Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #17
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4.46 | pDev: 6.05%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Notes: Barrel-aged saison with boysenberry

The beer inside this bottle is our homage to the brewers who came before us; a tribute to those who paved the road on which we walk and discreetly left a breadcrumb trail for us to follow. It is for the beer geeks, the tickers and raters, and the newbies who opened their minds to try something new and unfamiliar. It is something that comes from our heart, an offering of appreciation for the supporting us and allowing us to play in the game. The beer in this bottle wouldn't exist with out you.

With appreciation,

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beermongers.

A mildly hazy red with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a blend of berries and lactic acid, moderately sour,old vanilla a moderate skin and seed note. The palate opens sour and fruity with a semi ripe berry note, a blend of floral raspberries, raw strawberry, mild red wine, a little vanilla, some semi ripe blackberry. Mild funk with a little earth
Drying, sour on the finish. A little too sour IMO. Solid.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy pale red with a thin bubbly ring, this is sharply sour and oaky. Almost vinegary but not quite, notes of sesame seed, red grape and raspberry meet with a little barnyard funk as a smoky char lies in the background of the medium thin body.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 23, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Sante Adairius tulip glass. Not sure which batch this is, it could be 2 or 3. Thanks Jake for hooking me up with this bottle.

Pours a cloudy maroon body with a very small white head that reduces quickly to leave a bit of spotty lacing and a thin ring of retention. Doesn't look too carbonated.

Aromas are fruity and ripe, very berry forward with a good amount of farmhouse character, vinous, red wine, tannic, hay fields, lactic tartness, cherries.

On the tongue it's lightly tart with berries and cherry up first, tannic and dry, followed by red wine barrels and a lactic astringency, finishing lightly funky and juicy. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit, it could use some more carbonation but the body is medium-light and easy to drink.

Overall I enjoyed this - my only complaint is the lack of carbonation. Good flavor and balance, not overly sour and lots of berries.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Dec 31, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, served in a teku glass. Pours a clear, darker reddish-purple body, one finger thick white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is heavy on the boysenberry, with a nice earthy fruitiness present as well as a bit of oak, touch of red wine and tannins, bit of fruity grape and lactic acid. Flavour is a nice fruity boysenberry, with a bit of earthy astringency, nice oak, tannic with a bit of vanillin on the backend, moderate acetic tartness hanging around throughout the palate. Light lemon as well. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, dry boysenberry tartness with a fair bit of red wine tannins lingering on the finish. Nice complexity, with an interesting earthy astringency that takes a few sips to get used to.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Feb 26, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic beer. Beautiful crimson color in the glass, smells of wine, oak, and berries. Just the right balance of the vinous character with the ripe tart berries and oak. Nice dry finish. This is seriously top notch stuff here.

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Wayne17 from Texas, Jan 16, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SARA strikes again. So much fruit, perfect amount of tart. SARA continues to dominate this style in my opinion. This beer is so balanced, at the same time it has a TON of flavor.

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mdlb44 from California, Jun 20, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Ruby red, pink edges when held to light. Fairly opaque with whispy pink head that settles into small collar that rings the glass. A tiny floating island of froth and bubbly lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma is fairly subdued, get a hint of tartness, jam, and sweet red wine grapes.

Flavor is not subdued. Layers of berry, red wine grapes both sweet and tannic. Tart berries, sweet jammy berries, modest earthy funk and hint mineral.

Dry, crisp, tart. A little bit of tongue coating, but overall a good mouth feel.

Excellent brew with tons of flavor. Layers of fruit. Tartness doesn't overpower any other aspect.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Mar 12, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle poured into a Sante Wine glass

Appearance - Radiant Murky Violet body with a bone white head that fades to a ring of froth around the glass.

Smell - You get berries immediately but very lightly scented. It's backed up by a mineral seawater scent Maybe some lemon juice as well

Taste - This is where it shines. Deep mineral berry flavor. Once it warms up you get a really nice Jam flavor to it. Berry seeds. A pleasant mustiness is in the background. You get a bit of oak and Tannic red wine qualities to it. Reminds me a lot of a Consecration by Russian River without the malt presence. Very similar acidity/mustiness to it. Pretty intensely sour but it doesn't overpower the Jammy Berries.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Fairly dry and tannic

Overall - The mixed culture props the berries up and lets this beer become a Jam extravaganza. Almost non existent body/base beer. This is like a refreshing Berry mineral water. Absolutely worth a try.

