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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 130   ABV: 4.35%
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison is an incredibly complex yet refreshing beer in the classic style of Belgian farmhouse ales. These blonde ales were traditionally brewed to quench the thirst of farmers throughout the summer months. The unique character of our brew comes from its Belgian yeast that imparts floral, fruity, and spicy flavors. These are layered with a slight earthiness and a citrusy, herbal hop character for a bright and satisfying summer brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours gold with a small white head. Aromas of spice, grass, light yeast and rotten veggies. Flavors of coriander, grass, light floral hops, light malts and a touch of banana. Slightly vegetal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle->SA glass. Light hazy gold with small white head. Aroma is herbs with some fruit and spice. Thin, not complex as a saison should be. That said, it is unoffensive and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Not a bad effort by SA, but ad usual finihes dirty. Wheat/yeat funk aroma and light mouthfeel. Slight spice and generous carbonation. Just meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet. A: A light hazy straw with a nice off white 1 finger head with solid retention. Leaves a nice sheet of lace down the glass. S: Slight yeasty smells rise up from this glass with a citrus peel back note. T: I’m getting the funky yeast from the nose with a more grassy backbone. Some slight citric esters are present as well. The taste is severely dominated by the yeast though. M: Light bodied with an oily bland taste left on the palate. Medium carbonation as well. O: I was disappointed with this brew. The taste was pretty bland and one dimensional. I really had to search around to find anything other than the funky yeast. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-10-2011

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
This, unfortunately, lacks the usual grassy crispness I’ve some to associate with a saison. Not the best example of the style, and not the best Sam Adams has to offer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bozoNZ (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2012
A little bit honey on the nose, light spices. Clear golden with some floaties. Well hopped, not really a true to style example but interesting none the less

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2012
Poured with a medium sized head, mainly flat with various size bubbles. Initial aroma was of a grassy/barnyard but upon sitting for 2-3 minutes this disappeared, much like the head, into a fuggle hop aroma. Taste is fuggle hops. After initial excitement this becomes a east coast IPA made with Belgian yeast. Not bad but lacks depth of flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
In short: A phenolic blonde ale with many many problems. Bad bottle?
How: Bottle 12oz. Not too sure about the age on this one. 6 months?
The look: Clear blonde body with many small particles, small persistent white head
In long: Nose is has a bit of grass and lemongrass oil insects repellent, some phenols and a distant rustic character. Taste has green and red apples, garlic salad croutons, hospital gloves, citrusy notes, medicinal flavors. This beer was off in so many ways. Yet it wasn’t almost drinkable because it wasn’t really very tasty and the active carbonation helped cover up the many imperfections. Riots in Greece, economic crisis, violence in Egypt, republicans at each other throats, and a lot more… it’s like Google News doesn’t even care that I just had a bad bottle of Saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2011
This to me was not a very tasty saison. I love saison but the flavor on this one was a little to light for me. Still not terrible, but not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
12oz bottle -

Found in the Samuel Adams Summer Styles sampler pack. Another huge thank you to Boston Beer Co. for continually spreading the craft beer love and giving people the opportunity to try a style that they’d normally not try. This beer wasn’t anywhere close to being a quality Belgian saison, but so what. It was quite tasty, approachable and a good introduction to the style for new folk. The aroma had a phenolic yeast angle to it, slightly grassy, light citrus, wheat cracker and pepsper notes too. Wheaty flavor, with a hint of biscuit/doughy malts, grass and slightly earthy. Very nice, very enjoyable.

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