To The Choir
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 6.43%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
62
From:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  41
Gots
  12
SCORE
96
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Notes: Barrel-aged blended saison
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a light orange-ish color with slight haze and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like musty basement, citrusy funk, white wine and wet oak.

This isn't the absolute best from SARA, but it's still extremely nice. It's quite musty and very funky, with lots of white wine. There's some stone fruit but it's not quite as brightly fruity as I tend to like my saisons.

This is light bodied, with a decent level of carbonation and a fairly crisp mouthfeel.

I don't think these guys make a bad beer. This isn't their best, but it's still better than most.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Feb 05, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is overrated in my opinion, by all counts an excellent saison, but its nothing outside or above the class of good saison, and it sure is billed as something more special than it ends up being. still, a tasty beverage on a saturday afternoon with a homie. this is a blend, but its not readily obvious. it doesnt help we dont know what the constituent parts are, but its success in a seamless blend may also hurt it, in that by tasting it alone, there is no way to tell it a a mix of beers. the yeast is clean and light, a delicate mix of funk and sour, very white winey, tasty and nicely balanced with the pale and wheat malt base, but not particularly distinct from other beers like this. the influence of the barrel is only moderate, and in fact may have served more to kill carbonation than to impart a ton of flavor. there is a cool fruity hop element to this, like candied lemon or something, that really tastes great, almost makes this refreshing and chuggable. there is a cleanness about it, not as rustic and raw as some of their better beers, but this is just my opinion. for those who like a white wine sort of vibe to their saison, and dont mind such a tame yeast complexion, this would be an excellent choice. i just expected a lot more from it given the producer and the rarity. it doesnt have enough carbonation, which makes it seem thin, and it makes it go away too quickly. the first sign of weakness from these guys that i have seen really...

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bet if I had a full glass I could argue that the look is a 5, but this keeps it from being a perfect 5.

So here's the deal on TTC. This is one of my favorite saisons ever. The wine barrel on this beer is insane. Beautiful acidity. There's a bit less funk here and more juicy wine character.

If you want a juicy wine barrel saison, I don't think it gets better than this. I think for perfection, I want some funk, which is why I would say the HF/SARA Works of Love is the best saison I've ever had. But this is right up there.

I'd say underrated here based on ratings, but I know it's not any easy one to get.

With that in mind, Bernice or Cellarman will do you just fine if you want something a bit easier to acquire.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart! Lemony smell, pours with a fluffy foam yet still very effervescence, has a slight peppery carbonation, medium cloudy yellow color
Good job SARA!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Clear yellow. White wine and oak aroma. Light lemon. Taste has a surprising vanilla flavor. Lemony tartness. Kinda tropical. Oak in the back end with a lingering wine flavor. Medium carbonation. Kinda indistinguishable from other good wine barrel saisons, which doesn't say much, but it's very good.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemon, grass, some tar flavors. There is a little bit of oak. Still a great saison from SARA but SARA can make soooo many other great beers, it almost seems like the missed.

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rlee1390 from Indiana, Jan 02, 2016
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4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Such a good beer- in all aspects as SARA allows the hops and grit to shine and I'm so glad that I've got someone out on the coast that loves to share the greatness. Enjoy!

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Abbbp from Texas, Dec 12, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one poured out as a yellow color with a white head on top. The aroma was lemony and slightly funky like a chardonnay. The taste of the beer is citrusy with some funk in there to give this more of a tart flavor. The feel was very light, very sessionable. Overall this beer was really refreshing to me.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Sep 20, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear bright golden yellow color and thin lacing ring.

S - Barnyard funk, apricot, tart/sour citrus.

T - Perfect blend between tart and sour citrus: apricots, white grapes.

M - Light medium body, mouth watering, leaves a nice coating of citrus tang in the mouth.

O - Perfect overall blend, not too sour, not too tart.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Sep 20, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again Steve for sharing this beauty.

Nice golden color with decent white head.

Taste is slightly tart, with a hint of the barrel (I would guess white wine) and what I can only describe as a "roundness" coming from the barrel. No distinctive flavors, rather this is a medley of gentle American saison flavors.

Overall, a very nice beer.

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thebigredone from Wisconsin, Sep 15, 2015
Photo of Sarge3130
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a really great wine barrel saison. Up there with some of the best I've had. Sara has really been on their game and this one will not disappoint. Well done.

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Sarge3130 from Pennsylvania, Sep 10, 2015
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle.

Pours a clouded mellow golden peachy color, some suspended sentiment like a juice, receding thin white head and a few thick sheets of lace. Bright nose, citrus fruity and acidic, straw and grass, stone fruit, nectarine and apricot, light vanilla, lemon and pulpy. Body is medium full, soft and crisp on the finish of oak and mineral. Refreshing acidity throughout and a strong tart fruit juiciness with light spice. A lot going on, fruit forward with strong acidity without being overbearing, might be more enjoyable once fruit calms down a little.

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yourefragile from District of Columbia, Jul 19, 2015
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4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A blend of 5 saisons with waves of delicious flavors; funky, tart citrus, dry and a super soft mouth feel. Jason and the crew at Sante knocked this one out of the park!

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To The Choir from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 62 ratings