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Saison Bernice | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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4.51/5
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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:
#126
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
922
pDev:
6.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
480
Gots:
132
Trade:
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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by Thurgoft:
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale amber body under a finger of frothy white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nothing too special.

S: Extremely aromatic, with a complex interplay of tart fruit (green apple in particular) and freshly herbal funk (cut grass). Some light peppery spice in the background. Excellent.

T: Tart and spicy up front, with some breadiness providing a substantial base for the funk and fruit midway through. Bone dry on the finish with a hint of hay. Multi-layered and delicious.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly spritzy.

O: Terrific sour saison, right up there with HF. I was more impressed by this than West Ashley.

Cheers!

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Photo of MarcWP
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Sante Adairius belgian snifter.

Appearance is super hazy grapefruit peel yellow with a lovely, compact white head that leaves a great layer of foam after residing. Rocky on the edges with tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma is of orchard fruits, sticky flowers, and soft spices. Juicy orange, mandarin, peach, and a little apricot. Grassy in a floral kind of way, hay or rustic grass. Some grains of paradise, white pepper, and faint banana also very much present.

The taste reveals one of the juiciest Saisons out there. Loads of orange juice, lemon zest, tart apple, acidic pear, sharo pineapple, white grape, and I could keep going... All that juicy fruit character is properly balanced by some grassy notes, soft spice, and brett yeast leather essence. Amazing almost falls short as a describer.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect with its light body, medium range fluffy carbonation, and sublime level of acidity. I mean this hits the mark on the acidity level, much like a few Hill Farmsteads. Where a lot of Saisons lack in pucker and others take it a bit far this is just where it's supposed to be.

One of the best no doubt. Where other truly amazing Saisons fall short, this seems to hit the mark. While I've enjoyed many Hill Farmstead, Side Project, Prairie, Logsdon, Tired Hands, etc. etc. saisons, this one stands out among most of them and up there with one or two others as the best there is.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Mburk
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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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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4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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

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4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Saison Bernice from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 922 ratings
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