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West AshleyWest Ashley

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States

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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.09/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This disappointed in a side by side apricot/peach beer tasting with some heavy hitters (Fou, Fantasia, Veritas) finishing a distant 4th place. The fruit was very muted, both in the nose and on the palate and the funk was way too subdued.

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Photo of Philousa
3.33/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Imbibed at OG on 7/20/13 for their one year anniversary.

Pours a murky sunshine/ golden barley color with absolutely no head to speak of. Tannins, feet, and allspice/Belgian yeast characteristics come together to give me a confused appearance. Very unique for sure, not sure what to make of it. Apple and yeast presence is big too. Those aromas transfer to the flavor. White grape and vinegar are prevalent with a vinous slight bitterness. Reminds me more of wine than beer, which isn't a bad thing. Feel is watery with a balanced finish.

Good, but not sure if I'd get it again.

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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 cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%

Pour is a lightly hazed golden amber with a white head. Nose is lambic esq. Has some dusty cellar brett, and nice notes of nectarine and peach. Taste is less lambic and more fruity. Not sour. Moderate carbonation and a creamy body. Bright peach, nectarine and some grapefruit. There is some dusty brett, gentle acidity, a bit sweet in the flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle: Poured a straw color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sour and tart notes with some light funky yeast notes is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some sour and tart notes with some funky yeast. Apricot notes a very subtle and kind of hard to distinguish. Pinot noir barrel lend a light vinous feel to the beer. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Enjoyable sour but I would have preferred more apricot notes to be upfront.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy sunset yellow. Beautiful.

Fairly funky and more funk than sour. Lots of apricot/peach fruitiness. Earthy and oaky. Spiced.

Light feel. Lots of carbonation. Clean.

Not as awesome as I was expecting, but still enjoyable. Could have used more fruit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, apricot, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, apricot, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice sour apricot aspects, but it is also quite grain forward in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros and Kyle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of strong funk, good apricot flesh, candy apricot, little juice. Loads and loads of funk.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of lactic funk, good nice tart apricot. Good funk levels here with nice house yeast. Pretty pleasant with light wine barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nice tartness.

O - Overall this beer was a big let down. While it was good it wasn't the semi whale that people hype it up to be. Good beer but not the high trade it commands.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Most recent batch. A big thanks to Josh for this one. Reviewed at a tasting 3/26/15. 750ml bottle into a teku.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy peach. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Pretty nice.

Nose is apricot meat, citrus, and Brett funk with a mellow, spritzy tartness that livens the experience.

Opens apricot skin and meat. Juicy and sweet in the middle with a foamy, Brett funk mixed with Apricot tartness. Some apricot skin towards the end and in the aftertaste. Very fruit forward and the tartness is not overwhelming. Great balance with a big apricot presence.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and goes down aggressive and foamy. Puckering finish with a filmy aftertaste. Super drinkable and the moderate carbonation perfectly complements the fruit-forward flavor profile.

Overall a really balanced and mellow fruited sour that demonstrates that a clean flavor profile complemented by superior drinkability can really go a long way. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 6.

This stays with you. Semi sweet, fruity, lemony, minerally, oak and lacto. This is solid although I'm not getting a lot of the apricot flavor. 100% not homerism, but Apricot Stonington has a better apricot flavor. This has more sourness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my first beer from these folks thats not a collaboration, and its a pretty good one, albeit a little short of where the hype would have it. the apricots didnt seem that prominent to me, but the sour saison base was awesome, and the barrel aspect fantastic. hazy orange tinted blonde color, short but lasting white inch on top. the nose here is more saison yeast than brett, but there is some funk intermixed with the moderate acid tartness. the apricots arent invisible on the nose, but their presence is light, more of an orchard fruit sweetness than apricots specifically, but i get it. the flavor is light on the apricot too, which is fine for me, i dont reckon it needs much. the blonde sour saison beer is just great, with a lot of yeast character in addition to the mouthfeel, its got a little spice, and the wheat malt base has some serious body to it. the carbonation is pronounced, and the finish is dry. as an apricot wild ale, its not my favorite, its not fruit forward enough for that, but as a wild ale in general, its exquisite. the oak on this adds a nice layer that jives famously with the yeast. i would buy this if it were available here for sure.

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Photo of stx00lax
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle given to me by Kevsal! You the man, so generous!
Label says West Ashley batch 2, Barrel aged saison with apricots. ABV, 7.3%
1 out of not many

A- Pours a hazy straw/yellowish/orange. Not much head or lacing around the glass

S- Apricots and a bit of lactic sourness. Not picking up on any barrel.

T- Similar to nose with the apricot showing up first and dominate followed by a nice lactic sourness, but not overly so. A touch of lingering graininess on the end. It has good balance and is very drinkable. Not a lot of complexity, but very good fruit flavor and is a pleasure to drink.

M- Pretty light on carbonation, but it doesnt hurt here. Tart for a saison. Although the label also says 16e, which is the belgian specialty category for BJCP rating guidelines.

O- Very nice, and a pretty cool bottle to drink. Thanks again to Kevin for the surprise! More of this would definitely not suck.

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huuuuge thanks to rudzud for acquiring this beast.

Light fizzy head fades semi quickly, hazy murky lemon yellow orange color.

