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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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 GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, light, goldenrod-yellow coloring with a thick, frothy, pure white head that appears dense and foamy, and clings to the glass. The beer is much lighter and brighter than I was expecting. Tons of spicing on the nose, with coriander and a light hint of nutmeg being the forerunners. There is also a tangy sweet and toasty note in the aromas. The beer is very light and crisp in mouth, and the flavors hit the roof of the mouth and back tongue overall, with a decent balance of spicing (again with the coriander, and also a bready spice) and a very light, sweet, sugary/honey highlight. There is a bit of the roasty/toasty that tickles the tongue an instant before the main flavors kick in, and then re-emerges in the aftertaste alongside the slightest hint of sweet honey. The beer clings all over the glass while you are drinking, but the carbonation level helps it remain light and crisp while you imbibe. The finish is crisp and clean, with only a hint of sweetness left behind. Great for decks and docks on hot summer days.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw – lighter end of style color. Completely and totally clear – no hazy at all. Some big bubbles join the okay-size shite head that settles to a skim and then a ring, and leaves some okay lace.

S: A pretty good nose, Bready yeast with a bit of lemon and earthy and slightly, mildly funky notes. A floral, estery sweetness as well. Some husky grain in the background. Decent level of pungency – especially as it warms.

T: A pretty good hop bitterness that wasn’t apparent in the nose. Grassy & herbal mostly, but also with earthy and lemony citrus hint that blend into the yeast character. Lemon is stronger on the palate, and rides over the earthy, musty yeasty, and softly funky undertones. Especially when cold – it get more balance in these flavors as it warms, but a medicinal note come out as well. Grainy malts are just there to provide a base. Earthiness & herbal bitterness linger in the finish more than in the taste. Just a touch of sweetness pokes though throughout. All in all the saison /Belgian traits are a bit more faint than I would like.

M: Slightest bit under medium body with firm carbonation. CO2 helps to lighten the brew more so than attenuation, and helps make it light and very refreshing. Opens almost smooth, then it quickly takes on a bit of a tart bite, and ends reasonably drying.

D: Saison – yes. Rustic – not really. No haze for one, lacking any real peppery / spicy aspect, could have more yeast character, minimal esters, and it could use more complexity. But then I can understand they do not want to scare the run-of-the-mill mixed pack consumer. Perhaps it leans more “summer beer” than the real deal, but we’ll call it a gateway saison - and a decent one at that.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden, very light haze, but otherwise see thru. Touches of white foam with small later on top.

Funky smell, some orange. Esthers. Fruity taste that evolves into a Belgian yeast taste.

Complex, but simple at the same time. Pretty good imitation of the style.

Nice addition to the summer sampler. Very happy with this year's mix.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light gold, very similar to the Sam Adams Kolsh that I just had. Like I said then, it was comparable to someone’s dehydrated urine. Somewhere between ¾ and an inch of head. Plenty of lacing on the initial pour. Also some film.

Full flavor after the first sniff. Hoppy. Fruity smell, pumpkin keeps coming to mind but it wasn’t quite there. It had me wanting to try it, that’s for sure.

First taste reminded me of warm apple cider with cinnamon sticks. I didn’t get another taste, but could immediately feel the carbonation. Really enjoyed it.

Somewhat high on the carbonation, maybe moderate to high. Smooth going down. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

I liked this beer a lot, probably my favorite of the six I had in the variety pack. Just a smooth beer with lots of good complimenting flavors.

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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 8/12/11.

A - Crystal clear golden straw-colored liquid with virtually no carbonation save for a few stray bubbles here and there, and a slim white head that dissipated to a thin ring of retention and no lacing.

S - Aroma is intensely sweet, floral and perfumy with no noticeable classic Saison attributes. Funk? Nope. Spiced apple? Maybe.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is quite sweet and lacks the characteristics that I've come to enjoy in a Saison. Overall, this is an extremely sweet, perfumy and floral Saison with little spiciness, funk or hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and modest carbonation. Finish is quite sweet with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Not a Saison that I would revisit. Overall, I found it to be too sweet and lacking the classic Saison attributes. Chalk it up as a disappointment.

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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry, peppery farmhouse aroma. It's quite tame, but it does have some attractive esters. The taste is average. It has a light and refreshing pale malt flavor along with a light saison yeast finish. It's dry with some farmhouse character, although it's not true to style. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with medium body. This is an easy drinking beer, but it's a week example of the style.

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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 nimrod979
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, slightly hazy golden color. Small white head with a little retention.

Pleasant aroma. Floral and herb aromas. Light citrusy scent. Banana, bubble gum and honey.

Taste is sweet. Floral and fruity esters. A touch of honey. A hint of belgian spice. Perhaps some pale crystal malts to help bring everything together. A little tart towards the end as well.
Light to medium body with a somehwat fizzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

It’s good, it’s a tad refreshing. It just follows most other Sam Adam’s offerings in that it’s kind of "toned down" for it’s style. Not that complex, but it’s still a pretty decent offering.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just does not seem like it is a summer beer. I think this would be more at home as a autumn seasonal. This has the flavors and aromas and feel of a beer for autumn.

It has spicy, rustic flavors. It is the spicing in this that make it more for fall. A good beer but by no means a great one and one for Autumn not summer.

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

Had it in goblet shaped glass.

Appearance: Light orange color, good head

Smell: similar to a wheat beer (nutmeg, little banana)

Taste: Similar to a crystal weissbeer, but a bit more sour

Overall I found it to be a good beer for the summer. I also found it to be good with barbeque.

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

Drinking Date: 8/6/11
Best By Date: Decemeber 2011

Appearance: Clear yellow with white bubbly head. moderate amount of bubbles.

Smell: All sweet and bread-like.

