Saison Bernice
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #8
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #166
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 5.99%
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
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Notes: 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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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date visible

Pours a slightly foggy golden straw body featuring a calm effervescence and topped with multiple fingers of tight, creamy, and soapy white foam; good head retention leaves a small layer of fluffy cap along with a persistent collar and comprehensive walling of moderate soapy lacing.

Aroma offers a tight, spritzy yeast coursing with tempered lemony funk and a soft bubblegum/clove undertone to open; fresh apricot zest, touches of soft spice and honey, and sweet overripe peach flow into a maintaining clove background; horse blanket, minerality and fresh, herbal earth come to play steadily, integrating effortlessly into to the bouquet over time.

Taste showcases a raw medley of stone fruit upfront, highlighting apricot and overripe peach guiding into zesty lemon peel as a creeping acidity encroaches across the profile with a minor funk/horse blanket interlude and bright, floral minerality lasting through the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a light body with a well-attenuated and fluffy high carbonation easing to a blanket of gritty spritz across the mid-palate with a quaint, casual acidity/ tartness building; a background wetness persists on the back end before being overtaken by a taut, dry finish as a soft acidity lasts through the swallow.

Simultaneously contemplative and casual, such clean refinement gives way to myriad accentuated detail honed with stunningly interwoven complexities along the profile and palate; a definitive example of the style, highlighting the brilliant levels of expression capable from an equally soft, elegant foundation.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, May 03, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First pour from the 750ml bottle is clear golden yellow with bubbling effervescence and a nice foamy white head even after several years aging in the bottle. Further pours produce a hazy cloudy appearance. The aroma is clean with light banana, hay, straw, honey, lemon, apricot, apple, pear, vanilla, doughy bready malt, some barnyard funk, horse blanket, hints of clove spice, peppercorn, apple cider, and floral earthy hops. Tastes tart, slightly sour and vinegary with apple cider notes, lemon, apricot, apple, pear, banana, hay, straw, honey, vanilla, clove, peppercorn medley, horse blanket, barnyardy funk, bready doughy malt, and floral earthy hops. Feels medium bodied, smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great and complex saison.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Mar 03, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Green Cheek in Costa Mesa, CA.

Wow. Wow. Wow... This thing just pops at you like a Jack In The Box on steroids. I mean, WOW! Sure, it’s looks all nice and Saison-y, but the aroma... the taste... Kaboom! Like Hank Aaron during a home run trot, this one is a winner.

Get it and get it good, my children.

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RaulMondesi from California, Feb 28, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at brewery.
Golden slightly dark yellow. Minimal head with lacing.
Bretty tart oaky nose.
Tastes very similar to west Ashley and other fruited sours. Definite tart peach or apricot notes. Checked with bartender. No fruit is on here.
Textbook saison body and dry tart finish.
Very nice. Not over the top.

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bret27 from California, Feb 21, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Steve for this one. This has been on my radar for quite some time.

750ml bottle (vintage??) Poured into a classic tulip. Refrigerated for 5 days - allowed to warm up for 10 minutes.

Pours a brilliant honey straw golden colour, topped with a quick-to-dissipate finger of off white head. Excellent unfiltered clarity, and plenty of visible effervescence rising up to creating a sparkling top. Minimal lacing after swirling.

Nose: Rustic saison grains, likely a good amount of wheat. Crackery. Plenty of classic saison yeast aromas of wet hay, peppery spice, green apple, a faint hint of bubblegum, a whisper of clove, some woody spices, fresh cut grass, wet wool, petrichor, some delicate farmy funk, a hint of leather, and a wonderfully restrained acidity lending a big shroud of lemon. A beautiful saison aroma.

