Saison Rustica | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
84
good
114 Ratings
Saison RusticaSaison Rustica
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 14
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.76/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.68/5  rDev +25.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rjs246
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

I'm a big fan of the Saison Rustica.Smells great and drinks smooth.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and minor lace patches.
Slight bit of funk in the aroma as yeast and sour citric notes come out
Light and crisp, there is a bit of funky dryness to this beer and then some balance comes from a bit of juicy fruit sweetness.
Yeast helps keep it smooth and I get some spices and citric notes.
Not a bad saison but just didn't seem to pull everything together as everything seemed faint.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MrIncognito
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A nice, easy-drinking saison. Grassy herbal hops with refreshing lemongrass. Quite dry and fizzy. Just a touch of citrus tang.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a cloudy light straw color with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemongrass and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast and earthy grass.
T: It tasted like strong herbal malts and waxy hops, with some lemongrass and peppercorn and anise. It had a clean waxy aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of smooth natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an interesting saison, with unique scent and taste. I wasn't a fan of the peppercorn and anise. The body was solid, but the finish was unpleasant, so this wasn't very easy for me to drink. Others may enjoy this, as I suspect it is a quality brew that meets the brewer's intent. But it's simply not for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bomber obtained through the Rustico bottle club. Poured into a tulip. Bottle on 5/23/14.

I like the label art but its downhill from there. Generally a refreshing beer, but unremarkable in my eyes (and taste). Liked the low sessionable ABV, but maybe that’s the beer’s downfall. The peppercorn, lemongrass and star anise are not obtrusive and for me not very evident. 3.5

A – Pours a pale orange, slightly hazy, with a three-finger off-white mousy head with a rocky top. Head dissipates to a constant thin layer. 3.75

S – Citrus/lemon, yeasty, some barnyard, faint spiciness, no alcohol evident (only a 4.5% ABV), grassy hops. 3.75

T – Herbal, mild grassy hops, a bit citrus/lemon. 3.5

MF – Medium-light body, dry finish. 3.75

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. There's a finger worth of white colored head, with a fizzy texture and low retention. Just a tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I feel that saisons should have a mild 'strangeness' to them - and this certainly does. Lemongrass notes pop first, along with some spicy bread. At times, there are vague hints of fruit and garden herbs. I enjoy the bevy of varying aromatic notes, but it doesn't fully coalesce for me. Still, a solid aroma (especially for 4.5%).

T: It starts with a bit of lemongrass. The real 'star' of the show (for better or worse) are the aniseed flavors right before the finish. It's not quite like a friggen' Jagermeister, but it's rather licoricey. It finishes like a typical saison with notes of herbs and black pepper. Nothing exciting or complex here, unfortunately.

M: No doubt this is dry - so massively, parchingly dry. Sadly, it comes off a bit dinky. As it traverses the palate, the fizzy texture does a good job of filling the mouth (making it seem bigger), but reveals a watery finish post-swallow. Did I mention it's fizzy? Holy crap, it's so carbonated it's a bit harsh. Still, it's drinkable...then again, something's wrong if a light saison ISN'T endlessly crushable.

O: It hits the basics of a light saison decently, but doesn't have any standout qualities to make me truly enjoy it. It isn't deep, it isn't bursting with flavor, and worst of all, it isn't really balanced that well. This does have the potential to be a good saison, it just needs a couple tweaks (that, and less star anise...)

2.95/5: It doesn't convince me it's bigger nor does it balance fully...

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Saison Rustica from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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