Love's Armor
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #356
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,858
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
182
From:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
 
California, United States
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SCORE
93
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Notes: 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!
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Reviews by floyd_pugman:
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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Raziel313
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Braden
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dataylor21
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cultclassic89
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: I want to rate this by style and for a dark saison, it doesn't get any better than this. Dark brown hue, porter like with a nice mocha head. Retains carb very well.

S: Roasty and slightly lactic. Some coffee here too that's nice.

T: Very similar. Porter like qualities with some lemon acidity and a hint of funk. The coffee and roast stand out.

F: Perfect for what it is. Medium light and effervescent.

O: Great dark saison, but this style will never blow me away. It's very similar to Jester King's Farmhouse Black Metal, maybe just a bit better.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy very dark ruby red/brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy cranberry, cherry, raspberry, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, caramel, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, tobacco, smoke, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, wine barrels, and dark/rye/bready/light roasted malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy cranberry, cherry, raspberry, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, caramel, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, tobacco, smoke, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness, Brett/oak tannin spiciness, and wine tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cranberry, cherry, raspberry, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, caramel, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, toasted bread, light chocolate/cocoa/smoke, tobacco, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, wine barrels, and dark/rye/bready/light roasted malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/tangy/spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, acidic/tangy/tannic, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.1%. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged dark sour/wild ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, wine barrels, and dark/rye/bready/light roasted malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Great soft feel for the style, mellowly lactic. Perfectly balanced Brett/Bacteria complexity, wine barrel presence/integration, and nicely rich malts. Light residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier style example. One of the best dark sours I've ever had. For being a blend with a porter, expected more roast; but they still nailed everything. I would guess the bottle was a few years old just based on how well balanced it was.

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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Love's Armor from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 182 ratings