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Saison Bernice | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Saison BerniceSaison Bernice

Brewed by:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mixed fermentation saison.

Added by illidurit on 08-18-2012

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Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A flat out fantastic saison by SARA. Excellent fruit and spice flavors are balanced with a wee bit 'o funk to send your taste buds to pleasure town. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of amano_h
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The palatal sensation is quite remarkable. White peppers, thyme, jasmine, himalayan rock salt, cloves, oak, and lots and lots of bretty funky goodness. Some tart peach pith notes surface toward the back as the brew warms up as well, which is quite baffling as no fruit was purportedly harme... I mean used, in brewing this beer. Whatever it is, I could smell this over and over again.

This is an adjective I hesitate to use in describing beer, but the white pepper from the nose expresses itself in quite a pungent manner on the tongue. It's not at all unpleasant -- it hits the tongue with a brief but vigorous impression and slowly fades away toward the back of the throat. It's almost as if a pair of hands with very long nails leaped out of the glass and pinched your tongue for not wearing green on St. Paddy's Day and now you're just kind of flabbergasted wondering what happened.

Labored imagery aside, the pungent pepper is accompanied by some acetic citrus, a mild tart and yeasty body typical of a well-brewed saison, with a pleasant oak backdrop. There's a sharp acidic pinch from time to time that seems to pair off with the aforementioned pungency, but the astringency is nowhere close to being unpleasant, and mellows out pretty quickly.

The medium-light body with the creamy initial mouthfeel, together with the vibrant carbonation and the dry finish makes this an absolutely refreshing beer for all seasons. If I had to choose a beer to serve at a summer wedding, this would probably make it to the top of the list.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one tap at the source in Capitola, and was blown away. Super complex sour notes but also a nice sweet finish. The carb is perfect and very refreshing.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White head. Golden orange color.

Awesome fruit flavors. Melon and lemon. Cantaloupe. Funk and spice. Belgian yeast. Green apples in the finish.

Amazing saison with the right amount of sour and funk. Well done.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT.

This one pours a very hazy golden yellow orange/yellow, with a small creamy head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like super tart citrus, sharp hay funk, peach, and a hint of grassiness.

This is the prototypical awesome new-American saison- there's a wonderful sour citrus character, a hint of oak, some hay and a barnyard type funk, and a hint of bitterness. This tastes so good.

This has a nicely creamy mouthfeel, bright and airy, with a good level of carbonation.

I'm finally having this one- and it doesn't disappoint at all.

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Photo of OleDixie
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold hue with a lot of bubbles that do not amount to a very big head. Smell is funky, cheesey, lemony hay. Tastes match the smell and are very gueuze like. Resembles a gueuze to me, more so than any other American beer I have had. The beer has a medium body and is a touch under carbed for my preference, that finishes slightly dry. Overall, a delicious saison.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle at the brewery
A: Light golden sunshine, a good bit brighter than the base saison Anais, frothy cloud white billowy head, everything the base beer was missing appearance wise. This saison isn't messing around.
S: Clove/Flowers, pepper, aged cheese rind funk, fresh tilled earth, sweaty fruit assortment, Capitola Ocean Breeze, lactic yogurt
T: A light tartness, flowers,hay, pineapple/Tangelo, salty cave aged cheese,
M: A good bit more body than it's base beer somehow, Creamy, perfectly carbed
O: The best non barrel aged mixed fermentation Saison in existence. I will fight to the death over that statement. This isn't an American Wild ale labeled a saison. This has all the components of a clean saison with a light tartness and a funk that lets you know it's at the party but isn't breaking stuff or trying to bang on your parents bed. This beer should be served in 6 packs of 750ml bottles.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Hill Farmstead on 8/19/2016

This is really an incredibly well done beer. The smell and taste were pretty consistent with each other. A nice smoothness with a balance of both light tart and funkiness. Grassy, but really citrusy too. Super smooth and drinkable. I'm certain I won't get a chance to drink this again, but I am very thankful I was lucky enough to try it.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try my first SARA, and at Hill Farmstead of all places. A pleasant surprise guest bottle, led to a fantastic break in the middle of my HF binge. It's a very fine saison, but it didn't rock my world quite as much as I expected it too.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been after this one a while and it did not disappoint.

Lightly lactic on the nose with hints of funk character in the form of earthiness. Slight spice and tropical fruit on the nose as well.

In the flavor there is a great grass quality, more lactic tartness and wonderful spice and earthiness. Overall it's a bit cleaner than I expected but in a good way.

The mouthfeel is extraordinary. Silky smooth and sharp on the finish.

I could drink this by the gallon.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/24/16

A: Medium gold with some deep gold at the core and honey around the edges - lightly hazy - pours with a a dense, foamy, white head - slowly, slowly fades to a small cap, medium collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Funk - very yeasty, with some pepper, some farmhouse - lightly grassy, some hay, some earth - some citrus, with touches of citrus zest and oil - some light fruits, mostly light apple with a touch of grapes - white wine some woody aroma - lots of funk, with some tartness, although it mellows a lot after it gets some air

T: Nicely funky - loads of yeasty flavors, with some pepper and spice - very funky, with some tart, yet also very dry - some farmhouse and hay - some acidity - earth and a touch of grass - some light fruits, touches of citrus, lemon, green apple, white grapes - white wine - minimal sweetness, really nice amount of dryness

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, some smoothness, crisp, finishes nicely dry and clean

O: Feel the Bernice 2016

I have been looking forward to a SARA beer for quite some time. And Saison Bernice mostly lives up to the hype. The funk and tart are very nice. This saison is clean overall, and I suppose it would work well as a base for a more intense saison. Lovely, yes, but I have been a bit spoiled by some others (thanks a lot, Hill Farmstead).

