Westly
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
100
Ranked #36
Avg:
4.69 | pDev: 5.97%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
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Notes: Westly is a reinterpretation of on of our favorite beers we make here at SARA, West Ashley. It is also an exercise in folly. We indulged ourselves on question: what would Ashley be like with more fruit and longer aging? Twice the amount of apricots and twice the time in barrels, Westly is the answer. We hope you agree that sometimes more is better. Sometimes folly is the path. Sante!
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Photo of pmarlowe
4.68/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2020 vintage, so a few months old.

A: Pours orangish-gold with a thin ring of bright white head and fine bubbles. Some effervescence. No lacing or much retention to speak of.

S: Fresh cut apricot, a bit of orange and lemon, moderate but well integrated lactic acid, background barnyard funk that adds some complexity, a bit of hay, pepper, and vanilla. Really appealing.

T: Loads of fresh apricot, a bit of lemon zest, tangerine, and orange rind, finishing with light oak and earthy and horseblanket brett. Light tartness through a long, elegant finish.

M: Light bodied, crisp and fizzy, with medium-high carbonation. Mouth watering quality.

O: Really delicious fruited sour. Big fruit flavor with restrained sourness and a bit of bretty funk for complexity. I could drink pint upon pint of this if the weather were sufficiently warm.

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Photo of lucius10
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sweet and tart apricot, and mildly funky and acidic saison aromatics on this bad boy! Taste follows exactly with a beautiful, tart apricot swallow! There is some hints of a oakey wine notes hidden in there. This is so well-balanced and feels great on the palate! Outstanding!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Foggy orange, appearing slightly lighter around the edges, with a short but persistent fuzzy blanket ridged at the collar with one long arm of lace reaching around half the glass.

Unexpectedly, this features more wood and funk than fruit. It's quite mature, nutty, oaky and even dusty, with notes of cashew and walnut. At the same time, it's quite sour of white wine, apricots, green grape, lemon and mango vinegar (while at the same time avoiding acetic harshness). The moderate body has a soft then crispening fizz before coming to a semi-dry finish.

While I was slightly underwhelmed by West Ashley, this is a marked improvement, and really in and of itself a fantastic saison. However, (while qualifying ahead of time that SARA has nothing to prove), for a saison showcasing a stone fruit such as apricot, it doesn't quite reach the heights of some of the greats. Fou Foune is already a tall hill to overcome, but even further, for me personally, de Garde is the king of the stone fruits, and just tower over everyone else.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy and orange like a New England IPA.

The beer showcases SARA's signature saison softness on the palate, with great flavor and acidity, mild funk, and a burst of fruit flavor on the finish.

One of SARA's finest works. This is unequivocally better than West Ashley

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy bright orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like vibrantly sour apricot, citrus, ripe fruit, oak, loads of sour white wine.

The apricot flavor just bursts forward here - with tongue-tingling sourness and drippy juiciness - it's so authentic and wonderful tasting. There's a lot of barrel too, wine slathered all over it, with some mildly tempering oak as well. There's also a sort of general sour citrus character, as well.

This is light bodied, and pretty high on the sour scale - personally, maybe an 8/10. It's still pretty drinkable despite that.

I'm not 100% sure this is better than regular 'ol West Ashley. Nonetheless, it's still a really special beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had been wanting to try this one for a very long time and it didn't disappoint at all. So much apricot, but not too sweet and very drinkable. This one lived up to the hype.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/2016 - This is incredible - hype realized! Gueuze-esque; peach, apricot, funk on the nose; wee cinnamon, fruity, barnyard taking over the palate; acidic, yet still oh so clean of a finish; dope!

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Photo of aleigator
3.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clouded amber-orange color, with a froth, stable head.

Smells of yogurt, orange sorbet and fresh cut apricots. Got a unique funk profile to it, which leads to a apricot stone pit quality among wet earth and moldy wood. While this is pretty fruit centered, it leaves enough space on the palate for the funk to play an important role on the aromas, as it sets the state of the fruits somewhere between wet and juicy.

