Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Ranked #19
Ranked #220
4.49 | pDev: 5.57%
Apr 08, 2023
Jun 29, 2013
Notes: Cellarman began as a collaboration with Jeff Kimpe, Triple Rock's brewmaster, for San Francisco Beer Week. Our goal was to illuminate the versatility of the saison style, and to pay homage to those unsung brewery workers whose efforts go largely unrecognized. This beer has morphed since its original inception, and Cellarman now spends all of its time in French oak. Tart and lemony with an arid dryness, Cellarman celebrates cooperation, friendship, and hard work. From our foudres to your glass, Sante!
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cloudy golden body with a white cap that settles into a collar. Grapefruit, lemon, bright oak, faint melon and passion fruit, faint yeast nose. Taste is simpler with big lemon and oak, mild saison yeast, faint ripe tropical fruits. Feel is light and cool, sour and slightly acidic, dries a bit with yeast on finish
Apr 08, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by Jkolls from Ohio

Jan 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some funky Brett notes and light vinous notes. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some funky Brett notes and a vinous finish with light oak. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no perceptible alcohol. Enjoyable saison with a nice level of complexity.
Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by o29 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours soft hazy yellow/straw with a massive head and great retention. Nose is primarily brett, lemon, oak, but smells fantastic. Taste is similar to the nose a light tartness from the lemon and hay, funk from the brett, and balance from the oak. The flavors all blend together wonderfully to form a fantastic saison. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. Each taste of the slight tartness invites additional sipping. Just a wonderful farmhouse ale.
Nov 24, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 13, 2022
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip:

Lightly hazy icterine liquid supports a half finger of magnolia soft peaks. Crenelated, nearly rocky lacing; superior retention.

Lemon curd, wildflowers, hay, and short bread in the nose - mild wild notes and hints of white grapes as well.

Brett. forward on the palate, tart, funky, and gently peppery. Unripe pears, meyer lemon, and some minerality. Low bitterness, moderate sourness. More fruit than phenols. Finishes fairly dry with some residual "wild" elements. Flavor improves a bit as it warms with some faint peach emerging.

Medium bodied, soft, well carbonated. Refreshing yet satisfying.

Well crafted; controlled rather than rustic. Better with food, as the ale's flavors seem more refined and diverse in contrast to whatever bread/cheese you might pair them with.
May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Affinity from Missouri

May 02, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Mar 30, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Windsor Homebrew in Anaheim, CA.

Tally ho! I feel like Errol Flynn in “The Seahawk” while drinking this thing. Just wow. It’s as if nothing can stop me and that I could have it all. Maybe my mind is even a bit blurred and stirred by its beauty. So much so that I think that I don’t need Olivia de Haviland because I want them all.

I am lost. I am found. I am. I just am.
Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
No bottling date (number on inside of cap indicates potential batch 10 or later, released in 4/2020); consumed on 12/31/21

Pours a barely translucent dark honey-gold body capped with two fingers of rocky, fluffy, off-white foam; solid head retention leaves a craggy sliver of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a haphazard spatter of spotty/webby lacing dotted across the walls of the glass.

Aromas open to green apple with waxy hints of medicinal mango as touches of straw accent saison yeast toward composted guava over the middle; moist oak meets waxy funk with hints of lemon peel into the back end for a culmination of active, oily bacteria bursting with funky fruit.

Taste shows evenly dispersed lactic funk in the backdrop against a predominant waxy tropical fruit overlay lingering across the palate, with zesty lemon and oak barrel to an interlude of musty white wine tannins and a grassy back end; shades of barnyard with waxy white grape funk persist as lemon zest remains through the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with ample, fluffy carbonation on the higher end of moderate; a slick, oily funk peaks to a glistening lactic tartness over the mid-palate, mild yet indomitable as a clean brightness with a hint of prickly grit disperses through the back end, leaving a predominantly clean, activated finish.

A bright, funky peak reached casually and with an almost unflinching consistency, the oak is a subtle background contributor interwoven with the bacterial evolution of a ripe tannic structure; bold and unwaveringly dynamic.
Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer poured an orange-gold color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose had pleasant citrus notes with the saison funk also apparent.

