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Saison Bernice - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 405
Gots: 87 | FT: 12
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: illidurit on 08-18-2012

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Ratings: 491 | Reviews: 34
Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

phenomenally funky and refreshing....rivals HF for best BA saisons....

Photo of PHBoiler
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dry, funk, fruit, tart. It hits on every note. It's a hair more tart than your typical wild saison, but the finish is super dry and he carb is perfect. This beer is phenomenal. Each taste adds a different stonefruit or funk note. It is certainly unfiltered which leads to different tastes throughout the bottle.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass from a750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice pale straw golden color. There is a dense white head that rises up to about 1.5 inches. Nice and dense a bubbly head.

Aroma is of grain, bready notes and some nice light tartness. Mild yeast sweetness and phenols with some slight fruity notes.

Taste is grainy with some nice fruit sweetness and good notes of lemon tartness. Mouthfeel is fluffy and dry. Delicious funky, horse blanket and husk notes play very well with the tartness. So nice.

Photo of DrunkAl
3.78/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sample at the beer cellar, thanks Dave. Tart and quite sour for a saison, even more so than the HF line. Lemon and citrus, earthy, and straw. Some brett funk and spiciness. Pretty good blend of sour and barnyard. very carbonated, the bottle was a gusher. Dry crisp finish.

Photo of shoyoroll
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Brett Saison right now hands down.. Such a great all around beer. Could drink it all day.

Photo of pmangold
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i came into this one with no expectations and it kind of, sort of blew my mind. What a great beer.

Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect saison. Perfectly balanced between funkiness, fruitiness and tartness.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's hard for me to think of a better Brett Saison. The Brett shines just enough. There is a delicious creaminess that keeps me interested with the drying Brett. It's not sour, but there's a perfect light tartness that is hard to describe. A musty, citrusy, barnyard, slightly moldy cheese. This is everything you want in a saison. The appearance is a brilliant straw with an off white head that leaves spotty lace. I'll look for this as often as possible.

Photo of JonathanB
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just an amazing saison. Extremely well balanced funk, fruitiness, tartness. Had side by side with HF Arthur and it was extremely close with bernice barely edging out HF

Photo of Stevedore
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of the latest batch 7. Poured into a snifter 10/15/2014.

A- Beautiful hazy straw-yellow body without any hint of impurity. One finger frothy white head with nice retention time. Plenty of lacing that slowly drops into the beer. The hazy colour on this is really, really nice and desirable here. [4.5]

S- Lemon, citrus, grapefruit, funk, a bit of grainy pale malt, and some acidity. This is as complex as you'd expect. It's even more citrus-forward than most of the Hill Farmstead saisons I've had. Almost like it's dry-hopped. Very bright and forward. [4.5]

F- Bright, cockstaggeringly citrus-forward with a nice lemon, orange zest, and even a hint of grapefruit along with a nice musky funk and tart acidity. No sign of yogurt. Just a very clean citrusy saison mixed in with funk and clean acidity. A delight to drink. [4.75]

M- Medium bodied, soft, nicely carbonated with a great funky citrusy finish. Too easy to drink, nice and tart and refreshing. Crisp, effervescent finish keeps you remembering this is alive. [4.5]

O- One of the best non-barrel aged saisons I've ever had. Highly recommend to anyone who has enjoyed Hill Farmstead saisons- this one might outdo all of Shaun Hill's non-barrel aged saisons completely. [4.5]

Final score: 4.61

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy straw color ale with a nice huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart and dry Bretty notes is quiet funky. Taste is also a mix of dry Bretty notes with some barnyard notes easily noticeable with a tart finish. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very enjoyable beer but not even sure this is a saison any more considering the amount of funky and tart notes that can be tasted.

Photo of mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to pushkinwow for the bottle!

