West Ashley
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #6
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
100
Ranked #84
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 6.11%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
1,184
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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
 
California, United States
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Notes: 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.
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Most recent batch. Thanks, Sam!

A clear light orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is super ripe, fruity, floral apricots with a lactic saison adjacent base. Delicately floral fruit notes, probably from the Pinot Noir casks, is present, though this doesn't have a real red wine character. Vanilla to go with ripe apricots. Awesome. The fruit expression is sublime.

The palate opens with a blend of lactic tartness, mildly yogurt like with lots of fresh apricots. Just tons of it, though in a nuanced, delicate way rather than the unabashed abandon that's Fou'Foune. No real funk here, this is fruit and acidity in perfect harmony. Vanillin, delicately fruity Pinot Noir, a nice tannin character are all present. Drying, lactic, fruity on the finish with lots of lingering apricots. Tannins and a little grain round out the finish. SARA beers aspire for a higher ideal in the mouthfeel category, and this beer delivers. Light, airy, parfait-like with tons of fine carbonation, just enough to lift the fruit heavy beer but not so much that it's anywhere close to being foamy. Gentle, coaxing, prodding, this is a truly excellent beer.

In contrast to the fresh Fantasia I had a couple of nights back- this has more fruit, more sourness but less funk and less depth outside the fruit. They are both equally good interpretations of the style, and I can see my preference flip flopping.

Mar 29, 2021
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a golden orange color with high carbonation and a white head.

Smell - The beer smelled like fresh sweet apricots and light barnyard funk.

Taste - What strikes me about this beer is how well the apricots and saison funk work together. At the front, the fruit was sweet and fresh before turning funky in the finish. The finish was tart, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was high, erupting from the newly opened bottle. The dry finish had nice lingering power.

Overall - What a well-crated saison!

Mar 27, 2021
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Denimjunkie82 from California

4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites of all time of any style.
Roll the bottle around before opening to get a little bit of cloud from the yeast on the bottom, if that's your thing.
Smells like lemon, sour cherries, peachy.
Tastes just like the smell. Dry, smells sweeter than it tastes. Hint of funk.
West Ashley used to taste a lot more tart, but just tastes like sweet nectar now after having it so many times.

Jan 18, 2021
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Crmontes_96 from California

4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange citrus with peaches, this is so easy to drink its no wonder it is in a 750ml bottle. Sante focuses on this funk that their beers offer that I have not tasted in many other breweries that are also known for their ales and saisons, and this was no slacker. A very mellow orange taste is felt at the start but soon the strong peach taste in this one that will blow your mind, the tartness you would expect is minimal if any as the peaches are sweet enough to make your tastebuds focus on that.

Jan 15, 2021
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/20. Poured into teku. Beautiful, glowing orange with some short lasting fizzy head. This was a mild gusher when I opened it, but the carbonation on the pour and the tongue is moderate. Smell is of sour and apricots. Taste is fantastic. Apricots, tartness, and a tiny bit of funk with the aftertaste. Very smooth, and very well done.

Aug 07, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10 May 2020 - Beer #90 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Corona Day #59

Acquired via trade

Appearance: 4 - a glowing apricot orange. Not too much action on the bubbles. Head sticking around, but looks a tad flat.

Nose: 5 - SOUR! Hopefully sourer than the last apricot sour I had.

Taste: 5 - definitely sourer than the last one, and bursting with apricot flavor. Whereas the Abricot du Fermier had the barnyard funk on the back end, this one has it up front with the apricot. A variation on the same style. Both delicious.

Mouth: 5 - so acidic and bubbly it almost hurts.

Overall: 5 - outstanding. I think it's ever so slightly worse than the Abricot du Fermier, but still world class.

Cheers!

May 20, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at brewery.
Golden yellow. Slightly hazy. Minimal white Belgian lacing.
Smell of oak vanilla citrus fruits sour Brett.
Taste is pretty much the same. Dry finish. Just enough fruitiness to make a nice sweet/sour balance.
Reminiscent of something from cantillon, vinnie or tomme.

Dec 01, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and tart, prominent apricot and hint of farmhouse funky nose on this one! Taste follows with a well-balanced, apricot fruity, and hint of funky swallow. This has a fantastic mouthfeel and is just so well done! This is great!

Aug 27, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dense orange, quarter inch bubbly cap. Aroma is citrusy - I got my orange than apricot, though that is there as well. Palate has a great balance of tartness to the fruit notes - it isn’t super-lactic or puckering, but allows that orange & apricot to come through nicely with anchoring it with some tart funk. Finishes tart and crisp

Jun 20, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle came to me by way of a BIF - I don't know exactly which batch it is, but the fruit is still rich and deeply present. The apricot notes are super ripe and pulpy. It's very sour, almost cheek-puckering. The fruit is still predominant, though the sourness is very forward. The pour is a lovely, light gold-yellow. It's just slightly transparent, more than you might expect of a saison.

Killer beer - it's tremendous. Thank you to my sender!

May 22, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a wine glass at a share. Amazingly clean. Soft nectarine and huge waves of apricot; everything from the pit to the flesh. Perfectly balanced tartness to compliment it.

