Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Cellarman Barrel Aged SaisonCellarman Barrel Aged Saison
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #13
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #233
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 5.79%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
538
From:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  161
Gots
  90
SCORE
99
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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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Reviews by shoyoroll:
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shoyoroll from California

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

A home run BA Saison. SARA and HF on top!

Feb 18, 2015
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into second Anniversary SARA stem.

Appearance is a radiant dark straw color (really striking), hazy body, and compact one finger white head that leaves a nice thin cap atop the beer. A lovely beer to look at to say the least.

Aroma is juicy tangerine, mandarin, blood orange, tropical mango, peach purée, white grapes, soft spicy saisonesque phenols, and the lightest touch of barrel. I mean, DAMN, this smells better than a million dollars. Just tons of citrus, and I mean any citrus you can think of, gorgeous white grape touch, nice teasing oak, and an apple/pear edge.

Taste reveals a quenching lacto presence and lemonade-like tartness. I mean it's really citrus forward on the palate. Yet it's lime, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit that dominate that citrus character. The oak is a bit more aggressive on the taste but comes in to help balance out the citrus. White wine has a grip on the whole charade while brilliantly coming in to maximize complexity is the Brett and saison yeast blend of spice and funk. Wow...

Body on this is in the sturdy light category and the carbonation is spot on, fluffy yet not spritzy. A substantial lactic pucker and at times seems aggressive but at the end of the day it's wonderfully played. An oaky dryness lingers on the palate after the finish.

This is the embodiment of a near perfect barrel aged saison. It's hard to find any faults really. Everything seems to be there in just the right amount. Love how the barrel interplays with the rest of beer and love the way it still tastes like a true saison. Carbonation is wickedly great as sometimes this style suffers in that category. Now if only SARA/Triple Rock would make this a regular part of their line-up. Among the best of the best, I'm savoring every sip!

Jul 28, 2014
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scotv from New York

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

Jun 28, 2015
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TheBrewsky from California

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 18, 2019
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 27, 2015
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DaMacAndCheese from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 18, 2019
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HoldenDurden from Illinois

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

Dec 28, 2019
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PugsandBeer from Florida

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

Apr 05, 2020
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CoolEthan from California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Jun 02, 2014
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AndrewPalmer from Minnesota

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

Jul 08, 2017
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thedankness from California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Aug 12, 2014
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CTJman from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 12, 2014
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly well balanced saison with perfect carb and viscosity. Very light with pricks of lemon and grapefruit on the tongue. The tartness is balanced by a bit of the oak. Very juicy and smooth. Flawless saison.

Apr 13, 2015
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Rothobinide from California

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 12, 2020
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Tyrus from California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Feb 09, 2014
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BerryKumquat from California

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

Aug 10, 2019
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ubufan2112 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 12, 2014
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MrDave from California

4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 16, 2015
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2019
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ellswrth from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 21, 2019
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shehateme from Massachusetts

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

Jul 12, 2015
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Sammy from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2017
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straightlambic from California

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

Nov 21, 2015
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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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OleDixie from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 02, 2016
Cellarman Barrel Aged Saison from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 538 ratings