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Hardywood Saison Rustica (2012)

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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French Saison Brewed with Pink Peppercorn and Star Anise
Hardywood Saison Rustica is a fresh, flavorful French Saison (Bière de Garde) brewed a heavy dose of malted rye, French Strisselspalt hops, and a touch of peppercorn and star anise. Hardywood Saison Rustica complements the season’s change when crisp autumn air and vibrant foliage bring a sense of rustic joy to spending time with friends outdoors.
Color (SRM): 7 °L
First release date: October 2012


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (887) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Tap. Yellow with foamy white head. Smells like bubblegum lite. Almost had a hit of anise- balanced so its not sweet or hoppy- but a touch grainy. Light flavor, medium bodied edging up against creamy. Not my style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3282) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
On draft at Hardywood. Medium clear gold, nice head. Aroma is lightly peppery and of light pale malts. Flavor is essentially a match. Light bodied, with a hint of pepper and Belgian yeast driven spice. Star anise makes its presence felt far in the background - which I liked. A bit too light for me, but a nice session beer - seemed more summery than autumn in a lot of ways.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1274) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 On draft at the brewery. Pours amberish without much head. Aroma is very peppery. Very light and refreshing yet full of flavor. I would like it more if the flavors came more from the beer and less from the added spices.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3751) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2012
On draft at the brewery as Saison Rustica. They said it was brewed with peppercorns and star anise - and you can actually get the distinct notes of both! The spiciness of the peppercorns balances the star anise notes. Overall, a little fruity, a little floral. Refreshing and crisp, but with a slight sweetness. A tasty and interesting saison!


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