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

glass: nonic

Pours a clear, pale and golden color. Foamy 1 inch head accumulated but settled to a one finger froth atop the beer.

The aroms has soft bready notes underneath a fairly spicy and bubbglegum-like base.

Although that spicy, bubblegum, glove tastes are present, the malt is definitely playing a bigger role, adding rich toasted bread and dough-like flavors. A noticable amount of bittering hops are present as well.

Fairly carbonated with a light-medium body.

This is a decent beer. It's my first Saison and i can say with confidence that there are very likely, plenty of better beers in this style out there.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Crystal clear yellow with a half finger of white head. Lots of carbonation.

S - Belgian yeast, sweet fruit. Bubblegum and a little bread.

T - Not the most exciting saison. Spicy (peppery clove) with a strong yeast component. Sweet fruity bubblegum. Finishes with considerable bready notes.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation.

O - Overall this is an average take on the style. Nothing too exciting. It checks a lot of the right boxes, but just doesn't compel me at all. I'll say that I really appreciate seeing this style in the Summer pack for BBC, because it'd be nice to introduce some people to the Saison.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.94/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like my dark beers, but this saison is pretty good. Color is golden, just like honey. Smells like honey and oats and it also tastes like honey and oats. Pretty much tastes just like Honey Nut Cheerios. Mouthful is so wonderful. Drinkablity is high. I could drink a case of this beer

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is basically undetectable. I think I get a little bit of wheat, but the beer basically has no aroma. The flavor is a mix of wheat with some pepper and orange notes. Still, it is very bland. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I generally like Samuel Adams' beers, but this one is not good.

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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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkable and approachable Saison, nice.

Pours a pale golden color with medium sized white head. Nose is straightforward with some prickly perfume, nuts, and candy. Palate offers some zing with citrusy flavors mingling in the carbonation, some barnyard funk that is restrained and more polite than most, and it carries through nicely into the finish. Very drinkable example and could enjoy this regularly.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before October. I guess this one isn't meant to age.

A: Golden-orangish body is a bit too clear and clean. Head is pretty anemic for the style. Not much lacing either.

S: Mostly bubble gum with some spices.

T: Lots of pepper with some herbal notes. Bready malt with a hint of sweetness.

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D: OK for what it is, and pretty good for a mass-market saison.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found the big box of Summer brews at the local Sam's Club.

Best before Sept is notched.

It pours a clear and very pale gold with a 2 finger head of foam and checking on the lacing...yep, it's good, just like all of Sam Adams brews.

It has a pretty decent nose of citrus and maybe some other fruit; none of that funky smell that I appreciate muchly in my Saisons.

Citrus is also in the taste with a light yeasty flavour and a hint of some funk but that comes and goes during the session. It tastes okay and is somewhat true to the style though on the weaker end when it comes to the flavours.

It is pretty light bodied with a fairly low level of carbonation. Decent mouth feel and I find it pretty good when it comes to drinkability. Not a bad effort...4.35% abv helps make it so and yet *could* have hurt the overall product at the same time. Most of the Saisons that impress me are around 6%.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a stark clear golden yellow with a small white head; recedes very quickly with no lacing.

S: Nose is the best part of the beer. Picking up honey, bready malts, and yeast. There is also some banana & fruity quality to it.

T: Unfortunately the taste doesn't follow the nose as well as I hoped. Honey is the main flavor followed by sweet pale malts, hint of spices, and herbal hops.

M: Light body; moderate carbonation; Crisp and refreshing texture although it's borderline watery.

O: Although I would say it's not the best example of the style, this one is extremely drinkable. Great for those interested into trying Saisons. Low ABV & price point make this one 6-7 bottles for me easily. I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Straw yellow-golden color. Two fingers of white head that faded quickly and left a few streaks of lacing behind.

Smell: You can definitely smell the wild yeast in this. Aromas of banana, clove, and pale malt.