Pours a golden straw color with a short white head and lots of lacing. The nose is toasted grain, bread dough, yeast, tart fruit, lemon. On the palate, light malt, buscuits, lemon peel, tart fruit, grass/hay, floral hops. Not much Brett here. A really nice saison!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

one of the best wild ales i can remember. loaded with bretty funk and a somehow delicate wheat malt base. its one of those curios beer that seems to satisfy the criteria of a number of styles, but doesnt really alight exactly with this or that one specifically. its pale straw colored and hazy, looks like it should, lacy white head and some froth as it sips. bigger in body but delicate overall, with just enough carbonation and a lazy sort of vibe really. funk and oak up front, new and wet, but refined highly and with a zest of orange peel in there somewhere. malt is medium in dose but robust in contribution, while the yeast is still the primary flavor agent. i get so much dried citrus and white grape in here, but its never even a little sweet. more dry and decaying woody, with a tacky sort of drying but lasting yeast complexion from the brett. so much better than the peach west ashley, so much more happening, and a world class beer. maybe the best saison in a bottle right now? suggest another...

Photo of homebrew311
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a hazy yellow with fluffy white head and nice retention. Smell is full of lemon rind, black pepper, sourdough bread, and a hint of farmy funk, the taste is expertly balanced. There is a higher amount of tartness than your average saison, with just enough funk to balance it into a crushable saison. Delicious, one of the best saisons around.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer is straw yellow and hazy with a bone white head. The aroma brings hay, grass, floral notes, lemon. Great flavor. Smooth on the palate with herbal notes, lemon. The finish is gentle, with minimal tartness. Sunshine in a glass. Tasty.

Photo of MarcWP
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Sante Adairius belgian snifter.

Appearance is super hazy grapefruit peel yellow with a lovely, compact white head that leaves a great layer of foam after residing. Rocky on the edges with tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma is of orchard fruits, sticky flowers, and soft spices. Juicy orange, mandarin, peach, and a little apricot. Grassy in a floral kind of way, hay or rustic grass. Some grains of paradise, white pepper, and faint banana also very much present.

The taste reveals one of the juiciest Saisons out there. Loads of orange juice, lemon zest, tart apple, acidic pear, sharo pineapple, white grape, and I could keep going... All that juicy fruit character is properly balanced by some grassy notes, soft spice, and brett yeast leather essence. Amazing almost falls short as a describer.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect with its light body, medium range fluffy carbonation, and sublime level of acidity. I mean this hits the mark on the acidity level, much like a few Hill Farmsteads. Where a lot of Saisons lack in pucker and others take it a bit far this is just where it's supposed to be.

One of the best no doubt. Where other truly amazing Saisons fall short, this seems to hit the mark. While I've enjoyed many Hill Farmstead, Side Project, Prairie, Logsdon, Tired Hands, etc. etc. saisons, this one stands out among most of them and up there with one or two others as the best there is.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mac for for bringing this to the tasting.

Beer pours a hazy, opaque straw yellow with very little head and no lacing at all. The smell is very nice with a super tart citrus initial smell, heavy funky yeast and some pleasant sweetness. The taste follows suit with a very lactic acid heavy sour that is nice and right on the money. Some sweet corn in the finish, apricot, peach, white wine flavors. Some peppery flavors too with even more tropical fruits. The feel is well carbonated with a medium to light-ish body. Definitely sour on the palate.

Overall a very well made beer, very worth seeking out.

Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Served a cloudy powdery lemon color with a faint white collar for a head.
S: Sharp notes of lactic acid and golden fruits, peach, apricot, stone fruits, and a touch of drying Brett. Earthy and fruity all-around.
T: Powdery yeast, a kiss of dried tropical fruits, stone fruits, minerals, peach, wheat, a hint of lemon, dried grains, spicy black pepper, and earthy Brett. There's a touch of sharp lactic acid in the finish.
M: Medium body, sharp acid but not overpowering, buttery carbonation, smooth, and drying but not a desert. Crisp.
O: Really good and complex flavor, smooth and delicious, crisp and refreshing. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chris. Thanks, dogg.

Pouring a clear, light yellow with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful saison. The nose is fantastic. A bright blend of fruits with pineapple, pear and peach with an undercurrent of lemon and citrons, this is simply amazing. Honey and mildly floral aromatics are present. A spicy Brett note with Clove, a saison pepperiness and a pils malt base make for a beautifully defined beer. It has some of the mildly doughy and herbal yeast characteristics of a French saison as well.

