West Ashley
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #9
Ranked #88
4.57 | pDev: 6.13%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
West AshleyWest Ashley
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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Photo of CraftFan5
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
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.


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Photo of bret27
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of lucius10
4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet sour apricot nose on this one! Taste follows with a sour, tart apricot finish and swallow. The tartness lingers on tongue and grabs it. It has outstanding depth and decent feel.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of Vidblain
4.66/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of aleigator
3.86/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Radcpa
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of neurobate
4.19/5  rDev -8.3%
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

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks and it smells beautiful, but it missed the bull's eye I was expecting. It's still a very good apricot sour, but I'd take Fou Foune over this any day.

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

An overwhelming blast of apricot and oak up front. It's actually quite difficult to get past these two very distinctive aromas as they're very unapologetically in your face, but some subtle hints of lemon zest, barnyard funk, and milky caramel-like lactose surface with some time. Bretty notes of horseblanket and hay intensify as the brew gets even warmer.

Whether or not the SARA had this specific vision in mind, I think the beer itself is an embodiment of the Apricot as a whole, from the inside out, in terms of the flavor. Allow me to elaborate.
The first impression that the beer imparts on the tongue is mouth-puckeringly tart, as if you're sucking on a whole apricot pit by itself. Before there's any time to dwell on the sudden sour influx, a nice juicy apricot wave with a supporting cast of lactic acid and oak--this is the flesh of the apricot. The brew has a well-rounded sweet fruity finish, reminiscent of juicy nectarines, much like the sensation you get when you chew on the skin of the apricot.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. The abundance of fruit in this beer really accentuates the creamy mouthfeel that SARA magically imparts upon their ales; at one point I could have sworn there was milkshake traveling down my throat as opposed to a very well-made American Wild Ale from a town that people from Santa Cruz go to when they need clothes that aren't hipster or from the Salvation Army, since Santa Cruz is adamantly reclusive about allowing corporations and non-local into the town.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not much for sours, but this was great. Not as tart as some other brews I've tried, which made it much more enjoyable fore me. Apricot came through well with that funk also.

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Photo of avas
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 12. Consumed 9/12/16.

A: Hazy, vibrant, glowing gold/orange in the glass. This is a beautiful looking beer that looks like pure sunlight. Little to no head (a few medium soapy bubbles) on the pour, but a thin ring of tiny bubbles sits on the edge of the glass. A few wisps of lacing with some alcohol legs for sure.

S: Big musky funk character accompanied by HUGE tart apricot notes. More prevalent oaky pinot noir aroma fades as it warms, succumbing to the tart, juicy fruitiness. Bits of lemon and citrus, but nothing overly acidic.

T: Tons of tart apricot up front. The apricot notes change tremendously as it warms, becoming sweeter and incredibly juicy. The final sips tasted like straight apricot juice--absolutely insane. Bits of musty, cheese-rindy funk, but mostly just zesty, tart, juicy fresh fruit. Apricot is, of course, dominant, but but supporting roles are also played by green apple, lemon, and peach.

M: Medium bodied feel with bright, effervescent carbonation that glides across the tongue. Not a particularly creamy beer, but the unfiltered nature of the beer adds a certain weight to it. It has medium plus sourness, but nothing overly acidic. It's quite dry from the start yet so clean, making for an extremely drinkable sour.

O: I feel slightly embarrassed to say it, but this is one of the first sours I've truly sat down to enjoy and review. But damn, am I lucky to have such a perfect introduction to the style. An incredible balance of tart, juicy fruit, oak barrel, and musty, rindy funk blends with an effervescent yet delicate feel to provide an incredible drinking experience. For such a sour beer, West Ashley is refreshing and clean enough to go down very easily. Looking forward to delving deeper into sours moving forward!

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the source in Capitola. To me, this was basically Saison Bernice with apricots added, aged in oak. It is a pleasant combo. You have the base saison adding a full body, nice carbonation / effervescent mouthfeel, slight funk, lacto. This one is quite tart, but I wouldn't call it sour. The apricot addition wasn't that apparent in the nose, but it did round off and pair with the base saison and oak flavors very well. I was surprised to find out that this was aged in a pinot noir barrel, because I didn't pick up any specific presence, just oak really. It goes down with a significant tart bite, leaving your mouth dry and aftertaste of tart lemon, oak, and hint of apricot. I really enjoyed drinking this and would happily have again. But, jesus it was a pain to get over here from the peninsula and unfortunately that means it will be a long while since I enjoy some SARA treats again. Sante!

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