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Appreciation - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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outstanding

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 161
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 280
Gots: 31 | FT: 4
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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jefe73 on 06-08-2013

The beer inside this bottle is our homage to the brewers who came before us; a tribute to those who paved the road on which we walk and discreetly left a breadcrumb trail for us to follow. It is for the beer geeks, the tickers and raters, and the newbies who opened their minds to try something new and unfamiliar. It is something that comes from our heart, an offering of appreciation for the supporting us and allowing us to play in the game. The beer in this bottle wouldn't exist with out you.

With appreciation,

SARA
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 161
Photo of kevanb
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Sante Adairius snifter glass. Enjoyed on 1.16.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color, hazy and opaque with an off white head, one finger high that has great retention and lace. The aroma is great, huge berry character, raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry with some nice musty funk, oak, lemon zest and some light herbal and floral character. The fruit is huge, fresh, fleshy and jammy, really pops and is so inviting. The flavors are sensational, massive jammy berry character, really intense fruit character, lactic sourness, musty funk, oak, almost wine like with some vinous acidity, lemon zest and that same herbal character comes through as well with just a hint of a mineral water profile that is distinctly Sante Adairius. The mouthfeel was nice, coating, crisp, lively, higher carbonation that is very soft at the finish.

Verdict: A wonderful fruited wild from Sante Adairius, huge berry character that is really refreshing without being overly sour or too biting. Very bright with delicate but boisterous flavors, a treat.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer of the day at the West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival 2015. Pink color, light.

Aroma was heavy bretty raspberries. More raspberry in the taste, solid sour but not over the top, complexities, oak. Mustiness in the mouthfeel, appropriately. Blackberry in the mouthfeel without the dirty feet.

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Photo of macher0
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is about as good as it gets. Beautiful dark red color with an excellent effervescent body yet that leaves a fairly substantial head at first. The nose is lactic sour, sour bug, and dark fruits: berry and cherry. The taste follows the nose very nicely with dry fruit characteristics. Not super sour but just about right.

A damn fine sour, I highly recommend this and its worth seeking out.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice stuff here from SARA, pretty much what you'd expect from a funkified fruited wild ale, nothing out of place, perhaps the slightest bit of vinegar the only noteworthy misstep. Otherwise, it's boysenberries, tartness, and then a wisp of earthy funk to give it some depth. Nice stuff. Sidetrack: a beer like this is actually kinda hard to rate. It's tasty, it's fairly easy drinking, and it's different, at least in the general sense that funky/tart beer is a clear departure from the stuff you probably cut your teeth on (even, in my case, porter/stout, rather than your usual AALs). Anyway, what makes it hard to rate is that difference, that otherness. You stop and wonder whether that uniqueness earns it unfair, er, appreciation, and whether said uniqueness would really appear unique if this was the sort of beer you'd first understood to be beer. Really, this is all a lot of bluster to say a fairly common, even hackneyed, theme around these parts: do we overrate the big, bold flavored beers? Is a beer like this inherently better than a nice glass of unfiltered Pilsner Urquell? My current rating says so, but the purist in me wants to say no. As I haven't solved this intellectual conundrum yet, I'll just leave the rating as is, but it's something I'll be pondering further. In the meanwhile, for those less wracked by internal debate and cognitive dissonance like yours truly, buy and enjoy with aplomb:)

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a goddamn fruit loop, or fruit leather, or something that's absolutely fruity but in no way wake: dark berry-colored with a small purple head.

Smells sharp, tart, but smooth. More like actual fruit than some bacterial approximation of fruit. Tart cherry, milder raspberry, little hints of grape. Very nice.

Tastes like fresh berries with a tiny bit of yeasty pepperiness. There's not a gigantic amount of things going on but the things that are going on are fantastic. This is one of the very best fruit profiles I've ever encountered in a fruit beer, right up there with Serendipity, only somehow instead of achieving that through a melange of acutal fruit they did it through some boysenberries and funk. It's delicious.

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Photo of Juan611
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle at brewery, initially too cold, let warm, great rich red color from boysenberries. Nice funk, with a solid tanginess from the fruit. Solid beer!

