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 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 gpogo
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear body with a large white head. Moderate amount of bubbles, very pretty. Head dissipated to a foam cap.

A- Wheaty malt aroma, floral hops. Belgian yeast is not as pronounced as I would expected, but it sits nicely in the background.

T- Flavor is muted. The Belgian yeast flavor is there, just not as prevalent as I would expect. The hops are present in the beginning with a light bitterness throughout. Enjoyable wheat malt flavor.

M- Medium-light body and smooth. Moderate-low carbonation.

D- Not exactly what I expected. I would have expected a bit more carbonation and less of a muted flavor. It was enjoyable, just not great(but not bad either).

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - a crisp golden color, clear, with maybe 3/4 of a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - definite floral and "estery" aromas, as suggested from the label.

Taste and Mouthfeel - crisp-tasting, yet slightly musky in flavor. Somewhat citrusy, sure, I think more of the esters are present. Fairly bitter throughout, but not overwhelming. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - a very interesting brew to sample. Intriguing in taste, and also refreshing and light in body.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a one-finger thick, pale head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a clear gold hue. A grassy grain note combines with a dry slightly herbal honey, whole grain cracker and even a touch of biscuit malt like character. There is some sweetness wrapped up in a fruitiness here in the nose as well, with notes of pear, apple and melon being noticeable.

As the beer first hits my mouth it tastes herbal, bitter, very hay like (more so in the finish even) and has a carbonic bite to it. The fruit character comes out after the fist sip with more of an apple and pear like note, but there is also a touch of melon rind to the flavor. This is very light bodied, it is down right quaffable and refreshing even. The finish has a grainy quality to it as well as a cracker like malt character. There is a hint of mustiness here as well as some medicinal notes that give this some characteristic Saison fermentation character. Ther eis also some notes of pepper in the finish as well as a dry, musty, slightly woody note here.

This is quite nice; I really like light and refreshing beers that have quite a bit of character to them. Having said that, this beer could use a bit more character (more hop character or a better defined yeast influence & spice would have been nice), but the body and texture are just about perfect.

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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 neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for a few months now, so I decided it was finally time to open it. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass, this beer is a clear light to medium pale gold color with a white head about an inch thick poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Not too much lacing or film layering on the surface of the beer here, just a bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of grainy fruits and bits of spice make up the main smell of this one. Has a good sweet spicey flavor upfront followed by a bit of bitterness with hints of caramel malt mixed in too and is rounded out with grainy fruit. Some citrus for sure. A bit of a dry aftertaste from this one. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be! Another good effort from The Boston Beer Company!


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Photo of yesyouam
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Rustic Saison is a crystal clear, bright yellow ale with a thin, white head that fades to a frothy blotch. It has an aroma of ripe bananas and pears with a hint of figs and dates. There are herbs in the nose. It's light bodied, very foamy, smooth and lively. It has a dry, crunchy finish. It's lightly flavored and tea like. It tastes lemony, minty and very fruity with papaya qualities. It has good balance. The bitterness is just enough to zip up the taste. It's pretty refreshing and tasty.

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

really cool to see this one around. gotta give sam admas credit for all the new beers making their way down here.

The pour was a light golden color, almost a hay colored straw, with loads of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Really rich looking for the style as a three finger high head of white foam formed on top and settled down graciously into a thin pillow that never left sight. Aroma is light fruit, pears, peaches, hints of light grassy notes, hints of bread and other light grains. Warming brings out a nice little bit of banana and almost a clove like touch to it. Each sip is clean, crisp, concise with tons of depth and light fruit notes. Light drying on the palate as you start to finish it off, but it never does lose sight of the total package.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy honey, grassy hop and estery yeast.

The taste consisted of an earthy breadiness, with elements of sweet honey, pepper, a grassy hop and lingering esters. Nice doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty saison. Toward the shallower end of the style but very quaffable.

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

Crisp and refreshing light beer.

Lovely pale gold color in the tulip glass. Faint whiff of band aid phenols. Great mouth feel, these guys are expert with the creamy carbonation. Some hints of fruit and nameless flowery touch. Maybe some yeast and toast. Some bitterness comes on at the end, which is just right. Tasting again, the slight sweetness and Belgian flavors are subtle, but pleasant.

Another well-balanced and light style from BBC. I think the artists of brewing should address the real problem: more tasty, flavorful lower-alcohol beers.

