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Saison Bernice | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States | website

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 angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +3.6%
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 +2%
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 +0.4%
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 +1.3%
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 +4.7%
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 +2.9%
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 -1.3%
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 +11.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +6%
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 +2.7%
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 +5.8%
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 -1.3%
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%
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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Photo of Hootie159
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not normally a saison guy, so perhaps this vote should not count. This beer reminds me more of a sour. Wow. Hands down best I've ever had. Just a glowing cloudy orange. Gorgeous looking beer. Big blend of citrus fruit on the nose also my with a clear oak. Reminiscent of a white wine barrel. Taste is a bit sour and acidic. Getting a lot of sharp sour fruit but I'm digging. Oak comes in towards the finish. Mixed in, the farmhouse yeast picks it up a level. Tart carbonation. Not aggressive but noticeable. Just truly a great beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Pours hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of tart lemons, hay and straw, a hint of honey, yeasty funk. Flavor is very slightly tart with some dry bretty notes, hay/straw, lots of funky yeast going on here, then a punch of sweet malts on the finish. Body is medium plus for the style, with lightly prickly carbonation. Overall this was excellent, but did not quite reach the levels of the Cellarman I had recently. Really nice, but would have liked just a tad more tart notes. As is, it's a world class saison anyway. Yum.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tawny gold with a hazy clarity and an off-white head that dissipates into a tight, albeit broken band around the shoulders. Nose is salty and lemony with mango notes. Taste follows nose - light and lemony with a hint of pit fruit and a trace of funk. Mouthfeel is near perfect - light in body with a bright, effervescent carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, nice complexity and deliciously drinkable.

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

Batch 13.

750 mL into a Belgian tulip.

Foamy pale white head and a sticky wall of lace. Cloudy golden body. No carb visible. 4

Funky, orchard fruit, peach. 4.25

Continuation of the nose: funky, orchard fruit ever so light, floral notes, and light citrus. 4.25

Creamy and fluffy mouthfeel. Delicate and easy-drinking with a pleasant tartness and a floral finish. 4.5

Very nice if not particularly distinct.

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Photo of MarioM
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Beer pours a lovely crisp clear light golden color with a bright white head composed of small creamy bubbled with medium to large ones mixed in there as well. The head is very reminiscent of a beer with wild yeast, soapy and thick with very good lacing.

S: There is a nice funky nose to the bee when stirred and disturbed. Lightly citric and lactic, reminds me of a good gueuze. Definitely can tell this will be a bright and tart funky farmhouse, can't wait to taste... Also get some grain and Brett character along with some stone fruit and gentle floral hops.

T: Lightly tart, gentle and very drinkable. Light citrus flavor with a very interesting and welcoming brett character/funk. Very subtle in flavor yet extremely complex and unique. Beer finished with a very interesting and delicious almost rice like grain character that lingers and tastes amazing. Not expected at all yet works very well with the tartness and I'm loving it.

M: Carbonation is on the lower side for farmhouse ales but the beer being so gentle and delicate I'm glad the carbonation follows that same trait and does not make it harsh to drink. Beer is dry and leaves a wonderful mouthfeel that lingers and reminds me of rice water, if you've ever boiled rice and drank the water you'd know what I mean...

O: This beer has a nice nose and flavors are very gentle yet unique and amazing. The feel of this beer and aftertaste is so so unique and intriguing. Overall, I was expecting a completely different beer to what I'm tasting but the actual thing is so different and unique that I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a great day drinking gentle and delicate farmhouse ale by SARA. Now I see what the big deal is... This is an amazing beer and worth every penny of the $18 that It's worth. Thank you Adair and Tom. I will definitely use the yeast in this bottle to infect a sour red I recently made.

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Photo of M_chav
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thicker mouthfeel compared to the last two saisons we just popped but a pleasant surprise. Excellent beer. Pungent lemon/ dry finish and very refreshing.

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Photo of Mburk
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I will admit I am bias because this is my local and my overall favorite brewer but this beer is my favorite saison out there. The smell is floral and tart but the taste is citrusy with farmhouse style undertones. The mouthfeel and finish is smooth making this beer very drinkable. A great all around beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale color. Aroma makes me think of fruit that start to ferment, especially apples, like a hard cider with some slight funky notes on top. Taste starts with some clear brett notes and gets quite sour in the aftertaste. Not really my favorite kind of saison, felt more like a wild ale, but a solid beer overall.

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Photo of Briesch
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, refreshing saison here. Tart taste but not overpowering. Hints of pear, lemon and apricot. Easily drinkable and great mouthfeel to boot. I haven't tried many saisons but this has made me a fan of the style. I bought three bombers from the brewery without having tried it before and drank all three within the week. Will be in search of again if the opportunity arises.

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

Awesome. One of the best saisons I've had.
Tart, light coriander and pepper, great peppery carbonation, lacy foam sticking to glass.
Extremely refreshing!

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