West Ashley | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
santeadairius.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
998
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
6.71%
 
 
Wants:
940
Gots:
142
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 998 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | 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 KRG
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matt2591
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jae61
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 AMCimpi
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBeak81
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danny1217
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tertullian007
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mpontiakos
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZacharyRRobins
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

B10 ugh. So beautiful.

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Photo of Herky21
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 buking21
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Snig623
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of whamola333
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stefko
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

West Ashley from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
4.47 out of 5 based on 998 ratings.
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