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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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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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Photo of BennyL1
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last style from the Summer pack, poured into a Sam Perfect Pint. Drink by October 2011.

Rustic Saison pours a translucent golden color with a small white head that quickly fell into the beer. Average lacing.

Fruits like lemon and green apple in the nose. A bit of lavender and some Belgian yeast notes in there too.

Light maltiness up front with the fruits coming in after. Nice Belgian yeast in the flavor as well. Ever so slight hop notes at the end.

Body on the lighter side. Dry finish, medium carbonation.

Overall a good training wheels saison from Sam Adams. Props to them for putting styles out there that a lot of beer drinkers wouldn't normally drink. A refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Sept 2011 notched on label. Purchased as part of 12-pack Summer sampler for $15.49.

A: Clear lemon yellow with 2-finger, white frothy head with good retention and few streamers of lace.

S: Lemon pepper and wheat malt with a slight bit of Belgain yeast funkiness. The hopping is herbal and lemon in aroma.

T: I enjoyed this more than I thought but it is too wheaty for the style. Initially fruit tones like peach, pear, and apricot really take center stage. It is nicely spiced with coriander and I imagine grains of paradise by the similarity to SA Summer Ale. As it warms, the drier citrus components come through. It has a nice pepper and lemony citrus accent that offsets the strong wheat component to some extent. The herbal hopping is medium-strength and they did a nice job in drying out the finish. A nice quencher for sure but too Amercian wheat tasting throughout.

M: The dryness and reasonably substantial feeling but crisp body really make this beer feel more than 4.4%. It is still light and an easy drinker.

O: Not a bad beer at all but I wish the wheat malt component was less -- it tastes a little too much like a lemon pepper SA Summer Ale to bump up a level.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Saison and I was expecting higher alcohol and flavor. This version by Jim is very light, watery with a crispness at the end and lingering slight bitter aftertaste. It has some characteristics of the Noble Pils but with different smell and honey notes. It is a good light summer pounder but does lack in flavor if that is what your after. I had this one after 3 hours of yardwork in 90 degree heat so perhaps the fact I downed the full 12 oz in 10 minutes is slightly biased/tainted on my review. The flavors do seem to enhance some as the beer warms. Overall its very drinkable but somewhat dull in offering (seems to be the route Sam Adams is going these days).

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Vonerichs
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with thin head.

The smell is funky, phenolic, and floral. Band-aids and lilac.

It's not very flavorful for the style. It's phenolic with a touch of yeasty funk, but little of anything else.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little oily.

It's a decent beer, but there are much better saisons out there.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really light gold, and watery looking in the glass. Mouthfeel confirmed watery mouthfeel.

All sorts of clove on the nose here. Maybe even a little banana spices.

Taste was very similar to smell. Lots of clove and herb on the palate. It says that there is honey in here, I couldn't detect it except for the little bit of sweetness. No hops bitterness at all.

Overall, this is a weird style for me. Not sure if it's what i expected it to be or not. Lots of clove flavor isn't my favorite, but it's light enough on the palate that it kind of works.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwhancher
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 SuperSpy
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale golden and crystal clear. A one-finger head that quickly drops to a nice foam cap and the beer leaves decent lace with each sip.

The aroma is a bit spicy with a hint of citrus but it's rather faint.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Spicy and peppery flavors up front. Phenolic, with a grapefruit bitterness. Earthy/herbal finish with a crisp lemon aftertaste.

A very refreshing and easy to drink beer. The flavors could be a bit more pronounced though. Overall not bad.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Good head that fades into nice lacing. A light, transparent golden color.

S: Hops, spices, honey, a little scent of grains.

T: Some malts, spicy notes, bread, and a light honey flavor. There's a fruity taste to it as well, possibly pears? There is also a light band-aid flavor that I didn't really notice until I was about halfway through, though it is not to the point where it ruins the beer.

M: Crisp. A little much carbonation for me, and it's really light.

O: With a decent flavor, and being light enough to sink down, this beer is probably best suited for the beach or sitting by the pool. I personally prefer other summer beers to this, but I always enjoy trying Samuel Adams' seasonal beers and this wasn't a disappointment.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-looks like an adjunct. transparent yellow, thick white head with a lot of bubbles. some lacing

S-actually smells like a belgian ale, not something i expected from Sam Adams. smells like spicy pale belgian malts and buttery corn. the barnyard funk is there but kept to a minimum. the smell has a medium to good strength though.

T-comes in with freshly bitter pale belgian malts. there a spicy grassiness to them. its a very light flavor, though i'm digging it for the hot florida summer day i'm experiencing now. it then has only a slight quick bitterness. the after-taste is faint of spice and grass and some lemon. its a quick and subtle saison.

M-medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-in all honesty, this isn't a bad beer. if you open this expecting a good saison, you're going to rate this poorly.However, if you open this expecting some mediocre Sam Adams, then you're going to be surprised. there aren't many lawnmower saisons out there but that is exactly what this beer is. its light and easy drinking with out any real negative qualities besides a strong lack of saison spirit. so far out of the summer variety pack, this may be my favorite.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
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 dbossman
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and light golden hue with a fairly quickly dissipating head; the beer leaves minimal lacing

S: Fairly minimal aromas but what is discernible is a musty, grassy, grainy quality with hints of lemon and apple

T: Flavors are better than the aromas; grainy and grassy with a dry lemon quality that is pleasant; fairly earthy and musty--which are really the only recognizable saison qualities here; the flavors fade too quickly because of the dryness but it is pleasant enough

F: A carbonated and light but nice mouth feel up front but the dryness of the beer causes much of the beer to dissipate; though a decent amount manages to cling to the roof of the mouth nonetheless

O: Pleasant enough beer but ranter simple and not enough funk and interesting characteristics for my saison-liking taste

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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 greenmonstah
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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 stakem
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
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 NODAK
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweet and fruity at first, with definite banana and perhaps apricot, with some cloves in the back. Grassy hoppiness shows up after and becomes a defining part of the aroma.

