Bright Sea Blonde
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Wild Ale
Ranked #109
Ranked #1,134
4.33 | pDev: 6.47%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Bright Sea BlondeBright Sea Blonde
Notes: Barrel-aged Belgian-style blonde ale.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 176 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. 2017 vintage bottle; strangely, I did not note at all the date of consumption. Based on position within the notes, I believe about a year ago. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Crystal clear beautiful gold, until it gets a fair amount of yeasty haze in the bottom quarter or so of the bottle. Low level of visible carbonation and almost no head – just a few white bubbles that rise solo and recede quickly.

S: Lactic tart, lemony citric acid. Funky – basement and barnyard – and cracker malts. Mild tropical fruits (maybe pineapple?) and citrus fruits. Aroma is clean and appealing, but not overly funky or tart.

T: Lactic and lemony tart up front with citric acid. Musty barnyard and old book funk. Cracker malts and a light vanilla. Lemons and underripe tropical fruits, and a touch of fruity yeast esters. A dry lingering citric tart at the swallow, with just a bit of the dry oak tannins.

M: Body on the light side of average for an AWA. Low alcohol flavors. The carbonation in this bottle is low, but just manages enough to not ruin it.

O: I wish this bottle was a little more bubbly, but otherwise this is excellent. A clean, non-fruited sour. Good balance of funk and tart flavors, clean and dry finish without being enamel-stripping acidic at all. You could take down a 750 by yourself pretty easily I think. Really enjoyable.

Mar 30, 2020
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shleepy from California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, not a big head. Can't quite tell if it's murky or if my glass is just fogged up. A light, dry beer, with some fruitiness. Not quite sour, but enjoyable for me, a big fan of sours and saisons.

Jun 02, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright but cloudy tangerine orange with a soft white half finger fuzzy head.

Smell is drainage ditch funk and peach.

Taste is really tart lemon, peach, Smarties, strawberry, and grape candy. That's one hell of a boisterous blonde.

Nov 16, 2016
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome golden blond wild ale, but I have no clue where it is from. Funk and citrus aroma dominate on the pour, spiraling up out of the glass on floating on lightly carbonated bubbles. The taste follows suite, a well balance of fruit and funk. Slightly sweet, maybe lemon and orange flavors. Very light on the tongue, and refreshing

Apr 05, 2016
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Leftofthedial from California

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears light gold with great carbonation. Smells of the signature Sante yeast, some citrus. Taste is tart, get some spices, just a bit of oak, more of a light brett saison rather than a belgian blonde or typical wild ale. Light bodied with minimal aftertaste. Overall, this is like a more sessionable Bernice. Very good.

Sep 07, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Molly last night, thanks!!

This one pours a pale glowing blonde, with a foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like sour juicy lemon, some orangey citrus, Brett, and a light acidity that just mildly stings the nostrils.

This has to be one of the most drinkable wilds I've ever had, so refreshing and perfect for the summer. Juicy and refreshing tart citrus, some lime, a tiny bit of mineral character, and a little bit of spicy oak. Everything just comes together really nicely. A really well done beer, for sure.

This is light bodied, with a light, airy, and juicy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is super delicious. I feel like this isn't as well-known as some of SARA's other beers, but it stands up with them.

Jul 20, 2015
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JackTse from California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle. Poured into a stemmed glass 7/8/15

A- Hazy, beautiful white lacing, delightful retention

S- Citrusy, tiny bit of musty

T- Clean flavors, took it easy on the 'Belgian' and 'spice' parts... quenches thirst, but leaves a little room for pinkies up tasting

M- Soft body, very refreshing

O- For this style, I think they translated it well — which is what SARA does. Not super challenging but I think the subtle qualities made it for me. I really enjoyed this beer!

Jul 09, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

Hazy yellow body, white head. Musty oak, citrus, earthy funk. Pale malt, a touch of lemon, nice tartness. Very tasty.

Jun 05, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Poured into a stemmed glass 10/21/2014.

A- Hazy, super hazy, orange-yellow body with one and a half fingers' worth of white bubbly head. Good retention, nice lacing. [4]

S- Stone fruits, very citrus-forward, mineral water, lemons. A bit of pale malt sweetness and musty oak as well. Not a ton of it. [4.25]

F- Stone fruits- nectarine, peach combined with lots of citrus. Lemon skin in particular. Oak. Very citrusy, reminds me of Hill Farmstead saisons but taken to another level. Delicious and clean flavours. Nice slightly earthy funk as well. [4.5]

M- Soft medium body, effervescent and crisp. Refreshing. Very nice drinker here, very easy to drink this one. [4.5]

O- Another nice saison from SARA. I have very much enjoyed everything they've put out so far, and this one is no exception. Very nice citrus-forward barrel-aged saison. [4.25]

Final score: 4.38

Oct 22, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear golden amber with a thin tight white head. Nose has a nice oaky presence with a well balanced bret aroma. Apple skin with notes of leather and strong citrus and peach. Taste follows suit, a little less oaky presence and a hint more sweet with loads of pear, peach and apricot with a hint of the funkier bret. Strong carbonation and a fairly dry finish with a light body.

Feb 06, 2014
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Tom. Thanks dude! Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Pale blonde body topped by a thin white foam that settles to a thin color. A bit of haziness to it, with some stray patches of bubbles on top but no lace.

S - A bit muted when cold, but improves when it warms. Lots of tropical and funky brett, some faint pale malt sweetness, and floral hand lotion, a bit of lightly toasted grain, and a tiny bit of lemon acidity. Apparently there are some spices in here, but I don't perceive a ton of that.

T - The taste is quite similar, with toasted grains, oaky vanilla, and some earthy and musty brett, and a bit of lemon in the finish. Low sweetness, but what's there is slightly tart stone fruit.

M - Dry texture, medium body, with lower carbonation for the style. No alcohol, and restrained acidity.

D - Nice, but not mind-blowing. A really easy-to-drink and well-crafted beer; more of a wild Saison than a straight up 'wild ale'. I could imagine crushing a whole 750ml bottle of this with ease, if it weren't so difficult to track down.

Oct 11, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Small white head. Thin collar

Smell - Stone fruit and a light citrus. Grainy and a light acidity.

Taste - Sour and grainy. Lemony with a mild funk from the yeast. Peachy flavor. Simple but nice.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Good tartness. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - This is a simple beer, but it's really good.

Aug 20, 2013
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joel66 from New York

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot orange with a whisp of white soapy head

Nose was stone fruit,lemon peel and yeast

Flavor was under ripe nectarine, peach and lemon zest. Tartness was reminiscent of hill farmstead with a substantial amount of fruit. Suttle funk which complimented the fruit extremely well

Overall this was awesome! Cant wait to try more from sante!

Aug 11, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.15.13
16e bottle

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy off-white head that fades very slowly.

S - Funky, tart citrus, subtle wood and spices.

T - Very tart, nice funk, oak and lots of tart lemon. I don't get much spice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Puckering good light, crisp and lot of barrel and lemon.

Jul 30, 2013
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illidurit from California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at the brewery. Pours a deep gold with a resilient white head. Aroma is bright but funky with blue cheese-stuffed kumquats, lime pith, and a mild floral sweetness. Pleasant citric tartness, like dilute lemonade, with citrus rind, key lime, slight oakiness, and fresh grains. Dry and complex, dangerously drinkable. Wow!

May 25, 2013
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