Saison Bernice - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 6.62%
Wants: 410
Gots: 91 | FT: 14
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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 MarcWP
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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 jeonseh
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -11.7%

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 DrunkAl
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
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 mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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 pmangold
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 jlindros
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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 DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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 scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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 unclejazz
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
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 HopHead84
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 JonathanB
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
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 cpetrone84
3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
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 chrisjws
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Saison Bernice from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
100 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.