A Thousand Summers
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Wild Ale
Ranked #71
Ranked #1,714
4.71 | pDev: 5.94%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Notes: A Thousand Summers is a true milestone for our brewery, and it all started with access to some amazing barrels. Some years back we were introduced to a decadent and unique cherry wine while at a festival in Copenhagen. It was love at first sip. We were extremely fortunate later to acquire four French oak puncheons that previously held Frederiksdal cherry wine. Barrels of this caliber deserve to be filled with only the best beer, so we devised a simple but elegant saison that we then aged on Matsumoto Family Farm “Summer Grand” nectarines. The result is sublime. Flowery descriptors do little to articulate the magic in this bottle; you’ll surely each come up with your own. We are so proud to share A Thousand Summers with you, our friends. To many more, Sante!
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

fantastic array of funky and bright fruity flavors - massive stone fruit flavor of under ripe nectarine and musty nectarine skin. fair amount of acidity creating a lactic almost yogurt flavor, earthy, oak, minerality, pleasant floral quality. overall very complex and unique while still being super refreshing and drinkable.

Jul 19, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle. stemmed glass. Lighter golden orange body, one finger white head, good retention, a bit of lacing. Smell is massive stone fruit, slight breadiness, mild lactic acid, a bit of leathery funk, oak. The stone fruit is there in spades and carries through on the palate. Complex, slightly leathery funk. Medium bodied, good carbonation, nice crispness and stone fruit lingering all the way through on the finish. An absolute show-stopper.

Feb 17, 2020
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A Thousand Summers comes in with a nice level of tartness, a restrained SARA funk, an ample burst nectarine flavor, and a sweet sherry finish. The result is a product that delivers on everything it promises, but perhaps falls short of my SARA G.O.A.T expectations. Clean, balanced, nuanced, and likely more approachable with subsequent releases.

Jan 27, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Smells of oak, stone fruit, and a bit of white wine, though I know that's not what this is. Tastes of nectarines or peaches right up front. Some oak. Light grainy profile. White wine again, but I get a slight touch of sweet fruitiness that must be the cherry wine barrel in the back end. Medium body and well carbonated. Quite tart. Pleasant, but very tart,

Jul 03, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2018 release, poured into a 12oz white wine glass. Enjoyed on 05.18.2019, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a cloudy amber and honey color with a finger of bubbly head that offers modest retention and spotted lacing. The aroma is excellent, tart nectarine, wonderful funk profile, lots of distinct Sante cultures, very fruity with some berry esters and a nice floral bouquet, nice oaky presence with a lingering mineral water character. The flavors echo the nose nicely, tons of light pitted stone fruits, peaches and nectarine, very tart but also juicy and jammy, soft oak and light pale grains bright out a creamy flavor that is reminiscent of peaches and cream, light cherry influence, very floral and bright as it warms and finishes with a hearty amount of funk and bacterial character. The mouthfeel is great, super lively and vibrant and coats well, medium bodied and finishes easily with a dry and tart kick.

Verdict: An excellent fruited funky saison from Sante Adairius. This is the type of beer that, for me, really emphasizes their best qualities. Fruity, floral, funky, fresh, balanced, bright, complex and harmonious. The fruit character is fresh and fleshy, yet jammy, yet juicy, just excellent stuff.

Jun 14, 2019
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KevSal from California

4.99/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 into a SARA stemmed feku

Looks great in the glass, nice half inch head, bubbly, and slightly hazy

smells is TONs of nectarines and a fantastic funk, slight oak in the rear

taste, the real winner, this guy is fantastic, huge nectarine, very unique oak and funk, could only be the Fred barrels doing their magic

mouthfeel again spot on to deliver all the flavors

overall this is am amped up version of 6 years which is another favorite of mine. This is the pinnacle of Sante and damn near their best Cellar release

Dec 03, 2018
A Thousand Summers from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 22 ratings