ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light yellow body with a moderate-sized, white head, though it flattens out soon enough. A speckle of lace here and there on the descent.
Smell: Fruity with a low zesty herbaceousness and minute spiciness over an aromatic base of light malted barley hinting at simple white bread or sliced biscuits.
Taste: Light initial tastes of pils and pale with a few select crumbs of biscuit insides and sugar cookies. Lemon-spritzed cereal grains, a pinch of peppery spice, and a small splash of off-dry Riesling and perry. Low bitterness. Very subtle grassiness of fried shredded leeks. Fruity, drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Not bad! I honestly appreciate Sammy A going for a lighter, more refreshing, lower alcohol approach, as opposed to the often heavier, boozier take on the style many American breweries go for.
BucannonXC5 (746) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 ed from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light gold, very similar to the Sam Adams Kolsh that I just had. Like I said then, it was comparable to someoneís dehydrated urine. Somewhere between ĺ and an inch of head. Plenty of lacing on the initial pour. Also some film.
Full flavor after the first sniff. Hoppy. Fruity smell, pumpkin keeps coming to mind but it wasnít quite there. It had me wanting to try it, thatís for sure.
First taste reminded me of warm apple cider with cinnamon sticks. I didnít get another taste, but could immediately feel the carbonation. Really enjoyed it.
Somewhat high on the carbonation, maybe moderate to high. Smooth going down. Clean, crisp and refreshing.
I liked this beer a lot, probably my favorite of the six I had in the variety pack. Just a smooth beer with lots of good complimenting flavors.
Bcoble003 (244) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my my gentle Jesus! this is soooo wonderful citrus off the chair... Peach, Apricot flavors, smell of oh so sweetness.... im 8 down on other beerís and this sweet nectar is easy goin down with a wonderful hint of fruit try it out its worth it.
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light colored pour, quite clear, with a nice poofy topping. The scent is musty, spicy, earthy, yeasty ... quite complex and seductive. To the casual drinker, however, Iím sure most of this is lost. What a great example of why one shouldnít drink from the bottle. If you did, youíd miss out on the finesse in this one ... well done, Samuels Adameseses. (#4245, 9/9/2011)
Dacrza (450) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison is a crystal clear, bright yellow ale with a thin, white head that fades to a frothy blotch. It has an aroma of ripe bananas and pears with a hint of figs and dates. There are herbs in the nose. Itís light bodied, very foamy, smooth and lively. It has a dry, crunchy finish. Itís lightly flavored and tea like. It tastes lemony, minty and very fruity with papaya qualities. It has good balance. The bitterness is just enough to zip up the taste. Itís pretty refreshing and tasty.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours crystal clear gold with a medium-low head. Wonderful aroma, citrus, floral, some estery spice elements in a great balance. Medium-thin body, mild carbonation. Flavor-wise it seems like someone struck a balance between Saison Dupont and Hennepin, but obviously at 4.35% itís a bit milder than those two from a flavor concentration standpoint. That said, itís incredibly drinkable (in a good way), refreshing, and quite sessionable. A solid lawnmower beer is never a bad thing.
zonmei (36) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very light pour from a 12oz bottle in the Summer pack.
Very light head that dissipated quickly yet left enough to lace the glass.
Hard to place taste in this one. I tasted spices like a Belgian White mixed with estery Hefe. Not bad but I canít stomach more than a few at a time.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Pours light gold with a thin foamy white head. Notes of light herbs, banana, grassy hops, crackers, white grape, crisp bready malt, coriander, and citrus. Thin to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I guess Iím in the miniority by really liking this offering from Sam Adams. This saison pours a clear and sparkling golden color, but with a small and very minimal white head. There isnít much lacing, either. But the beer takes off from there. The aroma is very crisp and fresh, with notes of lemon, grass, hops, ceral, oats, grains, wild yeast and spices. The body is very refreshing, drinkable and crisp, with flavors of light hops, spices, bread, yeast and an intense floral tone. The finish is quite spicy and yeasty, but again, very refreshing and crisp. Sam did quite a nice job with creating this saison!