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Saison Bernice - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 645
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 24.04%
Wants: 430
Gots: 97 | FT: 13
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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 rodmanfor3
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am glad that I got to try this beer in a blind tasting, because I think the SARA label would have skewed my rating otherwise.

The beer pours cloudy and smells like a funkified fruit saison.

The palate follows with lemon and mild sour notes, incorporated nicely with brett and funk characteristics.

Quite dry on the finish and well carbonated.

When I did not know what this beer was, I thought it fell somewhere above a Wicked Weed offering and not quite as good as a Casey beer. When I saw the label, it fell about a quarter point short of SARA's Cellarman.

Overall, a very nice offering from SARA.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not normally a saison guy, so perhaps this vote should not count. This beer reminds me more of a sour. Wow. Hands down best I've ever had. Just a glowing cloudy orange. Gorgeous looking beer. Big blend of citrus fruit on the nose also my with a clear oak. Reminiscent of a white wine barrel. Taste is a bit sour and acidic. Getting a lot of sharp sour fruit but I'm digging. Oak comes in towards the finish. Mixed in, the farmhouse yeast picks it up a level. Tart carbonation. Not aggressive but noticeable. Just truly a great beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Pours hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of tart lemons, hay and straw, a hint of honey, yeasty funk. Flavor is very slightly tart with some dry bretty notes, hay/straw, lots of funky yeast going on here, then a punch of sweet malts on the finish. Body is medium plus for the style, with lightly prickly carbonation. Overall this was excellent, but did not quite reach the levels of the Cellarman I had recently. Really nice, but would have liked just a tad more tart notes. As is, it's a world class saison anyway. Yum.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tawny gold with a hazy clarity and an off-white head that dissipates into a tight, albeit broken band around the shoulders. Nose is salty and lemony with mango notes. Taste follows nose - light and lemony with a hint of pit fruit and a trace of funk. Mouthfeel is near perfect - light in body with a bright, effervescent carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, nice complexity and deliciously drinkable.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 13.

750 mL into a Belgian tulip.

Foamy pale white head and a sticky wall of lace. Cloudy golden body. No carb visible. 4

Funky, orchard fruit, peach. 4.25

Continuation of the nose: funky, orchard fruit ever so light, floral notes, and light citrus. 4.25

Creamy and fluffy mouthfeel. Delicate and easy-drinking with a pleasant tartness and a floral finish. 4.5

Very nice if not particularly distinct.

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Photo of MarioM
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Beer pours a lovely crisp clear light golden color with a bright white head composed of small creamy bubbled with medium to large ones mixed in there as well. The head is very reminiscent of a beer with wild yeast, soapy and thick with very good lacing.

S: There is a nice funky nose to the bee when stirred and disturbed. Lightly citric and lactic, reminds me of a good gueuze. Definitely can tell this will be a bright and tart funky farmhouse, can't wait to taste... Also get some grain and Brett character along with some stone fruit and gentle floral hops.

T: Lightly tart, gentle and very drinkable. Light citrus flavor with a very interesting and welcoming brett character/funk. Very subtle in flavor yet extremely complex and unique. Beer finished with a very interesting and delicious almost rice like grain character that lingers and tastes amazing. Not expected at all yet works very well with the tartness and I'm loving it.

M: Carbonation is on the lower side for farmhouse ales but the beer being so gentle and delicate I'm glad the carbonation follows that same trait and does not make it harsh to drink. Beer is dry and leaves a wonderful mouthfeel that lingers and reminds me of rice water, if you've ever boiled rice and drank the water you'd know what I mean...

O: This beer has a nice nose and flavors are very gentle yet unique and amazing. The feel of this beer and aftertaste is so so unique and intriguing. Overall, I was expecting a completely different beer to what I'm tasting but the actual thing is so different and unique that I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a great day drinking gentle and delicate farmhouse ale by SARA. Now I see what the big deal is... This is an amazing beer and worth every penny of the $18 that It's worth. Thank you Adair and Tom. I will definitely use the yeast in this bottle to infect a sour red I recently made.

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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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Saison Bernice from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
96 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.