Lady In Grey
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #91
Ranked #1,838
4.25 | pDev: 6.59%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
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Notes: If Saison as a beer style is related to the farm, Grisette is its counterpart in the mines. Fermented entirely in French oak, Lady in Grey owes her opacity to a high percentage of malted and flaked wheat. While her natural haze suggest sustenance, our Grisette remains bright and refreshing, independent and alluring. Lady in Grey's bohemian existence, her celebration of all things good, makes her a powerful muse of inspiration. We hope that you, too, will fall under this Lady's influence. Sante!
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured a golden yellow color with white bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose was dominated by bright lemon.

Taste - Initially, lemon and funk dominated the profile. The Earl Grey notes stayed toward the back. As it warmed, the tea notes brightened and the wine barrel became more apparent. Lemon rind notes linger.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was fairly aggressive with a dry feel lingering.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer more than anticipated.

Nov 27, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very generic golden yellow ale.
S: Very intense grass note funk unlike anything else I've had before.
T: A very sharp and crisp but smooth grisette. One strong body into a very quiet and grassy finish.
F: Tangy and sharp.
O: A very smooth beer with a light simple punch.

Oct 21, 2019
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bret27 from California

3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle from the brewery poured at slightly below room temp.
Hazy to clear straw yellow. Fine lacy bubbles.
Citrusy grassy smell.
Grass, lemon, slightly funky taste.
Extremely dry and crisp. Bitter but not hoppy. Very palatable.
For better or worse tastes like a white wine with carbonation to me.

Oct 16, 2019
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RyanBeer14 from California

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a couple days ago at the capitol location.

hazy yellow body. Slightly tart with a good amount of funk. Kind of sweet towards the back end. Overall a really solid beer.

May 31, 2019
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Sante Adairius Tulip glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow body with a one finger white head that reduces slowly to a layer of foam retention. A bit of lacing. Looks really nice.

On the nose there’s a lot going on -
Tons of oak and lemon, funky yeast, honey, farmhouse spice, a little musty like an old basement. Smells spot on for this style.

On the tongue it’s funky and tart, pears and lemon juice with lots of oak and overripe fruit. Follow through has spice and clove, wheat, finishing dry. Light body, lightly crisp carbonation.

This was a great beer - refreshing and complex with so many flavors.

May 05, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Buck89 for sending me this as part of NBS BIF #007. 750ml bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a cloudy lemon yellow color with over an inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma had good yeast, grain, spice and oak notes.

Very similar on the tongue, lots of bright distinct flavors that combine very nicely.

The body was crisp and light, with a dry finish.

Drinkability was awesome, smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, a great brew. a must try if you see it.

Apr 13, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i love a grisette style, especially a wild bretty one like this. these are the styles i think about when i think about this brewery, these funky dry light saison types, and this really is what they do best in my experience. this is pale and delicate looking, bright and lively in the glass, with a lot of bubbles rising up and a soft shine to it. aroma of new oak, this must be wood aged or fermented, light vanilla and white grape notes to it, and lots of grains, wheat malt and raw wheat and pils and some oats too i think, good cereal medley and very dry for being as malty as it is. the yeast profile is funky and rustic in the nose, saison and brett yeasts together i would think, tangy to me but not sour, lots of earthy minerals and depth, a bright brine element, green apple, white wine, elderflower, champagne, dry wheat, fresh cut citrus, even some starch like rice, very cool brew. its so refreshing at the same time that its complex and demands me slowing down to just enjoy, huge thanks to my friend and colleague for sharing this one, i was impressed by this, wish i had more bottles...

Apr 04, 2018
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augustgarage from California

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Brasseurs de Garde flute.

Cloudy citrine body with a smattering of off-white foam; vague lacing, poor retention.

A heady mix of funk, fruit, and floral notes in the nose suggesting pears and wildflowers along with a barnyard note.

Very tart palate entry, bracing and sweaty with a mineral laden finish. Stone fruit and dandelions lurk around the edges, while hop presence is absent except perhaps for a faint noble/grassy/white tea flavor at times. The bacteria and oak seem to be doing more of the work than the yeast in building the flavor profile.

Light bodied, though a bit too funky to be a refreshing table beer.

A decent domestic grisette that takes cues from Fantôme much more than Dupont.

Mar 10, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, green session. Aroma is clean, floral, citrusy and fresh. Taste is slightly tart, floral, light, refreshing and easy drinking.

Jun 05, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks, Trey.

A clear light orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is excellent. Fruity, grainy, mildly tart and lactic, lemony, melony, mildly oaky. Firming and refreshing. As it warms up, an acetic nose grows. The palate opens tart, lemony and mildly lactic, a blend of mild yogurt/sour cream brightness with a mild grainy note. The mid-palate is crisp with a blend of semi-ripe grapes, peaches and nectarines, ripe melon and preserved lemons. Drying, tart finish, lactic, yogurty and bright, this beer is crisp, clean and very refreshing. A touch of vanilla is present as well, along with a little bit of oak tannins.

Not true to the style (at least, note in the sense that the fabulous Clara or Four are)this lacks a firming hop bite but is excellent nonetheless.

Feb 25, 2017
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Conscious_Palate from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Light yellow with a tight white foam
S: Pleasantly floral with hints of fresh apple and vanilla
T: The taste is pleasant and mild, similar to the aroma with a nice tart finish
M: Soft and tart - very refreshing with a low abv.
O: A nice beer that I would return to

Feb 21, 2017
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold. Great aroma of vinous grape and lemony citrus. Some herbal heathery quality to it as well. Very pleasant vinous and citrus flavors with a dry grainy finish. A well made grisette.

