Saison Bernice | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Saison BerniceSaison Bernice

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Bernice is an exquisitely fermented farmhouse ale. Dry and refreshing Bernice is made of the freshest on-hand and locally available ingredients. She saw multiple yeast additions including Brettanomyces and further bottle aging. Drink now or cellar properly. Saison Bernice will endure. The beer in this bottle is alive. So is the yeast. Grow it, keep it, use it. We encourage you to brew your own.

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Photo of dertyd
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing saison! Beer pours a hazy lemon ade with a nice fluffy 2 finger head.aromas of lemon, tropical fruit,funk.flavors of lemon, slight tropical flavors, more tart lemon finishing with a dry funkyness.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pastel yellow with a dense layer of foam, delicate drippy lacing in the glass.

Aroma has some gentle acidity and white wine traces.
Taste is moderately tart with some balanced oaky notes of white wine barrel. Dry finish with a slight tannic aftertaste. Balanced and drinkable.
Thanks Dan for sharing!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate fruitiness, with a smooth citrus, lemony aroma, slight spice, and light tartness.

A: Golden color, slightly hazy, with a thinnish white head that quickly recreates a thin film across the glass.

T: Lemony fruitiness, very clean, with a light spice note and moderately low tartness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Near perfect; this beer is an amazing example of a Belgian saison, absolutely delicious, refreshing, and nearly flawless.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery in Capitola. Just a nearly perfect saison with complex sour spices running through every mouthful. Definitely a perfect introduction to the offerings of Asante Adairius.

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Photo of brentk56
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw capped by a massive head; nice and sticky, with a drapery pattern of lacing

Smell: Funky yeast, white pepper, rustic grass, lemon rind, pear and a hint of peach

Taste: Funk forward and then the tart tones build, with grass, lemon rind, white wine grape and pear underneath; slightly bready, through the middle, with citrus pith and rind flavors exploding; very dry finish

Moutheel Medium body, slightly creamy, with buoyant carbonation

Overall: I was worried I might have cellared this too long as I think it might be three of four years old, but I am just wowed by the power and complexity of the flavors

Thanks, JesseLara, for the opportunity

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Photo of ragnar3
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. A very enjoyable saison - good carbonation resulting in a near creamy mouthfeel, nice brett funkiness. Not overly complex, but well done overall.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the saison's I've had. Great spice and fruit coming through on this. Little bit of funk smell on this. Golden hue on this little bit of carbonation. Nicely done.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellowish/Orange....very clear and a small white head that dissipates quick.
S: Apples, white grape, wheat, funk....smells amazing.
T: Same as the nose...apples, tart white grape a little funk. Beautiful
F: Crisp, dry and refreshing; moderate carbonation
O: This is an outstanding saison. Very well done. Just a beautifully delicate beer.

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Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +7.6%
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%
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%
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 +5.6%
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 +1.3%
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%
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 +0.7%
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 -3.6%
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%
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 -5.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +1.6%
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%
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 +0.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +2.4%
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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