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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with North Carolina wheat and locally-farmed basil, our most popular summer beer is an ever-changing feast for the senses. Summer Basil evolves over its five-month season, as local basil matures and fermentation temperatures rise. The saison yeast loves our hot summers, responding with a full-on punch of peppery, vibrant flavors. It’s okay that this plow-to-pint beer doesn’t always taste the same. It’s a beautiful thing.
Availability: Summer, 22oz bombers at our tavern and select markets, including the Durham Farmer’s Market. 5% ABV.

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2.6
Travlr (24679) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft. Murky pale yellow color, scant edge head. Aroma is very subtle spice. Taste is bitter straw and basil.

3.3
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Draft - Pours yellow white head - Nose/taste of basil, lemongrass and bubblegum - medium body

3.7
Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Growler shared by Jay. Poured clear golden color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy spice and balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a medium spice balanced finish of moderated duration. Refreshing complex beer.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Draft. Creamy white head atop cloudy lemon body. Aroma is moderately sweet, basil, some spicy, cardamom, lemon, some cream. Taste is moderately sweet cardamom, basil, some lemon, light cream. Creamy light body, some dryness in the finish, nicely drinkable.

2.8
Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Tallboy can from Wine Warehouse. Hazy yellow, large foamy white head, decent retention. Aroma of strong, spicy basil and white bread. The taste is spicy basil, thyme, mustard, pale malt. Almost pickle juice. Thin, refreshing, but will get tiresome.

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cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Tallboy can @ home, thanks to jcnielsen. Pours a very light yellow appearance with a white head. Aroma is quite floral / green herbal, a bit twangy, bubblegum, and peppery. Moderate plus sweetness, low bitterness. Lots of green herbs, basil, pineapple, and bubblegum. I wouldn’t drink this again.

3.5
alexsdad06 (10389) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
Growler shared by Jay at Dutch’s. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. The nose is nice with wheat, herbal notes, mild lemony citrus and grass. The flavor has toasted bread, grass, lemon citrus zest, herbal notes that show the basil in the finish. This was a decent summer drinker and worth trying. Consumed August 2012.

3.2
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Tap at CK. Low haze, flat blond pour. Nose is lemon hand soap, sage, rosemary. Taste is soapy, sage, herbal, lemon. Palate lemony, refreshing, a bit mealy and chalky. I don’t mind these super herbal beers, but I reckon a good number of people would be thrown off by the lavender soap type nose and taste.

3.6
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Remainder of a growler, thanks to Jay. Totally murky faded yellow / peachy color. Thin white head, leaving dots of lace. Very light, but crisp carbonation. Clean dry finish. Very easy to drink, and refreshing, as a summer brew should be. Really nice basil spice aroma, adds to the tastiness of this brew. Light orange citrus peel aroma. Sort of a zesty sweet taste. Quaffable and delicious, all the way through. A great and interesting way to do a summer beer, especially if you enjoy basil like I do

3.3
b3shine (8870) - Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Growler to snifter (thanks Jay). Looks solid; light-gold with thin white lacing. Smells pretty good too; saison-ey and basil. Tastes like it smells, but a little less pleasant. Average on the palate. Meh.


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