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: 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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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the HopCat. A decent saison, yellow with a generous head.Little spicy aroma. A little sour, some pepper. I would be happy if the best beer I could find in the city, but nothing too special.Bit on the light side, and nothing complex or interesting among the spices. More non-offesnsive.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single finger head on a slightly hazy gold body. Very nice lacing. Aroma is sweet banana and pineapple note filled with typical Belgian yeast though that is light. The taste is not very adventurous and somewhat watered down. I am glad Sam Adams is branching out but this is still ment to appeal to the masses. It is subtly spicy and rather simple for a saison. Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey yellow color with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a thin film. Thin rings form along the glass on the drink down. The only smell I am getting from this beer is of Belgian yeast and maybe some spice notes. Taste is of Belgian yeast, spices, and floral/grainy flavors. There is a spicy and slightly bitter aftertaste on the tongue after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good attempt at a saison from Sam Adams. A good choice for the Summer brews mixed pack.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my all time favorite breweries and really look forward to their new offerings... was really surprised to see a Saison pop up from them so I was curious to try.

Pours a golden color, TONS of carbonation. Faint fruity smell, light to medium bodied, yeasty taste. Pretty refreshing after a nice hot day. Well balanced with a nice clean finish. Pretty low ABV for this style and not the most pronounced flavor, but a nice stepping stone to people trying this style for the first time and a solid beer. Not the best saison, but pretty darn good and enjoyable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately low; I don't know that Sam Adams can pull off a proper saison.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear dark yellow.

Sm: Yeast is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Yeast gets lost in the mix of the heavy lemon, orange peel, and light spices. The balance is haywire. It's built alright. Uninspired and boring - especially for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense. a bit thin.

Dr: Low ABV, mediocre quality, and average pricing. This is a pretty mundane beer all around. I won't be having it again. I don't know that I'd even want to try it on draught.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. The head crackled and slowly receded to leave patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus fruits, herbs and yeasty notes. There was a touch of grainy presence.

T - It tasted of grains, caramel and some apple. There was a touch of spicy yeast flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice beer but by no means a great saison. It still works nicely on a warm summer day.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of white head. Color is a bright golden yellow.

Aroma: Herbal notes with some fruity citrus flavors. It is yeast and a bit bready. Not really too funky.

Taste: Lemon zest and spices. Coriander. Some crushed pepper. Yeasty and bready again. Light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, it was decent, but nothing style-breaking. I saw this on tap somewhere for $7 a pour and glad I passed and had a chance to grab a bottle for a lot less. Easy drinking, but lacking a little flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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 nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles down fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Musty hops with some fruity notes of pear and red apple as well as a little bit of cinnamon.

T - Dry pilsner malt with biscuit notes and some pear like yeast. Some herbal hop flavors in the middle and a bit of pepper leading into the finish. Pilsner malt and more hops in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A hoppy, simple saison with a nice aroma but a somewhat lackluster flavor profile. There are some nice, fruity notes in the nose, but they don't show up in the mouth. There is some pilsner malt character, but it is kind of dull and muddy and seems to lack the sharpness of other examples of the style. Not bad for a seasonal in a mix pack, but not something that I would buy by itself.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and refreshing light beer.

Lovely pale gold color in the tulip glass. Faint whiff of band aid phenols. Great mouth feel, these guys are expert with the creamy carbonation. Some hints of fruit and nameless flowery touch. Maybe some yeast and toast. Some bitterness comes on at the end, which is just right. Tasting again, the slight sweetness and Belgian flavors are subtle, but pleasant.

Another well-balanced and light style from BBC. I think the artists of brewing should address the real problem: more tasty, flavorful lower-alcohol beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light yellow body with a moderate-sized, white head, though it flattens out soon enough. A speckle of lace here and there on the descent.

Smell: Fruity with a low zesty herbaceousness and minute spiciness over an aromatic base of light malted barley hinting at simple white bread or sliced biscuits.

Taste: Light initial tastes of pils and pale with a few select crumbs of biscuit insides and sugar cookies. Lemon-spritzed cereal grains, a pinch of peppery spice, and a small splash of off-dry Riesling and perry. Low bitterness. Very subtle grassiness of fried shredded leeks. Fruity, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not bad! I honestly appreciate Sammy A going for a lighter, more refreshing, lower alcohol approach, as opposed to the often heavier, boozier take on the style many American breweries go for.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & very bright honey color with a finger+ of ivory colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Pears, apple peels& some crackery/grainy notes

T: Peach blossoms, hints of lemon & pears up front. Some golden delicious apple peel, a touch of honey & white grape as this warms along with grassy hops & some barnyard hiding in the background. Finishes fruity, dry, grassy & with refreshing
lemon hints

MF: Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation

Probably not "dirty" enough for purists; but I found this to be an approachable, super drinkable take on the style. Packs plenty of flavor for a low end ABV Saison. Well done Sammy!

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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 mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather clear, pale straw color. Decently sized head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S: Lots of yeast on the aroma, some light spice/herbal notes and a light fruit.

T: Light hoppiness with moderate spice/herbal flavor. Decent lemony fruit flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with nice crispness.

O: Glad to see Sam Adams branching out. This one is ok, not the best, but a nice addition to their lineup.

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Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really cool to see this one around. gotta give sam admas credit for all the new beers making their way down here.

The pour was a light golden color, almost a hay colored straw, with loads of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Really rich looking for the style as a three finger high head of white foam formed on top and settled down graciously into a thin pillow that never left sight. Aroma is light fruit, pears, peaches, hints of light grassy notes, hints of bread and other light grains. Warming brings out a nice little bit of banana and almost a clove like touch to it. Each sip is clean, crisp, concise with tons of depth and light fruit notes. Light drying on the palate as you start to finish it off, but it never does lose sight of the total package.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And so begins my 1900th review on this site ... My local trader, tone77, dropped off a buncha bottles that included several Sam. Adams beers and when my trivia partner begged off, I decided to make it an S. A. night. Man, what a long, strange trip it's been.

From the bottle: "Incredibly complex yet refreshing, Rustic Saison is brewed in the farmhouse beer tradition. Uniquely floral, fruity and estery flavors are imparted from its Belgian yeast. These flavors are layered with a citrusy and herbal hop character for a bright and satisfying brew. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch"; "Belgian-style Farmhouse beer brewed with honey".

I was initially a little heavy-handed on my pour and got a little bit of overflow above the rim of my S. A. Perfect Pint glass, but once I backed off, it netted two huge, rocky fingers of eggshell-white foam with not only good retention, but beautiful lacing in its wake as it began to fall. Color was that of liquid sunshine with NE-quality clarity and I relished it as rain continued to fall outside on a dull, dreary evening. Nose smelled of musty newspapers, which is what Jim meant by "estery flavors", I suppose. That is not fair, since it also had a good amount of spiciness on the nose. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing with a pleasant blend of spice, must, and even a light honey-like sweetness on the tongue. Finish was dry, not quite bone-dry, but approaching such status. I think that this was the best of the three S. A. beers that I had this evening. It was quite refreshing and might make a nice summer seasonal.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/09/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky yellow-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of honey, fruity malts, spices, and light floral and earthy notes. A little sweet and fruity, pretty good.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, yeast, spices, floral hops, and light sweet honey. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice summer saison. Very easy to drink and something even non-craft beer drinkers enjoyed at the BBQ I was at. Would have it again and something you could drink a few of.

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