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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed with North Carolina wheat and locally-farmed basil, our most popular summer beer is an ever-changing feast for the senses. Summer Basil evolves over its five-month season, as local basil matures and fermentation temperatures rise. The saison yeast loves our hot summers, responding with a full-on punch of peppery, vibrant flavors. Itís okay that this plow-to-pint beer doesnít always taste the same. Itís a beautiful thing.
Availability: Summer, 22oz bombers at our tavern and select markets, including the Durham Farmerís Market. 5% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3264) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
at City Beverage Durham. ok aroma, tart. Clove, basil, lemon. Cloudy yellow gold color, Ok head. Little to no lace. Sweet and sour flavor. Lite body, creamy smooth body, bitter dry finish, left me with a little soapy streak. Kind of grew on me as I sipped, basil was stronger than I remember at debut event. Aroma was favorite part, buy a small margin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Very brilliant, very light straw colored pour. Not much head, but what is there is eggshell white. No lacing. Very nice basil note with some lemon notes. Taste is creamy bitter lemon. Dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Okay, wow, this is a bright light yellow beer thatís not letting any light through. Looks a bit intimidatingly thick. Nose show lemon, basil, yeast, and wheat. Almost like a wit meets a saison. Nice but nothing special. The basil is thankfully relatively mild. Tastes like it smells for the most part, but with a bit more of the wheatiness. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (2358) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Old rating. Straw, grassy saison body with a giant dose of basil. Light and drinkable but not very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2164) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On draught at Bruisiní Ales Teaser Tasting. Pours cloudy with a diminished sudsy head. A huge bouquet on this one! Nice, of saison and farmhouse grains and multiple herbs. Lots of clove and basil flavors, with a sweet and spicy finish, almost numbing via the cloves. On the palate, itís a very easy quaff with a smooth mouthfeel, round body and subtle carbonation. Very tasty!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1944) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Pours light cloudy straw yellow. Capped with a frothy white head. Aroma of gym shorts and basil with wheat and some raw eggs. Nice light mouthfeel with a dry bu tart finish. Lemony throughout, the basil rides on top of the witbier base.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Draft sample at ChurchKey. Hay, bread, floral, herbs, grass, barnyard, leaves, banana. Thin and big on basil. Refreshinh, but not much going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (847) - - JUL 25, 2016
16 oz can from Swamp Rabbit Grocery with bike ride. Perfect pairing with a hot summers day and bikes. Crisp and light. Farmhouse notes complement rather than overpower the basil. Some grass and pepper in there. Farmhouse ales have been said to be brewed to to" refresh, sustain and comfort a hard-working body and mind" and this does exactly that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Light straw with short lasting foamy white head. Organic aroma with hint of basil. Peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Looks like an extremely cloudy hefeweizen, and stays cloudy even after settling. It smells pretty similar to a lot of Belgian wits with banana, yeast, and hay. The basil is faintly present. At first, it tasted like a spicy version of a hefeweizen, but after a couple sips I noticed the lingering basil flavor and a distinctive basil aroma in my nose. Really unusual brew as I donít recall having anything with this much basil flavor. Good stuff.

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