Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #13
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4.49 | pDev: 5.79%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Cellarman Barrel Aged SaisonCellarman Barrel Aged Saison
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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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light pale/blond with a thick two-inch cap of bright white, sudsy foam. Very good clarity and retention. Not gonna lie—it kinda looks like a lager (at least the first pour; subsequent ones were cloudier).

S: Light lemon, hay, wet earth and leather, crackery malt, dried jasmine. Appealing and well balanced.

T: Follows the nose with lemon, light earthy and leathery funk, green apple, dried flowers, and crackery malt. Long finish with mild malty lemony sweetness and mild tang.

M: Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Toeing the line of being crisp.

O: Super drinkable refreshing. A well constructed saison that’s perfect for the warmer months.

Thursday at 12:52 AM
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 vintage, drank February 18th, 2020. Sadly, this bottle leaked quite a bit in transit - carb was nearly absent, but the taste and nose were terrific. Light bodied, tart, and super smooth with that low carb. It reminded me a bit of a geuze, minus the apple notes. It's only mildly sour and just a bit funky. I really liked this one - wish it hadn't leaked so heavily!

Mar 06, 2020
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear yellow orange with two fingers of white head
Smells of light funk, lemony citrus, earthy, oak.
Taste follows, lemon, oak, funk, green apple tartness.
Quite crisp and refreshing.
Overall very balanced, excellent example of the style. My first from SARA didn't disappoint.

Sep 28, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

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

Everything done perfectly to balance this beer. Clean, simple and refreshing - I could drink this all day.

Pairs well with fish and breaking up the stouts during a share

Mar 08, 2019
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle to-go at the brewery, enjoyed a few hours later.

Golden hue with a thin head that fades quickly. Light effervescence.

Aroma is tart and crisp citrus - lemon and persimmon - with an oaky and earthy backdrop.

Dry and acidic, nothing jammy or enamel-striping-tart.

Light, refined, prickly but not sharp.

Feb 18, 2019
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rand from California

4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap Toronado SD, into a chalice.

Straw-yellow in color, slightly hazy with a small wispy head, dissapating quickly. Nose is of lemons and unripe berries, touch of funky oak. Flavors follow, if not slightly more fruit-forward, with a hint of cherry sweetness midsip. Quick, crisp, tart finish with lingering notes of sour apple.

Kinda of a legendary brew here in CA, I remember tasting this at the Firestone Invitational some years ago, nice to be able to do a proper review.

Feb 06, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. It has medium high carbonation. The beer smells of lemon, apples, funk, and a little floral. It is lightly tart, with lemon, pineapple, earthy funk, and floral. The feel is medium. A great Saison from Sante Adairus.

Aug 05, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a very barrel forward nose, defined by leather, wet basement, moldy wood and yogurt. The interesting thing about this is, that there is a recognizable freshness, coming from the base beer, at the same time. It provides aromas of lemon zest, soft wheat and dried herbs, building up a perfectly enjoyable collision.

Has a fine effervescence with a light, sour and dry body, making this remarkably refreshing, with a nice smoothness to it.

Tastes of an initial flavor explosion on the palate, mellowed by a pleasant yeast silkness, enriching unripe grapefruits, kiwi pulp, mushrooms and blue cheese amongst warming campfire wood. Turns a tad sweeter, with toffee joining in, highlighting the oranges by adding a fruity sweetness, entagled into the oak. This gets softened by an aqueous quality, producing just a light hint of spices, perfectly integrating lemon zest and a late herb dryness with some prevailing mushrooms.

Incredibly well nuanced beer with an absolutely astonishing complexity, while it drinks almost too easy with a world class mouthfeel. This may be the closest thing i‘ve yet enjoyed so far to a belgian saison / lambic from the US and puts up this brewery with the very best in the world for me.

Jul 25, 2018
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yasky from Canada

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dirty gold pour, slight haze, lots of head and lace. Musty aroma, citrus, fruit, light oak. Fairly tart up front, lemon, cellar notes, lightly salty, berries, floral. Medium body.

Jan 10, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7 on 8/19/17, review from notes

A: Golden straw with a touch of orange, lightly hazy, pours with a fluffy, medium-sized white head, retains its fluffiness, leaves great streaks of lacing

S: Funky, deep, complex - saison funk, yeast funk, barnyard funk - light tartness - lemon - flowery and floral - light grains, light sweetness - loads of wood, rich oak - layers of funk

T: Bright saison funk and tartness - farmhouse weirdness including some damp cellar and straw - some brighter acidity and lemon - flowery - some pear, green apple - rich oak, chewy wood - light sweetness with some lingering funk

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp with lingering tart funk

O: Cellarman is the hero Gotham deserves

Cellarman flirts with almost being too funky to be a saison, but it does not cross any lines (not that anyone is really too concerned). It's bright, it's tart, it's like drinking a barn.

Aug 24, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow-orange with a fuzzy white surface leaving random fluid arms of lace.

Smell is blue cheese, wood, funk, hay, and lemon.

Taste is tart lemon with a nice frothy crispness, as well as really sour grapefruit, with a semi-dry finish, but also a little stickiness.

Jul 20, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Sante Adairius snifter glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a sunshine-golden, hazy body with a big fluffy white three finger head that reduces slowly to leave nice lacing and good retention.

Aromas are funky, yeasty, barnyard and heavy acidic citrus, oak and champagne sitting on a light malty backbone. This smells heavenly!

On the tongue is light lactic / citrus tartness upfront, followed by oak and wheaty barnyard, green apple and white wine. Finishes dry and lightly bitter. Stunningly drinkable, a great quencher for a warm day. Medium carbonation and medium light body.

