Samuel Adams Rustic Saison | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Rustic SaisonSamuel Adams Rustic Saison

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.35%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 534 |  Reviews: 294
Reviews by gpogo:
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3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear body with a large white head. Moderate amount of bubbles, very pretty. Head dissipated to a foam cap.

A- Wheaty malt aroma, floral hops. Belgian yeast is not as pronounced as I would expected, but it sits nicely in the background.

T- Flavor is muted. The Belgian yeast flavor is there, just not as prevalent as I would expect. The hops are present in the beginning with a light bitterness throughout. Enjoyable wheat malt flavor.

M- Medium-light body and smooth. Moderate-low carbonation.

D- Not exactly what I expected. I would have expected a bit more carbonation and less of a muted flavor. It was enjoyable, just not great(but not bad either).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Outchillen
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought the sam adams variety for this

A: Golden yellow, very clear, white head with little lacing

S: Very mild, Belgian yeast, slight fruit and cloves

T/M: Slightly Malty, a little bitter and spicy, a little hoppy, finishes dry, highly carbonated

O: Was a little dissapointed, Im a big Sam Adams fan, It was an average saison, I love the style, and brew it a lot. Too clear and too hoppy. Just didnt hit it for me.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of orm56
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Straw golden color, faint haze and a thin lacing on top. Spice, medicinal phenols (bandaid), lavender, cotton candy and almonds in the nose. Light slickness on the palate, stuggling crispness within the medium body. Even maltiness from start to finish with a taste of grapenuts within. Phenols flavor and balance with wild herb-like flavors and a mild medicinal back end. Slight twang middle to end with some overripe lemon flavor. Chalky yeast tone and drying maltiness in the end.

While the funk adds a light complex side to this beer it does not seem so rustic ... more restrained IMO. A decent take on the style even if it is more refined.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage, Yorktown, NY.

Pours clouded, light and dull golden, loose near white head, shows better then average retention and copious thicker sheeting and fine lacing.

Fruity sweet nose, with melon, orange and light pepper.

Saison for newbies. On the lighter side flavorwise, spicewise, but pleasantly fruity, some underlying pepper, moderate yeast character. Some spiced up hops in the rear of the mouth and finish of the beer. Would be fine with a summer lunch, salads, cheese, fruits, crusty bread...yum, I cant wait till summer.

Decent take on the style, very sessionable, and easy drinking at 4.35%,but does not present the same complexity, intensity and interest of the big boys of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: lemon and pepper

Taste: lemon, pepper, and grass

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, dry, moderate carbonation, light body

Overall: I could drink a six of this. Rustic Saison is a nice intro saison. Not mind blowing, but very solid and another great addition to the Sam Adams line up. This is the one I am raiding from the summer styles pack.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of BluFenderStrat07
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of JC333
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rustic Saison opens with a spicy, floral, yeasty nose that instantly recalls baking lavender bread in the summer, with the windows wide open and flower pollen drifting through the screen. The aromas are present in good quantities and are quite enticing, beginning with a very Belgian banana-and-clove base, then adding pineapple, orange, lavender, peppery spices, and yeasty dough to the mix.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of banana, clove, and sourdough bread, then moves quickly into a more palatable middle ground of light banana, peppery spices, toast crusts, orange, and pineapple. Hops add a slight citrusy note, as well as a small burn on the tongue and soft palate. The flavors as a whole are slightly watery, except for the slightly-too-powerful peppers, which continue to gnaw at the tongue well into the aftertaste. Other flavors in the aftertaste include a continuation of the banana and clove theme, as well as fading hints of orange and pineapple fruit esters. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is decent fare, and a good introduction to the Saison style for those unfamiliar with its basic flavor profile. Though the beer is slightly too peppery and bitter, it's still well crafted.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ehammond1
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Charlie Jewels
Redlands, CA

Clear and light golden. Small white head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Aromas of grass and hay are dominant along with a touch of lemon citrus.

Herbaceous and grassy saison. The sweet fruit elements are tough to find, unfortunately. An extremely simple, grassy and earthy saison. Above average, but nothing special.

I think the mouthfeel does this beer more harm than good. It seems a touch too heavy and ?metallic?.

I'm glad I got to try this one, but there are far better saisons available.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grain with some Belgian yeast and lots of spices. Smells like some coriander and mesquite spices. Hints of lemon and citrus hops.

Taste: A decent amount of wheat and yeast with plenty of spices. Coriander and mesquite mix to give a peppery spiced flavor. Also some lemon zest with a light hint of citrus hops. Also a hint of cloves.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium and slightly watery. Carbonation is moderate. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Saison that is on the lighter side but still flavorful.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, cool vibrant yellow, great clarity, egg shell white head, .5" high into a Chimay goblet.
Kind of a perfumy aroma, enjoyable, not pungent.

Great yeast quality flavor wise, no clove, some bubblegumminess, plenty tangy with its lemon aspect, mild sweetness, crisp.

Really enjoyed this one while grilling some basil & garlic brats, watching Rey Mysterio win the WWE title. Thought it was a great straight forward beer, equal parts BPA and saison.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also on tap at VE this past week, one of the most interesting throw back Saisons I've come across. Weighing in at only 4.35% abv they're aiming more for a style of beer that was drank by the farmhands lower alcohol session beer verus 6 to 8% versions of the Saisons we see around today. This one appears very much unflitered in my glass with a clouded bright golden shade of lemon, with a white bread egg shell colored head. Fine bands of lacing left with each sip. Spiced citrus flavors with a surprising earthy/herbal hoppy back end coming through and of course some spice additions with an evident level of coriander going on. Flavor is a nice rustic bready, good food pairing style of Saison. Flavors mesh well with hitns of citrus and tropical notes amongst the malts, again herbal/citric hoppiness comes out in the background...white pepper spice and coriander notes adds to make an interesting and flavorful Sam Adams seasonal. Mouthfeel has some creamy carbonation going on with a nice welcoming texture, medium to light bodied with a very sturdy flowing CO2 level. Drink this beer, overall an excellent Sam Adams experience, easpecially with the sessionable alcohol level this could be one of the most creative beers they've put out in quite some time.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light clear amber medium or higher carbonation visible. Lasting bone head that is rather dense.

S - Yeasty and bready aroma with floral and fruit overtones.

T - more tame and refined than wild. Modestly floral and fruity. Dry and tart finish

M – smooth and a bit tart

O – refreshing, interesting, a change of pace – moderate recommendation

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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