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Rabbid Rabbit | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
7.4% ABV, 25 IBUs - This Franco-Belgian style Farmhouse Ale has an effervescent body and a light straw color. Rabbid Rabbit, with it’s light malt body, augmented by spices, is a complex and frothy beverage with a deceptively high alcohol content. March release.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,135
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
1,102
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,102 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of portia99
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a bright orange color that is marred only by a large amount of speckled particles floating in the glass that almost look like (and may be) black pepper in suspension. Low white head that fades to the surface quickly.

S - Super orangey on the nose - this really overpowers everything. Doesn't quite smell like real oranges although doesn't have an artificialness to it either. The only other thing I'm grabbing in here is some spicy black pepper.

T - Not surprisingly, tastes largely of oranges. This is really fruity and blends with the black pepper, tangerines, a spicy/clovey aspect and some cool mintiness.

M - Thin in body and nicely carbonated to a medium/medium-high level. The spices give an overall cool sensation to this one.

O - Quite interesting - a different set of flavors and aromas than typically found in a saison, but they work well and yield a very enjoyable beer for me. Hope to have again somewhere down the road.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. Thanks for this one Mark!
A: Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a couple fingers of incredibly dense bright white head that took forever to fade into a dense, thick film that left thick stripes of lacing down the glass.
S: Not much on the nose. Maybe a touch of apple juice and earthy straw.
T: The flavor is full of sweet apple juice, Belgian style spices, and a bit of lemon zest and dry, earthy hops. There is a good dose of sweetness holding up the backbone of this brew that I haven’t encountered in many other saisons. The sweetness isn’t medicinal, but it’s definitely thick and alcoholic. Very spicy all around.
M: A fuller body than most saisons with a thick, almost syrupy, mouthfeel from the high alcohol. Carbonation is good though, and the alcohol warmth is well hidden though.
O: Not the most Belgian-esque saison I’ve had. It’s a bit too heavy and thick to be highly drinkable. The spices are good, but they seem to overpower everything. That and the alcohol. It packs a punch. Worth a try though. Cheers.

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Photo of ottovon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with whiterascal to celebrate the 4th of July.

A: a hazy, orangish-yellow color with a nice, fluffy white head.

S: a nice orange and lemon aroma, as well as some spicy, belgian yeast aromas. There is hints of chamomile tea, and light grains.

T: lots of belgian yeast, with a bit of spice. chamomile tea, it has hints of juicy fruit. it finishes a bit bitter and dry.

M: medium-thin body with a good amount of carb.

O: this is a pretty good beer. definitely goes good with the 107 degree day we are having here in Phoenix.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange with a small white head. Little lacing. Very cool looking.

S- Lemon spice.

T- Real fruity kick in the mouth. Belgian yeast. No sign of 9%abv at all.

M- Light and crisp in the mouth.

D/O- Enjoyed it. Lower top tier saisons I've had. Great 4th of July weekend beer. Thanks PTMcB.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to GumballheadFan for a super quick, super painless FFF hookup. Poured into a Duvel glass

Appearance
This is a cloudy mother. About as clear as orange juice and nearly the same color as well. A large head holds, faking me out. Its quickly gone, leaving lacing in its wake.

Aroma
I really like this. It could possibly be one of the fruitiest smelling beers out there. Lots of fruit salad aromas;apple, banana, pineapple, tangerine and marshmallow.

Taste
Nearly as fruity sweet as the smell. Belgian yeast tames things down to an earthy spiciness. It tastes quite hoppy, especially at the end where bitter citrus zest resides.

Mouthfeel
This beer feels very soft. In this instance I can "feel" the cloudiness. There is a dry grittiness to the finish.

Overall
Here's one where I feel the overall BA score is a bit low. This is a really nice saison, crisp, fruity, sweet and refreshing.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Balls...once again, I'm impressed in a big way by 3F's. 22 oz bomber into my giant snifter...whoa, big yeast funk, just like I would want from the style...I am really impressed, I've never had a saison with that kind of funk from an American brewer (the lauded Hennepin included). Hops takes a back seat, which I am glad to smell. Strong malt sweetness, but the yeast funk is really driving this saison, exactly on point for the style. Tongue follows through with what the nose promised. A sweet and well balanced malt profile, hops in the boil for balancing but not bitter, and a huge well-developed yeast character. It also says they add chamomile and rock candy to the brew kettle, which I take to mean they add it during the boil. Very interesting. Alcohol is well-hidden. Tastes like 6% instead of 9%. Mouthfeel is as flawless as most 3Fs that I've had.