A very well done Saison - extreme balance and flavor.

Jun 12, 2017
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden yellow with a small white head of about 1 finger. Has a lemony, citrus smell. Nice tart, lemony, smooth acidic flavor. Very nice on a hot day. Wonderful beer.

May 30, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer. Light, tart and refreshing. Perfect beer for a hot day. Drank this while floating in my pool all afternoon! Made my float more enjoyable!

May 01, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Pours a nearly clear light gold, with just a bit of chill haze. Forms a half-finger's worth of white head that fades quickly atop a very modest amount of visible carbonation.

S: Lightly tart and lemony citric, with barnyard and earthy funk. Light cracker malts underneath.

T: Lemony and citrusy lactic acid, with a middling amount of earthy funk. Light cracker malts. A mild yeast character with minimal black pepper flavor. A mild savoriness along with the tartness, and some Lactobacillus funk. I don’t get much, if indeed any, Brettanomyces character. It stays tart, citrusy and dry in the hang.

M: Light body, low alcohol, and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: I thought this was really enjoyable to drink, but really not much saison character. I would have pegged it as a Berliner perhaps. A nice citric lemon tartness, but the saison yeastiness, black pepper, and real barnyard funk are lacking. But if someone handed it to me blind, I'd say it was quite tasty.
UPDATE: As it warms some towards the end of the drink, a bit more of the yeasty character comes out, making it seem more like a saison. I decided to score this to overall enjoyment. Rated "to style" as a saison, I would estimate 3.25 or so.

Feb 10, 2017
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Warm golden hues of hay, straw, and apricot with a thin foamy head
S: Lemon peel, white peach, and a mild barnyard funk
T: Kaffir lime leaves, granny smith apples, lemon pith, and pinot grigio
F: Light, dry, and crisp with a moderate carb
O: This is a phenomenal tart, crisp, and herbal saison. Reminds me a bit of The Broken Truck from de Garde. Flawlessly executed with just the right amount of funk. I would die to have a glass of this on a warm midsummer's night.

Feb 05, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light gold in color. White head.

A very nice saison beer. Oaky and fruity. Herbal. Lemony. Tropical fruit blend. Earthy. Spice notes. Light tartness.

Light bodied. Very easy to drinking. This is well done. Wow!

Oct 30, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good heavens this is good. thanks to drlovemd87. he purged his cellar this week and i was the fortunate dumping ground. he may have mixed up, because this is insanely special beer, and i am very lucky to have tried it. cracked the bottle knowing nothing about it, but was quickly impressed with its every detail. neat frosted yellow color to it, good white head, creamy and rich, but soft and delicate too, dreamy and sexy, cool. smells awesome, slight tartness to it, but some of that is the hop tropicality going on, funky brett, very mature and dry, with a bit of pucker to it, maybe a hint of some souring cultures, but a lot more brett than bacteria from what i can gather. lots of hops too, juicy and tropical, southern hemisphere and heavy handed. i get some wheat in the malt base, belgian pils, maybe some oats too, it has that fluffy texture to it. the oak is impressive here, maybe a slight suggestion of white wine, but here i get vanilla and sweetness from wet fresh oak, not a barrel of any kind. tons of must and musk and funk from the brett, an old school belgian type i would guess, reminds me of some cool old world saisons in that way. lemony as can be, but also pineapple, lime, and passion fruit come into the fold with the hops. what i want to savor and remember about this thing though is the yeast, i want it forever on my palate, i want to copy it in my homebrew, and i want every brewery who attempts to make beer in this style to try it, because this is what its supposed to taste like. unsure ive had one ive liked this much. great carbonation, crackling dry, and with a very special mystique about it in general. i want to bathe in this stuff. my goodness.

Apr 18, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart granny smith apple, lemon, yogurt, lime, white peach, white wine, minerals and oak. Very short, crisp, dry finish. Faint fennel note. Creamy mouthfeel. This is amazing.

Apr 15, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definition of 1 dimensional.

A reasonably sour, golden ale with oak notes. Overall quite nice, but nothing to write home about. Would buy again, though probably only 1 bottle

As a side, everyone else kept saying how balanced it was, however i get none of that. To me it was just a very tart saison, or a light american wild

Feb 07, 2016
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crob3888 from California

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

Poured a slightly hazy bright yellow with a fluffy, beautiful white head. Aromas of lemon, funk, citrus zest, and buckwheat meld perfectly together. A really excellent saison with a perfect, lingering finish.

Jan 28, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Pours a slightly hazy, very pale straw yellow color with fizzy white head. Funk, citrus, and tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart and dry.

Dec 22, 2015
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very lovely balance of tart and funk. Look is a perfect effervescent gold. Scent is lemony-orange oak. The tart soaks into your gums like a nice gueuze. Indeed the overall experience is like a nice gueuze

Dec 10, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright and honey colored with a medium haze and minimal head.

Smells sweet and sour with some pleasant medicinal herbs mixed in: lemongrass, lemon peel, peppery yeast, chardonnay oak. Delicate, very nicely barreled.

Tastes like it smells: a lemony, peppery wisp of summer. Medium tart (it's a few months old and wears its age very well). Not much by way of the honey sweetness and intense brett that others have described. The lemon prevails throughout, starting like lemon juice and ending like a shock tart, saison barley evening things out, ending on pepper and light wood.

Dec 01, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with white head and very nice lacing. Aroma has some earthy funk, lots of brett character but also somehow clean. Taste has lemony tartness, hay and barnyard notes. It also has some woody notes and a pronounced acidity. Overall it's a really well made beer but not as special as I expected.

Nov 13, 2015
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