Summer Basil | Fullsteam Brewery

Summer BasilSummer Basil
BA SCORE
74.8%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 111 ratings
Summer BasilSummer Basil
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
fullsteam.ag

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by atsprings on 07-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,493
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
111
Liked:
83
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
10.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer has a golden color with a finger or so of head; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: Tart and lemony, with undertones of basil and licorice

Taste: Opens with a lemony flavor that adds basil undertones in quick fashion; by mid-palate, the sour tones build; the tart lemony flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Made with a deft touch as the basil adds a unique element to the lemon and sour tones; bet this would go great with Thai food

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10/12/12 per growler cap.Poured into an imperial nonic a lemony color with athinner wispy white head,very good carbonation to the beer,it had a look kinda like lemonade with carbonation.Yeasty phenols with sweet basil in the back end,seems like a Belgian pale "table" beer to me so far.Bready malts with yeasty phenols on the palate,again there is a nice subtle sweet basil note in the finish.As I drink more I get a light shot of white pepper in the finish as well.This isn't bad,it's very Belgian in style with the phenols going on but it's really good.A great summer quaffer,nice job here.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Sam’s in Durham. Served in a Full Steam shaker pint. Pours a fairly-clear golden with a nice white head. Nose carries light basil and faint notes of spice and pepper. Very light, base saison behind a nice herbal presence. Really tasty and well-integrated. Extremely refreshing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light appearance, almost like a Berliner, and the smell is obviously dominated by basil, but I also get a hit of mint and grass on it. The flavor is much like the smell, and very refreshing and just about a perfect beer for the summer and hot weather. Easily crushable, and may be my favorite brew that I've had from Fullsteam.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in north Raleigh

Pours a golden yellow with little head. Nose detects herbs and wheat. The taste is sweet but balanced out by the basil. The basil does not overpower but compliments what otherwise would be a mediocre pale ale nicely. Mild carbonation and light bodied, this is an enjoyable Saison.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, slight basil, and floral notes. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight sweet malt, basil, hops, and slight floral notes. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, but lacking in basil and high carbonation is a detriment.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thopre, thanks. Beer is yellow / amber, clear with a white head, some bubbles, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with basil, smells good.

Beer tastes like basil and yeast, flowers, not overly strong, just a solid beer, a very nice, light lawnmower beer to me.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says Canned 06/23/15.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Floral smell of saison yeast with the basil complementing quite nicely.

T- Somewhat sweet from the yeast and then the basil cuts it a bit adding a nice layer of complexity. Faint bready malt detected. So incredibly drinkable.

M- Crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- What a fantastic summer beer. This has been selling like hotcakes in my neck of the woods and now I see why.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of n2185
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mportnoy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of wedge
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh growler from Bottle Revolution: "Best Before 09/03/12"

Foggy straw yellow under a large, though fleeting, airy pure white head. Fresh basil hits the nose immediately. Sweet pale malt, pepper, maybe some clove and licorice. Basil upfront in the flavor, well integrated with fresh grain. Subtly sweet, crackery malt, light lemon, very mild yeasty funk melding with the herbalness. Creaminess in both aroma and flavor. Pretty light, drying, and solidly crisp. Super refreshing. I think this is a little less basil-forward than what I had last year, which is a good thing. Not super Belgian-y overall, but quite satisfying and appropriate for the summer season.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a mug.

Appearance
Pale straw and very yeasty. Has 1 finger of white head with lively carbonation.

Nose
Basil, white pepper, lemon, and Pilsner malt.

Taste
Basil, pink peppercorn, potpourri, and lemongrass. Light Pilsner malt, cereal grains, and lemon. Slight noble hoppiness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean, off-dry, and refreshing.

Overall
The Saison yeast and basil really shine through. Very easy drinking.

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Summer Basil from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 74.8% out of 100 with 111 ratings
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