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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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool, this beer has a white head and an effervescent, clear golden color. Lots of bubbles. The aroma is of straw, some orange peel, and some flowers. Not as intense an aroma as I expected, although there is a solidly strong spice note. Slight malt flavor, more fruit in the aroma, and a hint of sulfur. Spice and soft, stone fruit. Not much tartness, but there is a notable crispness. Refreshing, light in body, and drinkable. Nothing outstanding, but it would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pale, clear straw yellow with thin white head and little lacing. The smell is yeasty and spicy with citrus edges. The taste complex with the spicy yeast playing a strong role in front, black pepper, herbal hops, and a lemony citrus twang. A bit bitter ending and estery. Thin, crisp and refreshing. A bit watery for this style. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.96/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, a nice golden hue with a one finger head and a little retention and some lacing.

The smell was incredible. Very fresh smelling and potent aroma. Got the feeling I was in a wheat field that was ready for harvest.

The taste was pretty complex really. Had a nice sweet malty start followed by a strong citrus flavor and ended with a very mild bitterness. The honey was barely noticable for me and I was hoping to feel taste it a little more.

Overall a nice addition to the summer craft pack and makes for a nice change up. Just don't expect to taste the honey cause it is very fient.

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Photo of nach0king
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Appearance: Lacks much by way of haze, looks pretty pallid and ordinary, all things considered.

Smell: Actually stands up quite well here. Fruit and herbs, as you'd expect, mellowed with a bit of buttered popcorn.

Taste: All downhill from the smell, actually. The bottle blurb promises complexity and refreshment, but it delivers neither. It's boring, for a saison, and has a slightly cloying sweetness that doesn't so much soften the citrus edge as completely blunt it. And I have three more of these to dispose of...

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is below average; pretty thin.

Sam Adams normally do a very good job of style beers but this is very poor, both "as style" and standing alone. Wouldn't drink it again - guess the three bottles remaining will be a present for a "lucky" recipient.

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

Pours a light straw yellow, with a off white finger length frothy head. Lite retension. All and all not terrible.

S- spicy yeast, with grain notes. sweet maltyness with cloves.

T- yeasty. with spices. Almost masks it smell. slight fruityness to it.

M- Smooth, goes down well. The dry makes it a good finisher. And the carbonation truly does help the taste to be erased and prepped for the next drink.

O- The yeast doesn't make this thick, and suprisingly is light bodied. This doesn't have an on lees base, which i think helps the body to be light.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Really cool. Neon yellow and very brilliant. Lacing and foam are just ok.

Smell: Pretty neutral. Kind of a sweet alcohol smell. Perfume-like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Vague saison quality. Taste is ok. Kind of sour with a vague fruitiness. Lots of yeastiness as well. Mouthfeel definitely does not hold through. Very watery.

Drinkability: Definitely below average for the style.

Overall: I can tell what they're trying to do here, but it isn't working.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Part of the Summer Styles variety 12-pack.

Pours a nice, hazy straw-yellow. A white head stays strong. Smell is quite a bit "barnyard" along with some floral and herbal notes. Taste is crisp & snappy. More citrusy notes to be found here, along with some spiciness after-the-sip. Good saison, nothing special.. I might have another.

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Photo of afksports
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny that such a solid beer is so appropriate for a season and yet... I dont rate it well. Who knows...

This saison has a typical blond hazy appearance and lightly clings around the pint glass. Smells of biscuit and wheat, fresh fruit and hay. Touch of funk, not too strong. Taste is like the smell. Wheat feel on the finish as the barn in the smells comes through.

Had on tap at Amity Hall to celebrate the end of a semester, this is just the light touch my palate needs right now.

Good to drink, nice to sit with, easy all around. Like Sunday morning. Or summer - which is coming.

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

a - very light yellow body had a decent head.

s - light grainy nose with mild spicy yeast notes.

t - yeast dominates up front followed by a dry, bready grain flavor in the finish, ends nice with a little bit of lingering flavor.

m/d - light body, ends dry as it should. Easy to drink, nice example of the style but nothing stands out at me.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out very light gold in color, with about a finger's worth of head that bubbly dissipated quickly with some light lacing. The smell promised spicy hop notes which were there, but it didn't seem very balanced. While Saison isn't my favorite style, I have found some that I enjoy. This one doesn't really live up to the bar set by the others, and I would have to say is average at best. If you REALLY like the style, you might enjoy a bottle or two, but you can do better.

