemon as well.

Refreshing and full of spice from the yeast. Slight lemon/citrus twist.

Lingering spice and not much else at the back. Seems rather bland.

It's not bottle-conditioned and it's a rather bland attempt at the style. Drinkable but avoid.

Brad007, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy honey, grassy hop and estery yeast.

The taste consisted of an earthy breadiness, with elements of sweet honey, pepper, a grassy hop and lingering esters. Nice doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty saison. Toward the shallower end of the style but very quaffable.

plaid75, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Kbogac
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a nice golden yellow with minimal head which disappears quickly. Aroma is fruity with a little spice. Definitely Belguim. Taste is a little malt and hops with light fruit. Not bad but not exciting. Nothing really stands out. Nice carbonation makes it easy to drink. I'd give it a solid average.

Kbogac, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with September 2011 notched out of the label. Sampled on April 9, 2011. It pours a rich looking pale yellow with slow moving carbonation bubbles floating to the top throughout. Th aromas are fruity with notes of banana. apple, and or orange. The body was light and smooth. There was a bitmore yeast in the taste but it tended to be sharp with a dry hopped finish.

puboflyons, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow in color. High white foam on top. Very clear in appearance. Smells of straw, wheat, and flowers. This is perfect for the spring. The taste is crisp and smooth, but a little medicine-like. Overall its the non-hoppy cousin of the Noble Pils. A tasty brew from BBC, and if you like Saisons it is worth a try.

socon67, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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

bishopdc0, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

if someone had told me that I would try my first Rustic Saison from Samual Adams in Johnstown, Pennsylvania...I would have said...HORSE SHIT!!! Any how....it is true....In J'town....trying new SA brew!!! Unbelieveable!
The color of this beer was a cloudy yellow, with a finger thich white head that has nice lace. The smell is one that would expect from a "french coutryside" saison....clove with hint of citrus. the taste was equal to the aroma...clove with hint of lemon...but beer was very crisp and clean. It was very easy on the mouth and would drink the crap out fo this if necessary. Enjoy my friends.

WoodBrew, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's summer mixed 12-pack. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with over an inch of sticky head that leaves some decent lacing. Citrus, yeast, vanilla and bread comprise the aroma. Citrussy, dry, spicy, with yeasty notes in the flavor. Light bodied and very quaffable. Not the best saison I've had, but a decent stab at the style and a tasty pleasant summer beer.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep yellow color, with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy with hints of fruit. In the taste, earthy malts and small notes of fruit and yeast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthiness in the aftertaste. Quite nice, somewhat impressed.

OWSLEY069, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale straw yellow, softly radiant, capped with light white froth. Though it is missing the eponymous mark in terms of being rustic, it is appropriate-looking for the style.

S - The nose is comprised of lightly floral hop, and some pale and wheat graininess. There is a bit of sweatiness and a fair amount of minerality. I am somewhat impressed with this BBC effort; it is reasonably Saison-like.

T - The flavor is quite light, but not unpleasantly so, with a great balance between refreshing minerality and floral-herbal hoppiness. The bitterness is moderate, but is sufficient to cut any sweetness from the malt. The finish is nicely dry. Good beer.

M - The feel is initially halfway decent; effervescent and lighter-than-medium in body. It goes lifeless rather quickly, however, revealing itself as a mass-produced brew after all.

O - As I have said thrice in this review, I am fairly impressed with this, especially considering the source.

ktrillionaire, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: thin finger if white head on top of a super clear copper body.

S: the aroma is really earthy and a bit herbal.

T: the rate is surprisingly bland and really earthy. Similar too the stoma just not enjoyable.

M: medium body with a lot lower carbonation than I was hooping it would be.

D: the low carbonation ruins the drinkability of the beer.

OnThenIn, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was taken by surprise when I found out that Applebees (after work hang out for some, not usually me) has this.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow gold, about almost 2 inches of head, lots of effervescence. I'm not sure I've ever seen a filter saison, not a good first impression. Looked more like a pislner...

S: Slight funk, slight pislner like hop presence, light wheat malt

T: There's a bit of funk and hops, malt is very light and almost lager like. There's quite a bit of diacetyl flavor too. Seems more like a slightly funked up pilsner than a saison.

M: Light body, fairly heavy carbonation.

O: While this drinks very easily and doesn't taste bad, it just isn't much of a saison. I want to like Jim Koch, but nothing from BBC has really impressed me and this follows suit.

Satchboogie, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of gfreed
1.18/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

With this beer, I officially sign off and give up on Sam Adams. With zero aroma and a taste of powdered laundry detergent-- not that I've eaten powdered laundry detergent, but if you can recall you smell of a laundromat, you'll know what I'm talking about-- this is as close to a saison as the cardboard box that holds Cream of Wheat. It has the bland, wan color of Bud Light; it has the watery and lifeless body of a Kingfisher; it has the zipless taste of Hamms. I don't know what Boston Beer was thinking when they brewed this thing. How the mighty have fallen. Stay far away.

gfreed, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A decent slightly cloudy golden color with hints of a decent head that don't go away as you drink it.
S: Nice rich hay type wheat aroma with some slight fruitiness from the malt.
T: Good earthy wheat flavor. Nice basic wheat flavor that reminds me of some hay coupled with a slight fruitiness at the end. Very refreshing and filling.
D/O: Great drinkable characteristic. Very light and paired well with food. Nice hot DC night and this beer fit right in. Very acceptable interpretation of the style that RFD was lucky enough to get their hands on. Cheers!

pzrhsau, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, too much clarity. But aside from that, its a nice golden color, and a bright white head.

Aroma is nice and spicy with touches of bread and light hops.

Taste Is nothing special to me. Light spicy hops, and year. Pretty average.

Dry, light, crisp and smooth overall.

Average drink. Its ok, but theres much better out there.

EgadBananas, Mar 20, 2011
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.