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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Belgian Saison
4.55 | pDev: 5.27%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Benish
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: poured a bright lemon color with a white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: a lot of funk, with classic barnyard characteristics. Notes of lemon, actually smells like the yellow Starburst. A touch of passion fruit at the nose.

Taste: huge bursting notes of passion fruit. A lot more than I even expected. Very juicy and sweet. Beer is quite sour with little acidity but the fruit keeps it well balanced and extremely drinkable. Finishes with a touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with mild acidity and high carbonation.

Overall: for a saison/sour, passion fruit really comes through nicely. I find it impressive how prominent the fruit is without the acidity killing it.

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Photo of kevanb
3.94/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Batch 2, poured into a Sante Adairius snulip glass. Enjoyed on 07.13.19, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright copper color, golden honey hues, light white head with no retention and some patches of soapy lacing. The aroma is bursting with passionfruit, underlying citrus, somewhat floral with a bit of oak and mineral water as well as the classic Sante cultures. The flavors are in line, just punishing amounts of passionfruit, tart and tangy with some orange and grapefruit character as well, a bit of wildflower, pale dough, oak and funk with lingering mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, nice medium body that's coating and crisp with a lively texture and finishes with a tart and dry bite.

Verdict: A nice saison from Sante Adairius. An absurd amount of passionfruit in this beer that it does at times feel very one dimensional, but it's still bright and refreshing and approachable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex.

A glowing hazy yellow with a thin white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is insane. There is so much ripe passionfruit, ripe, sour, jammy, juicy, pulpy and mildly gritty just perfect. Lactic sourness with a mild lemon acidity is present as well. The palate opens fresh, sour, refreshing with gobs of passionfruit. Juicy passionfruit, bright, pulpy and with the gnarly notes that the fresh fruit has with all its complexity and acidity is exquisitely expressed here. Complemented rather perfectly by the lactic base sour, this beer finishes dry, fruity and pulpy. As with the Beauty Sleep, this is a little thin on the kid palate, some oak tannins would help firm this up, but it's a minor quibble with this magnificent beer.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

May be the best beer I have ever had. Went in planning on one beer. Ended up staying for 3. Absolutely amazing. If you ever have the chance to try this, don't pass it up!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, from the 2017 Cellar series. Unfiltered, slightly hazy golden yellow body, one and half finger frothy white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is passion fruit tartness, a bit of leather, oak, vinous character, a bit of grain and biscuit, kiwi. Damn, this is great! Flavour is even better- a beautiful blend of passion fruit, kiwi, stonefruit, lemon with a bit of grainy sweetness, touch of oak, Brett leather. Effervescent and very tart in a fruit-forward manner, rather than actual acidity. SARA truly accomplished something here that few other breweries have done. The tart fruit flavours comes across so well yet does not overwhelm the base blended saison which already has a lot of complexity to it. Bravo, well done!

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