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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Photo of gfreed
1.2/5  rDev -64.5%
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 treyrab
1.94/5  rDev -42.6%
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 -42%
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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Photo of jneiswender
2.16/5  rDev -36.1%
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 -36.1%
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 -35.2%
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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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.32/5  rDev -31.4%
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 -29%
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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Photo of sk8man121
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a lifeless, transparent gold with daisy highlights. Short, fizzy off-white head settles into a thin cap.

S: Smells like apple juice steeped with skunky hops.

T: Cloyingly sweet apple juice dominates; honestly that's all i get out of this, along with the fairly nasty hop presence.

M: Highly carbonated, thin and watery.

O: I was actually somewhat excited to try this for some reason, although in the back of my head I had a bad feeling about it. The farthest thing from any saison I've ever had, I'm not sure what happened here really.

A poor showing.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that just leaves a film over top of the beer. The smell is of bready Belgian yeast. And some very light fruit. The taste is airy and light with some fruit in the aftertaste. There isn't much of a farmhouse quality to it or much spice. The mouthfeel is light and kind of had dryness to it. It's a little too light overall in my opinion. This is an ok gateway beer to the style but that's all.

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Photo of aasher
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light bodied, very clear and bright gold in color with a white lacing around the glass. It's definitely the clearest saison I've ever seen. The nose consists of plenty of honey, hay, and sweet pale malts. It definitely isn't traditional. There is little to no yeast in the nose. The flavors consist of a drier, earthier honey maltiness. It's really light bodied and easy to drink. It's just a little sweet for a saison. If you're to compare this to other saisons, it really lacks in all facets. I'd assume that this won't make the cut to be in their variety pack next year.

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Photo of Satchboogie
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was taken by surprise when I found out that Applebees (after work hang out for some, not usually me) has this.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow gold, about almost 2 inches of head, lots of effervescence. I'm not sure I've ever seen a filter saison, not a good first impression. Looked more like a pislner...

S: Slight funk, slight pislner like hop presence, light wheat malt

T: There's a bit of funk and hops, malt is very light and almost lager like. There's quite a bit of diacetyl flavor too. Seems more like a slightly funked up pilsner than a saison.

M: Light body, fairly heavy carbonation.

O: While this drinks very easily and doesn't taste bad, it just isn't much of a saison. I want to like Jim Koch, but nothing from BBC has really impressed me and this follows suit.

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Photo of budgood1
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out a very pale yellow straw colour with a thin eggshell white head. some retention and lace for good measure. light musty aroma, pale matiness and some phenols...the band aid and banana aroma...all quite muted. taste is a pillow fight of scratchy malts and herbal hoppiness along with some chalky, yeasty notes. mouthfeel again prickly and chalky...very light bodied. drinkability suffers because this isn't that good, let alone refreshing or enjoyable.

the label states "incredibly complex" but i'd say incredibly boring for a saison, or any other beer for that matter. i know this is a summer slammer, but it's too light and too lacking.

overall, this just misses with me. next time, bring the funk!

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Photo of nach0king
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Appearance: Lacks much by way of haze, looks pretty pallid and ordinary, all things considered.

Smell: Actually stands up quite well here. Fruit and herbs, as you'd expect, mellowed with a bit of buttered popcorn.

Taste: All downhill from the smell, actually. The bottle blurb promises complexity and refreshment, but it delivers neither. It's boring, for a saison, and has a slightly cloying sweetness that doesn't so much soften the citrus edge as completely blunt it. And I have three more of these to dispose of...

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is below average; pretty thin.

Sam Adams normally do a very good job of style beers but this is very poor, both "as style" and standing alone. Wouldn't drink it again - guess the three bottles remaining will be a present for a "lucky" recipient.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Dated good till Sept 2011, so off with yet more Sam Adams festing...

A minor rock tough foamy head of white is formed but doesn't stick around much sitting on a light crystal clear amber yellow honey body.

Beeswax, waxy, plastic smelling Belgian yeast and sweet blossom honey. Strange feeling, smells more standard Belgian Pale Ale than Saison. This smells way too sweet for a saison and I can't seem to get past this chemical industrial plastic-y bent. Sweetness seems to dissolve after some time and is replaced by yeast character.

Weak tasting yeast and barely a hint of barnyard funk if at all. Luckily the big sense of sweetness doesn't really come through. Quite dry on the finish, but with a good sense of body with minimal carbonation and good mouth play.

Not to impressed with this one either for a saison, barely even an introduction to the style it seems. Can't even recommend it for a starter.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

516th review on BA
Bottle to taster
@ Bevmo

App- A nice soft yellow with a big fluffy head to it. No cling.

Smell- Its not a saison to me. Wheres the essence of this style? No funk, no yeast, no pepper. Just seemed very wheat in smell with a little malt

Taste- Taste was just off. A little bit of dish soap to me with some malt. I only had about 6 oz, but that six oz was too much.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Nice feel to it because the flavors didnt last.

Drink- Not having again, too far from a style that I love.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #21
Served On: 7/29/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

Look: Poured a very clear light straw yellow with a thick white head. Lately I’ve been pouring down the middle as this technique seems to activate the aroma nicely and it releases Co2 so you don’t get bloated after having a couple. I was actually expecting a darker color after seeing this beer reviewed by a couple people on YouTube (Chad’z Beer Reviews & Kevin at The Foaming Head Dot Com). I guess the camera must add some darkness.

