Cask 200
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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4.41 | pDev: 5.9%
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States
Cask 200Cask 200
Notes: Named after our 660 gallon “oval”, Cask 200 is a celebration of the unexpected and an experiment in variation. Each time we package a portion of its contents, fresh beer is added back to Cask 200 to mix and re-ferment with the aged beer still inside. While this solera-style saison will vary with each bottling, you can expect a delicate malt base supported by funky, yeast-derived flavors and a dry, acidic finish. Sante!
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the source. Thanks, Sam! Possibly batch 11, available at the brewery in Dec 2020

A clear orange with a white head that falls off rapidly, this looks solid. The nose is bright and tart with sour green grape, a touch of straw, a little acetone in the back, a light, fruity oak, a little floral character, preserved lemon. An undercurrent of light sherry and a little oxidation, in addition to the acetone, are evidence of the Solera blend. A fruity funk, along with a little fresh pineapple juice, are present.

The palate opens sour with lemon and lactic acid, rather yogurt like, with a nice oak bite. Lime juice, and just a hint of acetone follow. There's a raw stone fruit character, with a touch of almost nutty liquor present. Drying, sour, lactic and lip smacking on the finish, the texture here is quite excellent. Arguably a little too sour. Medium light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer finishes sour and fruity. Compelling, drinkable, enjoyable.

Dec 28, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from brewery. Current batch #11.
L:Golden deep orange/copper. Moderate head with lacing.
S: Brett, oak, lemon, vanilla.
T: stonefruit notes. Tart, lemon, with a little brett funk. Mineral water, yogurt, apples. As expected, more flavors keep showing up as it warms.
F: fairly full bodied yet dry.
Overall: Very nice. I enjoy the fruity flavors that appear from house bugs doing their thing.

Nov 20, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 7

First bottle pour is a beautiful clear yellow orange gold color with lively carbonated bubbles and a dense creamy white foam head. Further pours are hazy. Smells so nice and complex, notes of nutty caramel, toasty white bread, dough, vanilla, touch of clove, peppercorns, red wine, oak barrels, slight sweet vinegar, peach, apricot, cherry, melons, apple, pear, orchard fruits, stone fruits, some tropical and citrus, pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bubblegum, banana, fruity esters galore, mild barnyardy funk, hay, straw, horse blanket, with floral grassy earthy herbal hops. Tastes a bit sweet and sour, tangy and tart with slight acetic vinegary notes, some barnyard funk, horse blanket, hay, straw, oak barrel, leathery bandaid, orange amber wine, peppercorn spice, hints of clove, almost popcorn, banana, mild bubblegum, apple, pear, melons, pineapple, mango, peach, assorted citrus, cherry, apricot, stone fruits, candied fruit, nutty caramel, toasty white bread, doughy malts, vanilla, super complex, with some floral grassy earthy herbal hops. Feels medium-full bodied, smooth and slick, finishing dry with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great solera-style saison.

Mar 16, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells lemony, with some oak, lime, vanilla, barnyard funk, hay, and citrus.

This is basically exactly what you want for this style. It's softly citrusy and funky, with oak, vanilla, lemon, lime, horse, orange, and stone fruit. I want to drink a lot of this.

This is light bodied, clean, with a soft citrusy mouthfeel, and a great level of drinkability.

This is pretty much spot on for the style. I need this sort of thing all the time.

Nov 10, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 7, bottled in 2016. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness, Brett/wine tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/tangy/spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy/spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged solera wild saison! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly well rounded Brett/Bacteria/Saison complexity; with great oak presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example. Aged wonderfully.

Aug 24, 2019
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gold, straw-yellow body, with some orange highlights and a little transparency. Head is about a finger high, white in color, with elegant retention and lacing

S: Aroma is sharp, crisp, and clear, with barnyard funk and barrel elements. The notes are diverse and well assimilated: pears, apples, lemons, citrus, peach, hay, oak, and straw with timed acidity

T: Palate gets an earthy, cracker-y, doughy, and grainy presence with some vinous undertones. Notes are gentle and complex with more peach, grapes, plums, apricots, and fruit coming out as it rests

M: Medium carbonation, with the feel surfacing just below: it’s light, crisp, sharp, and refreshing with organized bitterness and backend dryness

O: An intricate and delicate saision; the funky/wild features played along nicely

Dec 13, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the brilliance of this beer, like a lot of the sante wild stuff, is in its subtlety. its a solera type saison, meaning its aged in a big wooden vessel, and each time beer is pulled off to be packaged and consumed, fresh beer is added to keep it all going. i like that system, and i like this beer a lot. its really delicate, sour enough without being exceedingly acidic, but more bretty, funky, farmy, and woody than it is sour, and the acidity only comes on real late in the finish, dry and refreshing and no more. very pale straw colored brew, gentle looking and approachable, with a little soda type fizz from the bottle pour and a very light haze to it, still really radiant in the wine glass. aroma and flavor are identical here, with fresh grasses and clover, new oak, fruity fresh white wine, and a floral beauty that is most evident when i take tiny sips and let them sit on my tongue before swallowing. the yeast is awesome, lambic-esque in its funkiness, not its sourness, but that woody maturity is there, definitely a product of the age of some beer in the blend. lemon zest, iodine, and chardonnay to finish, really pretty little beer here, dry and well carbonated too, drinks way too easy, and is extremely well refined. impressive beer here in its apparent simplicity. loved it.