Taste: Sweet front end characterized by a substantial pale malt and honey flavor. The middle of the palate is banana, clove, and a slight spiciness. Finishes off with a light citrus hop zing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Clean finish, slightly dry.

Drinkability/Overall: Easy drinking and very refreshing. Definitely more of a session beer.

Final Notes: Not an amazing beer, but a solid performer. It would make a solid session beer or one to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: lemon and pepper

Taste: lemon, pepper, and grass

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, dry, moderate carbonation, light body

Overall: I could drink a six of this. Rustic Saison is a nice intro saison. Not mind blowing, but very solid and another great addition to the Sam Adams line up. This is the one I am raiding from the summer styles pack.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow hue with a crystal-clear body and a finger of creamy white head. Plenty of apparent effervescence, which is festive.

Smell: sweet, spicy, funky and grainy rolled into one. The complexity here is quite nice. The bottle says this is brewed with honey and it's definitely noticeable. Overall this smells crisp and refreshing, though pretty mild in intensity.

Taste: light and refreshing. Malt has a fair bit of dry graininess to it, which is complemented by the sweeter honey notes. There's a little bit of citrus and a very light spiciness here (grains of paradise, maybe). I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: light body with an OK level of carbonation. Frankly, the mouthfeel here isn't my favorite. It's not bad but it is not exciting either.

Overall: a pretty drinkable and tasty, refreshing brew. It's not particularly hot out today but I'm sure this beer would go phenomenally well with some sunshine.

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Photo of Erish
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Part of the 2011 summer variety 12-pack.

A: Brilliant golden color, the head very quickly falls into a nice cap with good Belgian lace.

S: citrus, cracker-like malt, some sourness and light levels of Belgian ester funk, a hint of banana and clove.

T: very crisp and citrusy up front, then a nice honey/malt flavor, quickly followed by a bit of clove, the finish is bitter/sour with a light grassy/herbal hop note.

M: light-bodied, silky texture, abundant carbonation, very refreshing.

O: I'm not sure this is exactly to style, though after reading the BJCP style guidelines it seems to fit within the parameters of a saison. Just the same, though it is very refreshing, I find it somewhat lacking in Belgian "character." This is more like a saison bred with a pilsner.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks to Ratman for providing me with a bottle of this one, lessening my need to purchase the new mixed 12 pack. Poured a hazy straw color with a little white head. Aromas of yeast, bubble gum and crackers. Light bodied, and not very flavorful, with bubble gum, yeast and light hops.

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Photo of scoobybrew
1.96/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A – crystal clear straw color with thick white head that is well retained

S – mild yeast esters with hints of spicy Belgian-like hop, husky grain as it warms

T – husky grain flavor with a touch of hop and slight fruitiness and slight spicy phenols, finish is coarse and leaves an unpleasant tannin-like taste lingering

M – medium-full body, moderately high carbonation, slightly astringent

D – This is probably the worst commercial saison I’ve had – and perhaps one of the worst ever. The husky tannins resemble the results of poor pH control when sparging or rinsing the grain. I wonder if the ‘Rustic’ in the description means ‘poorly brewed’. None of the typical flavors common to most saisons are present. Glad this wasn’t a whole six pack.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear yellow color with a bright white head. Retention is ok and lacing good.

Nose has a lemony hop aroma with some grainy malt. Herbal for sure, yeast does not seem to be doing much here, which is disappointing.

Dry grainy malt flavors with a sharp hop layering of bittering and flavoring. Not really all that 'rustic', thats for sure, does not have any farmhouse feel or flavor to it. Its a clean beer that really does not throw off much yeast flavors. I do like the lemony hop character, reminds me of a Sorachi Ace and Hallertau blend type flavor. They also got the dryness of a saison right....really the only thing missing here is the farmhouse yeast effect. Not bad, I enjoyed the two bottles in the summer mixed pack well enough.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw, aggressively bubbly, lingering thin head, with nice lacing.

