Little Quibble | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by illidurit on 06-09-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 116
Photo of Zythophile
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: growler 6/5/16
Palate Contaminants: none

No bottles at SARA on a Sunday, so I did what I could to carry something out of there.

Appearance is a slightly opaque light gold. Not much head, but that don't mean nuthin'.

Smell is grainy and malty. I'll go with whole grain bread. Smells like the perfect beer for a plain old lunch sandwich with turkey, lettuce, and mayo. A little floral, too.

Taste also carries the malt and floral essences, but also adds in some lemon zest. It could almost pass more as a hefeweizen than saison to me. I know wheat is only one of the four grains in this one, but rye is the only other one I can pick out. Taste isn't too heavy, isn't too light, but it weighs just right.

Feel is pretty light. Carbonation is fine and light to moderate. The aftertaste certainly lingers in the back of the mouth, though.

I also sampled Forest for the Trees and Human Kindness while I was there, but neither of those were available for growler fills. On site, I'd take one of those again, but for carryout, I picked this one over Artificial Horizon after sampling. I wish I lived in Santa Cruz...

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Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at THG.

A: cloudy straw golden with a thin and fluffy white head that faded into a thin bubbly film. A network of lace was left down the glass.
S: crisp and bready nose with light and bready scents. Very clean and refreshing.
T: light and crisp grain backbone full of wheat and whole cracked grains. Spicy peppery and earthy yeast flavors with just a touch of balancing fruit esters including mild banana and stone fruits. The finish a is full of crackery grain, and the aftertaste has a lingering earthy breadinesss mixed with a yeast fruit sweetness.
M: medium-light body, crisp and light, with a slick and very drinkable mouthfeel. Creamy and soft carbonation, lingering spice and grain taste. Crisp and clean.

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Photo of Nife
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing enjoyable beer. Shows you don't need a lot of alcohol to have great taste. Slightly hazy. Straw yellow. Light saison smell with hint of funkiness. Beautiful balanced Complex saison taste. Reducing the alch actually seems to let more taste through. Light body contributes to the drinkablity.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow orange body. Small white head. Pretty clear. Very thin collar.

Smell - Weird grain aroma. Wheat is strong. Not sure how to describe the rest of it, but it has a bit of a fruity aroma. Kinda like a strong lager.

Taste - Tastes more like a saison, but still has a very strong grain flavor. Wheat is almost overpowering. Fruity and a little sweet behind it.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I don't love it. It's decent, but the grain flavors are weird.

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Photo of kevanb
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2L growler, filled on 2.11.15, poured into a Sante Adairius snifter glass.

The beer pours a pale golden copper color, hazy and cloudy, with a finger or so of soapy white head, lightly frothy that has nice retention and leaves behind a decent amount of spotted lace. The aroma is pleasant, tangy yeast, lightly fruity with some berry and citrus, a bit of peppercorn, rye spice and soft doughy pale malt, very delicate and with nice brightness. The flavors mirror nicely, soft grain, chewy, doughy, biscuity with some cracked wheat and rye spice flavors, funky yeast, light berry and lemony citrus fruit profile with a lingering peppercorn bite, lightly dry. The mouthfeel is nice, lively and vibrant texture, soft coating carbonation, a bit of zestiness from the bubbles, with a medium body that finishes with an effortlessly creamy touch.

Verdict: A very enjoyable saison from Sante Adairius, reminds me a lot of Florence from Hill Farmstead, though less tart. It's crisp, it's delicate, balanced and moderately complex, really all one could ask for in a table beer. Definitely hits the spot for a refreshing, crushable saison.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin (1/4") white head which fades slowly and leaves spotty lace.

N: Saison yeast, peppery spices, slightly vinous notes.

T: Grainy, yeasty, rye and cracked pepper spice. Fairly straight forward saison with a touch of lemony citrus freshness.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Clean and crisp yeasty and peppery finish.

O: Refreshingly rustic and very drinkable in the countryside of Capitola. Would have again.

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Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow, straw colored. Quite cloudy. Medium white head. Lots of small bubbles. Aroma is earthy with a very nice saison yeast character. Mild lemons. Some rye spice. Very grain-ish flavor. It almost has an oaty quality to it. Light, refreshing taste. Lots of grain but still fairly dry. The grain variety is quite interesting. There's significantly more depth than a regular saison. Lots of bready notes bouncing around. Feel is light and creamy. Very nice light saison.

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Photo of illidurit
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pours a bronzey yellow with a frothy white ring of head. Aromas of fresh baked bread, rising yeast, a little splash of lemon and peach. The fruits bleed into the flavor slightly, with fresh grains, a whisper of banana, a light complexity in the finish from the rye. Really nice drinkable everyday saison.

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