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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 03-10-2011

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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 socon67
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow in color. High white foam on top. Very clear in appearance. Smells of straw, wheat, and flowers. This is perfect for the spring. The taste is crisp and smooth, but a little medicine-like. Overall its the non-hoppy cousin of the Noble Pils. A tasty brew from BBC, and if you like Saisons it is worth a try.

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Photo of JMad
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip...

The beer is a clear dark yellow color with a thin bubbly white head. I can smell green apples and fresh cut grass, there is a slight funky aroma as well along with some floral notes. The taste consists mostly of lemon, grass and yeast with a tangy/ bitter aftertaste. Feels a little thin, and the carbonation bites at the sides of the mouth, but there is a nice, long aftertaste. The beer is a little watery but it still has flavor and is refreshing.

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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 tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear gold with carbonation bubbles racing to meet the immense mound of head. Smells of Belgian yeast and spice with a little clove coming through. Taste is Belgian yeast, clove, and a little lemon. All flavors are very mild, some even faint. The finish is a little more bitter than I would have expected and seems to not mesh well with the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer. It comes off more as a Belgian Pale than a Saison though.

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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 BeerBoss
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a chilled bottle into a pint glass.

A: A crisp, clear golden color with a conservative head.

S: A fruity nose with a healthy sweet smell...perhaps honey.

T: A nice clean fruity front with a mildly bitter finish.

M: Tingly on the tounge but smooth.

O: A nice beer with the complexity that I like.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A decent slightly cloudy golden color with hints of a decent head that don't go away as you drink it.
S: Nice rich hay type wheat aroma with some slight fruitiness from the malt.
T: Good earthy wheat flavor. Nice basic wheat flavor that reminds me of some hay coupled with a slight fruitiness at the end. Very refreshing and filling.
D/O: Great drinkable characteristic. Very light and paired well with food. Nice hot DC night and this beer fit right in. Very acceptable interpretation of the style that RFD was lucky enough to get their hands on. Cheers!

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Photo of greengorilla
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a light golden color with a fair one finger head.

The smell is decent.

The taste is alright too. It has hints of cloves. I am not crazy about it though.

The mouthfeel is good. It is drinkable.

Overall, it is just okay. I will probably give the other bottle from the mixed 12 to my wife.

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Photo of chilidog
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A belgian farmhouse, this says to me, an all day sipper. At just over 4% thisone is just that if more were made available. A complex brew indeed but well worth a warm day try.

Pours golden, clear, well carbonated and dose leave alittle lace.

Aroma of citric yeasty floral.

Taste of belgian yeast, herbs and a citric hop that crisps the mouth.

Overall I like the farmhouse, home style concept. A complex well worth try.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep yellow color, with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy with hints of fruit. In the taste, earthy malts and small notes of fruit and yeast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthiness in the aftertaste. Quite nice, somewhat impressed.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Sturdy 3 finger, white foamy head. Nice clear yellow in color (no nuance).

S: The aroma of hops is fresh without any off scents. A little yellow stone fruit (apricot).

T: Not as up front as you often find in the style. Some mellow fruity esters. SLight hop presence. A little strange in the aftertaste.

M: Maybe a little acetic or astringent for me. Good overall though.

D: From what I see so far, this summer will not be wanting of good summer beers. This may not be my first choice, but I would certainly welcome this in a few months as a respite from all the hefes and wits I am sure to be drinking.

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Photo of droomyster
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw body topped by one centimeter of white head with decent retention. The aromas are so fruity, floral, and yeasty that they remind me of a farmer's market. I get a lot of pears and freshly cut roses on the nose. The doughiness and yeastiness dominate the palate, with apple and pear-like sweetness appearing on the mid-palate and intensifying on the finish. A good taste but not nearly as interesting or vibrant as many other members of its style. For the price, it makes for a stylistically offbeat but conversation-worthy choice for potlucks or game nights.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with slight haze and a small off-white head that hangs around for a good while leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma is grassy with light fruit upfront and a hint of citrus and spice in the back.

Taste starts off very floral along with light notes of pear and lemon. A touch of Belgian spice shows up in the middle but is fairly subtle. Some bready malt and honey shows up into the finish.

Meidum body with medium carbonation. A very Americanized saison but it works for me overall. If I'm looking to stay true to the style, I wouldn't look here, but this was still nice and refreshing, and something I wouldn't mind having more of.