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Evahflow from Pennsylvania, Jan 15, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simply beautiful to look at, but slightly less satisfying to actually drink. It's still a very good sour, with a wonderful use of the berries, but I've had others from SARA that I'd go back to before this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a basically clear dark red, with some violet hues, a small fizzy head, and basically no lacing.

Smells pretty authentically of boysenberries, with a little raspberry and cherry maybe- but that's probably my mind just getting it confused with boysenberry, which I don't eat a ton of. There's some really dirty funk here, too, as well a strong lactic aroma.

This is the only the second fruited SARA sour that I've had- West Ashley being the other one. I can say that West Ashley is slightly better, but this is still great. There's a wonderfully juicy, fleshy and very sour boysenberry flavor here, with a dirty and intense funk on the finish. There's a slight bitterness, but it's mostly juicy and sour. It's about a 5/10, on the sourness scale.

This is light bodied, crisp, and fairly clean, even with the amount of funk.

This was highly enjoyable.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Oct 18, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Draft. One of the best fruited sours I have had. Love the balanced tartness that lets the fresh berry flavors shine through. Wish I could drink this more often!

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sloelco from California, Aug 07, 2016
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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Sante Adairus Rustic Ales served chilled in a goblet.

The color is best described as red hued violet with turbid clarity and thin white head with fine bead no lace sticks but not a necessity considering its style. The smell is intensely fruity with strong boysenberry tart aroma with mild yeast and bacteria sourness in the smell. The feel is great -tons of fruity with tangy and sweet elements with a light astringent puckering factor and sweet/tart finish.

This is a great sour beer with fruit in that the fruit plays a dominant role - berry that is juicy tart and still has a delicate sweet element with mild sour lingering in the back with a nice level of balance with mild oak tannin to add depth. Overall I loved this and recommend it to anyone who likes wild ales that aren't all about sourness since this has a good amount of fresh fruit in the taste to keep things in balance

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, Jul 22, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the best beers i have ever had from these guys, the more famous ones included. its stunning, the best use of boysenberries i have seen in a beer, hands down i reckon, and a huge thanks has to go out to drlovemd87 for sharing this special bottle with me. its a heck of a beer, thick and milky and purple on the pour, soft looking, dense but inviting, with a short but equally thick pink head that doesnt go away, some sediment, but it almost looks like bits of fruit in this thing. the nose is amazing. tangy, lactic, funky, and really jammy from the berries. lots of red wine from the barrel treatment too, great in combination with the boysenberries. the boysenberry element is decidedly not a currant, a blackberry, an elderberry, or anything else, it is truly a boysenberry, and thats what it tastes like too. i have nothing but love for this. the sourness is quite high, especially when it warms up, but they left just enough of the sweetness in here to balance it out. the thickness is cool, lets the fruit and the wood hold on, still really funky too, but oddly clean by the time it is swallowed. pastry filling, dried blueberry, black iced tea, even lemon notes all enter the mix. one of the more interesting fermentation agent profiles i have identified in these beers too, easily the most complex of any of them, and with that nice best of both worlds thing between bacterial acidity and musty bretty funk. incredible brew, just dry enough, amazing use of this unique fruit, and overall one of the better fruited wild ales i have had in 2016 so far, and there have been some very good ones. wonderful stuff here, and a really cool message on the bottle, they should make this annually if they dont already...

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn this one shocked me. I think I actually liked it more than West Ashley and I am a huge stone fruit guy, so that is saying a lot. This one was bursting with tart berries and the carb was perfect.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was fantastic. Red-purple hue. Berries booming on the nose, kind of a cross between black and raspberries. But the funk, that SARA funk on the palate is really what puts this on over the top. It's light, crisp, refreshing and IMO a near perfect balance between fruit and funk. Had this in succession with '15 Hommage and '14 Boos and I preferred Appreciation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Purple color with slightly pinkish head. Aroma has some acetic notes and strawberries. Taste is fruity, acidic with a generic wild berries flavor. Really dry and tart on the finish. Light body, quite effervescent.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 20, 2016
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have had this on two different occasions. Once it was not fruity and more funky, good. The second time I had it at the Q1 member release at the brewery and it was fruit forward-funky amazingness. Leaning towards bottle variation and storage conditions for the variance. Fantastic beer from a wonderful brewery.

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tshanahan from California, Mar 29, 2016
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4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour on-tap at THG. Tulip.