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Photo of NeilFlaiz
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a beautiful violet-red with about an 1" head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is full of boysenberries and funk with the taste following suit highlighted by the Sante funk with nice tartness blending into a rush of boysenberries. Mouthfeel is thin but balanced with a nice amount of carbonation given the BA nature of the saison.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a big Sante bulb at Sante. Big opaque purple beer with little to no head. Smells of tart blackberries and some funk, taste is mostly the same. Great beer that is reminiscent of FP#2 or (less so) de Garde's The Boysen.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is ruby hued with a thin collar. Fruity, funky, oak, yeast, wild, awesome aroma. Wow. Silky smooth and absolutely delicious. Cherries, funk, oak, gentle acetic finish. Outstanding.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a large pink color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet cherry notes is very pleasant with some tart notes easily noticeable. Taste is a great mix between some tart notes with some sweet cherry notes light oak and some vinous notes also apparent. Body is quite full for the style with good amount of carbonation. A nice balance to avoid too much acidity which ends up in a great complex but easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to pushkinwow for the bottle!

Pors a nice rosey color, clear with lots of head and lacing. The nose is fantastic, a big cherry aroma, tart, acidic with some sweet doughy malt. On the palate, it is much drier, with lots of tart cherries, raspberries and lactic acid. Congrats on 10K Luc!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Light purple body. Small white head. Thin collar and some wisps on the surface.

Smell - Lightly fruity and lightly acidic. Mildly oaky. Not a really intense aroma.

Taste - Decent berry flavor. A little musty. Oaky and pleasantly sour.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium light body.

Overall - Well, it's a good beer, but didn't blow me away.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is bright ruby with a mostly white head. Nose has a ton of raspberry with a subtle balance of sourness and bret presence. Taste is similar but not super bright. Lots of raspberry, fair bit of bret and notes of vanilla. Short finish, hints of bitterness, nice carb and light body.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (one of about two cases they brought) poured at the HF Festival of Farmhouse Ales. First beer sampled, actually had a clean palate for this! About a 4oz serving poured into a HF stemmed glass. Surprised Sante Adairius brought this considering the low bottle count. Reviewed from notes taken while drinking at the fest.

A- Pours a translucent pinkish-red raspberry color with a faint slightly white bubbly head that recedes to a flat top with some remaining bubbles, some minimal lacing clings to the side of the glass. Overall a very inviting appearance.

S- Fruity raspberries with hint of tartness and balanced malts. Fairly aromatic with a very nice fruit presence.

T- Sweet lightly tart raspberries with a nice sweet fruity tartness balanced with a light malt backbone. Incredible balance between the sweet fruitiness of the raspberries and a tartness that is done just right.

M- Medium bodied, very drinkable, medium to low carbonation.

O- This was a fantastic beer that I never thought I'd be able to try. In my opinion it definitely lived up to it's hype and is easily one of the better fruited American Wilds that I've had. Appreciation definitely put Sante Adairius on my radar and I will most certainly be looking to try more of their brews. I wouldn't trade the cellar for it, but it is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of illidurit
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Sour Sunday at Jupiter Brewpub. Pours an attractive guava color, totally opaque with haze, with a clingy pinkish white head. Aroma is fantastic: tons of jammy dark berries with a lemonade tartness. Strawberries and oranges make an appearance too. Flavor is lactic and tart with lemon rind, Himalayan blackberries, raspberry lemonade. Great acidity on the back end, really hits the corners of the mouth and dries the palate. Awesome beer.

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Photo of Jefe73
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a recent trade with Afrokaze, thank you!

750ml wax top bottle...one of 300 for the recent 1 yr Anniversary party at Sante Adairius poured into their logo snifter.

A - The beer pours a hazy, pale-pink with a fizzy, finger-width off-white head.

S - Loads of dark berries in the nose...a combination of sweet and tart with a little funk in their too.

T - Just like the nose, big dark fruit flavors...boysenberry, blackberry, tart cherries and red grapes. Not a lot of funk here, but you do get some lip-smacking tartness on the finish. Also picking up some oak from the barrels. I really expect this one to change as it ages in the bottle and will acquire more funk and complexity along the way.

M - Medium carbonation with a little acidic tart, dry finish.

O - This is my 4th Sante Adairius bottle and none of them have disappointed me yet. Definitely seek this one out along with Saison Bernice, West Ashley and Bright Sea Blonde...they're doing amazing things with the funk.

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Appreciation from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.