Nonna's Blend #7
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Belgian Saison
4.53 | pDev: 5.74%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Blend of barrel-aged saisons.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 112 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ShanePB
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pale hazy golden colored body, foamy white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aromas of chalk, tart fruits, funk, and oak. Flavors pretty much follow suit, sans the chalkiness. Lots of wine-like characteristics here. Sour and lightly fruity.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic stuff, but I still prefer Bernice and Cellarman to this guy. I'm not sure what it was, I think there was just a slight sweetness to it that those other two didn't have?

Bottle share so a little fuzzy here, but yeah.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Light yellow hazy body with a white head. Lovely aroma of funk, wild yeast, citrus. Gentle acetic character and elegant sourness. Phenomenal. World class wild ale.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into SARA snifter.

Appearance is light gold color, fizzy white head which settles to lingering bubble masses, hazy body. Looks like a barrel aged saison.

Aroma is gorgeous citrus of mandarin, lime, lychee, and pink grapefruit. That typical vinous white grape character in abundance with a shy but present saison spiciness amidst the wall of oak notes that envelops the whole fragrance.

The taste leaves you dumbfounded. So juicy yet crisp, sweet yet dry. All that lovely citrus smacks your palate around a bit while the oak and soft spiciness bring it back to center revealing white wine and grape tannins. This is phenomenal. Even a faint tropical fruit vibe happening on the tongue. Kiwi, pineapple...

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Light medium bodied, medium carbonation with nice spritziness against the cheeks, and an invitingly tart, dry finish.

Sante Adairius knocks it out of the park with this Nonnas Blend. Almost up there with Cellarman and certainly right there with Cask 200 and Cask Strawberry. Everybody goes cuckoo for West Ashley yet I've found all of the above more enjoyable. Hard to find quality like this apart from Hill Farmstead. I've said it before and I'll say it again, HF and SARA are two steps ahead of many others with similar demand, including the likes of Side Project and certainly well ahead of De Garde. Get you some..

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Photo of kevanb
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy, lemony gold color with a thick, white head, nearly 2 fingers that has nice retention and lace. The aroma is really pleasant, lightly funky, fruity yeast, citrus, wildflower, really nice and fruity and even juicy with some raw honey sweetness and a bit of grain, just a touch of rustic character behind the fruitiness. The flavors are wonderful, super juicy citrus fruit, light funk, white wine, wildflower, honey before the fruit character really pops, just so juicy, tangy, but fleshy and fresh. The mouthfeel is very nice, coating, sticky, lively, crisp with nice carbonation that finishes really easily with a touch of dryness.

Verdict: This was a wonderful saison from Sante Adairius, really juicy, delicate, bright and fruity, just a hint of the barrels that showcases excellent complexity and balance. I hear that this blend is mostly barrel aged Cellarman, which was an excellent beer and if that is true, it's very easy to see the influence and the residual quality is great.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

This one has a dry, almost Gueuze-like character to it. Notes of white grapefruit, sage, chamomile, and clove. Quite drinkable at first, which is nice considering I bought the bottle to polish off myself. Nice mouthfeel with pleasant herbal finish. This beer has a biting acidic edge to it which becomes a little overpowering as the bottle warms up.

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Nonna's Blend #7 from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 112 ratings