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 beerman207
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow. Pours a nice 1/2 inch head with some lace

S: Very fruity and earthy in the nose. Some malt in the back

T: Spicy and bitter. Very tart in the finish

M: Dry beer with some bitterness that lingers for a while

O: Got this in a multi-pack and it was lingering in the fridge. I didn't end up reviewing all of the beers but I'm glad that I took the time to review this one.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Situation: Joyous times--power again after five days without, and an LSU-Alabama #1 vs. #2 showdown... Glassware: La Fin du Monde tulip.... Appearance: golden-hued, rather transparent with a mountainous three-finger head that holds steady well into the drinking.... Aroma: light, yeasty, almost doughy scent--grassy notes as well... Palate:crisp, tight presence that occupies the tongue with effervescence.... Taste: bright, tart taste whhose malt is thin and punchy, almost a pilsner flavor that also has a slight yeasty fruitiness... Overall: admittedly, I missed the season for this beer, but fair or unfair, the taste establishes its own merits...Michael Jackson says the style has a "brisk refreshing attack"--then this is a saison and a solid offering at that...

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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 jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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 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 biggred1
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden blonde with cornsilk highlights when backlit and a pretty looking, lumpy cream colored head that leaves some nice lace on the glass. The nose is nice, soft banana and lemon zest with a touch of spice and earthy hop notes. Lemon sugar cookie and untoasted grain with a mild hop bite. On the leaner side of medium bodied with a clean citric finish. A fine session beer from BBC, I hope this will be released in sixpack form next year.

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Photo of colts9016
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have sat on this beer for a bit and now I am going to review it. Poured into a perfect pint glass at 45 degree.

Appearance: A one finger head that is foamy and bubbly with a light off white color. The retention on the head is okay and it does leave a little lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a pale yellow color with some amber hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall the appearance of the beer is average, nothing special.

Nose: A moderate fruity aroma, no alcohol aroma, and a light fresh hop. Citrus notes are the most dominate aroma, oranges, lemons zest, and a hint of grapefruit. Some fruity esters and no pine notes in the hop profile. Overall the nose is average, nothing to make it stand out.

Taste: The taste is hoppy with light citrus flavors, grassy, yeasty, musty, grapefruity, and biscuit overtones. The taste is off putting the grassy flavors dominate the palate and makes this beer a different drinking experience. Some sourness is detected with some barnyard notes. Overall the flavor profile is different.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, dry, and astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish on the beer medium. I have drank this beer twice; age on it does not make it any better or worse. I think that these are quick construction beer and need more thought. A rustic siason fits this beer well.

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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 boilermakerbrew
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really light gold, and watery looking in the glass. Mouthfeel confirmed watery mouthfeel.

All sorts of clove on the nose here. Maybe even a little banana spices.

Taste was very similar to smell. Lots of clove and herb on the palate. It says that there is honey in here, I couldn't detect it except for the little bit of sweetness. No hops bitterness at all.

Overall, this is a weird style for me. Not sure if it's what i expected it to be or not. Lots of clove flavor isn't my favorite, but it's light enough on the palate that it kind of works.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light honey-gold with a thin bubbly layer of white. A few sparse dots of lace. Holds at a thin covering.

Aroma - just a light Belgian yeast that denotes the Saison style.

Taste - strong Saison flavor, though I do pick up a little hefe flavor. The yeast totally dominates the fore and middle palate, yielding only after the swallow as some hops kick in a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, lighter-moderate body.

Drinkability - not my favorite style, but I think this was well done. Still, not the kind of brew I tend to go looking for. Nice props for including a Saison in the seasonal pack though.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a very clear straw yellow color with a large head.

Smell is yeasty with some hop aroma. A bit of banana and clove aroma too. There is also a really nice spicy floral smell, hard to tell what it is.

Taste is nice with malts and hops. There are also some spicy and yeasty flavors. Hoppy and malty finish which is also dry. Mouthfeel and drinkability is good. Not exactly what I was expecting, but still good overall.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.45/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright gold with a thick white head that gives way to strong lacing.

S - Fruit esters. Clove. Herbal hops aroma.

T - The Belgian yeast gives touches of banana and cloves. Herbal hops throughout, oily and spicy. Crisp. Bready malts appear now and again. Nice dry finish.

M - Light, lively carbonation.

O - Great summer beer. Well-balanced strong flavors all add up to a very refreshing farmhouse beer.

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Photo of prototypic
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rustic Saison is a very light straw color. It’s crystal clear. What? Where’s the haze? A little light behind it gives it a yellow-ish look. It’s topped with a soft white crown that stands a little over a finger tall. It recedes slowly, leaving behind a sticky, moderate coat of lace. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

The nose is definitely above average. It’s very earthy, herbal, and grainy throughout. Those scents are complemented by a nice, healthy dose of Belgian yeast. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that to come through. Pleasant surprise. There are some floral, grassy hop notes. Definitely smells like some form of noble hops. Perhaps a bit of light citric lemon. Alcohol is buried. Pretty good.