May 20, 2019
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

07/2015 - Amazing aromas of peach, apricot, acidic, funk; sweet, juicy, tart, peach, creamy flavors on the palate; funky, semisweet, millions of peaches all over the finish.

Sep 26, 2018
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Semi opaque peach, orange pour with pulsating yellow highlights. There’s some retention with miniscule lacing

S: Aroma has a musty, grainy-funk barrel presence with apricots, nectarines, lemons, grapes, and bright citrus: slightly vinous, rationally acidic, and moderately juicy

T: A restrained vibrant earthiness of the fresh cut grass, and approachable tartness. The notes sing to jammy apricots, pinot noir, grapes, peach, orange rind, oak, wood, and citrus

M: Clean, effervescence, and lively which smoothens out to a sweet, semi-creamy jam: moderate levels of carbonation, with a medium feel and dryness in course

O: Balanced and multifaceted with warmth: entertains exploration and stimulation

Jul 26, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.86/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange colored beer with a medium white head, collapsing instantly.

Smells of ripe apricots, fresh cut flowers, lime zest and wet grass. Got a prominent mushroom funk quality to it, together with cream cheese and moldy earth.

Has a light, mellow mouthfeel with an uprising effervescence during the finish.

Got a mellow potato peel yeast softness to it, opening up the palate to the beers herbal, prominent funkiness. Turns more sour once the beers effervescence unfolds, bringing apricot pulp and subtle lime zest to the palate. Finishes heavier on the fruits, earth, funk and a long lasting lime bitterness, building up a perfect balance for the apricots.

This is nice, not your typical awa at all with a well established sourness, which accompanies the apricots perfectly well. The funkiness creates a subtle complexity which guides through the whole experience, highlighting the fruits incredibly well.

Jul 15, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Clear yellow with a medium white head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells apricots, apples, floral, fresh cut grass, and funk. It tastes very tart, with apricots, apples, floral, and funk. The body is medium with a dry finish. A great wild ale from Sante Adairus.

May 28, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is about 2.5 years old.

A: Orange tinted pale with fizzy white head that quickly disappears to nothingness.

S: Funky barnyard and earth alongside a good dose of tart apricot, earth, orange, and light oak.

T: Hay, sour apricot, grainy wheat, a touch of citrus and new oak, and a whiff of tartness that grows to medium-light through the long finish. Sourness is firm but not excessive. The fruit component is noticeable but pretty light at this point.

M: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation.

O: An excellent fruited sour, one of the better American versions; sort of Fou Foune-ish. Doesn’t quite hit the complexity of the Belgians but it’s still damn good.

Nov 24, 2017
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice peach amber color. Aroma is tart, funky and stone fruit. Flavor is fantastic. Nice tartness with stone fruit sweet and sour on the finish. Has a nice body and overall a delicious beer.

Oct 28, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale hazy yellow, white thick frothy head.
Aroma has tons of apricots, sour lemon tart, hay,
Taste is lots of apricots, sour lemons, tart, raspberry, hay, little funk. Dry finish. Very drinkable

Oct 17, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw appearance with slight white head. Mild sour fruity aroma. Taste is a moderate tart sour fruity that has little harshness at the end. A very pleasant sour.

Sep 05, 2017
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neurobate from California

4.19/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frankly, this beer is too sour for me. However, taste, feel, and overall, I think thanks a great beer. When you taste this beer, you will taste a deep apricot funk

Jul 26, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy golden color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has lots of unripe apricots and lemony funk. Taste starts with tart, unripe apricots, stonefruit skin, acidic fruit juice, really dry finish. Light body, really dry, medium carbonation. Overall it's a great, fruity sour. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

Apr 08, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

batch 12 (we think) drank on 4/2/2017 side by side Westly

Look - moderate head that disappeared fairly quick, fairly thick body, light orange / dark yellow color. Sexy

Smell / Taste- a lot of oak and interesting fruitiness to go with the apricot burst. That interesting fruitiness I not know is the pinor noir barrels because I thought this was just oak barrels. That definitely explains the complexity that really puts this beer on another level.

Feel - perfect level of tartness while the flavors just soak into my mouth and linger so nicely.

Overall - amazing beer. Glad I have a couple more.

Apr 03, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Churchills sour fest. Really nice bright color. Can smell the funk and the sour taste was great. The apricots weren't super strong but it was really sour.

Nov 25, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Maakun. Hazy pale golden with a white head. Notes of funk, minerals - salt, baking soda - peaches. Light tart and very complex. Medium body, medium carbonation and a tart, floral and fruity aftertaste.

Nov 19, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is hazy peach-orange with a minimal display of carbonation, maybe a thin blanket before dying to nothing.

Smell is tangerine, nectarine, and lemon--bright!

Taste is really tart grapefruit, tangelo, and cranberry. I have to say, it's so bright and tart, I think the apricot kind of gets drowned out by the work the microbes and oak are doing, unless these are particularly bright and citric apricots. It's not a bad thing though, this is pretty standout stuff.

Semi-dry with a slight sting on the tongue mid-palate.

Nov 08, 2016
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