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Quality Of Life | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel-aged Dubbel with cherries.

Added by yourefragile on 05-17-2014

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 104
Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super solid all around. Nice carbonation and acidity with good balanced notes of fruit on the finish. The flavor is not overly complex and I didn't pick up on a lot of the normal dubbel flavors, but this was really nice either way.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lighter brown body, reddish hue, one finger white head with good retention. A fair amount of lacing, surprisingly. Smells of cherries, acetic acid, toffee. Not a strong toffee presence, mind you, as would be expected from a dubbel. Oak, mild bourbon aromas with a little bit of vanilla. No funk. Flavour is impressive with a very mild toffee presence up front that is just holding the stage for a nice moderate vinegary tartness that emerges fairly quickly, with the cherries jumping you from behind. There are cherries for days after that; very nice kriek-like quality. Oak and a mild house funk is present, as well. The toffee is very mellow and it's hard to get the "dubbel" aspect of the beer here, and that would be my only gripe. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation for the style. Again, a mouthful of cherries finishes out each sip. Overall, a very good cherry wild. The base dubbel doesn't contribute a whole lot, but the other components provide well more than enough flavour to make this an enjoyable drinking experience. Sante!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a burnt plastic smokey smell to it. A ton of spice flavors in front of the cherry - nutmeg, cinnamon. Finish was a bit metallic, like sucking on a penny. There were some interesting pieces here, but this was not a good bottle. From others present attesting to the superiority of an earlier batch, I can only assume there's some serious bottle variation.

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Sante Adairius snifter glass. Enjoyed on 3.7.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep garnet color, burgundy with ruby hues, fairly opaque, lightly hazy with a finger of bone colored head, hardly any lace or head retention. The aroma has plenty of cherry, mild vinegar, dark stone fruits, definitely get the dubbel-esque yeast, oak, licorice and heavy grain. The flavors echo the nose, plenty of tart cherry, sour vinegar, chewy oak, very strong yeast, stone fruits, funk, a bit of chocolate, rich dark grains with licorice and some bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is a little abrasive, extremely carbonated, lively and zippy, coats well, sharp and dry finish.

Verdict: A nice beer from Sante Adairius, uniquely soured dubbel with a good cherry presence. Almost like a blend between a Dubbel and a Flanders Oud Bruin, perhaps a bit too sharp and acetic, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky dark honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Quality Of Life from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
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