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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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3.6
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Looks like an extremely cloudy hefeweizen, and stays cloudy even after settling. It smells pretty similar to a lot of Belgian wits with banana, yeast, and hay. The basil is faintly present. At first, it tasted like a spicy version of a hefeweizen, but after a couple sips I noticed the lingering basil flavor and a distinctive basil aroma in my nose. Really unusual brew as I don’t recall having anything with this much basil flavor. Good stuff.

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.

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

3.6
Lutz2jm (277) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Out of a bottle drank outside at OBX. Atmosphere adds to this one! Delicious funk with some hints of basil. Really a good beer and different from the "normal" craft beer.

3.6
Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2015
I kinda wish this one were, I don’t know, basilier? Pretty sure that’s not a word, but you know what I mean. I mean, it’s there, but in the background. Still a very enjoyable 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.

3.5
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Very interesting brew. Poured with a moderate head and a slightly cloudy golden color with just a tinge of green. Decent notes of basil in smell and taste. You almost feel healthy drinking this one...

3.5
alexsdad06 (10436) - 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.

3.5
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Light straw with short lasting foamy white head. Organic aroma with hint of basil. Peppery finish.

3.5
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Can. Pours mostly clear straw yellow. Aroma is basil, pislner and wheat malt, lemon zest, light spice, and faint banana. Flavor is dry and grassy with some basil and citrus notes, light bitterness, and a lingering grassy finish. Light body.


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