hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Pours cloudy and yellow with a huge, frothy, white head. Fantastic retention. That aroma is yeasty and lightly phenolic with only a hint of brandy. Light to medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and busy carbonation. The flavor is tangy, bready and mildly acidic, accompanied by light, biscuity sweetness. All the components in this beer are detached; not interwoven. Tart, dry finish. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is amber/orange with a very small white head that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor of banana, pale malt, barnyard, sulfur, oak, fruit ester, and honey. Finish is a bit boozy and spicy.
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Collin. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Citrus & liquor bouquet. Peach and brandy highlights. Mild citrus and yeast esters. Average body and mouthfeel.
AdamChandler (4507) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks Joe for sharing! Split 5 ways around 55F.
A - Pale yellow, minor cloudy appearance. This gushed slightly and kept gushing for some time after the first 2 pours.4 finger head in the glass, faded slightly.
S - smells incredibly yeasty! loads of honey, grass and lemon. A bit of rye and floral aromas.
T - Taste is pretty weak. Very spicy herbal and some tasty yeasty floral taste with a sweetness at the backend. I get a touch of brandy at the bak end
M - dry with an oily finish
O - This is a solid beer. I wouldn’t seek it out again but this is nice and has that SARA yeast character that I like a lot.
ineedbeer (1765) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle.
Aroma is slightly sulfuric with some baby poop character. Some light butter character with a moderately strong phenolic note. Light oak character and faint esters.
Pours a cloudy, pale straw yellow with a large, somewhat thin white head that recedes quickly to a persistent film. A bit of a gusher.
Flavor is similar to aroma but with more stone fruit and pear esters and a hint of brandy, Light oak, not much butter or sulfur. Medium light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer but not a great beer. The aroma isn’t great, but the flavor isn’t bad. Not much brandy character though.
jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a teku. Pours amber/golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of light funk, some oak and light brandy, light spices and hints of banana notes, pale malts, and some hints of hops. Flavor the same with the SARA tartness/funkiness dominating, but not overly funky like some people on here have said. Average texture. A really cool beer.
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a cloudy yellow with thick frothy white head thst lasts leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is strong funk, oak, yeast, spice, brandy. Thick mouthfeel with heavy brandy, light yeast profile but not much of the base comes thru. Odd pairing of brandy and this style.
bytemesis (6589) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @mini SARA tasting - thanks Brian! I must admit I approached this one with some trepidation. Opened in the sink and indeed it was a bit of a gusher, but nothing crazy. Poured cloudy golden with a huge creamy off-white head that dissipated relatively quickly for its size leaving good lacing. Aroma is indeed very funky, cheese, foot, basement, some sharp mustiness, fruit skins. Flavor is light sweet, quite funky, oaky with a brandy finish. Taste is considerably better than aroma. Light body and quite dry. Not bad.
birdmachine (226) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml Bottle – thanks Mayur for bringing this down the coast. Aroma is extremely, and I mean extremely funky - Blue cheese, sulfur and eggy. It’s hard to pick up on anything else with such a strong funk. The beer pours cloudy pale yellow with huge white, soapy head. The beer was a slight gusher upon opening - not terribly so, but it contributed to a massive head that took a while to settle out. The taste is up front rustic grain, with light booze and moderate brandy flavor. The brandy flavor imparts small alcohol bite, but the booze really takes over the delicate grain flavors. The body is light and pillowy, but the carbonation is extremely high – this beer is crazy effervescent. The after taste is brandy spice and alcohol heat. Overall – I’m starting to think this beer suffers from some bottle variation. I’ve never had a “bad” beer from Sante and this just seems off. The blue cheese aroma and the crazy high carbonation throw some red flags. The only redeeming qualities of this beer are the faint rustic grain that is up front but quickly dies. Still need to try the base beer.