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Photo of beerman207
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow. Pours a nice 1/2 inch head with some lace

S: Very fruity and earthy in the nose. Some malt in the back

T: Spicy and bitter. Very tart in the finish

M: Dry beer with some bitterness that lingers for a while

O: Got this in a multi-pack and it was lingering in the fridge. I didn't end up reviewing all of the beers but I'm glad that I took the time to review this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, cool vibrant yellow, great clarity, egg shell white head, .5" high into a Chimay goblet.
Kind of a perfumy aroma, enjoyable, not pungent.

Great yeast quality flavor wise, no clove, some bubblegumminess, plenty tangy with its lemon aspect, mild sweetness, crisp.

Really enjoyed this one while grilling some basil & garlic brats, watching Rey Mysterio win the WWE title. Thought it was a great straight forward beer, equal parts BPA and saison.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my all time favorite breweries and really look forward to their new offerings... was really surprised to see a Saison pop up from them so I was curious to try.

Pours a golden color, TONS of carbonation. Faint fruity smell, light to medium bodied, yeasty taste. Pretty refreshing after a nice hot day. Well balanced with a nice clean finish. Pretty low ABV for this style and not the most pronounced flavor, but a nice stepping stone to people trying this style for the first time and a solid beer. Not the best saison, but pretty darn good and enjoyable.

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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 morimech
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How good could a Sam Adams Saison be? I was pleasantly surprised it was well above average. It is no Saison Dupont, but it is better than a lot of domestic saisons I have had lately.

Clear golden color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has a lot of fruity esters going on, a little grass, and bready malt. The malt aroma is not particularly pleasant in this beer.

Fruity and grassy flavor. Phenols are kept at a minimum. The malt does not play much of a role in the flavor allowing the esters to come out. Finish is crisp and slightly dry.

A little overcarbonated with a somewhat thin body. The weakest part of the beer.

Surprised by the beer. I would not hesitate drinking this beer again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last bottle from the Sam Adams Summer Styles

A-Clear golden yellow, not much head but carbonated.

S-Mainly just wheat and lemon.

T-The wheat and lemon come through at the start, floral hops are in there as well, although not much bitterness.

M-Light and carbonated.

O-A decent saison, there are better ones out there but once again Sam Adams provides a solid introduction to a style that the beginner drinker isn't familiar with.

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

Twelve ounce glass poured into Sam Adams pint. Freshness date of best before October clearly marked.

I was very surprised when I poured this brew, as the first thing that stood out was how clear it is. It literally looks just like a typical pale lager. Head retention is pretty good, little lacing is being left on the glass.

Based on the BJCP guidelines for this style, it hits most of the marks, but definitely has that Sam Adams level of refinement in the taste, especially in the finish. The ester flavors are there, but a nice snap of clean, pilsener like crispness finishes this brew off. It almost tastes like a pale ale with just slightly more phenolic notes. Esters give off a slight banana, lemon tartness. Surprisingly, the ester like flavors seem to not be as present from sip to sip, and the pale ale like character seems to come out even more. Nice malt backbone keeps everything in check.

I haven't tried many Saisons, but I am willing to bet this is probably in the top three for the cleanest take on the style. This is certainly not a bad thing, as this a very refreshing beer, perfect for a hot summer day. At 4.35% ABV, drink away.

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

This beer pours a pale yellow with a small that needed to be forced. The heads fades quickly with no remnants at all.
I like the smell, lemony and spicy in an herbal way.
The taste is more of the same but there really isn't a whole lot of it. There is a lingering herbal aftertaste that isn't terrible. My wife who loves the sour,funky beers gave this one a thumbs up.
The flavor lessened as the beer warmed, which is not good on a hot summer day which is when this beer would be best suited.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, slightly hazy golden color. Small white head with a little retention.

Pleasant aroma. Floral and herb aromas. Light citrusy scent. Banana, bubble gum and honey.

Taste is sweet. Floral and fruity esters. A touch of honey. A hint of belgian spice. Perhaps some pale crystal malts to help bring everything together. A little tart towards the end as well.
Light to medium body with a somehwat fizzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

It’s good, it’s a tad refreshing. It just follows most other Sam Adam’s offerings in that it’s kind of "toned down" for it’s style. Not that complex, but it’s still a pretty decent offering.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear as part of their Sam Adams showcase.

The beer pours straw yellow with a nice almost amber hue. The head forms and dissipates but it laces fully as the beer is drank very nice.

Spicy herbal nose, wheat malts with some indistinguishable spices

The taste is full of carbonation and wheat the spices come in and linger. The carbonation subsides and reveals a slight bitter and yeast taste very smooth mouth and fresh

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Samuel Adams Rustic Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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