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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 130   ABV: 4.35%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (2220) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 9, 2011
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with the label notched at September 2011. The pour is yellow with a delicate upward bubbling carbonation. Banana, orange, and apple on the nose with a smooth yeast sensation. The body was lightweight. The taste had a sharp dryness feeling. Though it was generally on the mellow side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
arminjewell (6416) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
Pours hazy orange with thin white head, aroma has notes of grain, esters, yeast and lemon. Taste is thin and simple, lemon, banana, and esters fading to a clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. Spicy floral nose with hints of citrus. Pours light golden blonde with a thick white head. Crisp and citrusy with an earthy flavor, nice bitterness with a very dry finish. Not too bad for 4%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Tap. Light notes of grain, lemongrass and faint soap. Head is large fizzy, white with fair lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is sparkling clear gold. Flavor is moderately acidic to start, and finishes moderatley acidic and faintly bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery with a fizzy carbonation. A drinkable Saison, it just doesn’t go far enough into what the style should be like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
Draft. Large off-white head, clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, some lemon, light banana. Taste is medium sweet, orange/lemon. Undercarbonated soft light-medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 5, 2011
Very odd......how did such a rarely rated beer wind up in a new bar in Tupelo, MS?!?! That being said....this is my favorite style and this really let me down. Pours a cloudy gold without much of a head. Slight aroma, vegetal, yeast, and light citrus. Tastes like someone poured a hefeweizen (My least fave style) in a saison. Very esther-y, wheat, and lemon. Very light bodied. The first saison to hit the state, and meh......not going back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Crisp sweet citrus, toast and wheat. A bit sweet and earthy, pepper and yeast. Musk and crisp wheat on the finish. Decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
I had this as a sample at the AC Beer Fest. The other ratings are from 2007 so I’m not sure if this is the right beer but here goes. It had a nice pale amber color with a small head. The aroma was fresh grass, yeast and sour fruit. It had a nice sourness in the flavor as well. Very well balanced and quite crisp and clean. This one will take care of that summer time thirst.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2011
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: Pours a light gold color with a nice white head. The nose is yeasty with light wheat and a spicy peppery note; mild for a saison but strong for Sam Adams. Flavor is nutty and grassy, light noble hop notes and a bit of wheat. Clean finish with a very biscuity flavor. Tasty saison, very clean; not funky, but that’s not a bad thing. Approachable. Great for SA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2011
On tap at CIRCA, High Bridge, NJ. Clean Lines. Beer pours blonde, medium white head. Mild hop aroma, attack is smooth and mild, with a clean finish - subtle notes of grain and malt. In general, a remarkably well-balanced brew for such a smooth taste. One of Sam Adam’s better offerings.

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