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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass:

A- Pale yellow with a very little white head

S- Generally pleasant smell, smells of fruit, malt, spice, and hops

T- Citrusy going down with a floral spice on the finish. Hop character is there too but is not very intenst

M- Very nice and smooth mouthfeel

O- Very typical saison, nothing stands out, but still drinkable, and enjoyable

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

Bottle from Safeway market in Manteca,CA

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and some spice notes

T - Follows the nose with some citrus upfront with a spiced finish

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - Like most other Sam Adams beers its not the best of the style however its a decent gateway beer to the style thats fairly easy for most people to get I enjoyed this beer enough to want more than the two that came in the mix pack worth trying at the very least

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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 jwhancher
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with thin white lacing. Smells of rusty, moldy peaches. Faint melon notes. Some citrus, maybe orange. Tastes a little less characterful than other Saisons I've had. Tastes mostly grain-like with pale or pilsner malt flavor. Nice & dry. Refreshing. An interesting offering from SA but one I think that could be
tweaked a bit.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with slight haze and a small off-white head that hangs around for a good while leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma is grassy with light fruit upfront and a hint of citrus and spice in the back.

Taste starts off very floral along with light notes of pear and lemon. A touch of Belgian spice shows up in the middle but is fairly subtle. Some bready malt and honey shows up into the finish.

Meidum body with medium carbonation. A very Americanized saison but it works for me overall. If I'm looking to stay true to the style, I wouldn't look here, but this was still nice and refreshing, and something I wouldn't mind having more of.

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with an ecru colored head. Nice mix of spices creates a wonderful scent. There's lemon peel, some coriander, and a faint yeasty background.

Features a dry quick and clean taste with a hint of lemon on the finish. Lacks the depth and complexity of native Belgian saisons. The spices that were nicely mixed in the scent overwhelm the beer once tasted. The moutfeel is light and effervescent that doesn't linger on the palate.

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Photo of bobhits
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Pours an uneventful clear straw color, really can't Sam Adams leave a little yeast in their beer, ever?

A lot of pear and citrus notes, with only the slightest hint of a farm house ale aroma. Mostly fruit and a touch of grass to finish things off.

A lot more grass and funk in the flavor. Pears and lemon citrus are all here as well. A nice summer flavor, a good bit of complexity, but somewhat underwhelming all at the same time.

Crisp and clean, well carbonated, and once again an ideal summer feel.

I feel like I should give this one a better score but it just does that Sam Adams kinda "mcdonals" like thing. It is boring and lacking anything special. They took a style with a lot of potential and really didn't run with it.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very big nose of spicy Belgian yeast mixing with that hop smell you'd get from their Noble Pils. It starts off sweet with the cracker almost pilsner like malt and then the spicy clove takes over and it ends with the bright, citrus notes from the hops. It leaves a bitter taste that melds with the spicyness and ends a bit yeasty as well.

This sort of reminds me of a sessionable more refreshing Victory's Golden Monkey. I love that it has this much taste for such a lower alcohol percentage beer. The mouthfeel is light but it adds to the very refreshing quality of the beer. I was surprised with the enjoyable hop flavor and bitterness. It really makes the beer in my opinion.

If they pitched their Noble Pils with Belgian yeast and dialed down the hops a bit to let the spicy Belgian yeast qualities come out then you'd get this beer. Fantastic offering from Samuel Adams. I hope it comes back in next years Summer Styles 12 pack.

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Photo of Fulky
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 16 oz shaker.

Excellent pour. Golden brown color with some bubbling and a nice head with good retention. A soft film lacing remained through the drink.

Smells pleasantly sweet and possibly a little hint of citrus. There is a somewhat Earthy scent that is subtle to tease the senses.

Tastes like honey, a little lemon somewhere in there, with a malt finish. The hop flavor is notable but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel was a just a little watery, but overall enjoyable and refreshing. Smooth.

Overall a good beer. Certainly one I would have again, but not likely my first choice from the Summer varieties.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass, freshness dated for December 2011.

This has a nice golden color, a pleasant aroma.The head was full and robust lasting a goodly amount of time. The taste is the pleasing mix of honey and lemons, almost like mead from a Rennaisance festival! The hops are just enough to bitter and balance what could be too sweet!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle poured into a tulip style glass.
A - A little hazy, Straw to golden in color which is always gorgeous. Head wasnt world class, but was okay. White in color. A little bit of decent lace.
S - A good smell. Sweet with some spices. Grassy notes along with some sort of citrus.
T - I liked the taste. Somewhat Belgian yeast. Spices and grain are both nice. A hint of lemons through the aftertaste.
M - Nice carbonation. Somewhat crisp and is a medium bodied brew.
O - First off, let me just say that a Saison/Farmhouse style ale is one of my favorite styles. I went into this experience with the mindset that this brew wouldnt hold a candle to some others I've had. While it's not in the same tier as some of those I'm referring to it's not a bad brew. In fact, it's a decent tasting beer. If you're not familiar with Saison style beers then I'd imagine this will introduce to more of them. It's not world class, but hey, it's not awful either.

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices and yeast, some fruits. Taste is also fruits and spices, some yeast, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a tinge of orange, very clear which is odd for a saison, you'd expect at least some haze to it, hardly any head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a light fruit aroma coupled with a strong sweet malt backing, fairly straightforward aroma with very little interesting characteristics that would accompany a saison style.

Taste is clean with sharp carbonation, flavors are not abundant but adequate to be drinkable, light fruitiness, mostly lemony, keeps things a step above normal, finishes dry, unoffensive but personally their Summer Ale is a better choice.

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Photo of scratch69
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Samuel Adams glass.

Medium blonde in color with alot of head that was almost white in color

Faint grassy aroma with hints of citrus.

Decent bitterness with a slight lemony aftertaste. Not bad but not outstanding either.

Adequate carbonation with a slightly watery feel

Overall not a bad beer but it would not be my first choice for a summer brew.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden color, with clouds of minute, slow rising carbonation. The head is off-white, dense and of moderate size, and retains well, with thin, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Lots of grassy notes, phenols, slight cracker malt, some mild herbal notes.

Taste: Abundant pale malt, grassy notes, followed by a wave of solid herbal bitterness. Toward the end of the taste, phenol alcohols appear, as well as bitter apple. The taste concludes with a medicinal note.

Mouth feel: Fairly smooth and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, overall, a fair introduction to the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a customer brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

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