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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Samuel Adams Rustic Saison

Samuel Adams Rustic Saison poured a clear golden honey hue with heavy carbonation trails to a thin white head.  The nose was subdued for a saison, with grassy notes, funky rubber, soft banana, and some pepper detectable.

Samuel Adams Rustic Saison opened with a crisp, peppery noble hops start.  A dry but estery middle, a hallmark of Belgian yeast, came through and lingered while a slight bitterness came through in the close.

Samuel Adams Rustic Saison somehow hits all the style notes, but misses the mark for achieving the barnyard funk associated with great saisons.  At the end of the day, it is too weak and too refined to capture the wild funkiness of the Belgian farmhouse style.

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