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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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Photo of Mitchster
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OG=10.8° Plato, 4.35% ABV, 3.41% ABW, Calories 12/ oz.: 143.
Brewed with Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, wheat, and Bohemian pils malt. Hopped with Hersbrucker and Tettnang Noble hops, fermented with "A Belgian ale yeast".

Pours out to a VERY light pale golden, clear (cloudy is typical for the style), forming a small white head with poor retention and good lacing. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of cloves, bananas and spicy phenolics. Mouthfeel is spritzy, light bodied, and crisp. The flavor is a recap of the aroma...clove, delicate pale malts, maybe some lemon and phenols. Bitterness is pleasantly assertive and well balanced. Suggestion of pepper in the finish.

Very light bodied, low alcohol and "clean" compared to most other saisons available today, probably in the interest of turning people onto saisons as part of the summer beer styles...still it's a decent beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden yellow with a white head that has really good retention, lacing and carbonation. Has a flowery fruity smell and the the taste starts out with a floral followed by some fruity esters, and than a little bit of hops. Has a little bit of spiciness and a yeast bread taste in the back. The beer has a light bodied crisp smooth finish that finishes with a slightly dry mouthfeel. A nice tasting beer that beer lovers can enjoy during the summer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had a Saison in a while. 1.99 for a single, figured I'd give it a try.

Appearance-Looks refreshing. Pale orange with some light haze. 1 inch frothy white head with some retention.

Smell-Has that typical Sam Adams yeast aroma. Some fruits, apple, pear, banana. Spicey notes as well.

Taste-Grainy and Grassy. A little bit of that saison funk. Light citrus notes, just alot of grass. Extremely drying finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp

Overall-Inexpensive, Sessionable, and refreshing. Not the best, but certainly a beer that I would drink again.

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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 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 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 aepb1
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear golden body with a bubbly off white head

S- banana, spices and a bit yeasty

T- fruits and spices, some floral hops and bitterness. Finishes with a little bit of funk

M- medium body, sticky and higher carbonation but certainly ok for the style

O- solid take on style and such a wide distribution, hope it helps improve acceptance of the style

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

Poured this Saison from 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a straw/golden color, it was slightly hazey. It produced an average white head with excellent head retention. The lacing was minimal. The aroma was very spicey, sweet and nutty. Amaretto comes to mind. This is a medium bodied beer with a nice mouthfeel. Right up front this beer gets you with some maltiness, and gives way to some citrus flavor and then fades into a floral finish. The yeast also comes through from start to finish. There is alot going on at once with this beer. Very good- this has inspired me to seek out some more versions of Saison.

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

Poured into Reidel beer glass which gave ample room for a full pour.
Aroma is complex. Spiciness, mild fruit, pale malt, mild funk. Interesting, but not necc. satisfying as some.
Huge full white head. Golden body that's mostly clear.
Complex flavors too. Brief sweetness. Little spice. Little funk. Solid pale malt base. Dryness lays on the tongue flat, hard and extended, almost dulling the flavors. There are some hops in here, both in flavor and bitterness.
Light moderate body and closing in on full carbonation, but this drinks very easily.
For my tastes this lacks a full on fruitiness that I like. But there is a lot going on in this. It's interesting and enjoyable. A solid introduction into style for those uninitiated.

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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 jampics2
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mavis Winkles in Twinsburg. Served in a pint glass for about $5.

The beer looks OK, but is missing the trademark billowing head of a true saison/farmhouse ale. It also could be cloudier - I can see through the golden colored liquid with its many active bubbles.

The smell is quite nice. There are notes of pale belgian malt, pepper and fruit - namely apricot. The taste follows quite nicely, with a crackery malt spiced with pepper, apricot and belgian sugar. The dry finish is very abrupt, but no booze is noticed.

The beer has a medium to light body. The finish is very dry and the mouthfeel is a touch too effervescent. Take away some crispness and dryness and we'd have a better score. Overall, this beer was refreshing and was one of the better Sam offerings I've had recently.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice golden with a half inch of creamy white head the dissipates quickly to a very thin layer.
Smell: Smells of what I call typical saison smell malts and that yeasty bready smell.
Taste: Malt up front and a little hop bitterness that lingers in towards the back into aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: It has a nice balance of easy drinking but thick enough to let the flavor stick around.

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