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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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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4.7
jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Great flavored beer. It’s sweet wheat and earthy basil taste confuses the palate leading to the only conclusion to be made. Great Beer!

4.4
warmsilence (25) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2011
poured into a glass from a growler, very pale gold color with foamy head, nice lacing, aroma is very sweet and citrusy, taste is bold and very delicious with a strong basil flavor and good balance of sweet, sour, and bitter. get lots of this whenever it’s in season.

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Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Growler from Sam’s in Durham. Served in a Full Steam shaker pint. Pours a fairly-clear golden with a nice white head. Nose carries light basil and faint notes of spice and pepper. Very light, base saison behind a nice herbal presence. Really tasty and well-integrated. Extremely refreshing.

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obguthr (6301) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Pounder: Lemon, pesto, pear, and cobwebs aroma. Greenish yellow, clear, thick head. Basil and lemon. Cobweb and celery finish. Light body, moderate carbonation. I really love basil in saisons, it’s a perfect combination.

3.9
UNCCTF (578) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at the brewery; I’ve also had it several other places in downtown Durham. I love basil and anything with basil in it, so I was really excited to try this one, and it did NOT disappoint. Pale golden coloring with a lacy off-white head. BIG basil note in the taste, and it lingers long after. A VERY refreshing summer beer; I can’t wait to have it again next year.

3.8
bubbleflubber (2211) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On draught at Bruisin’ Ales Teaser Tasting. Pours cloudy with a diminished sudsy head. A huge bouquet on this one! Nice, of saison and farmhouse grains and multiple herbs. Lots of clove and basil flavors, with a sweet and spicy finish, almost numbing via the cloves. On the palate, it’s a very easy quaff with a smooth mouthfeel, round body and subtle carbonation. Very tasty!

3.8
bnokk (528) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2016
APPEARANCE- extremely light color, and ’bright’ with turbidity. Little whisps of head, but it laces well. NOSE- smells more like a spicy beer (corriander or similar) than basil. FLAVOR- also doesn’t taste like basil, but it does taste very light, exhuberabt and summery. The more it warms and it washes the deliciousness from my prior beer down, I do get some hints of basil. NOTES- wasn’t sure what to expect from the name. It tastes very summery at first and gives way to some basil. It is subtle, and well done.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14376) - 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.

3.7
woodychevy (874) - - JUL 25, 2016
16 oz can from Swamp Rabbit Grocery with bike ride. Perfect pairing with a hot summers day and bikes. Crisp and light. Farmhouse notes complement rather than overpower the basil. Some grass and pepper in there. Farmhouse ales have been said to be brewed to to" refresh, sustain and comfort a hard-working body and mind" and this does exactly that.

3.6
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Cloudy yellow gold color at pour, almost non-existent head. Aroma of clove, basil, lots of lemon. Flavor was very light and kind of watery which was surprising. Basil flavor developed more with each sip.


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