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Saison Bernice - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.5%

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales visit their website
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 jlindros


4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:41:22 | More by jlindros
Photo of rudzud


4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 14:57:08 | More by rudzud
Photo of unclejazz

New York

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 02:01:05 | More by unclejazz
Photo of jeonseh


4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy light golden yellow with light brown aspects and a big rocky head to it

S - Lemon, light vinegar, lots of barnyard funk, blue cheese, and light peach flavor

T - Light tartness up front. Apricot and peach adds a sweet flavor. This is a funkier saison as the barnyard funk and blue cheese adds some musty funkiness. Finish is light oak and apricot

M - Lots of carbonation but it manages to be really smooth and coats the tongue. Finish is dry with a light oak presence.

O - Good funky saison that is more blue cheese and barnyard funk with a mild tartness. The beer is balanced and has a slight sweetness from a fruit flavor

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 19:07:47 | More by jeonseh
Photo of inlimbo77


4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2013 (summer)
Deschutes TEKU

A: Hazy bright yellow color. Bright white three flower head. Very highly carbonated. Fluffy lacing.

S: Brett. Lemon rind. Pepper. Dry. Hay. Barnyard funk. Citrus.

T: First and foremost, punched in the face with that pepper spice and lemon rind fruit. High carb makes this more right through palate. Grass like wheat soft body. Crisp and dry finish. Lingering Brett flavors.

M: Lighter side of medium, high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 16:48:20 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, floral, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better aroma in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:14:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of illidurit


4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1: Pours an unclear straw color with a fine white head. Aromas of fresh pale malt. Smells like a brewhouse, in a good way. Light accents of citrus with subtle musty brett notes. Dry crisp malts, straw, grass, mild summer fruit. This is exactly what you want on a hot day. A complete departure from all those flabby sweet American "saisons." A really solid beer in the DuPont vein.

Batch 2: Pours a tangerine/pumpkin hue with a bright white head. Pronounced tartness in the aroma; lemon and kumquat, some banana. Flavor is less fruity and more bretty at this stage, with a solid funk: cheesecloth, straw, soft phenols. Citric acidity, banana pith, smooth tartness, bone-dry finish with lingering lemony aftertaste.

Batch 3: Pours an orange-gold color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is fresh grains and wort, with a touch of unripe banana and stone fruit. Flavor has a great lemony tartness throughout, teetering on the verge of sourness at times but never crossing over. Mild pale malts are barely there; this is a total yeast showcase. Secondary accents of peach pit and citrus zest. The brett is there, but not in force quite yet, due to the young age of this batch. I still get that lovely brett attenuation mouthfeel, with a pleasant dryness and maybe an occasional wisp of dusty musty funk.

Batch 4: On tap at the brewery. Peachy gold color with a white head. Big tartness on the aroma, sourish clementine notes, banana. Fresh grains, bananas and lemons, bretty chalky finish with a bit of lemon verbena. Dry and a little musty, the brett has yet to take hold. Similar to batch 3.

Batch 4, again: Different keg than my last entry and actually rather different in taste. This time I get unmistakable apricot fruitiness all over the aroma and flavor, plus more significant tartness. Every time I have this beer I realize that this is what a saison ought to be. Brett, lacto, stone fruit, yogurt, dry and tart.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 04:06:03 | More by illidurit
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy yellow orange. Nice white head. Good retention. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Stone fruits and yeasty esters. Grainy. A bit acidic. Nice, but not very strong.

Taste - Stone fruits all over. Grain. A touch of creaminess. A little bit of tang and the smallest amount of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body, a little slick. Slightly sour.

Overall - This is incredible. Delicious fruit and sour flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:12:59 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of HopHead84


4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Batch 4. Thanks, Chris! Poured into a Lost Abbey teku.

A: Hazed yellow gold with an inch of soapy white froth.

S: Ripe golden apple, pear, lemon, a hint of sulfur, oak, lactic acid, leather. Musty, earthy notes.

T: Soft lactic sourness up front with a light malt sweetness. Lemon blends with apple and pear. Malt is light and crackery with notes of biscuit and a mild balancing sweetness. Faint oak presence. A little acetic acidity in the finish.

M: Upper light body with medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice Saison. This brewery continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 20:23:15 | More by HopHead84
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 6.20.13

A - Pours a hazy, light to medium orange with a foamy cream-colored head that fades slowly. Slow gusher if you are not careful.

S - Lemons, tart, and some wheat with some very subtle spices.

T - Tart lemon, funk, woody. Each sip is different and very welcoming.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Tart citrus lemon and subtle farmhouse funk. What a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 04:02:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of alexgash


4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Cloudy medium copper-orange body. Pinkie finger of dense, creamy, off-white head. Great lacing and retention. Heady, complex nose with notes of honey wheat bread, passion fruit, pear, tart cherries, a dash of powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon. There's a semi-funky yeast character interlaced with all of the aromas and the end result is fantastic.

Lemon and toasted bread crumbs up front. Slightly fruity, sweetish malt fills in. Tartish edge throughout. Tart cherry and citrus rind sourness pick up near the finish. Wallop of semi-funky yeast notes along with the crescendo-ing tartness. Light floral notes mix in. Dry finish with plenty of lingering tart cherry and citrus along with some faintly sweet fruit. Medium to moderate body with a slightly slick feel. A delicious mix of fruity, funky saison, and tart, refreshing acidity. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:54:00 | More by alexgash
Photo of cpetrone84


3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is darker hazy yellow with a white head. The nose is very nice, strong funky Saison yeast that is very earthy and mushroomy. Some juicy lemon balance and a faint dusty tones. Taste is a touch sweeter, decent yeast presence, earthy an dusty, more prevalent lemon, grassy hops, light bitterness. Medium body, light carbonation and a semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 16:08:05 | More by cpetrone84
Saison Bernice from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
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