Saison Bernice | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
santeadairius.com

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.


Added by illidurit on 08-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#130
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
950
pDev:
5.99%
Bros Score:
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Photo of MTKATL
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clouded golden yellow with a medium sized sized, spongy head.

Smells of leathery basement, mushrooms, sweet candy and a touch of vinegar. Offers a rustic, crushed grain quality with a note of white bread dough. Has a flowery note atop, making this pleasantly complex.

A bright, sparkly effervescence defines the beer’s mouthfeel, finishing with a long lasting bitterness.

Has a dustiness to it, which numbs the taste from start till the end with a distractingly acetic sourness, partially covered by dried mushrooms and old leather. Hints of oak and old cork are cutting through, establishing a well working, unique balance, tied together by white bread dough and a slightly spicen yeast foundation. Has a dried leaves dryness during the finish with an ongoing funkiness providing an intriguing depth.

Reminding me more of a sour than of a traditional saison. That being said, this is very interesting to me, based on its strong headed rustic character, which is actually hard to compare to anything else. I assume its their house character, which is very appealing since it offers a never before experienced melange of dried nuts, mushrooms, vinegar and lots of basement oak. I like it. I think.

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Photo of rcjennings
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I received this from @bum4ever in an LIF box. Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip glass. It pours a cloudy, golden-honey color with nearly a finger of foamy, eggshell-colored head and creamy lacing with long retention. The tiny bubbles ascend continuously. It's a lovely pour. It has a fragrant, sour aroma with lemon peel, banana, coriander, clove, and funky yeast. It's absolutely delicious with the sour fruit complimented by a touch of sweet banana and apple as the glass warms. The balance of sour, sweet, and spice is terrific and there is a touch of pepper at the finish. The mouth feel is wonderful: despite the lively carbonation it's remarkably creamy and viscous. Overall, this may be the best Saison I've had the pleasure to drink. The flavors are bold and the feel is as good as it gets. What a privilege to drink this wonderful beer!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +2%
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4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
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4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
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Saison Bernice from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 950 ratings