Hardywood Saison Rustica
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Refreshingly light in body, yet full in flavor, Hardywood Saison Rustica combines the best of both worlds for a warm weather beer like no other. A delicate, yet vibrant beer, Saison Rustica’s citrusy lemongrass notes play together in perfect harmony with the prickly spice character from a blend of black, Szechuan and pink peppercorns and finishes with mellow licorice tones offered by freshly cracked star anise. At an approachable 4.5% alcohol, the quaffability of this beer is uncompromising. Special thanks to David and Barbara from Village Garden for supplying the fresh local lemongrass for Saison Rustica.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Draft at Meridian Pint. Clear golden color. Aroma of floral and peppery lemongrass. Taste is slightly funky, lemony straw. Fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2014
Brett and rosemary nose. Clear amber, medium head. Very clean, bretty and bitter. Mild lemongrass is present, but not strong. Quaffable. Light body, a bit spritzy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Gold with a small head. The nose is flowers, dusty countryside. Honeyed pear. The taste is tea, more apple and pear. Light syrup. Soft body, soft carbonation. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle thanks njcb for the pour. Hazy golden pour with white rad. Herbal with fruit, spice and light grass like aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3559) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Location: 750 ml bottle from my Dad, 1/19/14, Thanks for the Hardywood hook-up Pops!

Aroma: The nose is floral and spice/pepper, with some bready notes, citrus, and a little grass
Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden orange color with a small white head and some drippy lace
Flavor: Tastes much the same, with the spice a bit more prevalent up-front, and a grassy finish
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a clean feel, soft carbonation, and a shorter duration
Overall Impression: Overall, I thought this was a pretty good saison, but not a stand-out in the style. Still, at such a low ABV it still packs plenty of flavor. Very drinkable and sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2013
750ml bottle I picked up at the brewery pours a mostly clear gold with zero head. Looks flat. Bottle had zero pop when the cork came out. Herbal nose, lavender, soap, coriander, lemon, briny. Flavor is sweet, honey, lavender, lime. Clean finish. Not bad, just flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
750 ml bottle from RABinVA- thanks again, Brosmer! Pours a semi-cloudy gold with some white head. Some floral and light bread, funky notes start it off, with herbs, some mixed fruits in the middle and a lot of straw, grains, and doughy malts late. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A little restrained, but at 4.5%, this is a very good session saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3119) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 bottle offered by phaleslu. xoxoxoxochitl. rustic dusty fog note. soft doughy cracker malts. herbal. touch too much dough offered. would prefer dryer. or some bronus hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
11/10/2013. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a white head. Yeasty aromas with malt, bread, spice and light fruit. light body with citrus and malty flavors. Finishes with light hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2013
I think that they tried a little too many flavors on this one. Way too much going on and the Anise did not mix with the lemongrass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
C&C 750 mL bottle from the brewery. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of floral, herbal hops, spice, pale malts and a faint bit of honey. The taste is earth, anise, herbal notes, mild tropical notes, pale malts and some pepper builds at the very end. Medium bodied, lingering spice, low carbonation, fairly delicate.

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