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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.66 | pDev: 6.01%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: It is no secret that of all the various beer styles we make at Sante Adairius, Saison is our muse. Our excitement grows as batches age, mature and inspire us to continue to chase the dream of perfecting the style to our tastes. A blend of several barreled Saisons, Stenciled Pages is a window into the passion that we have for this revered beer style. With generous and open hearts we offer you this latest effort to capture beauty in a bottle. Sante!
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served chilled in a SARA snifter glass.

Pours a hazy, light yellow body with a two finger white head. Strong retention time, nice effervescent head and lacing. Smells initially of subtle lemons and citrus rind when chilled; as it warms up, a fair amount of citrus and mild lactic acid pops out. Oak, moderate hay. This is a more subtle barrel-aged saison than others. Flavour is oak, citrus, lemon rind, mild graininess, mild acetic acid, stone fruit, a bit of white wine dryness. Nice complexity, mild subtle quotient to the flavour. It doesn't punch you in the face, but there is a lot to look for if you make the effort to look. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and dry, mild-moderate white wine and oak on the finish. Overall, another excellent beer from SARA, but I would argue that BA Cellarman batch 2 is drinking better right now.

Jun 21, 2015
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle just after Ann, although we did have a trillium IPA to cleanse the palate, into a Cantillon Iris Stem.

Appearance: Murky, pale peach yellow with the slightest hint of pink. Next to no head, but a crown and sparse lacing stays behind.

Smell: Funk, oak, citrusy tartness. Gorgeous but not necessarily unique within the style. Some vanilla too.

Taste: Very, very good saison. Vineous, prominent oak and vanilla. Funk, delicious. Surprisingly fruity. A bit of a straw like malt to finish it up.

Mouthfeel: healthy carb, bit rougher here than in the Ann which preceded it. Decently long linger.

Overall: Phenomenal, a top saison for sure but I think the Fermier b1 and Oude still beat it out.

Apr 18, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Pale yellow body with a small, broken head. Apricots, white wine, oak, funk, white grape. White grape juice. Mild sweetness. An elegant beer. Light in body with lingering tannins and a lambic- like druiven character. Very tasty.

Mar 29, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, not much carbonation, one finger head

S-Lemon, grass, some oak, nice tartness.

T-Really good balance. Lemon and grass, good deal of funk with nice oak characteristics.

M-Lighter, but nicely carbonated.

O-Wow. One of the best saisons I've ever had.

Mar 20, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Medium white head and a thick collar.

Smell - White wine is prominent, but not overwhelming. Very slight stone fruit. A little mineral character. Some light wheat.

Taste - White wine seems to dominate a little more here. Lightly tart, but quickly there's a lot more sugar. Stone fruit comes through in the middle. Minerally finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but just a little too sweet for me. Well carbonated.

Overall - At first, I thought it was really good, but it didn't quite pan out. Got a little sweet for me without that much of an interesting wine barrel payoff.

Feb 10, 2015
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JonathanB from California

4.94/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is perhaps my favorite of all the SARA beers and I've had many of them! Just amazing blend of barrel aged Saisons. Masterful! I get a nice bit of West Ashley from it as well. Just an amazing beer! If you can get your hands on one, don't hesitate. Given that this was a blend of 2014 barrel aged Saisons, I doubt they will ever be able to replicate it.

Dec 23, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass, generously shared by Erik, enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy copper gold color, lemon hues when hit by the light, very cloudy and hazy with a thick, white head that has very nice retention but yields little in the way of lace. The aroma is really juicy, tons of fruit, white pitted stone fruits, lychee, apricot, peach, white grape, musty oak, bretty funk that brings out some cereal grains with a touch of tartness, but just really booming juiciness. The flavors resonate well with the nose, loads of juicy fruit, pitted white fruits, white wine, grape, thought not too vinous or acidic, balanced and layered while the malts are more present, offering some sweetness and bitterness to the palate with musty funk and chewy oak clean up the rear, thought quite subtley with just a smidge of tartness. Again, super clean, fruity, bright and juicy, hits a very refreshing note. The mouthfeel is great, very coating and lively, but also delicate and not too prickly though the carbonation is quite present but it fades into a very creamy and smooth finish.

Verdict: An incredible saison from Sante Adairius, super fruity and juicy, almost difficult to believe that there isn't any fruit involved in this beer, stellar stuff. The delicate character, brightness, freshness and refreshing aspect really make this a home run, a stunning beer and perhaps the most impressive take on a saison that is made in America.

Dec 18, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -22.7%

Pour is a pale golden amber with a thinner tight white head that lingers for a moment. Nose is strong grape, lots of skin to it, light oak, moderate vanilla, hints of apricot and a faint dusty brett. Taste is sweet, lots of white grapes, grape skins, golden fruits. Light oak to it, very little farmhouse aspect. Dustiness is extremely faint. Light sourness in finish, good feel, soft delicate, a hint syrupy, well carbonated.

Nov 29, 2014
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mlhyatt from Georgia

4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to @matt_ortiz for this beer!

Poured from 750 ml into a tulip glass.

A- a hazy light yellow with a medium thick head. The head stays for a long time.

S- lots of sweet funk. Lots of peach and lemon sweetness. The sourness is strong but not overpowering. As this beer warms up you get a ton of lemon.

T- follows the nose. Sweet white peach and sweet and sour lemon. The sourness rests lightly on the palate but definitely lets you know it's there. There's a sweetness that sits on the back end to cover the palate after the sourness. As it warms up there is definitely a dry woody taste but it blends extremely well with the fruityness of the beer.

M- mildly strong sourness, thick for a saison and prrtty acidic. Not enamel tearing but it makes you sweat a little but not off putting.

O- easily the best saison i've ever had. Very well balanced between sweetness and sourness. This beer keeps getting better with every sip. I need more of these bottles!

Nov 10, 2014
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