One thing that impresses me so much about this beer is how unique it is while also being true to its style. I think it could take the 'Pepsi challenge' with most champion French and Belgian saisons (and, of course, American), although perhaps some purists would beg to differ. Until they tried this beer, that is. If they could find it. You can get DuPont anywhere, but not the Rabbit (this bottle purchased at Nick's, Hammond, IN, down the road from the brewpub(which might be out of stock by now, since it is only released one month per year).

Huh, wow, I'm still drinking this and am still surprised by its sheer excellence, especially as it warms a little. I kind of picked this bottle to prove to myself that not all 3Fs beers are incredible, as I figured they would screw up a saison like most American brewers (Hennepin and Le Merle excepted of course). However, this is simply the best American saison I've ever had and I'd be interested to hear anyone's recommendations of their top American saisons too.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Iain for this bottle.

A: The beer pours a very hazed golden color with a fluffy white head. Must be a lot of wheat in this.

S: Honey is the first thing that I smell. Lots of bread and floral notes to the beer with plenty of yeast in there as well. There's a mild spiciness and some faint fruity notes, particularly bananas.

T: More banana on the palate. A mild earthiness and spice, presumably from the yeast. More of that honey character, too. Lightly floral with solid bread notes and a slight lemon zest flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: I'm not sure how much of a Saison this really is, but I found it to be enjoyable anyway.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was very nice, very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out. Smooth, light and even carbonation and a nice easy to drink quality to it.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this over Memorial Day weekend. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow/golden color with two fingers of foamy white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Mostly belgian spice with fruity notes, mostly banana. There is a little sweetness as well.

Taste: A crisp malt sweetness with a strong yeast spice. A bit spicy with some banana and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it had a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Treebs
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with a light brown tint. A nice 1 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving no visible lace worth mentioning.

S: Big yeast on the tip with a tinge of sweet sugars and nice spices.

T: The same yeast from the nose is present, but the spices are much more present than what I picked up from the smell. There is a surprising alcohol heat finish that lasts for about 1 secod followed by a nice sweet sugar.

M: Medium bodied that is both creamy and smooth. Light carbonation that leaves a nice sweet film over the tongue.

O: I thought this was a decent saison, but its flavors give off more of a tripel vibe than a saison. It was ok, but there are 4-5 saisons I'd choose over it.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: murky copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: barnyard, spices, malts,

taste: malts, hay, wheat, honey

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice saison. glad I finally got to try it. Been trying to track down for quite sometime.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 version, thanks to fear025 in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks Jay!

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a big, white head of two fingers. Drops slowly over a few minutes to leave a wisp of foam and some nice lacing.

Aromas of sage, bubblegum, peppery yeast, honey. Strange mix of aromas for a saison. Pepper concentrates as it warms.

Flavors of honey malt, light sage, bubblegum, light peppery flavors. Very interesting. Finish is short, with honey and sage fading quickly.

Mouthfeel is medium, not as dry as I normally like, but, then again, this isn't normal. Good level of carbonation, could be a little more bubbly.

Overall a very interesting take on a saison. Not what I'm used to, but it works. Very nice effort.

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Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this gwuilliums at camp while rejuvinating St. Francis.

A: Deep straw color. Slightly hazy. Good head formation and retention.

S: Zesty citrus, lightly spicy, and yeast funk. Smells Belgian.

T: More earthy and funky than the nose. Some spice like coriander and maybe some nutmeg or grains of paradise. The aftertaste is mildly funky.

M: Smooth and round. Good carbonation.

O: This is my first saison and I liked it!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Split this bottle with my brother, and he seemed to enjoy it. Good times. It pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a healthy finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, lightly funky wheat, light coriander, black pepper, orange zest, and grass. The taste maintains some the of the citrus leaned toward in the smell, but focuses more on an earthy and spicy character, with notes of clove, cardamom, nutmeg, light balsa, heavy wheat, and honey. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly refreshing finish. Overall, a very nice saison, one of the few I wouldn't mind regularly sipping on in the future.

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Photo of peabody
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice amber to amber yellow with lots of suds.
Smell is grass and hay and bread baking in mom's kitchen.
Taste is really good. Quaffable. Raisin and sugar and malt with a spice rack of pepper and allspice.
Mouthfeel is not sticky enough but this is such a great Farmhouse that it doesn't matter.
Three Floyds knows their stuff and this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a golden orange with a pretty good white head retention. Spicy banana aroma and some light spices. Tastes like a mix of wheat grains, banana and spice. The aftertaste and complexity non existent, it has good flavor upfront but kinda drops off the map after the swallow. This brew is on the lighter side also and would be ideal for summer drinking.