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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 jodmike2000
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had 12 oz bottle out of the summer variaty pack
A. clear gold color almost the color of honey
S. not a lot going on in the way of smell
T. bread with a touch of honey very flavorful
M. carbonated well, foams in the mouth
O. good beer nice to drink while grilling out in the sun

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Photo of Retsinis
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap at Instant Replay, didn't know Sam Adams made a Saison.

A: Served in a SA perfect pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw yellow, with a solid two inches of head, that slowly receded.

S: Mild lemon and wheat grains, mild sweet malt.

T: Mirrors nose mostly, light all around, but a good balance between the herbal bitter hops and sweet wheat grains & malt flavors. The beer also has a mineral water quality to it, with a dry finish. Nothing else too distinct flavor wise.

M: Light mouth, crisp and smooth, somewhat refreshing. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent, but not all that impressed, and not the best Saison I've had, but it was light, and went very well with this Mexican Burrito I had from next door.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A – Light golden, almost green. Cleaner than the style typically is.

S – Tarragon, malt, and pear. Strong yeast character. Touch of banana.

T – Soft malt into wheat, lemon, and grass. Middle and backend have a nice water cracker and yeast character. Overall though the profile is fairly thin.

M – Very light body. Under carbonated.

O – Thin, under flavored, and under carbonated for a saison.

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Photo of champ103
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to a small ring in a second. Not much lace.
S: Grassy, earthy, and dry. Light fruit flavors of banana and a light spice.
T: Follows the nose with an earthy musk and dry, grassy flavor. Light fruity esters of banana and some peppery spice. A nice tart lemon flavor. Finishes a little on the sweet side.
M/D: A light to medium body that is well carbonated. Crisp and clean. Smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I can drink this again and again.

I like this a lot. Maybe not as much funky dryness that I would like, but still very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very clear straw yellow with a fizzy, wispy white head that falls very quickly. A thin covering of lace lines the glass, but retention is poor.

S: Light fruit flavors, some dry spice and a noticeable dose of phenols. Some grain and nut-like aromas dance in the background, as well. Pleasant enough aroma, but lacks some of the complexity and presence that the best saisons showcase.

T&M: Very light and boring flavor. Some slight straw/wheat flavor with a twinge of spice and a very light hint of phenol. Body is light with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Not the most exciting saison, but it's not bad, either.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz into a pint glass. Fizzy head that retains just ok on top of a light straw-brownish body.

Here's my main problem with this beer--where is the yeast funk? The yeast character is supposed to be a big part of this beer so what gives? Other than that, the smell isn't terrible but lacks the complexity of a true saison.

Taste is likewise not great...I don't think I'd buy this beer on its own. Lacks malt complexity or depth and the lack of yeast character isn't remedied by the taste.

Mouthfeel is ok...nothing too objectionable here.

Overall, this beer is a failure. Sam Adams makes a solid lager and a really great pilsner, but for some reason can't make any good ales. Not sure what the deal is with that.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Shows a clear deep straw with a half inch of white cap. Retention is moderate, settling to a light film which holds nicely and leaves bits of lace.

Sweet lemon is prominent on the nose, along with bready malts and a touch of yeast. Spice notes are light and peppery, losing the battle to the sweet notes. Sour/funk is absent.

Spritzy delivery of lemony grain, bit coarse in the middle, and with a sweet close with a hint of pepper spice. Light to moderate feel given the light ABV. Body thins as the carbonation lessons and the sweetness becomes more apparent.

Overall this Saison offers a subdued yeast character and is sweeter than the ABV might ask for. Still notably better in the bottle than when sampled on tap.

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

12 oz bottle from the 2011 Summer Seasonal pack poured into a tulip.

Look: clear, golden body with huge carbonation bubbles racing to the top where a thick, foamy head forms, dwindles down to a thin layer of foam, and remains until the beer is finished. Surprisingly, very clear for a saison. There's good lacing but the lacing disappears after a little while.

Smell: a little fruitiness, lemon zest, and Belgian esters reminiscent of saison yeast. Smells good.

Taste: fairly flavorful, with a bit of breadiness, lemon and tropical fruit, some grain, and a light barnyard flavor coming from the yeast. Its good but nothing extraordinary.

Feel: heavily carbonated at first, eventually ending up a bit flat, crisp, medium to light in body, and dry. Easy drinking and could be a session beer given how light it is in terms of alcohol.

