Sante Adairius / Triple Rock Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.73/5 rDev +4.2%
Bottle into second Anniversary SARA stem.
Appearance is a radiant dark straw color (really striking), hazy body, and compact one finger white head that leaves a nice thin cap atop the beer. A lovely beer to look at to say the least.
Aroma is juicy tangerine, mandarin, blood orange, tropical mango, peach purée, white grapes, soft spicy saisonesque phenols, and the lightest touch of barrel. I mean, DAMN, this smells better than a million dollars. Just tons of citrus, and I mean any citrus you can think of, gorgeous white grape touch, nice teasing oak, and an apple/pear edge.
Taste reveals a quenching lacto presence and lemonade-like tartness. I mean it's really citrus forward on the palate. Yet it's lime, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit that dominate that citrus character. The oak is a bit more aggressive on the taste but comes in to help balance out the citrus. White wine has a grip on the whole charade while brilliantly coming in to maximize complexity is the Brett and saison yeast blend of spice and funk. Wow...
Body on this is in the sturdy light category and the carbonation is spot on, fluffy yet not spritzy. A substantial lactic pucker and at times seems aggressive but at the end of the day it's wonderfully played. An oaky dryness lingers on the palate after the finish.
This is the embodiment of a near perfect barrel aged saison. It's hard to find any faults really. Everything seems to be there in just the right amount. Love how the barrel interplays with the rest of beer and love the way it still tastes like a true saison. Carbonation is wickedly great as sometimes this style suffers in that category. Now if only SARA/Triple Rock would make this a regular part of their line-up. Among the best of the best, I'm savoring every sip!
07-28-2014 00:48:55 | More by MarcWP
4.56/5 rDev +0.4%
750ml bottle poured into a stemmed chalice. Reviewed from notes.
The beer pours a cloudy straw color, hues of oranges and yellows, that sports a very lively, white head, that has great retention and yields a nice amount of lace. The aroma is very citrus forward, lemon and light lime, subtle funk, light mustiness, plenty of oak and wine barrel presence that also showcases some delightful floral qualities. The flavors are in line with the nose, nice tart citrus, plenty of yeasty funk, much more of the base saison comes through, nice floral flavors that don't read as medicinal, light wine grape, oak barrel with a slightly grainy finish. The mouthfeel is very lively, but still feels full bodied, zippy, coats the mouth fairly well with a nice finish that has a bit of a prickle but still refreshing.
Verdict: A very, very enjoyable saison from Sante Adairius and Triple Rock. The barrel aging adds a wonderful tart quality that comes close to straddling the line of an American Wild, without compromising the integrity of the base beer. The citrus could easily be seen as too dominant, but I enjoyed that tartness and what other flavors it drew out of the beer. A top notch farmhouse/saison style beer, must try.
05-11-2014 20:08:08 | More by kevanb
Sante Adairius / Triple Rock Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
98 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.