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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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light yellow body with a moderate-sized, white head, though it flattens out soon enough. A speckle of lace here and there on the descent.

Smell: Fruity with a low zesty herbaceousness and minute spiciness over an aromatic base of light malted barley hinting at simple white bread or sliced biscuits.

Taste: Light initial tastes of pils and pale with a few select crumbs of biscuit insides and sugar cookies. Lemon-spritzed cereal grains, a pinch of peppery spice, and a small splash of off-dry Riesling and perry. Low bitterness. Very subtle grassiness of fried shredded leeks. Fruity, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not bad! I honestly appreciate Sammy A going for a lighter, more refreshing, lower alcohol approach, as opposed to the often heavier, boozier take on the style many American breweries go for.

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3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Walk-Ons in Lafayette.

Beer kept a nice head throughout. Flavor was tart, slightly earthy, and quite flowery. The taste was tight and just the right amount of bitter. I really enjoyed this saison, but I felt there was just something missing on the back end.

This is a highly drinkable beer that I would use to introduce someone to farmhouse ales, eventually graduating them to "bigger" saisons. I felt the taste may have been too narrow relative to other saisons I've tried.

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Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had any Saison, need to brush up on the style a little.

A -- Clear, pale straw-gold with a sudsy white head that settles slowly.

S -- Mild fruit and honey with very vague DMS.

T -- Mild honey sweetness up front that blends into light clove phenolic character with some mild citrus fruitiness and ends tart to spicy bitter. There is a light clove and bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Body is light with a crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Very refreshing on a hot afternoon, but is it a Wit or a Saison? There may be some more study in my future.

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3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip glass.

The color is clear light orange/gold with a thin finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is slightly funky with a rusty bolt like aroma. There is a dirt like aroma that has some malty flavor but with touches of flowery aroma in the perimeter.

The taste has a sweet flavor that reminds me of a Belgian golden ale. Some nice juicy fruit flavor that leads into a mellow grainy flavor pushes right into the senses then hits of bitterness at the end bring on some dirty grassy flavor.

The feel of the beer is is lower to medium bodied but has an interesting shift to lighter feel as it goes down with little to do. This is a interesting beer that has some nice taste and low weight.

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3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Looneybiz
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
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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3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rustic Saison opens with a spicy, floral, yeasty nose that instantly recalls baking lavender bread in the summer, with the windows wide open and flower pollen drifting through the screen. The aromas are present in good quantities and are quite enticing, beginning with a very Belgian banana-and-clove base, then adding pineapple, orange, lavender, peppery spices, and yeasty dough to the mix.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of banana, clove, and sourdough bread, then moves quickly into a more palatable middle ground of light banana, peppery spices, toast crusts, orange, and pineapple. Hops add a slight citrusy note, as well as a small burn on the tongue and soft palate. The flavors as a whole are slightly watery, except for the slightly-too-powerful peppers, which continue to gnaw at the tongue well into the aftertaste. Other flavors in the aftertaste include a continuation of the banana and clove theme, as well as fading hints of orange and pineapple fruit esters. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is decent fare, and a good introduction to the Saison style for those unfamiliar with its basic flavor profile. Though the beer is slightly too peppery and bitter, it's still well crafted.

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3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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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3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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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3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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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3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
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 +16.7%
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 +16.4%
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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3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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 +16.1%
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 +15.8%
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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3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +15.8%
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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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 534 ratings
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