Overall: decent, but with so many great saisons out there, this one falls a little short. I think it will be a nice introduction to saison for new drinkers, but for someone like me who loves the style, its disappointing. The light alcohol does appeal to me, since it pays homage to the table saisons they had back in the day, but the restrained nature of the yeast puts a damper on things. I would give it a try if it falls into your lap but I wouldn't seek it out. Cheers!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Saisons aren't usually my favourite style, so I'm curious if I'll enjoy this.

This one pours a clear pale gold color, crested with two fingers of white head. The aroma is primarily strong, dry yeast, with some fruit notes, spices, hay, and floral aspects. This is surely a lighter saison taste-wise, but the yeast really shines through here, dominating the show. The fruits and spices make their presence known at the end, along with just a hint of that signature Sam Adams maltiness.

The mouthfeel is solid, it's well-carbonated and fairly light. The drinkability suffers due to the overwhelming yeastiness, as typically happens to me for the style. This settles one thing for sure. Still not a saison guy. My tastebuds are still way too sensitive to the yeasty flavors. I seriously wish that wasn't so, I read reviews on saisons and think "hey, that sounds pretty good!" Then I pop them open, and it's a yeastfest every time. But it's a fairly enjoyable beer for what it is. I was able to get through the bottle, for what it's worth. Unfortunately though, this'll have to be my first negative Rdev brew for Sam Adams.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a very pale hay hue. Transparent. A nice little white head forms but leaves quickly. No lacing.

S- Nice & light, quite similar to their summer ale. Citrus, hay, a darker earthy note of fields, grass clippings. The dirty and dank aroma is rather pleasant.

T- Similar to aroma, light overall. a nice and mellow blend of the previously mentioned notes. Nothing that stands out.

M- light, kinda crisp, watery, dries well. doesn't linger very well or at all.

O- A welcome offering to the SA line. Very easy to drink and would be welcome by most. Not close to the top saisons, could be good if some changes. Good for SA to attempt something most have never heard of that may be liked by the causal drinker.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale, straw color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a strong yeasty, flowery aroma with some sweetness and herbal notes as well. Perhaps a bit muted compared to other saisons but all the components are there.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front with some herbal hoppiness. Finishes sweet and yeasty with some floral, herbal, and honey notes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A nice addition to Sam Adams' lineup even if it isn't exactly "rustic" or up to par with other saisons. Sam Adams does a good job of making faithful recreations of classic styles that are accessible to non-craft drinkers in both flavor and price. In that regard, this beer is a success. It probably won't impress any of us craft-drinkers much but, hey, it's a nice, well-rounded saison for a great price. Cheers to that!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, white golden color with a deep crystal white top with rather quick dissipaton.

A very floral-sweet nose, honey and wheat...good amount of yeastie aroma's. Grains and garden greens too.

A crispy bite of gentle honey and various herbs, malty kick and floral-fruity yeast flavor's of celery, basil blend with the hops in a subtle way. Simple flavor's, not much complexity with a light, watery body.

Simple, but fun in the sun!

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Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and smoky with a scent of sage and a very sharp barn hay smell. There is some honeysuckle here along with what smells like heather.

Starts out dry at first and then finishes malty and grassy. Gets sweeter the more you drink it, hops are very grassy like chewing on a straw of hay. Medium level of hop bitterness.

Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good. Seems a little on the sweet side for a Saison to me.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Nonic

A - Golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger white head. The head didn't hold so well, and there appears to be moderate C02. No lacing was left on my glass.

S - Right upfront I get kind of a hard cider quality with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Underneath the cider like quality I get some mild spice, graininess and bubble gum. Much more complex than I thought. I picked up banana as it warmed.

T - I get a combination of a mild spice, mustiness and bubble gum. Immediately following is dry and tart qualities that really remind of hard cider. I pick up apple, pear and grape fruits, and it finishes with banana and bubble gum notes, mild bitterness, graininess and lingering dryness.

M - Moderately crisp with a smooth feel and a medium body.

O - Overall I thought this was one of the most complex beers Ive ever had from Sam Adams. I thought it was very thirst quenching and refreshing enough to toss back more than a few of em in one sitting. I'd pick it up in a mix pack every once in a great while but I can't see myself buying a 6-pack of it or more. Definitely worth a try. Cheers!

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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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