Love's Armor | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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4.16/5
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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): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Love's Armor is a blend of two complex, barrel-aged beers, Farmhouse Noir, a darker and stronger take on the Saison style, and Chavez, our Rye Porter. In the depths of this blend are full notes of chocolate and coffee, stone fruit and vanilla, and fainter wisps of tobacco, smoke, and worn leather. A dry tartness pervades, providing an area for robust interplay between malt-driven sweetness and microbe-induced funk. Deceptively potent and flavorful, Love's Armor is meant for sharing, and will compliment the heartiest of meals. While shimmering now with flavors of redolent of fine wine, encouraged to nature, Love's Armor will reward patience. Sante!

Added by scottfrie on 02-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,401
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
177
pDev:
8.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Photo of Sabtos
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark coffee brown with a fuzzy tan bubbly head.

Smell is sort of like an Asian dish with toasted sesame and peanut, and a little backing char.

Taste is smoky char, peanut, and super sour acetic red wine vinegar with a thin bubbly body and a painfully dry finish due to the acidity.

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Photo of nataku00
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderfully subtle and flavorful wild/sour ale, complex and dark and dusky with a slight sour pinch that doesn't overwhelm the rich undertones of chocolaty malt. Very much enjoyed this as I periodically delve into sour beers - they generally aren't my thing (I don't think making beer taste like mouth-puckering vinegar is much of an art - vinegar tastes like vinegar and is much cheaper) but this is a find that keeps my interest in the category. I'll keep my eye out for more SAR brews.

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Photo of hopkrid
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dleiner
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer21
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of floyd_pugman
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SARA bulb. Nose is dark malt, chocolate, funk, wood, and a smidge of lemon. Looking forward to this. Palate is full of lemony funk and roasty chocolate flavor, with soft leather, vanilla and a titch of plum; delicious. The Farmhouse Noir and porter work very well together. I might like FM slightly more, but this is a really nice, balanced concoction that is mouthfilling and which my palate is not tiring of as it continues to invite me to the next sip. This outperformed expectations; will definitely buy again.

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Photo of shleepy
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quite dark color. Smells nutty, chocolatey, plummy. Taste and mouthfeel is smooth, creamy; I get some Nutella in there. Tasty and impressively dry, given the flavor profile. Buy it, if you get the chance!

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4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DefenCorps
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Trey

A very dark brown with a thin, brown head with good retention, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of red wine, chocolate, sourness and funk, a very nice combination of an American dark sour and a Flanders red. Deep and earthy with notes of petrichor and mushrooms. There's also a really nice red wine character, fruity, mildly caramely, a touch jammy. A little vanilla is present, along with cacao nibs. Excellent.

The palate opens fruity and sour with a blend of fruity red wine, a mild caramel sweetness, leather, a complex buckwheat honey-like depth and a lactic acid brightness. The mid-palate has a little more fruit - brandied raisins, preserved cherries, raspberries - along with notes of cocoa and even a hint of roasted coffee. A little bit of mushroom and a touch of funk are present. Sweet and sour on the finish, both quite pleasantly so, there's a blend of fruity red wine, vanilla and lactic acid. A touch of vinegar is also present. Medium bodied and softly carbonated, this beer is an excellent dark sour, combining the best aspects of Consecration, Oerbier Reserva and Bon Chien.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Philcassella
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdown
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice darker brown hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of light roast malts and chocolate, light coffee. Very faint vanilla, leather, light tartness and cherries. Very light barrel notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of chocolate and light vanilla. Fair amount of tartness and cherries, light leather. Rather flemmy on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, thinner, flemmy.

O - Overall this was a rather underwhelming beer from SARA. Really just a mediocre version of Tart of Darkness.

Serving Type: bottle

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Love's Armor from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 177 ratings