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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: 925
Gots: 128 | FT: 8
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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 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 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 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 zac16125
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a Teku
I believe its Batch 7

Thanks to Joe-Mahma for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Crystal clear, very light pale straw yellow with over 1 fingers width of bright white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Oaky, tart, funky. Lactic acidity, plastic-like funk notes, very subtle sweet fruit notes. 4.5

T: Puckeringly tart on the first sip. Tons of lactic acidity, nice oaky notes. Like the nose the fruit is fairly subtle, but is present on the back end and balances out the sourness nicely. Not much funk, just some burnt plastic characters. A very nice wild ale. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, drying on the finish, drinkability is excellent. 4.5

O: Very enjoyable beer. Don’t think it quit lives up to the classics, but great beer nonetheless. 4.25

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Photo of smanson56
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first trip with this wonderful beer. Lots of apricots and funk in the nose with mild wine overtones. The taste is crisp and clear with the apricots coming through followed by the funk from the yeast that balance each other so well. The mouth feel is pleasant and holds the carbonation well through out the bottle.

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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 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 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 Wolberjs
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell is a very pleasant apricot with a very nice mello strawy barnyard in the background. Very faint tart lemon. Complex.

Taste is apricot and tartness. No barnyard in the taste. Big tart finish.

Mouthfeel is tart and round. Pleasant but not outstanding.

Very good overall. Sum of the parts is better than than some of the components. Complex and well rounded.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clean lemony tart fruit sour with SARA flavor profile, light foam, slight funk on the nose, effervescent carbonation with a little bit of pepper, overall their is something in the flavor that reminds me of saison bernice and farmhouse noir.

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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 jjdc
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Late day sun in the glass. Medium nose for a fruited sour -- funk, fruit and skin. The flavor profile is nice, but fairly straightforward. Apricot, funk and a drying pucker on the backend. A bit of vinous barrel. A great beer, but lacks a bit of the depth of a Veritas 15 or Lou Pepe to push it into the very top tier. A little more barrel presence would add to the complexity.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect melding of fruit and sour. There are many fruited sours that either aren't funky/sour enough or are so jowl stingingly sour that you can't taste the fruit even a little. This beer really hits the mark as I smell and taste heaps of wonderful apricot and has the perfect tart/sour combination to really let the fruit shine.

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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 Rutager
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wine barrel and light funk on the nose. Nicely balanced good level of sour, nice fruit funk and barrel. Matt, cheers man. Been wanting to try this forever.

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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 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 SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy sunset yellow. Beautiful.

Fairly funky and more funk than sour. Lots of apricot/peach fruitiness. Earthy and oaky. Spiced.

Light feel. Lots of carbonation. Clean.

Not as awesome as I was expecting, but still enjoyable. Could have used more fruit.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 6.

This stays with you. Semi sweet, fruity, lemony, minerally, oak and lacto. This is solid although I'm not getting a lot of the apricot flavor. 100% not homerism, but Apricot Stonington has a better apricot flavor. This has more sourness.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from one of the more recent releases.

A: Cloudy pale orange body under a finger of fine white froth. Mediocre retention, light lace. Perfectly fine, but nothing memorable.

S: Powerful apricot fruitiness alongside intense lactic sourness. Straightforward and thoroughly enjoyable.

T: Opens with tart stone fruit, followed by a zing of puckering acidity, and finished by a delicious mix of apricot and vanilla. Long, delectable aftertaste. Excellent.

M: Soft, light-bodied, and a little spritzy. Pretty nice for the style.

O: Terrific beer, and one that I felt very fortunate to get to try. It wasn't one of the top 3 sours at this tasting, though (De Cam Framboise and a couple Side Projects were decidedly superior), so I wouldn't give up my first-born to revisit this one, great as it is.

Cheers!

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huuuuge thanks to rudzud for acquiring this beast.

Light fizzy head fades semi quickly, hazy murky lemon yellow orange color.

Nose is interesting, a lambic like funk, mild sour lemony tartness, a mild apricot juice, tangy apricot, mild genetic stone fruit, light generic funk, light fleshy peach and apricot.

Taste is on, decent bit lighter peach, more like apricot skin and stem, light funk, light stone fruit, hint sour like funk, weird fleshy fruit not really much apricot, mild tangy with mild acidity. Weird orange peel bitterness too. Hint of toasted oak and vinous wine barrel like notes. Finish is dry mild sticky mild acidic bite, little flemmy, hint of apricot and stone fruit. Seems like the nice subtlties of the beer are lost in the funk and fruity notes.

Mouth is med bod, decent but lighter carb.

Overall a huge let down, just ok, not really sour or funky, not much for apricot or stone fruit, just average in general. No idea how this had such a big reputation.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros and Kyle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of strong funk, good apricot flesh, candy apricot, little juice. Loads and loads of funk.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of lactic funk, good nice tart apricot. Good funk levels here with nice house yeast. Pretty pleasant with light wine barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nice tartness.

O - Overall this beer was a big let down. While it was good it wasn't the semi whale that people hype it up to be. Good beer but not the high trade it commands.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.09/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This disappointed in a side by side apricot/peach beer tasting with some heavy hitters (Fou, Fantasia, Veritas) finishing a distant 4th place. The fruit was very muted, both in the nose and on the palate and the funk was way too subdued.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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