Smell: This brew certainly had Belgian characters in the nose. I got the typical clove and banana. There was a kind of plastic note (not sure how else to describe it). Also got that barnyard funk that most Saisons seem to have (not sure where the ‘rustic’ comes into play). By the way, head was virtually gone at this point. Just a thin film was left. Still had lots of carbonation bubbles streaming upward though.

Taste: Very watery with faint clove and spice notes. The wateriness seemed to distract from any possible qualities. It also had a ‘diet soda’ aftertaste (yuck). Believe it or not, I could still pick up on that signature Sam Adams malty twang that all their brews seem to have. I’m thinking this one was a near miss. I’m glad to see the brewers trying to justify their position though.

I’ve always liked Sam Adams because they offer a gateway into the craft beer community, but I’m afraid they were a little off-target with this one. I would avoid it at all cost.

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Photo of Kooz
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass. Straw yellow with some head that dissipates pretty quickly, but never completely disappears. Some lacing.

Smells like soap. I don't mean that is smells soapy, but rather that it smells like a floral soap--flowers mixed with Irish Spring. It's...interesting? Can also smell the maltiness and some yeast.

Tastes too floral--like those gross breath mints that came in a purple package when I was a kid. That is followed by a kick in the mouth of brief but powerful citrus (not sour--just citrus--it has more to do with a faint smell that suddenly comes into focus).

Mouthfeel is good, but weak for a Sam product. Foams up nicely, but it's a bit thin.

The end score belies how little I like this beer. It's just too mch. The floral aspects kill it for me. It also burns a bit in the long-after aftertaste.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass

A: Pours an entirely clear slightly yellow straw color with a finger of nice pure white head that lingers nicely and is quite foamy
S: interesting scent, wheat, slight spice, and a bit of an underlying sweetness that is hard to place
T: nice quite as spicey as others from the style i have had, slight sweetness, hits with a light berry note at the end
M: strong carbonation not much else is discernible
O: a kind of blah representation of the style, lacked spice, carbonation was extremely intense, not much else to discuss here

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Photo of samie85
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a light golden cream soda color with two fingers of white has that leaves some lacing behind.

S-Huge bubblegum notes with a bit of spice notes and a light malt base.

T-Big notes of clove and bubblegum and that's about it.

M-Very light and crisp feeling with heavy carbonation.

D-I could this being a very easy drinking beer; however, it's not my thing at all.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A – Light golden, almost green. Cleaner than the style typically is.

S – Tarragon, malt, and pear. Strong yeast character. Touch of banana.

T – Soft malt into wheat, lemon, and grass. Middle and backend have a nice water cracker and yeast character. Overall though the profile is fairly thin.

M – Very light body. Under carbonated.

O – Thin, under flavored, and under carbonated for a saison.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz into a pint glass. Fizzy head that retains just ok on top of a light straw-brownish body.

Here's my main problem with this beer--where is the yeast funk? The yeast character is supposed to be a big part of this beer so what gives? Other than that, the smell isn't terrible but lacks the complexity of a true saison.

Taste is likewise not great...I don't think I'd buy this beer on its own. Lacks malt complexity or depth and the lack of yeast character isn't remedied by the taste.

Mouthfeel is ok...nothing too objectionable here.

Overall, this beer is a failure. Sam Adams makes a solid lager and a really great pilsner, but for some reason can't make any good ales. Not sure what the deal is with that.

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Photo of jar2574
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin head, clear yellow color. Little to no lacing. Looks exactly like a macro brew.

Smells pretty good though. Flowers, herbs, with a touch of soapiness. Could have a stronger scent, it's a little faint.

They really wiffed on the taste, especially considering that this is one of my favorite styles. Bland, not much flavor at all. None of the spiciness, funkiness, yeast, or fruitiness you'd expect from a saison. There might be the tiniest touch of herbs, but it's almost flavorless.

I don't hate it, there just isn't much there. The only thing it's got going for it is that it's mellow and you don't get the bitter beer face you might get from a BMC.

Its drinkability is below average because I wouldn't buy it again, but if I had to drink several I probably could. It does go down quite easily.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Straw yellow in color and a lighter consistency. Subtle, fizzy head.

S: A slight hint of dark fruits in the aroma. Spicy with coriander and heavy with cut hay.

T/M: Taste follows suit with the spiciness of coriander and hay but lacks the fruitiness. The honey is essentially nonexistent.

I understand that farmhouse ales are brewed for farm workers, but I don’t want to feel like one. Do people enjoy drinking beer that tastes like work? Is there a beer that tastes like procrastination and lowered expectations? If so, I may love it.

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Photo of Kuromaru
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance--Pours a translucent, light golden amber with a white, billowing head. Some retention, lots of lacing.

Smell--Metallic. As the beer warmed, the sweet/ clovey honey became stronger, but not enough to overcome the incessant copperiness. There are some delicate notes of yeast, sugary malts, and citrus zest hanging around.

Mouthfeel--Almost no carbonation. Very light body. Watery. Pretty clean and refreshing, though.

Taste--Light on everything. Some malts, some spice, maybe just a little yeast and orange rind. Instead of singing, this beer hums quietly to itself.

Overall--Simple and refreshing, which is a good thing. But it's also very toned down and lacking in character. Drinkable, just not memorable.

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