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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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.

4
Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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.

4
obguthr (6666) - 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.

4
coombuyah26 (13) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2017
This is a really nice, not overly yeasty saison. Very light, aromatic, and nothing overwhelming. You can tell there’s basil in there, but it’s very subtle, more lemony than anything. Pours with a nice foamy head that lingers. Overall, a great summer brew I’m glad I went out on a limb on.

3.9
UNCCTF (587) - 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 (2235) - 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!


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