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RATINGS: 297   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1501) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
For starters, this is a bad rating for this brewer; I am surprised to see it ranked so poorly. Poured in a Palm tulip, nice golden hue, somewhat lively. The aroma is a delicious honey-citrus with a tiny hint of Belgian yeast strains. The taste is disappointing. It is neither sweet nor bitter. No particular element really stands out. Finish reveals the honey, easy light body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (584) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Situation: Joyous times--power again after five days without, and an LSU-Alabama #1 vs. #2 showdown... Glassware: La Fin du Monde tulip.... Appearance: golden-hued, rather transparent with a mountainous three-finger head that holds steady well into the drinking.... Aroma: light, yeasty, almost doughy scent--grassy notes as well... Palate:crisp, tight presence that occupies the tongue with effervescence.... Taste: bright, tart taste whhose malt is thin and punchy, almost a pilsner flavor that also has a slight yeasty fruitiness... Overall: admittedly, I missed the season for this beer, but fair or unfair, the taste establishes its own merits...Michael Jackson says the style has a "brisk refreshing attack"--then this is a saison and a solid offering at that...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Smells of light spice, floral, some residual sugary hints. Tastes of semi dry pilsner malt, some floral hints, some spicy hints, peppery on the finish.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
mallons72 (178) - livonia, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2011
I am not a fan. This beer is terrible in my opinion, but I am not a big fan of this style in general.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Easy drinking Saison. Light golden in color, nice aroma and with a nice malt character. Very light Belgian yeast character. Decent light lawn mower brew.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, chamomile, honey, and tea. Poured yellow/gold in color with a tiny, white head as a film on top of the beer as well as around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Ok lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, honey, tea, and chamomile. No Belgian yeast flavor. Light to medium body. Lightly dry, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Honey finish is dry.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2011
A nice golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with some malt in there. Flavor is malty with banana and a bit of wheaty flavor also. Smooth and refreshing. A well done beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tac (135) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Pours thivk white head, golden color, medium carbonization. Aroma of straw, dough-bread yeast. Well balanced hop taste, scent of crisp apple, dry at the end.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (3994) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of malt, citrus and florals. Taste is malt, orange, lemon and spices. Decent enough.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
seymour (1591) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted from a bottle into a pint glass. This is a good beer but not a great example of Saison. Appropriate orange color, but lacking the dense foam and Belgian lace. Somewhat citrusy, peppery, and dry but not nearly as hazy, fruity, spicy, tart, sour and/or alcoholic as I’d expect from this characteristic farmhouse style. That said, it is a nice, flavorful summer ale with more complexity than most macros. Give it a try.


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