To The Choir | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
santeadairius.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel-aged blended saison

Added by shanrath on 07-11-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
62
pDev:
6.44%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
12
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of tblack4d
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Farnswurth
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millelacsmark
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tshanahan
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xtonytx
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WTKeene
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TampaRainman
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +10%
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 Kramerbarthomer
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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 duceswild
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteater
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirsteve42
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -6.7%
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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Photo of atpca
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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To The Choir from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 62 ratings