Nov 06, 2017
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7 from a bottle from the brewery from September 2016. Pours a beautiful clear golden color. Smells super funky, but tastes much milder. Nicely tart, but not super sour. A really nice barrel aged saison.

Feb 19, 2017
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.75 across, not really digging into each category. Another fantastic SARA saison that is slightly overshadowed by some of their more unique offerings. Clean, lemon, slight acidity and funk for balance.

Mar 26, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10oz tulip on tap at THG.

A: Lightly cloudy golden. Fuzzy thin head.
S: Musty nose with notes of stone fruit, creamy and earthy yeast, slight lemon citrus acidity.
T: Very soft and creamy flavors of semisweet stone fruits, straw, and musty and earthy brett. Slight citrus pith. Very faint green apple skins in the finish.
M: Soft and fluffy low carbonation, creamy and smooth mouthfeel with just a kiss of dry tartness.
O: Exceptionally smooth and flavorful. Very soft and creamy but with a touch of acidity to balance. Very reminiscent of some HF saisons. Soft and creamy with subtle complexity.

Feb 29, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The carb is fairly low on this Batch 4 bottle for my taste in a saison. You get lots of oak, vanilla, white wine, and crisp tartness. The drinking experience is marred due to a slightly flabby body with a bit of carb to brighten it up. Very flavorful and tasty beer.

Jan 25, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL served into a chalice. Batch 6.

Golden cloudy body with a foamy white head. Lace settles sticky and filmy over the body. 4.5

Light lemony and crackery aroma. Funk shows with some apricot or peach nose. Love the delicate aroma. 4.5

Flavor parallels the nose... Funky orchard fruit---apricot or peach---as well as some darker fruit like unripe plum. It still retains the lemon-y, acidic citrus flavor and a well-placed but controlled touch of sweet malt and bread near the finish. 4.25

Light and drinkable but still full to the tongue with an airy, almost foamy feel to it. Tartness borders straight up sour without ever hitting that level and, again, makes this highly easy-drinking and pleasant. The finish is semi-dry, crackery, and lingers with some residual carbonation. Excellent in this regard. 4.5

This was really nice. Great flavors, aroma, feel. All around, well done.

Jan 02, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

batch 5

pours golden orange thin fizzy head gone quick spotty lace. nose is oaky tart and a bit fruity. saison lactic. taste is funky saison finish is a bit dry. barnyard funk with that sante signature flavor. really great, little watery

Jul 10, 2015
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this side by side with Bernice, Flora, and Du Fermier. For a solera style saison this is really interesting. Crazy how light and evervescent this beer was. This was a step below du fermier in complexity but was very good in it's own way. I hope I get to have this again. The ranking is for Batch 3

Jun 25, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a bottle share the other day, I was completely surprised by how delicious this beer was. While there's considerable brett character on the nose and palate, the light tartness and funk are kept nicely in check, with the barrel character really shining through on the palate. Am not sure how fresh this bottle was (on the back, it was listed as batch 4), but I've had it for some months now, and so perhaps the extended aging helped to tone down some of the sour funk (based on some of the other reviews I see for this beer).

I'm not typically a bit wild ale fan, but I found my self going back to this several times for another glass fill. Impressive!

May 18, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers tons of funk, wet hay, a touch of horse blanket, then onto lots of stone fruit. A medium minus tart quality, apricot, and a really wonderful dry finish.

A hugely complex beer and one of the best wild saisons.

Apr 13, 2015
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Svyturys30 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- Pale goldish/orange color with a bright white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell- smells like brett with a citrus/tropical twist. I'm getting blackberries, passion fruit, mango and lemons.

Taste- best part of the beer- a fruited saison bomb!

Feel- little weak on the carb and thicker than expected

Overall- A good beer worth seeking out!

Mar 26, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 4, poured into a Sante Adairius snifter glass. Enjoyed on 3.7.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color, little clarity with a solid finger of foamy white head, great retention and soapy lace. The aroma is really pleasant, lemon citrus, wildflower, light oak, a little musty, a little vinous, pale stone fruits, soft grain, mineral water, very easy going and inviting. The flavors are wonderful, loads of juicy citrus fruit, bright wildflower, honey, rustic grain, oak, funky yeast, light wine character, very bright, very delicate, balanced with just a touch of earthiness. The mouthfeel is outstanding, coating, delicate, zippy and carbonated but still very gentle, smooth with an easy finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A wonderful saison blend from Sante Adairius. Right in my wheelhouse, bright, delicate, juicy with light funk and just a touch of earthiness, not overly oaky, and quite refreshing. Hard to beat a saison like this.

