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West Ashley - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 766
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 923
Gots: 128 | FT: 7
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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illidurit on 08-26-2012

Orange, lactic, and bursting with apricot aroma, West Ashley is built for consideration and conversation. While Ashley starts as a simple Saison, careful aging in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with apricots, our house microbes, and warm encouragement transform her into a tart, complex and delectable beer.
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Photo of JonathanB
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of Sp015
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #10 - Poured into 3 stemmed tasters, a very nice and pleasant apricot nose with some barnyard funk. About a 1-inch head dissipates moderately. The taste of this bear is apricot-heaven. This is a tremendous beer.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: this poured a glorious crossbreed between a lime-yellow and sunshine orange into a sniffer. Fantastic white fluff head retention. This is California sunshine in a glass.

S: opened with plain barnyard, a little disappointing. But as it warmed out of its tenure in the fridge it developed a fantastic amount of complexity for a sour of this sort: green grape, green apple, some apricot, lactic acid, barnyard funk.

T: basically the first time seeing Star Wars. I mean COME. ON. It starts with a lactic bite, finished with a punch of apricot and barnyard funk. As it warms it belies a dusting of cinnamon and cardamom. This is really a symphony of flavor in the best way; everything is working together, advancing the thesis of this beer.

F: somewhere squarely in the middle of the dryness of a Belgian lambic and the creaminess of something like Love Child No 5. A lot to work with. Nicely balancing.

O: this is my new favorite sour. A sour, by definition, at least in my head is not balanced. It skews to one side of the oral Richter scale. This, however, is of another sort. The first truly subtle and nuanced sour I've ever had, and I wouldn't be shocked if it was the last. Basically happy faced emoji and dancing girl emoji.

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Photo of Mburk
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer just gets better and better with each new batch. Was lucky enough to score a few bottles and it lives up to the hype. The beer looks great in the glass with a smell of fresh apricots and funk. It is the best apricot wild ale I have ever had and will always be one of my favorites.

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Photo of snansel
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a light, bright, and mildly hazy straw-yellow in color. A very smell head of about 2 millimeters forms and hangs around only a little while before being reduced to a bit of film and bubbles on top of the beer. The body of the beer is mostly hazy, but does retain some translucency when held to the light. Not much lacing as this one is drank, which is expected with the lack of much head.

S- Huge, juicy, and lightly tart fruit smacks the nose right off the bat. The apricots are really the star of the scent right up front before a bit of funk and light mustiness kicks in during the middle of the smell. Wild yeast imparts a touch of light, fresh cut hay to the scent right after the initial apricot tartness. On the back end, the fruit returns, this time with a lighter and slightly sweeter impact to the scent, leaving out the sour aspect its first appearance has.

T- As this beer hits the tongue, the flavor follows the scent closely. Tart and fruity hits first, with the characteristic 'seedy' tartness that many stone fruits display. The tartness is moderate in strength, providing enough punch to not quite make you pucker. Apricot juiciness comes right after the tartness and turns the flavor primarily towards the fruit. The middle of the drink sees the light funk from the scent make an appearance, although it is even more subtle in the taste than it was on the nose. Light hay gives way to more juicy fruit goodness that leaves apricot juice lingering on the tongue well after the drink ends.

M- On the palate, the weight of the beer is rather light, but doesn't quite reach the 'fluffy' impression that many beers of a similar style display. The carbonation is fairly high, as expected. Alcohol is not a factor, either in taste or weight of the beer. On the whole, the beer feels like a glass of carbonated fruit juice.

Overall, this is really a world glass fruited saison. It borderlines on tart enough that it should just be considered a sour. The beer displays both moderate tartness and light funk with a ton of the apricots mixing in there. Seek this one out and try it if you can.

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.76/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pour, very citrus forward. The apricots smell wonderful on this beer. The taste hits you with a huge tartness, and stays with you for quite awhile. Very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of mschantz
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Tele
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Summer 2015
Consumed: 8.8.15

A: 4.5 Pours a fairly hazy orange gold with a uniform off-white head.

S: 4.5 Lots of bright, fresh apricot on the nose, with some light acidity and lemon mixed in. Not much in the way of funk and not super complex, but lets the apricot shine.

T: 4.75 Even more apricot than on the nose; more fruit forward than Fou or Map of the Sun. Pleasantly tart without overdoing it. Finish is classic Sante mineral quality and pleasantly dry.

M: 5 Like Saison Bernice, they really nailed the mouthfeel. Really drinkable and satisfying with excellent carbonation.

O: 4.75 This beer really stays true to what Sante does best: bright, crisp saisons. The apricot just elevates this style in a way that is unique to them. The comparisons to Fou, Map of the Sun, etc. are fair, but West Ashley is a bit of a different in its relatively mild tartness and lack of funk on the nose.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/28/15 notes, poured into a tulip. Batch #10 I believe.

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nose is amazing, tons of apricots, funk, fruity malts, oak, floral notes, oranges, and light citrus. Taste has less funk, more sweet and sour fruits. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, super smooth and easy to drink.

Overall a fantastic beer. I heard some people say they like this better than Fou Foune. I think Fou Foune is funkier and this is fruitier, with FF having that Cantillon Belgian funk, but can't go wrong with either. World class, would have to try 'em side by side to tell you which I like better.

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Photo of dv8sean
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7.

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a small taster. ~5oz pour at bottle share. Review copied from notes.

Pours hazy amber body, aroma is lactic tartness, stone fruit, slight farmhouse funk. Tongue matches the nose with lots of apricot / stone fruit on the follow through - not as acidic as I thought, more balanced fruitiness with a nice pulpy aftertaste with some barrel in there as well. Medium carbonation and body.

Overall delightful, would love to try it again.

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Photo of tywhite
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not SARA's best beer, by a long shot, but highly enjoyable. It's a little slicker on the palate than I was hoping for, but the subtle apricot and tartness make it very drinkable.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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West Ashley from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
97 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.