West Ashley | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Orange, lactic, and bursting with apricot aroma, West Ashley is built for consideration and conversation. While Ashley starts as a simple Saison, careful aging in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with apricots, our house microbes, and warm encouragement transform her into a tart, complex and delectable beer.

Added by illidurit on 08-26-2012

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Photo of frasergrove
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy bright orange, a nice lingering white head. Aroma pops with lactic tartness, apricot sweetness and a bit of lemon. Nice smooth tartness and a medium body. Finishes refreshing and beautiful! Great sour.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-ish gold, not as deep as say a Fou Foune, but it's a beautiful looking beer. A touch sulfurous on the aroma, definitely getting those apricots. It is soft and restrained while providing ample apricot character. There is a touch of bready, wet cereal, cheerios on the finish. Just a touch. Overall, a really good apricot sour and one that I had on my personal whale list for some time.

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Photo of danh53
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hard to find anything wrong with this beer. It's not the most complex, but it's extremely well crafted. Color is beautiful, bright apricot. Aroma is apricot, lemon, wine barrel, slight bread and funk. Taste follows the nose. I was surprised by depth of apricot flavor since it wasn't the most recent batch. It's very sour with a full mouth feel and perfect carbonation. Everything about this beer is right on point. Definitely worth the hype.

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Photo of moose1980
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this with the wife to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. As such, perhaps the perfect 5 also has to do with the atmosphere. However, I simply could not find a fault in this beer. (I haven't reviewed many beers, but this is the only 5 I have given. I do understand that some people would never give a perfect 5, ever, but it's hard to find a really hyped up beer like this that fully lives up to it, and then some.)

Hazy, sun-like orange-yellow with minimal head. The aroma was one of my favorites of all time; even though this bottle was acquired via trade and I believe was the batch prior to the latest, it was still bursting with juicy apricots. However, as great as the fruity aroma was, it was the funk that I loved most about it (which perhaps had benefited from the age). Even my wife likened it to taking of a horses saddle, although we had ridden earlier in the day so that could have influenced her olfaction :-) The taste was ripe apricots, musty funk, and finished with the just the right amount of puckering tartness. A full body supported by adequate carbonation with a perfectly dry finish.

Again, I can understand that some folks might frown upon ever giving perfect 5s across the board. Of course it is always easy to deduct a bit for color or on mouthfeel, but this beer was absolutely beautiful.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first taste of a SARA beer and came away very impressed. Dripping with apricot flavor and some nice funk mixed in, it absolutely lived up to the hype. Two person split so got a nice big pour and was beautiful from beginning to end.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (b11) to a tulip.
Look: Opaque orange with whip of head.
Smell: Apricots and funk.
Taste: Unripe apricots, lemons, and tartness.
Feel: More carbonation than I like.
Overall: One of the best from SARA.

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Photo of Magbas
3.47/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch #10. While clean on flavor, it was pretty much a one note mouth puckerer. Wouldn't pass on trying it again, but was a bit overwhelmed considering the hype.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a taster. Lots of apricot and barnyard funk - lactic sourness was present, but not overwhelming. Nice beer, but didn't live up to the hype for me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange presentation yields a good 1/4" white head, hits with lots of citrus notes, orange pulp, apricot. Lots of lactic sourness and a minimal amount of french oak.

Bursting with orange colored fruit, leans more apricot than anything else. Very juicy, fruit content is top notch. I love Fou Fune, but there are seriously good albeit admittedly different apricot wild ales in the States that are plenty worthy. This is right there among Cascade, Map of the Sun and Filmishmish. I don't really grasp on this beer what makes it a saison moreso than a wild ale, its definitely sour and is so sour its difficult to see it otherwise.

Whatever you call it, its a tasty beverage.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Gorgeous apricot and warm yellow orange hues; moderate white head and retention
S: Juicy apricots, peaches and tart fruits
T: Naturally the apricot steals the show with this one and makes a decidedly tasty statement complemented by a slight tart funk
F: Balanced if not a little bit light on the mouthfeel
O: I enjoyed this beer immensely; West Ashley has an impressive tart flavor that still allows its fruit base to shine. Even my wife, who hates beer, liked this one. The apricot/fruit taste is not overly sweet (like a Peche 'n Brett can be), but extremely balanced. The whale status surrounding this beer is well earned, but as other reviewers have commented there are several other comparable beers (e.g., Fou' Foune, Logsdon, Side Project) that might just be a bit easier to land for us living on the other side of the country. Not sure if I'd seek this out again, but I certainly savored this bottle.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took a while to track this beer down, largely due to its west coast whale status and the majorly inflated trade values created by the Bay Area hype trolls, so I am glad that I finally located a trader who would go dollar for dollar on this bottle.