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Photo of bryanfox
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Waited in line for an hour for this limited release and it was well worth it. This beer is clean and crisp in both appearance and flavor. The perfect beer for a hot summer day!

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Photo of bennyman12
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery on a lovely day. Rat a tat playing on the stereo and a lovely breeze blowing through the brewery. I have a fermenter bubbling vigorously into a bucket by my foot as I type. Happy Father's Day!

Beer slightly hazy. Almost glows yellow-orange. Fine carb fades to just a ring.
Aroma is slightly spicy. Taste brings a perfect balance of citrus, zesty yeast, citrus base, malt doesn't come through too much. Of course finishes very dry. Feels more carbonated than it looks. Very lively!

Not sure I could tell the diff between this and saison du ble in a blind taste.
Life is good, beer advocates, and so is this beer.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best saisons I have ever had. Very clean flavors and excellent spices in the nose and tongue. Also m any fruit notes to go along with the spices. So much going on with this beer. Just great

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Peach, orange, and golden hues with a 3mm head
S: Citrus, wheat, and a bit of funk
T: Hay, tart apples, oak and a peppery bite
F: Crisp, dry and refreshing; moderate carbonation
O: Overall this is an exemplary saison through and through. I enjoyed it on a nice warm afternoon and each sip was better than the last.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 10 from a bottle. I was really looking forward to opening this. Super dry and crisp - the flavor is incredibly complex, but not overpowering. What a tremendous beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange tinted pale with a generous fluffy fine head. Champagne-like effervescence. Very good retention and intricate lacing.

S: Rustic, citrus and passion fruit, guava, a little funkiness and earth.

T: Citrus and mild yeast character, a little white pepper, passion fruit, with some light but occasionally sharp supporting acidity, especially on the back end. Fairly long, delicate finish.

M: Slightly creamy, medium body and carbonation.

O: Really enjoyable and drinkable saison with enough complexity to be inviting of another sip. Excellently constructed.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Sante Adairius tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright yellow body with a big frothy 2 finger white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to some chunky foam and leaving spotty lacing.

Aromas are pronounced and inviting - a very clean saison character full of tartness, green apple, light banana, saison yeast, hay, and wheat.

On the tongue is a gentle tartness, light citrus, saison yeastyness, subtle esters, tart apple, wheat, finishes lightly fruity and maybe even a tad sweet. Not as crisp and dry as some other Saisons I've had, but very drinkable and refreshing, medium carbonation.

Saison Bernice is a solid saison - it hits all the high points of the style while being super complex and balanced. A really "chill" beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 1500th review!

Batch 4
Bottled 7/14, enjoyed 11/15
This pours a straw golden in the glass with a wonderful cap of clouds. Big brassy aroma announces its presence. I get strawberry and hay and a hint of lemon pith in the aroma. Tastes incredible too, with hints of grape and jasmine, strawberry flowers and the oil from a lemon peel. Wonderful carbonation. Brett is present without dominating. Each sip is followed by a bone dry finish. Sublime and superb. This was incredible.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow and almost peachy in color, this beer hits the glass in a hazy pour. A medium to larger head forms and retains very well, leaving a good amount of lacing. Mild tartness and light acidity greets the nose up front with a touch of light fruitiness mixed in as well. There is no fruit, but I could swear that there is some peach or apricot in there somewhere. The back end of the scent is lightly funky and a little spicy, with an almost peppery quality.

This beer hits the tongue in a light burst of mild tartness, very similar to the scent. The flavor dries out a bit and the stone fruit from the scent also meets the taste buds. The back end of the drink dries out a little more and sees the introduction of light hay flavors and just a touch of peppery spice. On the palate, this one is very highly carbonated and almost drinks like a champagne. The drink is very thirst quenching and easy to drink. It is really light and almost fluffy feeling.

Overall, this is another very solid beer from SARA that doesn't disappoint. It is light and easy drinking while being delicately tart and quenching. A beautiful pour in the glass and a great scent makes this a pretty great all around beer.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Absolutely, wow. Received this as a gift for my bday from a good friend. I'm so glad I was able to try this beer. This beer is an absolute treat. Amazing aroma and exquisite taste. Absolutely INCREDIBLE.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew, I've been missing out considering I love 40 mins from SARA. 750ml to myself!

-Light golden color with lots of lacing.
-Barnyard hay, oak, citrus.
-Lemon, apples, definitely oak. Pleasant tartness with underlying sweetness.
-Medium mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing!
This Saison is my favorite so far! Perfect on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional. Was able to split a bottle at the taproom with a patron at the bar. Effervescent, dry, citrusy, tart, funky. Perfect to me. I really cherished it. The feel I also thought was spot on, very full, lively, rich. Almost decadent feel but not over the top.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Granny smith apples, lemon, wheat, lacto, some light honey and oak. Super crisp, clean and apple forward. Tart, sour punch up front that fades away to a dry finish. Balanced sweetness. Pretty awesome.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am glad that I got to try this beer in a blind tasting, because I think the SARA label would have skewed my rating otherwise.

The beer pours cloudy and smells like a funkified fruit saison.

The palate follows with lemon and mild sour notes, incorporated nicely with brett and funk characteristics.

Quite dry on the finish and well carbonated.

When I did not know what this beer was, I thought it fell somewhere above a Wicked Weed offering and not quite as good as a Casey beer. When I saw the label, it fell about a quarter point short of SARA's Cellarman.

Overall, a very nice offering from SARA.

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