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Photo of DangQuesadilla
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of heifen-weizen type beers. This was average to me. The smell was great. However I felt like I needed to chew this beer. Especially at the price ($12 for a bomber), I can think of a dozen other wheat ales I would prefer to drink.

I am a huge fan of Three Floyds, but this one will take a back burner for me. I hope to find it on tap sometime and compare to the bottle variety. After the smell, the best part of this one was the label.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw colored yellow with a typical saison haze. Some lacing along the sides with a small scummy white head.

Smells of candy sugar, apricot, pear, with a touch of funk.

After the smell, I am disappointed by the taste. It is lacking the tartness that I desire in a saison. There is a large dose of orange melon in the taste along with apricot and yeast. Not as complex as the nose.

Solid feel in the mouth, some drying.

This is not the best saison that I've had, nor is it the worst. I think FFF can do better...

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Photo of Erish
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 22 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. No date code. What gives, 3F?

A: murky orange-gold color, the tiny head quickly disappears into a wisp of a cap with good lacing.

S: citrus, a low level of Belgian funk, wheat bread-like malt, and a bit of clove. Not overly complex, but harmonious.

T: sour apples and grapes, the Belgian funk is strong up front but tames rather quickly, the bread-like malt is expressive in the middle along with an herbal/floral hop taste, and the finish is long, sour, and dry, with a nice lingering funk.

M: medium to light-bodied, powdery texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: This beer hides in 9% ABV quite well, and is true to style. Yet another good beer from 3F. But seriously, how about a date code, guys?

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkyaudio for this great brew! Poured from 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark golden/orange with a thin short-lived, off-white head. Tangy and herbal aromas of woodruff, mint, and birch. A symphony of saison and fruit elements. The body has a sturdy crystal malt underpinning that contributes a continual light voltage current of caramel. Flavors of malt, birch, woodruff, allspice, light orange, cinnamon cross the palate one after the other. Cinnamon-allspice also unveils itself in the bouquet. Light tingle of alcohol and cinnamon allspice finish. At a point I picked up some butter pumpkin/butternut squash. This brew reinvents itself with each whiff of aroma and sip after sip. Medium bodied and decent carbonation throughout.

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Photo of JamesS
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice fizzy pale yellow with some very nice head and excellent lacing throughout. Nice deep and sweet malty aroma with a nice peppery spice in the nose. Excellent flavor, with great sweet light malts, a wonderful spicy zing (peppery!), and a bit of nice floralness to it. Went down fairly smooth. Excellent Farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this expecting 3F's to do something wacky, but overall I think they played it pretty straight, if a bit American-ized (i.e. Ommegang). Just the barest touch bready up front, with some sharp fruity notes. Settled down for a nicely full mouthfeel. Well balanced and most drinkable. The 9% abv is evident only in a touch of pepper at the finish.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bomber courtesy of jcnd9803) pours cloudy yellow with white head. Aroma of spices, banana, wheat-similar to a weisse. Taste is sweet malt with a little bitterness. Medium bodied with thick texture. Smooth finish. a refreshing beer that hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of jcnd9803
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, light orange color with a foamy white head. Oddly though, it left minimal lace.

S - Funky citrus aromas with a light caramel maltiness.

T - Spices, yeast, light caramel malt and some fruity tartness.

M -Crisp and sharp.

O - Not a typical saison, but still pretty good.

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Photo of phishisphunk
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage served at cellar temp into a wine glass. Classic Three Floyds label. The label reminds me of that one Easter I ate a dozen bad Easter eggs while on a bad acid trip.

A: This one pours a hazy pale gold yielding a half inch of white fluffy head. The head sticks around shortly and recedes to leave a thin spotty layer.

S: The nose presents some fruity esters and peppery phenols. Hay, must, banana, clove and a hint of citrus can be detected as well.

T: The initial palate presents a mild peppery spice with hints of chamomile. The same fruity esters from the nose round out the finish with tinges of mustiness. The taste appears fairly one dimensional because the body feels watery. However, the peppery spiciness balances well with the more traditional Belgian flavors of clove and banana. The chamomile spice lingers with a hint of mushy banana and pepper. The 9% ABV becomes more apparent after the finish.

M: The mouth feel is sharp with high carbonation. As it warms, the sharpness remains but it begins to feel a bit creamy.

D: As far as saisons go, this one is pretty basic. I've never been particularly impressed with any of the Belgian offerings from Three Floyds. The one is somewhat of a novelty for me because I like the bottle. If you like saisons, give it a try. Overall the 9% is well hidden but it kicks up the peppery phenols a bit too much. As far as seasonals go this isn't necessarily a run out and get it while it lasts, but I'm glad to have at least one a year.

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Rabbid Rabbit from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,102 ratings
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