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Appreciation - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 161
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 281
Gots: 30 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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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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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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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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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Appreciation from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.