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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Another brew from the Summer Styles pack during our Memorial Day cookout by taiyed. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, black pepper, nutmeg, clove, lemon zest, and rather light banana. The taste holds notes of lemon rind, wheat, black pepper, faint light greens, and light flowers. There isn't very much of that particular saison character going on here, but it's not bad, either. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel (I called it "wet" in my notes...). Overall, though a bit thin and lacking in some saison characteristics, this isn't too bad a beer. It worked pretty nicely with the burger I enjoyed...

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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 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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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 WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
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 stakem
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Standard 12oz SA brown bottle into an SA sensory glass. Holy hell is that a perfectly clear, polished color of light golden yellow if I ever saw it. Nearly 2 fingers of white head form up and quickly fade leaving some patches of lacework on the glass. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface from the etching on the bottom of the glass in support of a thin film across the top that collects in a thicker wall along the outside of the glass.

Based on the look of this brew, I wasn't expecting much. Honestly this brew looks watered down and lifeless. To my surprise though there is a faint hint of coriander-like lemony essence to the nose with a bit of fruit meets floral belgian spiced yeast accent. There is a little bit of cheesy stink across the back but hey I like that in this style.

The taste is light and refreshing. It is spiced with a belgian yeast aspect that is spicy and familiar but not in the expected peppery or phenolic sort of way. A touch of something similar to coriander is present overtop of clove and bready grain. There is a deep fruited flavor almost like pear that gets a bit perfume-like in it's taste and the way it sticks inside the mouth with almost a menthol quality that evaporates on the tongue. The alcohol is present with a slight tingle which is interesting considering this is listed as just above 4%. The aftertaste gets a little weird for me, the spiced aspects of the yeast clash with a residual sweetness that is almost like corn.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively amount of carbonation. Not overly done but very modest in it's presence. The low impact abv keeps this one sessionable but quite frankly I lost interest in this before I was halfway through my glass. The aroma of this brew is it's best and deepest feature.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer mix pack.
Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thinnish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some sticky lace. Smell is bread and grainy with some light pomme fruit notes. Lightly spicy with notes of wheat and yeast. Taste is sweet and bready malt with a touch of honey. Bits of green apple and pear appear quickly but are beaten down by a spicy earthy overtone. Leaves a spicy almost astringent flavor in its wake. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet sugary water type mouthfeel. I can see this light refreshing brew drinking well in the summer sun, but frankly it is kind of boring.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear gold with carbonation bubbles racing to meet the immense mound of head. Smells of Belgian yeast and spice with a little clove coming through. Taste is Belgian yeast, clove, and a little lemon. All flavors are very mild, some even faint. The finish is a little more bitter than I would have expected and seems to not mesh well with the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer. It comes off more as a Belgian Pale than a Saison though.

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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 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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