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West Ashley - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 712
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 915
Gots: 120 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
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 orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Sean I think? Thanks dude. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam quickly settles to nothing. Looks like apricot juice with its murky medium orange body.

S - Aroma is heavy on the apricot, with light touches of oak and one of the dirtier brett strains. A bit of funk and a slight medicinal twang inhabit the periphery, but this is all about the fruit.

T - Taste is actually an improvement, as some of the dirtier brett flavors have been replaced by a mild lactic sourness. Again, light oak, but not much discernible wine or spirit flavor. Perhaps a tad lacking in depth, but what's there is delicious.

M - Medium body, with a tannic and dry texture to it before yielding to some lingering juicy fruit stickiness on the palate. Fairly low carbonation, but still crisp and refreshing.

D - This was quite enjoyable, and perfect for a hot 4th of July. My first Sante Adairius experience that bodes well for future offerings. I'd love to have this again and see if the wild yeast develops over time.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange. Small white head. Wisps and some lacing. Thin collar.

Smell - Grainy with lots of citrus. Stone fruits. A little bit musty. Nice aroma.

Taste - Tart and grainy. Lots of citrus and peach or stone fruit or something. Dry pucker to it. Wheat and hay. Nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Really nice. Not earth-shattering, but greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Big thanks to Chris for the bottle. Poured into a Teku.

Yellow with a little orange and an inch of white froth. Scattered lacing clings to the glass.

Sulfurous, tart, and lactic apricots with wet leather, earth, barnyard, and blue cheese. This is really damn complex and Lambic-like. The overbearing sulfur presence diminishes the overall quality of the aroma, but there are some really impressive things going on that can't be ignored.

Brackish apricot flavor with notes of musty barnyard, hay, and wet leather. Unlike in the aroma, sulfur is not overbearing here. Robust earthy notes blend seamlessly with the lactic stone fruit flesh, pit, and tannic skin. There's a little oak as well. The acidity is citric and lactic, with only a whisper of acetic. Tart throughout, finishing with a piquant flourish.

Lower medium body with matching carbonation. Dry, sticky mouthfeel.

A very good beer with a bit too much sulfur in the nose. Hopefully they get that figured out (it's been present in some of their others beers) as it is detracting. Who needs spontaneous fermentation when you can inoculate with a house strain of this quality?

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.09/5  rDev -30.2%
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 rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours like hazy opaque apricot juice. One inch head, no lacing really. No visible carbonation.

Heavy, fresh apricot aroma, with some underlying barnyard funk and acidity. Lots of apricot though is very nice.

Tastes include musty tart apricot flavor, acidity, barnyard funk, leather, oak, and apricot juice. Medium to high sourness.

Light to medium bodied, tart and crisp mouthfeel. The sourness really lingers on the palate and lips after each sip.

A bit too sour for my (virgin) sour tastes, but this still had a lot of great flavors that I could enjoy.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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 cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -12%

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.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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 illidurit
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1: On tap at the brewery. Pours a nice pumpkin color with a wispy white head. Lactic lemon and peach aroma, lightly vinous. Flavor is tart apricots, nice and fresh, lemon pith, subtle brett, biiig oaky finish with heaps of grapes, rustic woodiness, buttery oaky wine, dry finish.

Batch 3: From bottle at Jupiter Sour Sunday. The aroma has taken a leap forward, just tons of dried apricots. Clearly more fruit in this batch, in a good way. Flavor is tart and tannic, apricot skin galore.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.


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Photo of rlee1390
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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 KYGunner
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
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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West Ashley from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
96 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.