Taste: Sweet with a little bitterness at the end. Gets a little more deep as it warms, but not a lot going on here. Tasted like it smelled. Reminded me of a typical/generic wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied; good bit of carbonation

Overall: I found nothing special or interesting in this brew. Nothing bad just not much to it, which did not fit their description at all. Got another so I will be able to sample again. However, if you see this in the "Summer Style" mixed 12-pack...the quality of the East-West Kolsch makes up for this beers lack of interest.

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

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The color was a clear pale gold. The head was not as robust as other Saisons I have tried especially Saison Dupont. The smell was reminded me of some spices and a bit of ripe banana. The taste was somewhat dry with a bit of fruity ester taste. The mouth feel was somewhat dry but substantial. Overall this gives the feel of a good take of a farmhouse ale and is a pleasant summer drink. As usual, Sam Adams produces a good beer.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The more experience I get with new beers and American Crafts, the more mediocre I judge the various Sam Adams offerings.

On this one, I poured it into a Sam Adams glass noting a 1 finger head leaving good lacing. The color was a pale gold with a watery clear rim.

The smell was grains, straw, and overall reminiscent of a barn.

The flavors had pine, hop, tart citrus.

It was typical for the style, solid, nothing special.

I don't consider myself an expert on the style by any means. Of the few I tried, I prefer the Great Divide Brewing Co, Colette Farmhouse Ale

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

Twelve ounce glass poured into Sam Adams pint. Freshness date of best before October clearly marked.

I was very surprised when I poured this brew, as the first thing that stood out was how clear it is. It literally looks just like a typical pale lager. Head retention is pretty good, little lacing is being left on the glass.

Based on the BJCP guidelines for this style, it hits most of the marks, but definitely has that Sam Adams level of refinement in the taste, especially in the finish. The ester flavors are there, but a nice snap of clean, pilsener like crispness finishes this brew off. It almost tastes like a pale ale with just slightly more phenolic notes. Esters give off a slight banana, lemon tartness. Surprisingly, the ester like flavors seem to not be as present from sip to sip, and the pale ale like character seems to come out even more. Nice malt backbone keeps everything in check.

I haven't tried many Saisons, but I am willing to bet this is probably in the top three for the cleanest take on the style. This is certainly not a bad thing, as this a very refreshing beer, perfect for a hot summer day. At 4.35% ABV, drink away.

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

Appearance: A nice golden color with a decent white head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Spicey, medicinal, a little sour, and some hints of malts

Taste: Light malts, spices, medicine, herbs, and some fruit

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carb

Overall: Not the best saison in the world, but you can't beat it for the price. Seems like "saison light" to me. Mainly a toned down version, but it does have that signature saison flavor. I'm really impressed with this. It is good for the summer, and I'd gladly get more. Easily the best of a very good variety pack. Too bad I can't get it on its own.

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

Appearance: straw color, poured with a nice thin head

Smell: I smell YEAST! Also, some wheat grain, grass, and clove honey.

Taste: slight honey sweetness with a hint of spice and wheat.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium to strong carbonation for saison

Overall: This is a nice summer beer and available all over. For Saison, it seems a bit light, but it's enjoyable.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finishing up the ol summer mix pack.

Pours a pale golden color, white head starts out nice, eventually turning to a thin cap. Some lace left.

Nose contains Belgian yeast, herbalness, lemon, some hay-ish notes, mineral-y. With warmth the flavors seem to be smothered with weird perfumeyness.

Taste is an improvement, adds some more complexity. Nice assortment of light fruits noticeable - citrus, lemon and maybe some pear. Honey is definitely there, a bit of floral and herbal hops. Nice warm toasty bread finish. As expected, not very 'rustic' - not much farm or funk here. Good light mouthfeel overall, high carbonation, like the smell it gets a bit perfumey with warmth.

Pretty good overall, a little unfairly bashed it seems. People expecting a funky saison are bound to be disappointed, this does have a decent Belgian vibe to it along with a somewhat generous hop addition.

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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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Photo of jgurley
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale gold with a really thin head and no lace. Smell is sweet malt and yeast with a little hop. Taste is dry and grainy with some sweetness and hop on the back end. Refreshing bubbly medium high carbonation. Very light. Not a lot of anything, really.

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Photo of hdf561
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at a friends house the other nite.

The taste was extremly hoppy initially, yet it was surprisingly smooth going down. It really had 2 different tastes, the initial taste was hop filled and a little harsh but the beer went down very smooth with very little after taste.

Not a beer I will buy on my own but not horrible by any stretch, and one I would not turn down if offered again.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grain with some Belgian yeast and lots of spices. Smells like some coriander and mesquite spices. Hints of lemon and citrus hops.

Taste: A decent amount of wheat and yeast with plenty of spices. Coriander and mesquite mix to give a peppery spiced flavor. Also some lemon zest with a light hint of citrus hops. Also a hint of cloves.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium and slightly watery. Carbonation is moderate. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Saison that is on the lighter side but still flavorful.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clouded honey color. Nice layer.

Sweets, yeast, breadiness, belgian spices.

Floral notes, lemon, belgian spice and eventually banana when it warms up a bit.

Just a slightly bitter, dry mouthfeel.

Very elementary saison. Nothing really appealing going on here.

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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 GJ40
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at 50 degrees in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Light yellow with incredible clarity and a moderate white head. A steady stream of very fine bubbles.

S - Fruity, peppery aroma. Fairly mild.

T - Clean and crisp with some fruit. Maybe a hint of Saison / Belgian flavor but not much.

M - A moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles with a reasonable consistency.

O - Not very substantial but a nice, easy drinking summer beer. Typical Sam Adams; reliable but not compelling.

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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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