Palate: Bernice greets the palate with what is likely the most balanced acidity I've ever encountered. This is not a "Midwest saison" that makes you pucker up from top to bottom. A gentle tartness akin to unripe berries starts things off, while this delicate grainy sweetness follows. Beneath this sweet-tart balance are notes of lemon, apple, Bartlett pear, fresh grass, white grape, unripe berry, starfruit, fresh nectarine, white plum, a hint of phenolic black peppercorn, and dried orange peel. There is quite a bit of dusty brett, lending some light funk, wet wood, a gentle earthiness, fermenting stone fruit, and a gentle peach pit bitterness. There are subtle grassy floral notes from some very restrained hopping, which is greatly appreciated. The finish puts particular emphasis on these grassy floral notes, along with some dusty brett funk, and a gentle black pepper bite. The ale finishes beautifully dry, with zero lingering tartness, and a gentle, clean aftertaste of cracker saison grains, with the faintest whisper of tannic fruit pits.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is medium-light bodied. Crisp, refreshing, and ultra snappy with the malt providing just enough body to provide a subtle softness. Effervescence is lively and fine, without being scratchy or seltzery. Gentle acidity upfront providing a balanced tartness, concluding with just the perfect degree of tannic dryness. Highly attenuated.

Overall: This is maybe the perfect all-around saison. It is absolutely authentic and beautifully classic in nature, with the most balanced amount of acidity you could possibly get in an ale like this. Not puckering, but enough to just nudge this into sour ale territory. This is everything you could ask for in a saison. Authenticity, perfect grain balance, gentle tartness, excellent yeast complexity, Belgian influence, crisp, refreshing body... It's wonderful. You won't find the complexity of the heavy hitter sours in this, but if it's the perfect saison you're looking for, Bernice will take you there. Privileged to be able to drink this.

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Photo of BeerProof
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was fantastic.
I did think that the overall acidity was a little more than what I wanted from a "Saison"/ farmhouse ale but nonetheless, very good.
Cheers to Tim and Adair!

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BeerProof from Vermont, Nov 27, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May be one of my favorites of all time. Lucky enough to have two bottles of this on two separate occasions while in Berlin. Muted Horn has an outstanding selection and partnerships with some of the best around the world. Must try/bucket list. I am not a fan of Brett but this beer is unreal.

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Trevor11 from Illinois, Nov 09, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Much thanks to John for sending me on my way with this in tow. I can't find any date info on the bottle itself, but I want to say he told me it was a 2016? I could well be making that up, but that's the year that sticks in my mind for whatever reason. It's somewhere between batch 5 and 15 as best as I can sleuth up. Yeah, narrows it down a lot...

An aggressive pour gives me a golden yellow bauble that still has some opacity to it. A nice finger of white fuzzy head is dissipating in front of my eyes, but leaves at least some residual to appreciate.

Nose is sweet with belgian yeasts, fairly peppery, and some faint lemon and green apple. Has that character to it that tickles the back of my throat when sniffing around.

Flavour is a nice melange of lemon and pepper (but less than the nose suggested) and green apple and like undertones of marzipan, with some of the belgian sweetness towards the end, but not too much. Mildly grassy/floral and a surprisingly bitter/dry finish.

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kemoarps from Washington, Oct 26, 2019
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4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - pours super clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head great retention. Few spotty sheets of lacing.

Aroma - Lemon, light floral, yeast, light cracker, light spiciness very delicate nose.

Taste - Taste follows nose closely lots of lemon and citrus peel. Yeast, light floral flavors not quite as spicy as the nose pet on.

Feel - Soft, nice carbonation prickly at first. great dry finish.

Overall - Really well done soft flavors are very subtle.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Sep 07, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straw and slightly hazy with a few small, slow rising bubbles and 4 fingers of white head.

Smells of brett and funk, oranges, lemons and Belgian yeasts, some fresh plastic like a German Heffe.

Light and subtly sour with lemons, orange rind and Brett, barrel funk, and nail polish.

Light and crisp, tart body with a smooth carbonation. Goes down really easy.

I got this at St Adairius in Santa Cruz earlier this year, and am drinking it in Redding, July 11th, 2019. Excellent, smooth drinking offering.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Jul 12, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Classic farmhouse saison. Pours a hazy gold. Fruity and funky aroma. Crisp, light, refreshing mouthfeel. Flavors of citrus fruit, farmhouse funk and some grassy earthy flavors. Excellent.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As a New Englander who has been to Vermont several times...I can't help but make the comparison (which I feel is apt) to Hill Farmstead's lovely array of farmhouse ales.

Simultaneously simple yet complex - Bernice comes through across all four sensory components with high marks. She pours slightly cloudy, yellow liquid that sits beneath a cap of white foam. Light, but lively, effervescence brings the beer to life.