The flavor is okay. For a Saison, it’s honestly very average. It kicks off with a mix of earthy, herbal, and grainy flavors. There’s a strong grassy hop flavor. Definitely noble in character. Frankly, it comes on a little too strong. It’s a little bitter and dry. Belgian yeast is a little noticeable, but fights for space. Ultimately , it loses out to the hops. Not a great thing for a Saison. Nonetheless, it adds a light peppery spice flavor to the mix. Alcohol is buried.

The body is very light and feels a tad watered down. Carbonation is okay. The feel is nothing that will be confused for an authentic Belgian though. No doubt about that. Average for the style at best.

Rustic Saison is an okay beer. It’s not one Boston Beer Company’s finest efforts. Its biggest problems are that the hops are too strong and the body too light. The hops seem to mask the Belgian yeast and perhaps some of its other Saison qualities. That’s too bad. The body also definitely needs more heft and smoothness to accurately represent the style. Eh. It’s not bad, but it needs work.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up cheap as it is out of season. Included in the Sam Adams summer pack.

Poured it into a Red Hook Limited glass. Dark gold in color with a solid amount of carbonation. Smells citrusy/flowery. Not much I can say about the flavor except that it's very light/crisp and a good beer to enjoy out on the deck during a cookout. Highly drinkable though nothing stands out to make me want to seek it out on a regular basis.

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Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How good could a Sam Adams Saison be? I was pleasantly surprised it was well above average. It is no Saison Dupont, but it is better than a lot of domestic saisons I have had lately.

Clear golden color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has a lot of fruity esters going on, a little grass, and bready malt. The malt aroma is not particularly pleasant in this beer.

Fruity and grassy flavor. Phenols are kept at a minimum. The malt does not play much of a role in the flavor allowing the esters to come out. Finish is crisp and slightly dry.

A little overcarbonated with a somewhat thin body. The weakest part of the beer.

Surprised by the beer. I would not hesitate drinking this beer again.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden body. Fluffy head. Looks filtered. So much for the rustic part.

S: Some light banana but that's about it. Strange floral notes as it warms.

T: Very clean and easy drinking but that's because the flavors are rather muted. Disappointing as I was expecting big flavor, but I'm trying to appreciate it for what it is, which is more like a saison light. Nothing bad about it, so that counts for something.

M: Light and lively.

Quite serviceable and equally forgettable. Like Leffe Blonde, it seems to have traded flavor for inoffensiveness and drinkability. Not the worst thing in the world to do. Sometimes I need a beer like that.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#118. My final of three consecutive Samuel Adams reviews, this Saison Ale is dated a little later than its boxmates, to October. Every Saison that I have had has been radically different, so this is going to be something I have to enter with an open mind.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass at room temperature.

Served at a recommended 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy 1.5 finger depth head. Head gradually fades but slows as it reaches the surface and leaves a lumpy covering that thins slowly. Lacing is light and spotty. Color is nearly a pale yellow, crystal clear with lots of carbonation bubbles. Not much else to be said here. It doesn't look too bad but isn't too endearing at this point. 3

(Smell) A light yeasty character laces in this brew. There is a slight touch of honey and lemongrass aroma to the beer, followed up with a sweet citrus and floral hoppy aroma and some spice. Overall it smells quite sweet. On the whole it is a mild, light aroma but manages to display the diverse range of ingredients quite well. It's an interesting smell. 3.5

(Taste) Bitter front followed by a sweet malt honey midsection and ending with a bitter, very dry floral finish. Flavor isn't fully defined but is more subtle despite having lots of variety. There's a separate but complementary level of sweet and bitter tastes that seem to come from a multitude of directions. A maddeningly complex brew but not a bad one. I enjoyed it. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) As mentioned before, this beer is quite dry but has a light/medium body and a very low alcohol presence. Carbonation is just enough to complement without overshadowing the brew. A slight foam on the tongue. Good. 4

(Overall) I'm not sure about the name of the beer. It tastes more wild and experimental than something "rustic". As with most Saison Ales, you're going to get something crazy different from beer-to-beer, but this is another good attempt at Samuel Adams in diversifying their selection. Hopefully we'll see it next year. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison
B (3.53)

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a clear, bright golden color with fairly heavy carbonation visible. Head is foam, very airy and it settles down leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Slight fuzzy-fruit aroma (peach/apricot) with a gentle rose vibe going on. Nice mellow yeastiness and a lightly sweet malt character, along with a nicely-matched floral hop profile make this one a winner.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a gentle carbonation which allows the taste to expand on the tongue. Spice notes are the first thing to strike me, as I didn't notice them in the smell; clove, allspice. Then comes the malt, which is bready and slightly fruity. Throw in those hops and a touch of honey and you've got yourself a beer.

Overall: Unless I'm mistaken, I've only ever had one other kind of Saison...that was Golden Cap by New Holland Brewing Company. This one blows GC out of the water.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov is marked on the side of the bottle with a notch taken out.

