Cask 200 | Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Solera-Style Saison.

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 331
Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Shogun250
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of kevanb
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
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!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is pale yellow with a bone white head. Lasting retention with copious lacing. The aroma brings stone fruits, apricots, floral notes. Some oak and white wine in the flavor with prominent acetic quality. Really tasty. I'd enjoy having this again sometime.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a clear gold with loose billowy foam. I get an aroma that’s part funky wet hay, straw, and crisp berries. The flavor is funky and floral with a long finish at the end. My review does not do this beer justice as it is an absolutely amazing creation of art.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a sourness that is slightly better in the taste.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange. Medium white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Very lactic. Stone fruits and tropical fruits. Acidic.

Taste - Pale malt flavor. Lactic acidic flavors. Stone fruits and a little bit of citrus. Little bit of white wine.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Medium carbonation. Nice acidity.

Overall - Simple but very good.

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Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Pours clementine orange with a compact white head. Aroma is acidic stone fruits, sharp Greek yogurt, cheesey lactic acid. Flavor is tangy apricot and sharp acidic yogurt with a woody, horsey, dusty finish. Super buggy and lactic.

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Photo of dv8sean
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from first ever draw off the 660G cask. I followed the saga of that troublesome vessel with Tim and Adair and was SO STOKED to see it come to fruition.

Appearance is brilliantly clear pale yellow with a hint of orange and seems to defy physics by casting more light than it captures.

Smell is very tropical. POG (Pineapple, Orange, Guava) comes to mind, as does lemon custard.

Taste is, well...delightful. Crisp and vibrant with layers of the same tropical and citrus fruits hinted at in the aroma. First attack and final finish both remind me of some of the best ciders I've encountered. Tart without puckering.

Overall, a truly outstanding "farmhouse sour" if you just have to give it a label. SARA plans to put the cask to use for solera style ales. Can't wait to see what comes next.

Note that this was the second of two bottles I tasted, about 3-4 months apart. The extra rest served this beer extremely well.

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Photo of largadeer
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, yeasty golden amber with a thin white crust. Oaky, vinous nose with pineapple and citrus. Mildly funky and sulfuric. Palate is really nice - soft doughy malt, lots of zesty citrus, pineapple, white wine, mild oak tannins. Light and refreshing. Another great farmhouse sour from SARA.

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Cask 200 from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
4.34 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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