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Sante Adairius / Triple Rock Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CheapBeerBuzz on 02-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 112
Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into second Anniversary SARA stem.

Appearance is a radiant dark straw color (really striking), hazy body, and compact one finger white head that leaves a nice thin cap atop the beer. A lovely beer to look at to say the least.

Aroma is juicy tangerine, mandarin, blood orange, tropical mango, peach purée, white grapes, soft spicy saisonesque phenols, and the lightest touch of barrel. I mean, DAMN, this smells better than a million dollars. Just tons of citrus, and I mean any citrus you can think of, gorgeous white grape touch, nice teasing oak, and an apple/pear edge.

Taste reveals a quenching lacto presence and lemonade-like tartness. I mean it's really citrus forward on the palate. Yet it's lime, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit that dominate that citrus character. The oak is a bit more aggressive on the taste but comes in to help balance out the citrus. White wine has a grip on the whole charade while brilliantly coming in to maximize complexity is the Brett and saison yeast blend of spice and funk. Wow...

Body on this is in the sturdy light category and the carbonation is spot on, fluffy yet not spritzy. A substantial lactic pucker and at times seems aggressive but at the end of the day it's wonderfully played. An oaky dryness lingers on the palate after the finish.

This is the embodiment of a near perfect barrel aged saison. It's hard to find any faults really. Everything seems to be there in just the right amount. Love how the barrel interplays with the rest of beer and love the way it still tastes like a true saison. Carbonation is wickedly great as sometimes this style suffers in that category. Now if only SARA/Triple Rock would make this a regular part of their line-up. Among the best of the best, I'm savoring every sip!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen stemmed glass 9/5/2014.

A- Brilliant straw-yellow, slightly orange tinted, body with a fairly large two finger white head with good retention, eventually dropping into a medium collar. Not much lacing. [4.25]

S- White wine, lemon, oak, must, hints of pale malt sweetness, lactic acidity and a bit of funk. [4.5]

F- Plenty of white wine and lemon, supplemented by oak, a slight hint of caramel, and a fair bit of leather and hay. Not a ton of it, but the funk is there and adds a good bit of complexity to the beer. This is remarkably similar to Hill Farmstead Flora; perhaps it has less white wine barrel and more lactic acidity to it. [4.75]

M- Medium bodied, substantial. Plenty of lemon and lactic acid to go around. Good carbonation. [4.25]

O- Very good wine barrel aged saison, easily one of the best I've had thus far. It's not subtle, but it is quite complex and brings together a very nice blend of lemon, oak and white wine. [4.5]

Final score: 4.575

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Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a stemmed chalice. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a cloudy straw color, hues of oranges and yellows, that sports a very lively, white head, that has great retention and yields a nice amount of lace. The aroma is very citrus forward, lemon and light lime, subtle funk, light mustiness, plenty of oak and wine barrel presence that also showcases some delightful floral qualities. The flavors are in line with the nose, nice tart citrus, plenty of yeasty funk, much more of the base saison comes through, nice floral flavors that don't read as medicinal, light wine grape, oak barrel with a slightly grainy finish. The mouthfeel is very lively, but still feels full bodied, zippy, coats the mouth fairly well with a nice finish that has a bit of a prickle but still refreshing.

Verdict: A very, very enjoyable saison from Sante Adairius and Triple Rock. The barrel aging adds a wonderful tart quality that comes close to straddling the line of an American Wild, without compromising the integrity of the base beer. The citrus could easily be seen as too dominant, but I enjoyed that tartness and what other flavors it drew out of the beer. A top notch farmhouse/saison style beer, must try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

the beer appears orange / yellow with a thick, pure white head. Lasting retention with ample lacing. the nose brings brett, oranges, citrus, yeast. Oak and white wine in the flavor with a lemony tartness. Zesty with crisp carbonation. A very tasty beer indeed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright yellow/orange. Hazy. Big white head. Settles to a medium collar.

Smell - Lemony. Wine barrel. Some oak. Even more lemon. Like a lemon Sour Patch aroma.

Taste - Grain. White wine. Oak before the lemon kicks in. Really intense lemon. Tart.

Mouthfeel - Very tart. Well carbonated. Light bodied.

Overall - I expected great things. This doesn't quite live up. The flavors are all there, but in the wrong proportions. No subtlety to it, but I still enjoyed it.

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Sante Adairius / Triple Rock Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
4.4 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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