Mar 18, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of batch 4. Served in a stemmed glass 3/6/2015.

A- Initially pours a clear golden yellow body, two finger white head with nice retention and collar, great lacing.

S- Crisp lemon, citrus, funky farmhouse horseblanket, minerals, yeast. This smells great. Reasonably tart and complex for a saison.

F- Delicious citrus and lemon zest, wheat, minerals, plenty of funk. Mild-moderate oak. This is a very similar beer to the Hill Farmstead saisons. Plenty funky, nice tartness and a good amount of funk that isn't overwhelming.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and zesty, refreshing. Super easy to drink. Finish is lemony minerals. Great stuff.

O- I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Tart, funky saison that matches up with Hill Farmstead's best. That being said, I enjoy Saison Bernice quite a bit more.

Mar 07, 2015
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of floral, straw, citrus, faint funk, lemon zest & oak. Taste sweet tart fruit, hint white wine, touch acidic. Low carbo with a slightly syrupy dry finish. Nice!

Jan 12, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Pour is a slightly hazed golden amber with some tight white head that lingers momentarily. Nose is very similar to many SARA beers, strong white wine grape notes, some golden fruits, a bit sweeter, some minerally acidic notes. Flavor is similar, lots of golden fruits and lots of white grape notes. Moderate acidity, a bit sweet, fuller body, slightly syrupy, moderate carb.

Nov 29, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Batch 3 poured into Sante Adairius tulip.

Appearance is a pale gold color, with fizzy thin white head that settles quickly. Leaves behind little bubble masses mostly towards the edges and center of glass. Gorgeous carbonation bubbles streaming upward letting you know there will be some scrubbing action on the palate. 4.75

Aroma is very much deeply rooted in the barrel aged saison style. White and red wine, deep Brett funk, tropical citrus mainly pineapple and mango with a little juicy peach and sweet lemon in the mix. Some earthy oak, flowers, and blueberries come forth as well. Wow.. 4.75

The flavor is again highly leaning towards barrel aged saison territory but the lines have blurred so much nowadays it could go either way. Has tons of wine and grape flavors, orange pith, tart raspberry, some spicy yeast esters, deep oak, and "rustic", flowery funk. Very toned down on PH level. Greatness on all levels. 4.75

Mouthfeel is on the light end. Body is airy with just the right amount of carbonation for the style. And the finish is bone dry with the tartness being it's most agressive mid to late palate. 4.75

Sante does it again. Brilliant and from what I've heard batch 1 is the best. This is a bit better than batch 2. Unfortunately I missed out on 1. This reminds me a bit of Handfarm or CD6 but with a better mouthfeel,and flavors that I enjoyed a bit more. Let there be more breweries like SARA, HF, JK, SP, TH, RR, AA, and LA. That way I won't have to constantly be trading for it, rather just purchase direct. #farmhousefetish

Aug 17, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to familynight (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud and threelions.

Light fizzy like head, hazy golden color.

Nose nice funk, saison farmhouse notes, lemon rind tartness, citrus notes, mild funk, little peach tangerine like fruity aromas, juicy.

Taste juicy fruit, tangerine and peach like, juicy, little grainy malt, saison funk, effervescent, fluffy, light funky saison, lemongrass, tartness, etc. Mild toasted oak, vanilla pudding notes, tartness, etc. Finish sticky flemmy tart, lemony, mild funk, delicious.

Mouth light mouth, light carb, sticky, etc.

Overall very nice.

Aug 11, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice, crystal clear golden hue with light wispsAnd thin lacing.

S - Aromas of solid hops, lemon, funk, horse blanket, light apples, super pleasant.

T - Taste is lemons, funk, horse blanket, tart, sour, nicely carbonated. Good pleasant funk and bright notes. Very vivid and barrel with good lacto tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin, lightly flemmy. Solid.

O - Overall this beer was really nice and funky, really good taste profile

Aug 09, 2014
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obiwan_k3n00bi from California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a hard beer to give a blanket rating to.

There have been five(?) bottled batches thus far and they have all been different. That's kind of the point of this beer. To bottle the current state of the cask, to document where the ale once was. For this to only have one score seems a bit silly to me, yet here we are.

Recently, a few friends and I drank all of the versions (including variants) so I feel uniquely qualified to pass judgement here.

Batch one: near perfect. hints of vanilla, not overly sour. The most 'honest' if you will.
Batch two: I think this was my favorite, surpassed one in complexity, but that's expected with the style. Feels a bit more like an american wild than batch one (which is a rant for another time [this beer is not an american wild])
Batch three: after batch two, this let me down. A bit more champagne-like than expected, very dry, certainly not bad, just felt less like a sante saison than I'm used to.
Batch four: not sure what's up with the even number batches, but this was nearly as good as two.
Batch five: felt too young, but I won't be surprised when it's up to par with batch four.

I like this beer.

Apr 22, 2014
Cask 200 from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 368 ratings