Has a soft, lighter mouthfeel, with a well nuanced, sparkly effervescence during the beers finish.

Tastes of an initial bread dough softness, which turns more mineralic, once the carbonation becomes recognizable, which also brings the fruits to the palate. Turns quite acidic then, making the beer utmost sour with an almost calming presence of unripe apricots. The apricots take a sweet turn then, developing a sudden, utmost pleasant ripeness, which blends perfectly into cream cheese and leather. Develops a late yogurt funk note with a sparkly rock licking impression, turning the fruits a little younger again, with a late, funky sourness.

This is solid with a slightly more pronounced fruity- and sourness. Lacks depth apart from that, while its sourness is too pronounced.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Sante Adarius tulip glass. Drank right after tasting West Ashley Thanks Jake for the trade.

Pours a hazy light orange body, looks almost pulpy with a one finger white fizzy head that reduces quickly. Leaves little lacing.

On the nose, it’s very fruit-forward and champagne-like. Tons of stone fruit aromas, very juicy and potent. Psyched to taste this based on the nose!

On the tongue, it’s very tart upfront but the fruit is delicate and balanced. Just enough apricot flavors. Very juicy and crisp, lightly funky, champagne, white wine flavors. Oak barrel flavors show up slightly on the follow through. Mouthfeel is spot on with refreshing, medium-high carbonation.

I’d say this lived up to the hype, it was smoother and more delicate, less sour and more fruity than West Ashley.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 bottle poured into a SARA bulb. Bright orange with some haze. Small white head forms and dissipates quickly. Smell is of stonefruit, funk and acidity. Taste is amazing. Ton of stone fruit, subtle funk and acidity. Super balanced. Feel is very nice. Actually found this to be a little “thick” and was very effervescent with the bubbles. Overall, this is an outstanding beer and deserves the hype. Thank you George for sharing!

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Photo of danh53
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a beautiful apricot color with deep stone fruit flavor and refreshing medium mouth feel. It's very balanced and well made, just don't expect anything super complex. I don't see the need to pay the price to acquire this, but it's certainly a very good beer.

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Photo of Shogun250
4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 B2. Had at apricot share with about 35 other apricot sours and siasons. Top notch apricot saison. Thought the finish is what separated it from other apricots. Great smell, and terrfic light airy, not that sour. I woulds say this and La Fosse B2 one the share for me. I love Fou but 15 was a little lack luster compared to westly.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 batch drank on 4/2/2017 side by side West Ashley

Look - hazy, dark orange. Definitely a boldness too it, with minimal head and incredible lacing for a sour

Smell / Taste - bold! that's an understatement for sure. This is a stone fruit explosion. Just so strong and powerful and done incredibly well. The wine barrels and oak pop out with some nice complexities under this burst of apricots.

Feel - thick, medium to medium/high tartness. flavors linger well.

Overall - incredible

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Photo of Juan611
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The rating is from memory of tasting Westly 2014 (4/2016). Had Westly 2015 on 2 occasions and for me, even on a slightly fatigued palate, 2014 was far better.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall pretty epic, it takes everything I expected West Ashley to be, but much more mellow and deep in flavors. After this and Fou I am a believer in apricot sours!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright honey, apricot hues that are warmly greeted by a thin white head
S: Nectarines, Meyer lemons, tangerines, and apricots on the nose
T: Huge jammy notes of apricots, orange marmalade, and an acidic orange juice
F: Amply carbonated with a moderate mouthfeel
O: This was simply incredible. For me, West Ashley fell a bit flat, but Westly flat out impressed me. Hands down this is one of the best apricot sours on the market and blew West Ashley, Fou, etc. out of the water. Highly recommended and an absolute treat to imbibe.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a orangish yellowish hazy color. Mild head retention. Smells of acidic apricots with a nice barnyard funk. Taste is incredibly balanced with the tart, acidity predominate but very smooth. There is not much alcohol taste with this high ABV. One of the best wild ales I have ever had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ok this looked more like orange juice than any beer I've ever seen. Nice, pulpy orange juice. Aroma was of citrus lactic sourness.

