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Saison Bernice - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 611
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 25.39%
Wants: 419
Gots: 99 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of M_chav
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thicker mouthfeel compared to the last two saisons we just popped but a pleasant surprise. Excellent beer. Pungent lemon/ dry finish and very refreshing.

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Photo of Mburk
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I will admit I am bias because this is my local and my overall favorite brewer but this beer is my favorite saison out there. The smell is floral and tart but the taste is citrusy with farmhouse style undertones. The mouthfeel and finish is smooth making this beer very drinkable. A great all around beer.

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

Hazy pale color. Aroma makes me think of fruit that start to ferment, especially apples, like a hard cider with some slight funky notes on top. Taste starts with some clear brett notes and gets quite sour in the aftertaste. Not really my favorite kind of saison, felt more like a wild ale, but a solid beer overall.

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Photo of Briesch
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, refreshing saison here. Tart taste but not overpowering. Hints of pear, lemon and apricot. Easily drinkable and great mouthfeel to boot. I haven't tried many saisons but this has made me a fan of the style. I bought three bombers from the brewery without having tried it before and drank all three within the week. Will be in search of again if the opportunity arises.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. One of the best saisons I've had.
Tart, light coriander and pepper, great peppery carbonation, lacy foam sticking to glass.
Extremely refreshing!

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Photo of rjp217
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely phenomenal. Reminds me of Arthur. Lemon, hay, grass and yeast. A bit dry but ultimately refreshing. This is one of the best saisons I've ever had. Very drinkable and a perfect beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

newest batch from a Sante stemmed bulb. really great murky yellow look. nose is sweet tart smarties okay saison. not as sweet as some of the older batches I have had but just so good. one of my favorite from SARA that I have had. super drinkable and delish.

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Photo of Tele
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Draft
Consumed: 7.17.15

A: 4.5 Pale yellow, fairly clear, with a small, off-white head.

S: 4.25 Fairly mild. Some citrus, a bit of funk and oak followed by some lactic tartness.

T: 4.75 Wow. So juicy and flavorful with perfect tartness. Lots of citrus and apple with a clean, mineral finish. A bit of funk works in as the beer warms leaving a nice, aged cheese element to the finish. Not many traditional saison characteristics, but it works in a beautiful way.

M: 4.75 Excellent carbonation and mouthfeel. Super refreshing and drinkable.

O: 4.75 Probably the best tart saison I’ve had. The nose was a bit muted, but the flavors more than made up for it. So many fruity flavors you would swear there’s some adjunct in there.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale amber body under a finger of frothy white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nothing too special.

S: Extremely aromatic, with a complex interplay of tart fruit (green apple in particular) and freshly herbal funk (cut grass). Some light peppery spice in the background. Excellent.

T: Tart and spicy up front, with some breadiness providing a substantial base for the funk and fruit midway through. Bone dry on the finish with a hint of hay. Multi-layered and delicious.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly spritzy.

O: Terrific sour saison, right up there with HF. I was more impressed by this than West Ashley.


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Photo of chrisjws
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the taproom in Capitola. Served in a tulip glass. I gave it time to warm as I consumed it to get the full range of character. This was not on draft until today, so this is right out of the bright tank, folks.

A: Cloudy, a bit shy of murky. Bright golden straw color. Minimal head and low carbonation. Did not lace the glass at all.
S: Funk, tart cherries, spices, saaz hops, vinegar, peaches, farm like earthy smells
T: Bite of tartness right upfront, cherry, sour, lemon zest, juicy fruit type flavors in the middle mouth, peaches, pears, sour apples, finishes with white wine type flavors
M: No bite from carbonation, very light on the tongue, finishes dry without many residual sugars. Coats the mouth quickly and then it's gone.
O: Lovely mashup of a saison with lacto type flavors. Very easy drinking sour/saison and more character as it warms up

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

Lots of tangy, sour and zippy lemon with a nice pear flavor that blends and then subdued the greatness. The finish is very earthy, funky and minerally.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid and refreshing saison that has some sour notes to it. I prefer Saison to be more on the sour side. This is a great warm day beer that is easy to drink and tastes great!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic, amazing beer. This managed to make a beer that is sour, fruity, tart, and juicy all at the same time. One of the most complex beers that successfully came together to be great.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of DrunkAl
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of JonathanB
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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...

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Photo of homebrew311
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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