S: Nose is yeasty. Nice fruit and banana.

T: Fruity up front, with mild citric bite, fades to bready sweetness. Finish is a little smoky.

M: Thin and very bubbly.

D: A tasty, yeasty beer, but a little thin for my taste.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Summer Styles Mix Pack served in a large wine glass.

L - clear bright yellow with a white head that thinned to a coating/ring and left a few rings of lacing as I drank.

S - citrus and herbal aromas.

T - good blend of spices, yeast, floral and citrus hops finishing dry yet slightly sweet on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - easy to drink, tasty and refreshing.

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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 Hoptometrist
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Pours a a very light and clear yellow with a two finger soapy white head that dissipated very quickly.

S- Yeast, orange peel, bubblegum, very pleasant aroma

T- Strong orange peel and yeast notes, funky bubblegum flavor, spice, wheat at first. This beer changed during the middle of my glass. It became so watery that it began to taste just like orange peel and bubblegum tinged water.

M- Light in body for a saison and very watery towards the middle and end of the beer

O- A good tasting lower ABV saison at first. The yeasty and fruity notes of this beer became more subdued as the beer warmed and became a little watery though. This beer really changed for the worse as I continued to drink it. It started out very flavorful and ended up tasting more plain and watery towards the middle of the beer. I had really high expectation after the first half of the beer, which was very good, but it became very watery and lost lots of flavor.

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

Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

A: Poured a nice light straw color, with a small head that crumbles quickly. If i didn't know better, it looks like an average lite beer.

S: Eh, not much in the smell. Kind of grassy, and farmy.

T: Pretty light flavor. It's well balanced, as in there is nothing that jumps out at you. Grassy, and I guess kind of "rustic". You can tell they used quality ingredients, but apparently not very much of them.

M: Light, like some of the other guys said, kind of watery. Pretty good amount of carbonation though.

O: Not my favorite out of the summer sampler, but not my least favorite that is for sure. I can see why a lot of people may like this, but it's not very memorable. In my opinion, this and the Kolsch kind of blur together. East-West Kolsch is better though.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down a bit too quickly for a Belgian beer style and leaves behind only a bit of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of mix of some wheat and some yeast. Little bits of fruit (grape) and spices. Aroma is a bit subtle.

T - Starts off with some mild grassy flavor and a bit of background yeast. Just a touch of honey sweetness in the beginning. Through the middle, some spices and pepper come out. The finish is a blend of some grass and straw and some background yeast and spices that linger.

M - Light bodied and light carbonation. Feels a bit watery and kinda empty. Finish is nice and clean though.

D - Very drinkable. The beer is light and feels fairly crisp. Feels empty though. Feels like there should have been more flavor for a Saison. I do appreciate BBC for being a bit more adventurous on their packs though.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thick foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of fruity esters and honey with a touch of clove.

T- Very phenolic with alot of spice and astringecy. Not what I was getting from the nose.

M- Light with ok carbonation.

O- Doesn't stack up against other saisons.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into big red wine glass.

Pours very pale clear straw, with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Little to no lacing.

Nose carries notes of white grapes with a spicy twang, almost minty, heavily herbal, bit of hay.

Taste is mellow, grainy malt underneath with an herbal, dry grass quality lingering on the finish. Sweetness comes through with some underlying white grape skins. Rustic fits, I think.

Mouthfeel is slick, smooth, light, with a mellow crispness. Carbonation is lightish, but still on the big-bubbled side.

Overall, a nicely put together beer. Quite enjoyable, and kudos to bbc for being this adventurous with their mixed pack.

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

A: Pours a pale straw color with a nice sized white head from an aggressive pour.

S: Lots of citrus. Hints of some bread malt.

T: Hints of bread malt with lots of citrus and faint cloves. The aftertaste has a bit of caramel.

M: Light with some nice carbonation.

O: Very good summer beer. This is the first year its been in the summer pack and is a good addition.

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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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