The taste is tart, funky, and lightly fruited with a dry finish.

Overall, a very well balanced and enjoyable beer. It would probably taste better with a bit more tart and a lot more fruit, but that would then become a different beer.

Now having tried it, I have no real need to revisit this beer for quite some time. For what a single bottle of West Ashley commands in a trade, I would be better off trading for Fou' Foune (which is a better beer) or drinking two modestly priced shelf Allagash or Russian River sours.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a light, bright, and mildly hazy straw-yellow in color. A very smell head of about 2 millimeters forms and hangs around only a little while before being reduced to a bit of film and bubbles on top of the beer. The body of the beer is mostly hazy, but does retain some translucency when held to the light. Not much lacing as this one is drank, which is expected with the lack of much head.

S- Huge, juicy, and lightly tart fruit smacks the nose right off the bat. The apricots are really the star of the scent right up front before a bit of funk and light mustiness kicks in during the middle of the smell. Wild yeast imparts a touch of light, fresh cut hay to the scent right after the initial apricot tartness. On the back end, the fruit returns, this time with a lighter and slightly sweeter impact to the scent, leaving out the sour aspect its first appearance has.

T- As this beer hits the tongue, the flavor follows the scent closely. Tart and fruity hits first, with the characteristic 'seedy' tartness that many stone fruits display. The tartness is moderate in strength, providing enough punch to not quite make you pucker. Apricot juiciness comes right after the tartness and turns the flavor primarily towards the fruit. The middle of the drink sees the light funk from the scent make an appearance, although it is even more subtle in the taste than it was on the nose. Light hay gives way to more juicy fruit goodness that leaves apricot juice lingering on the tongue well after the drink ends.

M- On the palate, the weight of the beer is rather light, but doesn't quite reach the 'fluffy' impression that many beers of a similar style display. The carbonation is fairly high, as expected. Alcohol is not a factor, either in taste or weight of the beer. On the whole, the beer feels like a glass of carbonated fruit juice.

Overall, this is really a world glass fruited saison. It borderlines on tart enough that it should just be considered a sour. The beer displays both moderate tartness and light funk with a ton of the apricots mixing in there. Seek this one out and try it if you can.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: this poured a glorious crossbreed between a lime-yellow and sunshine orange into a sniffer. Fantastic white fluff head retention. This is California sunshine in a glass.

S: opened with plain barnyard, a little disappointing. But as it warmed out of its tenure in the fridge it developed a fantastic amount of complexity for a sour of this sort: green grape, green apple, some apricot, lactic acid, barnyard funk.

T: basically the first time seeing Star Wars. I mean COME. ON. It starts with a lactic bite, finished with a punch of apricot and barnyard funk. As it warms it belies a dusting of cinnamon and cardamom. This is really a symphony of flavor in the best way; everything is working together, advancing the thesis of this beer.

F: somewhere squarely in the middle of the dryness of a Belgian lambic and the creaminess of something like Love Child No 5. A lot to work with. Nicely balancing.

O: this is my new favorite sour. A sour, by definition, at least in my head is not balanced. It skews to one side of the oral Richter scale. This, however, is of another sort. The first truly subtle and nuanced sour I've ever had, and I wouldn't be shocked if it was the last. Basically happy faced emoji and dancing girl emoji.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7.

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a small taster. ~5oz pour at bottle share. Review copied from notes.

Pours hazy amber body, aroma is lactic tartness, stone fruit, slight farmhouse funk. Tongue matches the nose with lots of apricot / stone fruit on the follow through - not as acidic as I thought, more balanced fruitiness with a nice pulpy aftertaste with some barrel in there as well. Medium carbonation and body.

Overall delightful, would love to try it again.