Pours golden, with a nice rocky head.

The taste is definitely not quite what I expected. The fruity sweetness is more restrained in the body, and it comes across thin. The spices are faint and well hidden. A good deal of grain shows near the finish, along with a fairly substantial (for style) grassy hoppiness. I was surprised at the somewhat stinging bitterness there.

Basically a somewhat fruity sweet and spicy body...grain...and a solid bitterness. Not an elite beer by any means...but not a failure. I'm not sure if I'll seek it out again simply because it doesn't excel and there are many beers that do.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light honey-gold with a thin bubbly layer of white. A few sparse dots of lace. Holds at a thin covering.

Aroma - just a light Belgian yeast that denotes the Saison style.

Taste - strong Saison flavor, though I do pick up a little hefe flavor. The yeast totally dominates the fore and middle palate, yielding only after the swallow as some hops kick in a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, lighter-moderate body.

Drinkability - not my favorite style, but I think this was well done. Still, not the kind of brew I tend to go looking for. Nice props for including a Saison in the seasonal pack though.

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Photo of morehoppps
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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 mattkoon
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

summer is the perfect time for a nice saison. I was a little shocked when I poured this beer that it wasn't as cloudy as I expected. It is actually quite clear- and golden. The smell is an earthy hay-like, which I expected and have come to love. The taste is very earthy and full of citrus. You can alsoreally tase the honey comb flavor. This saison isn't as rugged as others I've had but it is a very solid beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Straw golden color, faint haze and a thin lacing on top. Spice, medicinal phenols (bandaid), lavender, cotton candy and almonds in the nose. Light slickness on the palate, stuggling crispness within the medium body. Even maltiness from start to finish with a taste of grapenuts within. Phenols flavor and balance with wild herb-like flavors and a mild medicinal back end. Slight twang middle to end with some overripe lemon flavor. Chalky yeast tone and drying maltiness in the end.

While the funk adds a light complex side to this beer it does not seem so rustic ... more restrained IMO. A decent take on the style even if it is more refined.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow reminiscent to a macro lager. Features a 1 finger foamy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Decent lacing.

Smell: Yeast, clove, pear and a touch of phenols. Not a strong nose, but nothing offensive in any way.

Taste: Mild phenols and grains up front followed by a tart fruitiness and a hint of spices in the middle before finishing with fairly bitter hoppiness. Aftertaste is dry and surprisingly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could drink a few without much difficulty.

Overall: This is a decent, not great beer. While I like that Sam Adams is putting out a wide variety of styles, I think the focus should be on putting out great beers in these styles. Rustic Saison is not a great saison by any means, but it could be a gateway beer for people who have never tried the more exotic beer styles.

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Photo of kflorence
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a transparent, golden in color with a small amount of head atop. A bit of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look good. Looks kinda like a cross between a pale ale and a blonde ale; which is to say a bit timid.

S: Smells of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, citrus and spice. There's also a more subtle, floral characteristic, maybe from the hops.

T: The taste is highly Belgian with the yeast and citrus clearly taking center stage. There is also a note of sweet malts, perhaps some bubble gum. Towards the end of the swallow the hops come through, mostly floral, and the aftertaste is sweet and citrusy. Very dry on the finish.

M: This is a light bodied beer with solid carbonation and little to no substance. While it works as far as drinkability is concerned, I could use a bit more cream or chewiness.

O: Overall, this is a simple and sessionable beer that will make you reminisce about all the better Belgian style beers you've had. It is certainly well crafted, but definitely comes off a bit dull. On top of that, it just has the taste of a Samuel Adam's, which detracts from its overall allure for me. Certainly wouldn't turn one away, but I would not seek it out either.

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Photo of mocktm
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This week's cheap $6.99 growler fill of the week at Bellport Beer in Bellport, NY. Being the enthused Saison fan that I am, combined with the fact that I credit Sam Adams for being one of the beers that brought me into the craft scene, I jumped on it.

Into a traditional pint glass, the beer appears a transparent light golden yellow with a finger or so of chunky white head. Decent lacing as the head fizzles down to practically nothing but a flimsy film.

Nose is full of strong and phenolic yeast aromas for the most part. Slight lemon citrus notes, some wheat, and a barely noticeable hop presence are also there, but just not well defined. Definitely smells like a Saison, just not a particularly pungent and well balanced one.

Taste is medicinal and grassy up front with a slight hop bitterness throughout. Lemon and apple tartness take a more prominent role to match the yeast mustiness. A little watery, but not bad.

Light to medium bodied and with very easy drinking and refreshing qualities. Crisp with a dry finish; good session beer, especially for summer, although a bit boring and muted for the style.

Overall, a valiant crack at the style. However, given that there are much much better options available for only a bit more bank, this one will not be a regular for me. Still glad I tried it though.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of head over a lightly hazy straw body. The head fades quickly and the nose reveals a quick blast of grassy lemon. A faint amount of the yeast kicks up behind the grassy hops along with a very light malt aroma. A lot of the lemon hops are upfront with a faint yeasty crispness. A zesty middle leads to a rather faint finish. Overall this was light on normal saison characteristics.

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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 534 ratings
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