A: Cloudy, juicy, purple color with a thin fuzzy film and collar for a head.
S: Juicy and musty notes, super fruity and full of jammy berries.
T: Super fresh and juicy boysenberry flavor with hints of earthy must. Tastes like pie filling, very smooth and juicy. Nice and juicy in the finish with a kiss of balancing tartness. Hint of blueberry. Subtle sweetness lingers long after the swallow
M: Sweet with just a kiss of mild acidity. Fuller body, soft carbonation, smooth a juicy mouthfeel.
O: An exception fruited sour with tons of fresh and juicy berry flavors with a hint of musty earth.

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scottfrie from California, Feb 29, 2016
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4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Sante Adairius snifter glass. Enjoyed on 1.16.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color, hazy and opaque with an off white head, one finger high that has great retention and lace. The aroma is great, huge berry character, raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry with some nice musty funk, oak, lemon zest and some light herbal and floral character. The fruit is huge, fresh, fleshy and jammy, really pops and is so inviting. The flavors are sensational, massive jammy berry character, really intense fruit character, lactic sourness, musty funk, oak, almost wine like with some vinous acidity, lemon zest and that same herbal character comes through as well with just a hint of a mineral water profile that is distinctly Sante Adairius. The mouthfeel was nice, coating, crisp, lively, higher carbonation that is very soft at the finish.

Verdict: A wonderful fruited wild from Sante Adairius, huge berry character that is really refreshing without being overly sour or too biting. Very bright with delicate but boisterous flavors, a treat.

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kevanb from Illinois, Jan 30, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer of the day at the West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival 2015. Pink color, light.

Aroma was heavy bretty raspberries. More raspberry in the taste, solid sour but not over the top, complexities, oak. Mustiness in the mouthfeel, appropriately. Blackberry in the mouthfeel without the dirty feet.

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Photo of macher0
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is about as good as it gets. Beautiful dark red color with an excellent effervescent body yet that leaves a fairly substantial head at first. The nose is lactic sour, sour bug, and dark fruits: berry and cherry. The taste follows the nose very nicely with dry fruit characteristics. Not super sour but just about right.

A damn fine sour, I highly recommend this and its worth seeking out.

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macher0 from Kentucky, Dec 13, 2015
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice stuff here from SARA, pretty much what you'd expect from a funkified fruited wild ale, nothing out of place, perhaps the slightest bit of vinegar the only noteworthy misstep. Otherwise, it's boysenberries, tartness, and then a wisp of earthy funk to give it some depth. Nice stuff. Sidetrack: a beer like this is actually kinda hard to rate. It's tasty, it's fairly easy drinking, and it's different, at least in the general sense that funky/tart beer is a clear departure from the stuff you probably cut your teeth on (even, in my case, porter/stout, rather than your usual AALs). Anyway, what makes it hard to rate is that difference, that otherness. You stop and wonder whether that uniqueness earns it unfair, er, appreciation, and whether said uniqueness would really appear unique if this was the sort of beer you'd first understood to be beer. Really, this is all a lot of bluster to say a fairly common, even hackneyed, theme around these parts: do we overrate the big, bold flavored beers? Is a beer like this inherently better than a nice glass of unfiltered Pilsner Urquell? My current rating says so, but the purist in me wants to say no. As I haven't solved this intellectual conundrum yet, I'll just leave the rating as is, but it's something I'll be pondering further. In the meanwhile, for those less wracked by internal debate and cognitive dissonance like yours truly, buy and enjoy with aplomb:)

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breadwinner from California, Dec 06, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a goddamn fruit loop, or fruit leather, or something that's absolutely fruity but in no way wake: dark berry-colored with a small purple head.

Smells sharp, tart, but smooth. More like actual fruit than some bacterial approximation of fruit. Tart cherry, milder raspberry, little hints of grape. Very nice.

Tastes like fresh berries with a tiny bit of yeasty pepperiness. There's not a gigantic amount of things going on but the things that are going on are fantastic. This is one of the very best fruit profiles I've ever encountered in a fruit beer, right up there with Serendipity, only somehow instead of achieving that through a melange of acutal fruit they did it through some boysenberries and funk. It's delicious.

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mynie from Maryland, Nov 29, 2015
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4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle at brewery, initially too cold, let warm, great rich red color from boysenberries. Nice funk, with a solid tanginess from the fruit. Solid beer!

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Juan611 from California, Nov 04, 2015
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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a beautiful violet-red with about an 1" head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is full of boysenberries and funk with the taste following suit highlighted by the Sante funk with nice tartness blending into a rush of boysenberries. Mouthfeel is thin but balanced with a nice amount of carbonation given the BA nature of the saison.

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NeilFlaiz from California, Oct 10, 2015
Appreciation from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 293 ratings