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Photo of zac16125
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a Teku
I believe its Batch 7

Thanks to Joe-Mahma for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Crystal clear, very light pale straw yellow with over 1 fingers width of bright white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Oaky, tart, funky. Lactic acidity, plastic-like funk notes, very subtle sweet fruit notes. 4.5

T: Puckeringly tart on the first sip. Tons of lactic acidity, nice oaky notes. Like the nose the fruit is fairly subtle, but is present on the back end and balances out the sourness nicely. Not much funk, just some burnt plastic characters. A very nice wild ale. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end but appropriate, drying on the finish, drinkability is excellent. 4.5

O: Very enjoyable beer. Don’t think it quit lives up to the classics, but great beer nonetheless. 4.25

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Photo of smanson56
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first trip with this wonderful beer. Lots of apricots and funk in the nose with mild wine overtones. The taste is crisp and clear with the apricots coming through followed by the funk from the yeast that balance each other so well. The mouth feel is pleasant and holds the carbonation well through out the bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/28/15 notes, poured into a tulip. Batch #10 I believe.

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nose is amazing, tons of apricots, funk, fruity malts, oak, floral notes, oranges, and light citrus. Taste has less funk, more sweet and sour fruits. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, super smooth and easy to drink.

Overall a fantastic beer. I heard some people say they like this better than Fou Foune. I think Fou Foune is funkier and this is fruitier, with FF having that Cantillon Belgian funk, but can't go wrong with either. World class, would have to try 'em side by side to tell you which I like better.

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Photo of Mburk
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer just gets better and better with each new batch. Was lucky enough to score a few bottles and it lives up to the hype. The beer looks great in the glass with a smell of fresh apricots and funk. It is the best apricot wild ale I have ever had and will always be one of my favorites.

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Photo of Sp015
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #10 - Poured into 3 stemmed tasters, a very nice and pleasant apricot nose with some barnyard funk. About a 1-inch head dissipates moderately. The taste of this bear is apricot-heaven. This is a tremendous beer.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell is a very pleasant apricot with a very nice mello strawy barnyard in the background. Very faint tart lemon. Complex.

Taste is apricot and tartness. No barnyard in the taste. Big tart finish.

Mouthfeel is tart and round. Pleasant but not outstanding.

Very good overall. Sum of the parts is better than than some of the components. Complex and well rounded.

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

A clean lemony tart fruit sour with SARA flavor profile, light foam, slight funk on the nose, effervescent carbonation with a little bit of pepper, overall their is something in the flavor that reminds me of saison bernice and farmhouse noir.

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Photo of tywhite
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not SARA's best beer, by a long shot, but highly enjoyable. It's a little slicker on the palate than I was hoping for, but the subtle apricot and tartness make it very drinkable.

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Photo of jjdc
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Late day sun in the glass. Medium nose for a fruited sour -- funk, fruit and skin. The flavor profile is nice, but fairly straightforward. Apricot, funk and a drying pucker on the backend. A bit of vinous barrel. A great beer, but lacks a bit of the depth of a Veritas 15 or Lou Pepe to push it into the very top tier. A little more barrel presence would add to the complexity.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect melding of fruit and sour. There are many fruited sours that either aren't funky/sour enough or are so jowl stingingly sour that you can't taste the fruit even a little. This beer really hits the mark as I smell and taste heaps of wonderful apricot and has the perfect tart/sour combination to really let the fruit shine.

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Photo of Tele
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Summer 2015
Consumed: 8.8.15

A: 4.5 Pours a fairly hazy orange gold with a uniform off-white head.

S: 4.5 Lots of bright, fresh apricot on the nose, with some light acidity and lemon mixed in. Not much in the way of funk and not super complex, but lets the apricot shine.

T: 4.75 Even more apricot than on the nose; more fruit forward than Fou or Map of the Sun. Pleasantly tart without overdoing it. Finish is classic Sante mineral quality and pleasantly dry.

M: 5 Like Saison Bernice, they really nailed the mouthfeel. Really drinkable and satisfying with excellent carbonation.

O: 4.75 This beer really stays true to what Sante does best: bright, crisp saisons. The apricot just elevates this style in a way that is unique to them. The comparisons to Fou, Map of the Sun, etc. are fair, but West Ashley is a bit of a different in its relatively mild tartness and lack of funk on the nose.

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