The palate opens bright, crisp and lemony with a sweet lemon brightness, a blend of clove and white pepper, a faint almost salty flavor that opens up the palate to the fruit salad that's the mid palate. A surprisingly intense blend of pear, red delicious apples, pineapple and unripe mangoes. Unlike so many fruity saisons that end up having an unnecessary level of sweetness, this is pretty dry. The cracker like base malt character appears on the finish, enhancing the snappiness. Light in body and medium high in carbonation, this beer finishes long, juicy and refreshing with layers of lemon, fruit and yeast accents. Highly recommended, one of the best beers I've had recently.

Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon Degustation Glass. Enjoyed on 6.7.14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a hazy, golden straw color, quite opaque as it settles, with a large, fluffy, white head that has great retention and leaves a lovely wall of sticky lace behind. The aroma is nice, bits of citrus, bretty funk that brings out a light fruit character, rustic wildflower, pale grain and bits of straw. Very nice harmony between rustic and bright qualities. The flavors follow nicely, very citrusy at the start, huge dandelion-like wildflower, subtle funk, pale grain, straw, hay and light berry fruit at the end from the Brett. The mouthfeel is good, loads of carbonation but it doesn't read as abrasive, nice texture that coats the mouth well, but does have a bit of a prickly bite at the finish.

Verdict: A very nice Saison from Sante Adairius, dry, rustic, bright and refreshing. The Brett character is very well done, not too funky, but not overshadowed at all, very well layered. I'd love for this to be my local saison.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy yellow with some carbonation, one finger head with some nice lacing.

S-Lemon, wheat, grass, nice funk.

T-Really good balance, wheat, lemon, grass, slight funk, more tart than sour.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation dry and crisp finish.

O-SARA killed it again. Another quality "sour" from them

Photo of jlindros
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Big fluffy creamy slight fizzy 2.5. finger head, fades back slowly with small pockets and great soapy messy lacing, whisky Very clear golden pilsner color with great streaming bubbles to continue the pillowy head.

Nose is like a great saison, awesome grainy grassy straw malt, cracked wheat, nice farmhouse funk without Brett funk just great Belgian farmhouse saison, mild spices and very floral, almost flowery. Great fruity notes, little lemon rind and apple skin, nice ester profile, little tart lemony. Mild bready doughy yeast, great balance and effervescent profile.

Taste starts with lots more great saison flavours, fruity, very fruity, very tart lemony like front, then apple skin, pear, little sour peach like. Then floral notes, flowery grassy etc, with nice wheat and mild grainy malt, pretty light. Nice Belgian saison yeast funk, farmhouse funk with the Brett like funky funk, hint floral spices, etc. Lots of that apple skin and tart stone fruit, and then a big kick of banana too. So complex but all work well together. Finish is dry but a little sticky, more tart fruit and apple skin, little funk and lemon rind lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little soft, lots of effervescent carb.

Overall awesome, def one of the best non Brett saisons out there.

Photo of rudzud
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received this in a trade a while back. This is first batch stuff! Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very glorious golden hue with a three finger white head that just billows up and didn't quit! Really nice sticky lacing, like a dollop of whipped cream on my beer...just awesome!

S - Aromas of glorious barnyard, Belgian yeasts, fruity esters, light yeast cheese notes, fruits, light spice, light lemon tart, super well rounded and balanced. Just spot on, could use a touch more funk but man oh man it this is great.

T - Taste is nice, really close to the nose, super fruity throughout with the lemon being up front which becomes more peach pit in the middle. Awesome barnyard funk, damp hay, Belgian yeast. The finish is super banana, out of no where! Yet again, wonderfully executed with a great dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is super refreshing and clean, crisp, wonderfully carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was exceptional, a great example of the style. One of the best.

Photo of unclejazz
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow-gold tons of carbonation. Wonderful funky bready smell.
Wonderful tart flavor that blankets the tongue and makes you want to drink more and more. Was the highlight of today's tasting. Wish I lived in Capitola. Sante!

Updated 8/16: had numerous times in tap a few poured by Jason the brewer. Just fantastic. I could drink this everyday and still enjoy.

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 6.

A - hazy, golden orange. Minimal foam for a saison.

S - perfect yeast and perfect vehicle to showcase the yeast. Bright lemon, tart stone fruit, light funk.

T - perfect. Lightly tart with a minimal amount of funk. Ridiculously drinkable.

M - crisp, medium body, fair residual sweetness.

O - I may be partial as this is my favorite style but this is easily the best non-BA saison I've had and one of the best overall. My favorite SARA beer.

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