West Ashley - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 6.54%
Wants: 854
Gots: 80 | FT: 8
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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: 609 | Reviews: 57
Photo of MDobs
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epic! This is something to cherish

Photo of suckaj
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tons of fruit, funky as it warms

Photo of Danismaximus
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a wonderful beer. The perfect sour saison blend of bugs! This really is the best sour I've ever had.

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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 JonathanB
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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 ironchefmiyagi13
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 4 poured into a wine glass.

Been sitting on this bottle for the last week and since it is indeed a fruited sour, sooner rather than later is definitely key.

As soon as I cracked this bad boy open, I immediately got hit with big sour fruit notes. Lots of apricot, lactic acid and faint red wine in the aroma. It is SO balanced in terms of sweet and sour. Nothing is overpowering or underwhelming. As it warms, the fruit really comes alive. It smells like apricot/orange/lemon purée in a glass.

The first sip explodes onto the palate. Sourness is tame yet present. It is honestly one of the most perfect combinations in a beer I have ever experienced. Sourness gets you on the sides of the tongue, but then the sweetness helps to balance it out. After a couple sips, the finish is where the Pinot Noir barrel comes into play. Tannic pull from the grapes and the dryness from the oak really help to level out the other sour factors of the beer. Finish honestly last forever.

Mouthfeel is on point. A little creamy with great dryness and a long finish. Actually feels like I took a sip of Pinot Noir in terms of how dry my mouth and throat are.

Yes, I gave this beer the elusive 5 because I thought that for what it is (a soured, fruited, wine barrel-aged Saison) it did what it was supposed to flawlessly. It skyrocketed immediately to my top 10 favorite beers of all time and is worthy of the hype and what I traded for it. A truly memorable experience.

Photo of Seeker84
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Un be liev ab le

Photo of bmunn
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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 iSkiCO
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is better than Fou IMO

Photo of alaimoa
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Normally don't give many straight 5's but this was exceptional
Need another bottle - outstanding and likely best in the wine barel saison category. Perfect golden pour big white head and amazing spotty leg/lines. Smell nice wine barrel, slight champagne, apricot tartness. Taste and feel incredibly smooth

Photo of snansel
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
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 dar482
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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 puree throughout, a truly intense fruit flavor, a slight funk, a decent tart quality of lemons with a well rounded malt and wheat backbone.

Up there as one of the best American fruited wild ale.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to my friend, Eddie for scoring me a bottle of this.

A: Beautiful glowing apricot body with a thin white cap. Leaves some slight dots of lace after each sip.

S: Tart apricot skin, peaches and cream, restrained barnyard funk, dried apricots, leather and very light oak.

T: Opens with a fantastic pull of tartness, full of underripe apricot, meyer lemon flesh and lemon seed. Bright apricot notes galore in here, full of apricot skin, dried apricot and underripe white peach. Finish shows a touch of apricot pit, light oak and a nice dryness. Mouthfeel is impeccable, bright and light in body without being overly carbonated. This is an amazing beer. One of the best sours I have ever had. Maybe even the best.

Photo of beercoach
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WAAAAY Tart! Wonderful! One of my top 3 sours to date!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
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 elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a bright yellow with clear white foam. There’s a crisp, lemony, floral tartness to it that just absolutely snaps. The beer tastes amazing with notes of lemon and jasmine on the back end. It is incredibly delicate—dare I say sublime—with a long tart finish.

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bright yellow/orange, small white head. Bubbly ring around the glass. Smells tart, with oranges, peaches. It's so fruity. The taste is tart upfront and all peach and apricot on the back end. Sticks around in the mouth for a while after you swallow. Medium mouthfeel, almost no carbonation. Feels a bit heavy on the tongue, in a good way. I would like a little more carbonation, but my bottle may have been compromised in the mail. All the other flavors are there, though. Nice level of tartness here, very refreshing and meshes well with the fruit flavors.

Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
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 dv8sean
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I'm heavily biased, as this beer opened up an entirely new dimension for me. Call it the gateway drug to sour beer. Tart without being over-puckering. Intense but not overpowering. Complex but not complicated. Bright, fruity, spicy, and playful. Remarkably easy to drink.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly more sour version of map of the sun. Similar nose to that and golden angel. Saved the dregs for a homebrew...

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 7,3% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Batch 5

A massive thanks to Futura123 for sending me this bottle.

Appearance: West Ashley pours a moderately cloudy bright golden-orange, with a rough pour yielding a good sized white head. The head retention and lacing are somewhat disappointing, but the brightness of the body is so beautiful I find myself not really caring!

Smell: Oh wow, as soon as the cap is popped a ton of apricot aroma fills the room! The apricot notes are certainly on the tart side, but there is a touch of underlying sweetness apparent. Initially the funk is fairly restrained with only a light musty character noted, however as the beer warms the nose opens up and with mildewy notes, lactic, earthy notes, some woodiness and a slight off/dirty brett character.

Taste: The initial flavour is pretty tart (more so than I expected) and chock full of fresh apricot flavour. There are light citric notes, lactic tartness, a little underlying sweetness, a musty character, earthy, oak, wet hay and a slightly sulfurous/dirty brett character. As the beer warms, the sulfurous character increases slightly, but it remains unobtrusive. Even at room temperature there is no trace of the 7%.

Mouthfeel: Usually I would find the just-shy-of-high level of carbonation a little too much for my tastes, but it in this case it works well and makes the beer uber refreshing. The body is medium with a touch of stickiness from the fruit.

Overall: West Ashley is a fantastic American Wild Ale and was the perfect beer on a hot summers day. I think a little tweaking of the funk profile (to limit the dirty character) will put this beer on the map as one of the best American sours.

Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of indeterminate batch (I think 2), generously bought over by powz87 at our recently celebratory whale tasting today, 3/22/2014.

Review #498.

App- Hazy orange body that looks like orange juice with pulp, nice one finger white head with a normal pour with normal saison retention (which is a lot) and lacing. Beautiful beer.

Smell- Holy apricot funk. Not much acid, but a lot of sweet tangerine/orange citrus flavors and a bit of barrel funk. Not super complex like a Belgian geueze, but so interesting and delicious just the same.

Flavour- Very good! Lots of fruity apricot character, with some tannins and a bit of funk. Not very acidic, maybe 3/10 vinegar, but drinking incredibly well. Like the nose, not as complex as the Belgian counterparts, but not gonna lie, this is really tasty.

Mouthfeel- Crisp yet creamy medium bodied beer that is incredibly refreshing. We drank this between 2012 BADL and Murda'd Out Stout, and this appropriately cleansed our palate in the most enjoyable way. Tart, crisp funk mixed in with some apricot juice on the backend.

Overall- One of the best American fruit sours/saisons I've had thus far. Jeez! So much more delicate yet flavourful than the likes of Chez Monus and Atrial Rubicite. It's up there with New Glarus' Very Sour Blackberry in terms of the drinking experience. Sante Adairius is for real!

Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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

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West Ashley from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
100 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.