Monday, August 19, 2013

SANTE ADAIRIUS' "BRIGHT SEA BLONDE"

In case you were wondering how a San Francisco resident like myself comes across the wonderful beers of SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES, lemme tell ya, it's not a picnic in the goddamn park or anything. It involves a 90-minute drive down to Capitola on the days and during the hours that they're open, and, fingers crossed, they've got bottles available when you get there. There's never any more than one bottle there at any time, and who knows – today it might be the pale ale, tomorrow some barrel-aged imperial saison with figs and lemongrass. Last time I went they were out of bottles. Time before that, I got me a "BRIGHT SEA BLONDE", which I hoarded and salted away for a few months before giving into temptation and drinking last week. Of course it was absolutely fantastic.

"BRIGHT SEA BLONDE" is a lightly sour Belgian-style blonde, or if you prefer – a wild ale. It's thick, and extremely fruity and fragrant. Tastes are of grapefruit and pineapple, but not in the IPA sense – in the juicy, dry, musty sense of how you'd encounter these flavors in a complex barrel-aged Belgian. I was much taken with this beer at the RateBeer "Gallery" event last month, and I'm much taken with it in the bottle as well. It's for contemplating and for taking your time with, but for shizzle it's not hard to drink at all. Excellent stuff. 8.5/10.

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