West Ashley - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 636
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 2.27%
Wants: 861
Gots: 89 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of JonathanB
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,466 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 (305 characters)

Photo of snansel
4.84/5  rDev +10%
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. (195 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm very biased towards this beer, but everyone reviewing beer on the internet has some kind of bias.

This beer is very batch dependent. 7 and 4 being among my favorite, but regardless of the batch I'm always happy to share a bottle with friends who know what they are talking about. (284 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love sours and this is a great one. Strong apricot smell and taste. Poured into a tulip glass that let out a strong aroma. Can't wait to have this one again soon (163 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled on tap at Good Karma in SJ. Pours a beautiful bright golden hazy yellow with minimal head. Nose is fantastic with the dominant stone fruit backed by almond and floral notes. Taste follows the nose nicely and delivers on the promise of the nose with some nice lemon tartness balancing the fruit. Simply a fantastic beer by SARA. (339 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of dv8sean
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,711 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (1,359 characters)

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a half pour at the brewery earlier today.
Pour was as nice light golden color with very minimal lacing.
Perfect amount of funk and apricot on the nose and a nice crisp, tart mouthfeel.
Lived up to the BA rating in my book, just wish they had it in bottles to go. (266 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (607 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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!!! (363 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 7.6.13
Batch 2
1 of Not Many

A - Pours a hazy, but bright medium orange with a few large tan bubbles that fade quickly.

S - Lots of apricots, some tartness and woody-acidic tones.

T - Soft apricots, them some tartness hits. Light and nice.

D - Good carbonation with a very light body.

O - Light saison with a nice apricot and a nice hit of tartness. A true gem here. (389 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is honestly too simple to get huge ratings but so smooth and delicious that it earns a high score. It's mostly a tangy, tart and nicely sour lemon buy with a phenomenal feel. (179 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales.

A - Pours a hazy sun kist peach color with a nice one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of juicy apricots, woody oak, mild funk, white wine, bit of lactic sourness, some must and a bit of sweet pale malt. Love the funky apricot.

T - Starts off with the ripe apricots slowly giving way to some mild musty funk, white wine, oak, yogurt and a bit of sweetness from the base malt. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish. Really awesome flavors working together make this one super easconsume.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sticky fruit feel with a nice dry ending. Really awesome flavors working together make this one super easy to consume.

O - Loved this one. We drank a bunch of other Peach and Stone Fruit sours the night before and I would say this was my favorite of the bunch. I would love to get my hands on a couple bottles of this one. (1,047 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (221 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Lots of funk, almost like grape must, and then lots of apricots.

T-Very funky, oak, grass, apricots, lemons all with great balance.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated with a crisp finish.

O-Ohhh the funk. A very tasty beer. (285 characters)

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West Ashley from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.