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West Ashley - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 795
Gots: 81 | FT: 7
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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: illidurit on 08-26-2012

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Ratings: 514 | Reviews: 46
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing.

Hazy, straw yellow body with some yeast evident. Small, broken head. Lovely aroma of lactic funk and citrus. Orange, apricot, melon, assorted stone fruit with tropical notes as well. Juicy and delicious. Gently tart balanced my a natural fruity sweetness. Notes of pineapple, guava. Light in body and dangerously drinkable. Fabulous.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Most recent batch. A big thanks to Josh for this one. Reviewed at a tasting 3/26/15. 750ml bottle into a teku.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy peach. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Pretty nice.

Nose is apricot meat, citrus, and Brett funk with a mellow, spritzy tartness that livens the experience.

Opens apricot skin and meat. Juicy and sweet in the middle with a foamy, Brett funk mixed with Apricot tartness. Some apricot skin towards the end and in the aftertaste. Very fruit forward and the tartness is not overwhelming. Great balance with a big apricot presence.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and goes down aggressive and foamy. Puckering finish with a filmy aftertaste. Super drinkable and the moderate carbonation perfectly complements the fruit-forward flavor profile.

Overall a really balanced and mellow fruited sour that demonstrates that a clean flavor profile complemented by superior drinkability can really go a long way. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of DrunkAl
2.38/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

One of the more overrated beers out there. Apricot pit and mild sourness. Get a de garde imperial apricot bu and thank me later.

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While my beer did not shape-shift, it certainly had the makings to do so..a flavor extravaganza!

Photo of MDobs
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epic! This is something to cherish

Photo of snansel
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 7. So happy to have tried this one. I swear this beer morphed into something different in my glass several times while drinking it. A beautiful beer that is both delicious and fun to drink.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

During SF Beer Week 2015, Trappist Provisions in Oakland had a Sante Adairius event, including a keg of West Ashley. Delicious, balanced, subdued apricot sour.

Photo of suckaj
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tons of fruit, funky as it warms

Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a teku glass

A- pours a murky golden orange color with a small creamy white head that leaves some nice patches of lacing behind

S- apricot preserves with notes of orange peel and tangerine, spicy brett with some vines white grape notes, toasted oak, sweet tarts

T- fresh sliced apricot with notes of tangerine and orange peel, funky and earthy yeast, toasted oak, white wine, even a bit of tropical pineapple, dry finish with more apricot

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- tart and funky with some sweet apricot flavor, very good

Photo of bmunn
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had. So much flavor, never a dull sip throughout the entire bottle.

Photo of chadwicktorres
3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This makes me want to try Westly that much more!

Photo of beercoach
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

and excellent example of brewing with fruit. fully attenuated, not juicy. funk and fruit as well as anyone.

Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 5 into SARA tulip.


Appearance is hazy pale gold with a small white head leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass.


Aroma is very fruity citrus forward, soft fresh flower and slightly spicy brett phenols, oak, and hints of vinous white grape.


Taste is apricot fuzz, tangerine juice, sweet lemon, blood orange, hints of pineapple, oak, and the faintest white wine. Lovely apricot!


Mouthfeel is light, medium carbonation, very tart throughout but not sour. Drying on the finish with the oak coming to help that drying affect.


Like other fruited SARA Saisons this is not dominant on the fruit but just a very integrated and pretty complex farmhouse ale. As it warms the apricot comes out more on the nose and the taste gets more complex. Fantastic wild ale, love them apricots.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, apricot, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, apricot, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice sour apricot aspects, but it is also quite grain forward in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottle: Poured a straw color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sour and tart notes with some light funky yeast notes is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some sour and tart notes with some funky yeast. Apricot notes a very subtle and kind of hard to distinguish. Pinot noir barrel lend a light vinous feel to the beer. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Enjoyable sour but I would have preferred more apricot notes to be upfront.

Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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-lived head leaving no lacing. Beautiful nose, tart fruit (peaches?), nice Brett profile, acidc, yeast. On the palate, this beer is dry/tart, sours fruit, tight on the back of the tongue. Really nice!!!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%

Pour is a lightly hazed golden amber with a white head. Nose is lambic esq. Has some dusty cellar brett, and nice notes of nectarine and peach. Taste is less lambic and more fruity. Not sour. Moderate carbonation and a creamy body. Bright peach, nectarine and some grapefruit. There is some dusty brett, gentle acidity, a bit sweet in the flavor.

Photo of Doodler
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Enjoyed at What the Funk festivities. Nice and tart

Photo of JonathanB
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight 5's! One of my favorite beers ever. Perfect balance of fruit, tartness, funk, acidity, nice barrel aging qualities. Freakin amazing beer. Bucket list brew.

Photo of m_dub
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Good but not their best

Photo of jbwimer
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Immeasurable thanks to Robert/Andrew for this bottle. My first Sante Adairius experience, and I have high expectations. Bottle split three ways, poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting snifter.

A- Pours a vibrant, cloudy pale orange with a fizzy finger of head that fades within a minute leaving a ring of head on the edges. Not much lacing here. Carbonation releases from the bottom throughout the drinking experience.

S- Juicy apricots/peaches with a faint sugary sweetness. Smells acidic with some biting funk as well as some oak in the background. Smells very bright.

T- Much of same on the flavor. Very crisp, clean, ripe firm fruit juiciness, with a bold sourness. Not quite as sour as Fuzzy, but it is quite aggressive. I like it. Not as much funk as the nose, but it is not missing.

M- I wish this had more body. I feel that a fuller mouthfeel would help the flavor to integrate better. Not that they don't, but there is room for improvement. It's slightly watery, and if this were not so, I imagine being floored by this beer.

O- This is an excellent beer, without question. The aroma is splendid, and the flavors are superb. A firmer body would tie it all together in near perfection. Glad to have had the chance to drink this one, and now know that SARA deserves the hype.

Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy bright apricot color.

The aroma has lactic and acetic tart qualifies and lemons along with apricot and a medium funk.

The flavor continues with apricot, a slight funk, a decent tart quality of lemons with a well rounded malt and wheat backbone.

A refreshing brew fruited sour.

Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

The beer pours a bright, apricot color, golden hues, opaque and hazy with a light finger of thick, off white head that has nice retention and leaves a big wall of lace behind. The aroma is full of juicy apricot, bretty funk, light pale grain, tart with light sourness, but the base beer, funky, yeasty, rustic and grainy, comes across very nicely. The flavors are great, beautiful apricot flavor, fleshy, juicy, plenty of funk, lightly musty but very fruity, almost berry like, earthy saison base, light lemongrass and rustic spiciness with soft pale grain. The tartness is spot on, not sour at all. The mouthfeel is great, perfectly carbonated, lively, zippy without any prickliness that coats the mouth superbly well, and finishes with a soft creamy texture.

Verdict: The fruit comes across superbly well, but the base beer is certainly not forgotten, complex, balanced and quite refreshing. Very reminiscent of Peche n Brett, in that the saison qualities are not lost. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to have it again in the future.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really well balanced saison with just a hint of apricot skin on the finish. The base beer is so well made in terms of carb as well as balance in the funk and tartness. It's a quenching tartness that highlights the beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my first beer from these folks thats not a collaboration, and its a pretty good one, albeit a little short of where the hype would have it. the apricots didnt seem that prominent to me, but the sour saison base was awesome, and the barrel aspect fantastic. hazy orange tinted blonde color, short but lasting white inch on top. the nose here is more saison yeast than brett, but there is some funk intermixed with the moderate acid tartness. the apricots arent invisible on the nose, but their presence is light, more of an orchard fruit sweetness than apricots specifically, but i get it. the flavor is light on the apricot too, which is fine for me, i dont reckon it needs much. the blonde sour saison beer is just great, with a lot of yeast character in addition to the mouthfeel, its got a little spice, and the wheat malt base has some serious body to it. the carbonation is pronounced, and the finish is dry. as an apricot wild ale, its not my favorite, its not fruit forward enough for that, but as a wild ale in general, its exquisite. the oak on this adds a nice layer that jives famously with the yeast. i would buy this if it were available here for sure.

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West Ashley from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
100 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.