Nose is interesting, a lambic like funk, mild sour lemony tartness, a mild apricot juice, tangy apricot, mild genetic stone fruit, light generic funk, light fleshy peach and apricot.

Taste is on, decent bit lighter peach, more like apricot skin and stem, light funk, light stone fruit, hint sour like funk, weird fleshy fruit not really much apricot, mild tangy with mild acidity. Weird orange peel bitterness too. Hint of toasted oak and vinous wine barrel like notes. Finish is dry mild sticky mild acidic bite, little flemmy, hint of apricot and stone fruit. Seems like the nice subtlties of the beer are lost in the funk and fruity notes.

Mouth is med bod, decent but lighter carb.

Overall a huge let down, just ok, not really sour or funky, not much for apricot or stone fruit, just average in general. No idea how this had such a big reputation.

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Photo of spicelab
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber with huge thanks to MrKennedy. Split 4 ways at tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Super turbid cumquat with a modest but game white head that eventually fades to a collar.

As expected there's big apricot, but displayed on a very sweaty, urine-y canvas. Plenty of funk and horse blanket and palpably thick acidity. Mild sherbety high notes keep it in check. If not for the heavy urine contingent it would be a glorious nose.

Taste displays more Pezzy, sherbety character. Uber tangy apricot, sweaty armpits with the classic lemony tartness poking through on the back end.

Chewy body, but zingy and very spritely on the tongue. Pretty spot on for the style.

Great stuff. Fairly simple concept but phat and delicious.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a straw yellow color. almost no head, but a small off white small lacing. some strong clarity in the first pour but towards the bottom of the bottle it becomes very hazy and opaque.

Smell: funky and fruity. stone fruits and some tartness. some oakiness to it.

Taste: opens up with super fruity and juicy stone fruit. some oaky to earthy flavors come through. a light wheat flavor and finishes with more funk and tartness.

Mouthfeel: dry and refreshing, medium body. tart and juicy.

Overall: a solid fruited sour. great balance between fruity and funky. definitely a must for anyone into the style.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

During SF Beer Week 2015, Trappist Provisions in Oakland had a Sante Adairius event, including a keg of West Ashley. Delicious, balanced, subdued apricot sour.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange. Small white head. Wisps and some lacing. Thin collar.

Smell - Grainy with lots of citrus. Stone fruits. A little bit musty. Nice aroma.

Taste - Tart and grainy. Lots of citrus and peach or stone fruit or something. Dry pucker to it. Wheat and hay. Nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Really nice. Not earth-shattering, but greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Sean I think? Thanks dude. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam quickly settles to nothing. Looks like apricot juice with its murky medium orange body.

S - Aroma is heavy on the apricot, with light touches of oak and one of the dirtier brett strains. A bit of funk and a slight medicinal twang inhabit the periphery, but this is all about the fruit.

T - Taste is actually an improvement, as some of the dirtier brett flavors have been replaced by a mild lactic sourness. Again, light oak, but not much discernible wine or spirit flavor. Perhaps a tad lacking in depth, but what's there is delicious.

M - Medium body, with a tannic and dry texture to it before yielding to some lingering juicy fruit stickiness on the palate. Fairly low carbonation, but still crisp and refreshing.

D - This was quite enjoyable, and perfect for a hot 4th of July. My first Sante Adairius experience that bodes well for future offerings. I'd love to have this again and see if the wild yeast develops over time.

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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 HopHead84
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Big thanks to Chris for the bottle. Poured into a Teku.

Yellow with a little orange and an inch of white froth. Scattered lacing clings to the glass.

Sulfurous, tart, and lactic apricots with wet leather, earth, barnyard, and blue cheese. This is really damn complex and Lambic-like. The overbearing sulfur presence diminishes the overall quality of the aroma, but there are some really impressive things going on that can't be ignored.

Brackish apricot flavor with notes of musty barnyard, hay, and wet leather. Unlike in the aroma, sulfur is not overbearing here. Robust earthy notes blend seamlessly with the lactic stone fruit flesh, pit, and tannic skin. There's a little oak as well. The acidity is citric and lactic, with only a whisper of acetic. Tart throughout, finishing with a piquant flourish.

Lower medium body with matching carbonation. Dry, sticky mouthfeel.

A very good beer with a bit too much sulfur in the nose. Hopefully they get that figured out (it's been present in some of their others beers) as it is detracting. Who needs spontaneous fermentation when you can inoculate with a house strain of this quality?

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

I've found pretty significant batch variation on this one. But I just find the apricot flavor to always be too mild for my palate. Unlike Appreciation which near perfect, I've always found this one to be good, but underwhelming with all of the hype behind it.

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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 nataku00
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2013 release. Beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger of loose white foam that quickly dissipates.

Nose is very funky, good amount of barn yard and wet animal hair, with some earthier notes as well. Sweet apricot and peach fruit along with some mild citrusy sourness, fruity esters, white pepper, coriander, sweet biscuit malt. Smells good.

Taking a sip, a bit of fruity sourness, stone fruit skin astringency with a bit of unripe fruit sourness, before the brett funk and saison flavors blend in mid palate. Nice bit of sweet apricot flavor as well. Some lingering fruity flavors and funk on the tongue.

Light body and very refreshing. Very tasty beer for the warmer weather.

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