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

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Samuel Adams Rustic SaisonSamuel Adams Rustic Saison

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.35%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of gfreed
1.2/5  rDev -64.2%
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.

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Photo of Sailracer
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of treyrab
1.94/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this in the summer variety pack that my parents picked up. The Summer Ale and IPA in the summer pack are solid, so I thought I would give this a try. I have found Sam Adams variety packs to be hit or miss (the winter one is awesome with the Porter and Old Fezziwig), so I never know what to expect.

A: Pours a super clear yellow with a decent white head. Expected a saison to be a bit hazy due to the yeast, but this poured more like a lager. Super clear with nice fizzy bubbles.

S: Meh. There is almost nothing here. The Belgian or French yeast funk (or spice) I was expecting was nowhere. Really bland. Some corn, light grain, and maybe a hint of spice.

T: Is this really a saison? Tastes like an adjunct lager with a hint of saison yeast. Very, very light with light grains, maybe a hint of spice, and that is it. Good to chug after mowing the lawn, that is about it.

Overall, glad I tried, but would only drink as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
1.96/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A – crystal clear straw color with thick white head that is well retained

S – mild yeast esters with hints of spicy Belgian-like hop, husky grain as it warms

T – husky grain flavor with a touch of hop and slight fruitiness and slight spicy phenols, finish is coarse and leaves an unpleasant tannin-like taste lingering

M – medium-full body, moderately high carbonation, slightly astringent

D – This is probably the worst commercial saison I’ve had – and perhaps one of the worst ever. The husky tannins resemble the results of poor pH control when sparging or rinsing the grain. I wonder if the ‘Rustic’ in the description means ‘poorly brewed’. None of the typical flavors common to most saisons are present. Glad this wasn’t a whole six pack.

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of jneiswender
2.16/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a kolsch glass. Served cool.

A-clear golden yellow body and a thick white head.

S-like a craft store, fake flowers, plastic

T-one dimensional, floral nothing exciting


D-not really into this beer. I was really bummed that this lacked the complexity of a good saison. The appearance usually isn't the most damning thing for me with a beer but a beer that is a saison I think should be somewhat cloudy (this wasn't) and one that uses the term "rustic" should not lie to the consumer.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.16/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- pale yellow with a small foamy white head, soapy little bubbles clinging to the glass.

S-Not a whole lot there at all. My allergies were acting up a bit but I really couldn't detect much of anything in the way of enticing aromas.

T- really not all that distinctive. Dry, crisp and refreshing, but so is water.

MF- thin and unremarkable.

This one was way too bland for me. If you gave someone this and said hey here's a saison-style beer, they'd be like ok....saisons are boring. There's nothing here that stands out, and that's not a good thing. No yeasty characteristics, no spice, nothing. Might have had a few too many other, better beers before I had this one so it didn't really pop, at all. It's highly drinkable and quenching, ok for a hot summer not, nut not worth seeking out...or wasting the calories on. Pass.

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Photo of MrOH
2.19/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Really light gold, just enough of the red spectrum to keep it from being yellow. Hardly any head, what's there is white.

Bready pilsner malt, banana-y esters, some pepper, honey. Too much honey, in fact.

Taste is better than the aroma, still a bit heavy on the honey. Good herbaceous quality, some tartness. The earthiness I associate with the style is absent altogether. Not as dry as I am used to a saison being, either.

Light-bodied, effervescent, and easily drinkable. Spot on.

Not so great of an example of this style, but definitely approachable for someone who isn't used to Belgian styles and picked up the mix pack.

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.32/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Reviewed from notes taken 5/6. Poured into a pint glass.

Crisp and clean body, golden in color. The head is short and uninspiring, with only 1 finger at max height, not to mention no lacing to boot. This may be one of the worst Sam beers that I have had the displeasure to gaze upon.

The aroma has some slight hints of what I look for in a good saison. Clove, white pepper, some lemon grass, and a decent dose of noble hops to provide a touch of bitterness, however, there is no funk to speak of, and the other typical phenols that are the by-products of the hot fermentation, namely the rest of the phenolic notes, are disappointingly lacking. The flavor is similar, though it increases the emphasis on the spicy phenolic flavors present, while still leaving out the best parts of a saison.

Light and great for drinking in hot weather, it is not great overall if you are looking for a good saison. It seems like BBC just used whatever yeast they usually used and hoped that they could get a saison by using a saison malt bill and some warm fermentation. Disappointing all around.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Forget where I bought this single, maybe @ Nikki's. Into tiny saison glass.

A- pale yellow, big fluffy sticky head with some moderate lacing.

S- A little spice and something floral like lavender or lilac.

T- Some pear, mild crisp sweetness. A bit floral and it drifts towards soapy. Loses me in the finish. I don't think I like the yeast.

M- A bit astringent in the finish, moderate carbonation.

O- Not very exciting or tasty. Forgettable. One I'm in no rush to revisit.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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