Jan 15, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale yellow gold with minimal visible carbonation, mostly displaying as a thin blanket.

Smell is grassy lager, salty gose, and light lemon.

Taste is pear, lemon, salty and sour.

Light, watery, with a stinging tang finish.


I've recently (September 2020) had the opportunity to try batch 7 and found it to be much more enjoyable. It has both a nutty, cheesy funk and a tart, lemony apricot brightness, all the while a woody farmhouse thread runs throughout helping to create a nice balance. The frothy medium-light body finishes semi-dry. Everything about it seems to be different now, so I'm upgrading my score.

Nov 16, 2016
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Chcshammonde from California

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was shockingly flavorful for just 4.8% ABV, i was kind of blown away actually. Nose nearly explodes with earthy lemon tones, oak, acidity. Taste is an extremely refreshing blend of lemon, funk, lacto, oak, wheat, light malt. Feel is just perfect. Had I known it was going to be this good I would have picked up a lot more than just two bottles! Great job Sante!

Sep 25, 2016
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Drinkcraft from California

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super bright crisp upfront with lemon zest on the back end! Earthy tones and light on the mouthfeel! Def a must try and easy to drink! Sara can do no wrong

Aug 25, 2016
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KMachHops from California

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (b4) to a tulip.
Look: Golden yellow with bubbly head.
Smell: Clean cut grass and some apples.
Taste: Mild lemon and apple flavors with some tart.
Feel: Just the right of carbonation and easy drinking.
Overall: It's like chardonnay but carbonated. Refreshing and perfect for the summer.

May 06, 2016
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at brewery in Capitola. Tough to judge overall look because all glasses are given a quick rinse before pour which lessened head and retention. Color and slightly hazy clarity were excellent. Nose was full of apple and grass with a some wood as well. Taste was wonderful. Tart apple, fresh field grass, oak and a nice background funk. Bit of a farm orchard caught in the wheat and yeast. It was just delicious. Mouth feel was perfect for me. There was a soft carbonation with a welcomed medium body that made the beer bright but gentle. No excessive distracting astringency. Overall, this was immediately one of my favorites. This is a "crafted" artful beer in a world where we throw around the expression "craft beer" as a style not as a true description of the brewer's art. Big nod to the SA brew crew.

Apr 17, 2016
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Dodgerrigo77 from California

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really light in color, nice green apple smell/yeast??
Lots of wheat/wine/citrus flavor, very subtle but pleasant. Loads of flavor for under 5%alc
Great carbonation, doesn't feel thin, saison/Grisette not sure of difference in feel.
Great beer, think I paid $17 for a 750, really impressed by this take on an old style!

Apr 08, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White head. Clear golden yellow color.

Very light flavor. Tart green apple with some lemon acidity. Not much else.

Light bodied. Medium carbonation.

Nice light beer that is very easy to drink.

Feb 13, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed from a sara's cellar tulipy bulb. poured soft murky yellow thin head that didn't hang out at all. nose is lemony oak...soft and refreshing. taste is also oaky with smarties like candied sweetness...some dryness. very white wine. barrel is superb. really tasty brew. love these BA saisons from SARA, they are really spot on for what I look for in flavor.

Jun 26, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale yellow. Hazy. Big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Lemon acidity. Mildly yeasty. Some grain and a bit of sweetness.

Taste - Lemon tartness and a little bit of white wine. Some wheat and grain. More white wine in the finish and it eventually takes over the whole finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Well carbonated.

Overall - I think it's white wine barrel, but not sure. Whatever that flavor is, it elevates it a lot.

Jan 27, 2015
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huddyball from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll start by saying this is my first ever grisette.

Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Beer is a nice, slightly hazy, straw yellow. Small head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma has some light funk along with some citrus and acid. Lots of white grape. Taste follows the nose. Light carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall a solid brew. Would not hesitate is searching this particular brew, or style, out again.

Oct 19, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into SARA tulip.

Appearance is a bright straw/sun ray yellow, small what head that retains soft small compact bubbles as an ultra thin layer atop the brew. Traditional hazy farmhouse appearance.

Aroma features pungent fruit like mango, white grape, tangerine, passionfruit, some oak vanillin, floral brett component, and just a touch of spicy grains of paradise and strong basil.

Flavor is light but complex and attention grabbing. Plenty of barrel characteristics with some pleasant oak tannins and white wine like fruitiness. Also get a Jack fruit like banana/mango character, faint grass, mandarin, and orange creamsicle like note.

Mouthfeel is spectacular in that it's light like it's supposed to be and the carbonation has maintained an awesome level despite the barrel aging. A dry beer for sure with a lovely tartness that fades at the back of the palate and begs you to take another drink. Has this creamy character I love when encountered in these barrel aged farmhouse brews.

Overall another homerun by Sante. For a Grisette it's about as flavorful as you could hope for. Surpasses Side Projects Grisette considerably in complexity, balance, and mouthfeel. I just need to get my hands on a Clara to see how Hill Farmsteads compares. Whatever yeast strains Sante Adairius is using have me all worked up wanting more of there saison-type ales.

Oct 19, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks to aussy13 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky light whitish-yellow with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, lemon, and acidic 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 good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Sep 14, 2014
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 200 ratings