Variations On A Theme
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Wild Ale
Ranked #218
Ranked #4,357
4.4 | pDev: 4.32%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
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Notes: Sometimes the simplest approach is best. In this case, we chose to work with 100% oak-fermented beers that already have an identity of their own. Variations on a Theme deftly combines four of our favorite offerings: Cellarman, Lady in Grey, Four Legs Good, and the wood-aged version of Anais. Brought together in this blend, each beer works in harmony to project familiar flavors of our house culture in a new way. Poured into a stemmed glass one encounters notes of citrus, melon, leather, oak staves, and coastal minerality. Simple and true, Variations on a Theme is another effort toward fermented bliss. Sante!
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April, 2020. Poured into a teku. Glowing semi-opaque orange with a small amount of foamy white head that disappears relatively quickly leaving behind a thin rim of lacing. Smell is sour & funky. Taste is really interesting. Tart, but not overly so, followed by a light apple taste, finally followed by a little bit of funk. Medium carbonation, fairly smooth. This is an interesting beer with several layers to it.

Aug 04, 2020
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kemoarps from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very light thin honey-yellow... has the appearance of apple juice. Crisp and clear with a fluffy little white head that is only apparent with an aggressive pour and yields back to whence it came with no fuss or objection.

Nose has a little bit of green apple and oak and just a touch of barnyard funk.

Flavour is delicate and sweet with a pleasantly funky finish. Same notes as the nose... tart lemon and green apple with a floral sweet overdraping, before the finish brings a gentle funk and more yeasty sweetness.

This is a nice pleasant blend of sours that clearly displays quality work, but doesn't get me overly excited. I think it would be perfect on a hot summer afternoon. Thanks John for sending me home with this!!

Aug 25, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at David's, 2016

No head, hazy peach color

Nose fair sour funk, tart fruity acidic stone fruit, little malt

Taste more tart fruit, sour peach stone fruit, mild acidity and funky, little malt but watery, bready finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, thin watery feeling, very little carb

Feb 03, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Vintage 2016, poured into a FFF mini snifter. Enjoyed on 9.4.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, hazy and cloudy with a firm white head, good lace but low retention. The aroma is nice, lemon acidity, very floral with tropical fruits, pale cereal grain, funky, oaky, tart, has a signature rustic Sante character as well. The flavors pop nicely, lots of tart grain, lemon zest, soft woodiness, funk and mineral water that is very characteristic of a Sante beer, tropical fruits and and a nice floral character linger nicely on the tongue. The mouthfeel is good, medium body, lively and crisp, nice carbonation and a tart but dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice blended saison from Sante Adairius. Very heavy on their house culture but bright, delicate and refreshing. It's definitely a synthesis of many avenues they've explored through their saison and feels extremely recognizable but at the same time, doesn't feel new or unique.

Oct 16, 2016
Variations On A Theme from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 25 ratings