Aroma is citrus, hay and light funk. Balanced harmony with each playing to the others' strengths. Restrained but remarkable. Taste is citrus - apricot, lemon and grapes - followed by a tart and funky kiss. Fruity and earthy yeast-notes throughout.

Tart, refreshing, appropriately acidic and lightly funky. Delicious.

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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts, Feb 11, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright hazy yellow color with a fragile foamy white head that disappeared quickly. There were extravagant aromas of Brett, white grapes, subtle citrus, with yeasty overtones. Very fruity and aromatic. The flavors are likewise the same, very fruity with yeasty overtones. Plenty of white grapes around the mouth with some Brett and subtle citrus and perhaps pitted fruit. The flavors come without any restraint. Its like opening up this bottle released its potency. The mouthfeel was not harsh, it was quit pleasant, smooth, and light bodied. Overall exceptional beer, the flavors where spot on, again extravagant without being overwhelming. I could drink this again and again if I only I had easy access to this beer.

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Benish from Wisconsin, Nov 05, 2018
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4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap is this rated high, I had no idea. Well its time then. Pours a cloudy yellow with 1/2" white head. This review is from a sample on tap at the Bistro barrel aged festival. Dry yeast brett nose to it. Light. When you talk rustic agricultural stuff, here it is, plenty of leather meets wood meets hay meets various barnyard effects here. This is what its all about. Layers of aromas.

The taste is pretty nice, you get about a 6 on the 1-10 sour scale, soft acidity, still plenty of those hay, leather, cotton, humidity and barnyard notes. Its like a blend of a saison, but the sourness of a wild ale. Light amount of pepper in the mouth feel, along with all that other stuff. Carbonation is more than average.

I really enjoyed the beer, but wow, I think if you put an InBev label on this, it wouldn't even move the needle for beer nerds. Instead, low yield small batches from a slightly out of the way brewery = ratings gold (on BA). I totally dug it, but it didn't even stand out that day amongst all the other beers.

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4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, I neglected to note the batch number - I shared this bottle with friends and bar staff at Barrel Theory in St. Paul. The bottle gushed every so slightly, but showed no signs of being infected. The nose is lightly sour, while the taste is light, mildly sour, yeasty, clean, and very drinkable. It's a beautiful gold-yellow in color with a light, crisp head. I wish I'd drank this by myself - it's a delicious beer!

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Sep 10, 2018
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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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aleigator from Germany, Jun 16, 2018
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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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MacMalt from New Jersey, May 20, 2018
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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

Cloudy straw appearance with slight white head and carbination. Fruity aroma. Taste is a dry tart with fruity accent that is not too harsh. A pleasant saison.

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Radcpa from Washington, Sep 05, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from j47paco (thanks again!). No discernible bottling information. Served in an oversized Bruery snifter.

Pours a hazy toasted lemon with a billowing two and a half fingers of fluffy white foam. The head settles to a modest layer that, along with a hearty crown, leaves a few traces of lacing.

Bright yeast character on the nose with notes of citrus zest, sour apple, hay and sugar cane.

Tastes of biting, tart pear skins, old grass, sour pineapple, some dry yeast, earthy funk and bread. Pleasantly complex and quite drinkable.

Light fluffy feel with effervescent carbonation. Aftertaste of tart tropical and stone fruits with some funky, earthy bread.

My first brew from Sante Adairius shoelws some outstanding work. Skirting the line between saison and wild ale, Saison Bernice is a deep, rustic, easy drinker. I'm not typically a saison guy but would have no problems knocking back more of this just about any time.

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4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Slightly hazed yellow straw. Thin foamy head quickly dissipates into thin ring of bubbles around my glass.

Aroma is crisp citrus, yeast, slight sweet tartness. Hint of grassy field.

Crisp and clean flavors. Subtle white wine, citrus zest, sweetness comes through as delicate white fleshed fruit.

Moderate carbonation and dry medium body.

Overall an excellent brew. Refined flavors and perfectly balanced.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Jun 18, 2017
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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

Poured out a golden-yellow color with some haze and a small white head. It smelled of lemon, acidity and white wine-like notes. Some sweet caramel, tart and acidic lemon flavors. Crisp and sharp.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Apr 27, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
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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dertyd from California, Mar 12, 2017
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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

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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emerge077 from Illinois, Mar 05, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Phil-Fresh from California, Feb 25, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Sante Adairius.

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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1025 ratings