A= The pour is a transparent golden color with a thin whispy head on it that dies quickly and leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Not bad looking but nothing spectacular.

S= Smells of Belgian yeast. Cloves and a bit of hops. Reminds me of your typical Belgian Pale Ale. Call it a saison and it is I guess. Really not too much else going on in the smell.

T= The taste is a bit more of what I would call saison like. Good spicy yeast character with a bit of a hop bite. The clove is present again and maybe a touch of bannana.

M= Well carbonated like I would expect from a saison and finishes surprisingly dry for such a sweet start.

O= Not the worst beer I've ever had from SA. Saison is one of those styles you call something when you don't know what else to call it. I think this is pretty decent for a saison though. I've had better sure but this is actually pretty decent.

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Photo of bramsdell
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a leftover 12oz bottle to a Nonic glass. Still within its lifespan according to the label.

A: Light yellowish gold body with a rather large white head. I'm glad that I poured this into a 20oz glass, otherwise I would have had to wait on the entire pour for the head to settle down. The head recedes down to just a thin layer above the body. The lacing is very little, spotty at best.

S: The smell is the best part of this beer. It is nowhere near the intense fragrance of some saisons, but it is a nice, inoffensive scent. Light, a little bit of a yeasty scent. A little fruitiness, as well. The yeast smell mixes with a bit of spiciness. Nothing really comes to the forefront, but a nice mix.

T: The taste is fine. This is exactly the kind of beer that I would never be disappointed with, and it's a great introduction to the saison style, as it is not too aggressive in any way. However, as an example of a saison, when compared to other saisons, it is rather weak. There are no offensive flavors, but there is very little yeast flavor and not even much fruitiness. Overall, no taste is really strong enough to pinpoint.

M: Light, a little thin, a bit of carbonation. Again, like the rest of the beer, this is average but unremarkable.

O: There is nothing negative I can say about this beer. Is mediocrity a crime? On a hot day, this is a very refreshing beer that will not twist your taste buds around or challenge the drinker.

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Photo of matjack85
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at Geno's Liquors in Elgin,IL for $1.19. Notches on the side of the label give you the best before date. This bottle is notched for October and this is only early September, so it should be OK.

The pour was a bit disappointing. Crystal clear pale yellow color with just a ½ finger of white head that lasted less than 30 seconds with no lacing whatsoever.

Nice fruity smell - like grape wine with some spicy notes underneath.

The first thing I got was an unpleasant medicinal antiseptic taste. Very little sweetness despite the label saying that this beer is brewed with honey. Also missing was the fruit that was so prominent in the nose. What you're left with is some mild spicy, herbal, and flowery hops. Where's the funky Belgian yeast? I don't know what else to say other than I was not impressed with this Saison version at all.

Light bodied with fairly high carbonation.

It's not terrible, but I won't be going back for more.

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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 hustlesworth
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- sparkly clear golden color with a dense and poofy white head. retention is a little too strong, i'm thirsty and i wanna dig in. lace is delicate and wispy and there's plenty of it.

S- subdued aroma of clove, banana, bubblegum, melon, and band-aids. wheat and pale malt are also present with an earthy, grainy, and raw character. there are a few barnyard funkies scooting around but not enough to evoke images of rusticity.

T- wheaty and lightly hoppy up front with a dull peppery spice and the yeast flavors fade almost immediately. with nothing left but pale malt and noble hops, this saison has turned itself into something that tastes like a yeasty german pilsner. where's all the funk and fruit? sleepin in the barn somewhere, i guess. finishes with a clean flavor of pale malt and grassy lemony hops.

MF- a bit powdery but for the most part it's enticingly crisp, dry, and thirst quenching. sparkling carbonation softens up for a refreshing apple-juice feel.

D- a decent beer as a whole, but not when measured up to style guidelines. i like it, it tastes good, it has great drinkability, but it is a poor excuse for a saison, especially with the label boasting floral, fruity, and estery flavors.

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Photo of kshankar
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow with a white head. Lacking on the yeast, which was disappointing. Not entirely true to style..

Aroma is yeasty, however, though not by much. Some spice and citrus notes, but not enough for the style. Taste is has the basic profile of a farmhouse/saison..but it is rather watered down.

As a previous reviewer noted, it is probably a good beer for someone curious about the style in general..but I've had various others of the type and this one doesn't live up to them.

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Photo of brdc
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer on their cheap 24 pack. Nice to keep seeing them try styles to introduce people to other types of beers.

Minimally hazy dark golden, one finger off-white head, average retention, nice lacing.
Aroma is mostly composed of grains, bread, herbs, with strong hay notes. Fruits play a secondary role.
Medium bodied, or at least feels that way in a hot day, quite dry, with multiple notes including grains, herbs, grass, bread. Some fruit notes eventually come up, but it is quite dry.
Probably the best in the sample box, obviously not the best in the style, but a nice introduction to non beer geeks.

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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.38 out of 5 based on 534 ratings.
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