Taste, wow, amazing stuff, I must admit. Kept going back and forth between this and Bourbon County Coffee at the festival. So much apricot, orange and light oak impressions. This is really up there with Fou Fune, slightly better than Cascade Apricot, Bruery Filmishmish & Rare Barrel Map of the sun. Great fruit flavors, just the right amount of sourness without too much harsh acidity.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this rare gem, its always a pleasure to get to share these with close friends. this might represent the final evolution of the apricot wild ale, and after being only lukewarm on the west ashley (in regards to all the hype), this one really takes it to the next level. twice the apricots and twice the time in barrels! the pour is hazy short of rusted orange, pale and soft looking, no visible particulate in here, but still sort of raw looking. nearly a full inch of airy white head lingers. the aroma here is near perfection, about is forward as apricots have ever been, including allagash, cascade, crooked stave, and yes, cantillon too. its juicy and bright, sweet enough, even fuzz on the outside just a little bit. oddly nutty like the pits but that could be a handover from the wood. the fruit is pulpy and ripe and dominant, but there is a great mixed culture sourness backing it up, cutting the sweet, and highlighting some of the wheaty grain base and oak treatments, all well integrated and powerful, but also quite mellow and approachable as they go. the flavor is still really ripe apricots and interesting funk and sour combined. the fruit is incredible here, maybe a step short of its explosive aroma, but really pungent and to the point. it tastes like a fresh apricot in the peak of the season, as true to the fruit as any of the beers out there. its quite sour too, a lot of lactic acidity, ahead of the wild funk aspects, and well ahead of the oak. it gets even more sour as it warms, which it does in this instance because i cant put my glass down to stop smelling it! a bottle of this might be a lot as a solo mission, so i was really glad to be sharing it. i could see the acidity getting overwhelming. its like too much of a good thing, a third of a bottle was exactly perfect. probably the best expression of apricots i have seen in a beer, and the white wine notes from the wood and the yeasts are a great compliment to the fruit. easily the best of the beers i have had from these guys, and probably the new benchmark in the style. unlike the west ashley, this is entirely worth all of the high praise it gets! a memorable experience.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.56/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious beer indeed. Bright orange color pours with virtually no head, juicy fresh apricot and hay nose, bright stone fruit vinous juiciness with a funky tartness that just leans on the edge of sharpness. In a vacuum, this beer certainly stands on its own merits. However, I can't help but to weigh the vast difference in the cost of admission versus West Ashley/Fou as compared to the difference in quality, which is, in my humble opinion, marginal.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at CBC 2016. Pale golden with a thin white head. Apricot, brett, some citrus and fruit sourness. A good sour beer, but not as good as the hype surrounding it.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer! I was able to have Westly at two different tastings a few months apart. The first time side by side with West Ashley. Kicks WAs ass...the Westly is just that much more complex and amazing! Tons of fruit!!! 2nd time it was side by side with Abricot Du Fermier and again Westly was triumphant!

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Photo of yumbeer
4.92/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Desert island beer right here. These guys have some great bugs and it shows big time here. I would take this against a Fou all day and I think that says a lot. Massive fruit flavor, low acidity. A+ all the way. Get this. Drink and enjoy. Repeat. (If you're lucky)

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Photo of P8ntmagazine
4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite fruited sour to date. The color is a golden orange. Smells of fresh apricots. The taste follows the smell, huge apricot bomb. Slight amount of funk that gives the beer great depth. Wish SARA made more of this. The hype is real and I will continue to seek more of this delicious juice.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, 2015. One of the best fruited sours I've had. Had this side by side with a couple other stone fruit beers, Fou, Leaner, etc. This was by far the best. Fruit was prominent, funk played a backseat but it worked so well for this beer. Just lovely. Blows West Ashely out of the water.

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