West Ashley
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #8
Ranked #97
4.56 | pDev: 6.14%
May 01, 2022
Aug 26, 2012
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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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Ratings by illidurit:
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4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by illidurit from California

Batch 1: On tap at the brewery. Pours a nice pumpkin color with a wispy white head. Lactic lemon and peach aroma, lightly vinous. Flavor is tart apricots, nice and fresh, lemon pith, subtle brett, biiig oaky finish with heaps of grapes, rustic woodiness, buttery oaky wine, dry finish.

Batch 3: From bottle at Jupiter Sour Sunday. The aroma has taken a leap forward, just tons of dried apricots. Clearly more fruit in this batch, in a good way. Flavor is tart and tannic, apricot skin galore.

Jul 22, 2013
More User Ratings:
4.14 by Affinity from Missouri on May 01, 2022
4.5 by Juggerr from New York on Apr 15, 2022
4.27 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Apr 13, 2022
4.65 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Mar 26, 2022
4.46 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Feb 15, 2022
4.56 by jhavs from New York on Feb 10, 2022
4.5 by BSW from California on Feb 08, 2022
4.81 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 20, 2022
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4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PlinyBeMiney from California

SARA does great with all their Saisons. However, I expected the apricot to pop out a bit more than it did. I enjoyed this beer very much but felt like the hype perhaps made me have higher expectations. I’m very interested to try again and taste other vintages as well.

Jan 02, 2022
5 by kblomseth from California on Aug 19, 2021
4.75 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Aug 08, 2021
4.81 by DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri on Jul 03, 2021
4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DefenCorps from Oregon

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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4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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
4.66 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 15, 2021
4.17 by TimG_0913 from Delaware on Mar 07, 2021
4.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Feb 26, 2021
4.81 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
4.83 by eshooshoo from California on Jan 27, 2021
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4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Denimjunkie82 from California

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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4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Crmontes_96 from California

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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4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by bmcalister1897 from Wisconsin

Always great

Jan 14, 2021
4.69 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2021
4.25 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 08, 2021
4.65 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 03, 2021
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4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Erikd212 from California

Poured a glowing orange hue. Oozing apricots on the nose. The taste was well balanced apricot. Perfect amount of acidity. This is a world class beer.

Jan 03, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

A bit overly tart, but immense fruit and love the mouthfeel of this beer. Westly is the King for SARA, but this is just a notch below

Jan 02, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by delusion_408 from California

Soft nectarine and huge waves of orange for me with minimal apricot. Perfectly balanced tartness to compliment it as well

Dec 28, 2020
5 by ajramirez1 from Washington on Dec 26, 2020
4.65 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Dec 26, 2020
4.53 by shelby415 from Oregon on Nov 25, 2020
4.58 by Joenap419 from Rhode Island on Nov 07, 2020
4.55 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Oct 15, 2020
4.39 by Appearanceswc from Virginia on Sep 30, 2020
4.32 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Sep 27, 2020
4.1 by stmoorea from Illinois on Sep 13, 2020
4.75 by motoxrdr21 from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

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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