Taste - My initial impression was the taste of green apples. The sour impression fit the green apple notes. The saison aspects produced a vinegary funk. Any sweetness from the beginning was cancelled by the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation gave influence to the dry finish.

Overall - This is pretty much everything I want in a saison. I don’t need heartburn medicine to drink this beauty.
Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Piffler from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Sep 28, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by spersichilli from California

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by InfernoBoss from California

Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A 750ml bottle, with no bottled on or best before date (although I’m pretty sure it’s either B1 or B2). Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass, while leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Funky, barnyard, minerals, light tartness, tropical stone fruit, apricot, unripe berries, green apple, citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, oak, a touch of grains, with slight pepper notes.

Taste: Tart, tropical and citrus fruity, grapefruit, apricot, green apple, light funk, oak, vinous, with a lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to try it fresh, but this bottle having aged 6 / 7 years, has aged gracefully with wonderful complex yet balanced aroma and flavours.
Aug 26, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 12, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A bit of a gusher. Pours clear, dark gold with strong effervescence and three fingers of rocky, meringue-like, yellowed head. Decent retention gives way to thick, webbed lacing.

A little lemon and mixed fruit, clear wood, a hint of must and some pepper in the very enticing aroma.

Sour lemon again up front in the taste. Certainly tart, but without being an enamel stripper. Balanced somewhat by the strong wood, a little funk and again just a hint of mixed fruit sweetness. Maybe a little mineral water or clay in the finish.

Very soft feel. A touch more heft than expected. Soft, tickley carbonation.

A beautifully crafted beer from start to finish. A little more robust than some super refined beers, while still managing to expertly balance the sourness, tartness, funk and wood. A real treat.
Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Skellbop from New York

Jun 10, 2021
Rated: 5 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

May 31, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by BSW from California

May 23, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Juggerr from New York

May 19, 2021
Rated: 4.58 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Apr 03, 2021
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Thank you BartS for this
750 ml bottle poured into a mug

A- A slightly hazy golden straw with a massive white head.

S- Tart, lemons, oak, wheat, some funk, touch of grapes, hints of pears.

T- Sour, lemons, oak, earthy funk, some wheat, grapes, some pears.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- An excellent and easy to drink Saison, definitely on the sour side but still very well balanced and easy to drink.
Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by That_Bearded_Guy from California

Feb 24, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by pcshotsauce33 from New Jersey

Jan 19, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 08, 2021
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Rated by Ckgibu from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Solid representation of oak BA saison
Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from The Beermongers. Thanks, Sam!

A clear golden yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is pretty excellent, a soft, bright tartness,with notes of key lime, lemon, a light, lightly toasted French oak note, mildly vinous and fruity. There's a little grape, and a real nice Brett expression, lightly spicy with a little clove and pepper and a touch of pineapple juice to go with a mild floral honey note. Really nice depth and structure.

The palate opens tart with a nice blend of lactic and lemon acidity along with a really nice Brett funk. The lactic acidity is sharp but fleeting, priming the palate for the fruit that follows. Delicate pineapple, grape, peach and honey are present. Minimal straw notes. The Brett expression is restrained but thoughtfully executed, pairing nicely with the oak notes, tannins, light vanillin and almost vinous notes. Drying, mildly tannic and earthy on the finish, long lasting with firm acidity. Light in body, crisply carbonated, nicely structured. Impressive.
Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle picked up from brewery today.
Golden deep copper. Moderate head with lacing. Bubbly.
Bretty tart oaky nose. +Yogurt, vanilla.
Tastes similar to other SARA saisons. Definite tart peach or apricot notes. Tart, lemon, with a little funk. Minerals, yogurt, apples. As expected, more flavors keep showing up as it warms.
Textbook saison body and dry tart finish.
Very nice.
Follow up current batch #11: bought June ‘21. Just amazing saison in every respect.
Oct 27, 2020
Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 582 ratings