Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 29
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007

Saison Athene is a bottle conditioned Saison brewed with chamomile, fresh rosemary and black pepper. A dose of wild yeast at bottling adds to the complexity.
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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow with a finger or so of thick white head that fades slightly over time. Strong notes of clove, bready yeast, and characteristic Belgian phenols. A noticeable clove flavor, but tempered with a nice straw like note at the end that barely comes through. The mouthfeel is light, and well carbonated. Overall, this beer is pretty tasty, and a good choice for a hot night.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like all of the beers i have had from saint somewhere, they are authentic and rustic and just different enough to be memorable. this one is really clever, the wild funky yeast is subtle and secondary to a very belgian strain that is the backbone of this brew. mostly wheat on the grain from what i gather, and an almost berry smell from the botanicals. i dont get rosemary right away, i get it in the finish. but it seems more fruity than spicy to me, even with the black pepper and the spicy belgian yeast doing double duty. striking carbonation lightens a pretty hefty body, and fruity esters hang out in the finish. alcohol is invisible, but the stature of this beer remains apparent. i like its wild nature, just funky enough, and beautifully dry. definitely worth picking up if you see it around.

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split between Jeff and myself. Pours a completely opaque, dark-ish shade of gold. Murky and cloudy throughout with some lighter orange tints at the edges. Big, foamy white head - pretty volatile pour. The aroma is straightforward with some fresh Belgian-smelling yeast, heavy and very bubblegum-esque. Some very, very sharp and zesty spices, namely clove, sting the nostrils hard. Very clean and crisp, some nice fruity esters come through and sweeten things up a bit. I like how the aroma is raw and straightforward while remaining clean-cut and pure. Hard to explain, but it's refreshing.

The taste is very crisp - heavy doses of carbonation and a medium body provide a snap on the tongue like a fresh Sprite would do. Lemon zest, clove, apple skins. There is a very slight but appreciable tartness that hits right at the beginning in the form of apples and pears. This tartness seems to get heavier with each sip, although it never reaches a "puckering" level of sourness. Where most beers would descend the tartness into a type of sweetness, the mild sour flavor in Saison Athene actually transitions into a soft bitterness, with some slightly grassy and herbal hop flavors. As this bitterness transcends, so do the funky yeast flavors; barnyard, oak, cork, funk. Surprising how these funk flavors barely came through in the aroma at all. The finish contains a substantial amount of this funkiness, along with a light, almost menthol-like freshness, maybe even peppermint. Mild and a little dry.

Overall, not a bad saison. Weirdly enough, the aftertaste contained quite a bit of funk, but I wasn't picking it up in the aroma at all - the aroma actually led me to think this would be a little sweeter than it was. The tartness in the beginning was a nice touch, but the flavors didn't mesh quite as well as I would have like. Still pretty nice, clean, and drinkable. Don't know if it's worth the price, but it wasn't bad.

Photo of brownbeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical hazy golden pour with a nice white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is quite striking, with fresh ginger, white pepper, a slight funk, wet hay, some sort of green sushi vegetable, and lemon-grass. The taste is similar, but less pronounced, adding but keeping with, Christmas spice, squash, nutmeg, gingersnaps, lemon-grass, white pepper with an herbaceous character. Overall, unique and enjoyable, would definitely drink again.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company Saison Athene 7.5% alcohol. 750ml bottle corked and caged poured into Dogfish Goblet.

A- Pours a golden orange fluid that produces a huge soapy head that falls slowly to a solid inch lingering the remainder of the beer. Lacing is thick and pillowy clinching on the sides of the glass with vigor.

S- Sharp peppery lemon zest with soft citrus hops in the backbone, slight yeasty musk as well.

T-M- Taste is uplifting and fresh with a zesty citrus bite and lightly bittering hops upfront.
On the secondary of the flavor is a more wild peppery yeast funk that rolls over the tongue quite nicely leaving a lasting slick feel. Carbonation is moderate but not to overpowering.
Mouthfeel is good overall with little to deter you from enjoying this brew.

D- Different and refreshing Saison style beer made right here in Florida... cant go wrong with that. Cheers!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Another Belgian style from Saint Somewhere Brewing, this time a farmhouse ale, or saison. The brewer has faith in their beer already by suggesting that it can age like wine and could be cellared for several years.

The moderate carbonation throws a thick tiny-bubbled creamy lace to the top and it slowly dissipates but still seems to leave a few rings on the glass. Lightly hazed golden-yellow color. Very aromatic with lemon grass, fresh dill, lemon zest and mint with mild apple and pear fruitiness in the nose. Low to moderate level of carbonation still holds enough smoothness and a slick crispness within the medium body. Big herbal tea flavors of lemon grass, mint, and a hint of peppercorn. Maltiness is subdued yet still lends a soft biscuity flavor, alcohol gives a mild warming effect with pear and plum flavors. Spiciness takes it up a half-notch with a bit of heat; herbal phenols never become overbearing. Mellow tartness throughout. Finishes a little dry with a long-lingering herbal flavor.

A sipping beer as the complexity slows things down in a good way, with each sip this beer peels back another layer of complexity yet still keeps approachable. A smidge more carbonation is all we would ask for. The most interesting beer being brewed in Florida right now that we know of. Hunt this beer down.

Photo of warnerry
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with a massive almost four finger white head. Head has good retention, but doesn't really leave any lacing.

S - Light lemon, pepper, quite herbal, with sage sticking out. Light yeasty funk. Very light bubblegum presence.

T - Taste is light and refreshing, but flavorful. All of the elements of the aroma are there, leading to a crisp taste with lemon, herbs, faint bubblegum sweetness, and a nice peppery finish.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with a dry peppery finish. Lively, prickly carbonation.

O - Nice, easy drinking saison. Sometimes I find the herbal component to be overdone, but that isn't the case here. Nice herbal flavors that don't compromise drinkability.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, cork says 2008. Pours a clear golden yellow with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is funky yeast, floral hops and a little leather and pepper.

The flavor is a little sweet malts and fruit and some spicy yeast with a dry lightly bitter floral hop finish. As it warms, sweet fruits start to dominate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, it's decent but not one of the better saisons I've had.

Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle proved to be a gusher, after the cork exploded into the ceiling as soon as the cage was removed. When I finally got a pour it was an attractive burnished gold body, slightly hazed, with a large vanilla head that deposited an abundance of lace on the goblet.

Interesting aroma of dusty exotic spices, herbal and grassy hops, and a hint of fresh lemon.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a spritzy carbonation that is much too high.

Taste has a dry herbal hop dominance that is appropriate for the style. Malt base is subtle but grainy. Ripe green apple notes add some interest. Interesting spice notes include white pepper, clove, chamomile, and some exotics. Some champagne character toward the finish.

An intersting and tasty saison. I scored this one before I realized it was brewed in Florida. Good effort.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, caged and corked, gotta give 'em props for the nice art deco label art. No freshness indication. Yeast chunks floating on the bottom. Pours cloudy apricot, under an initially huge off white head, that settles pretty quickly to a thicker frothy foam, leaves some larger bubble slippery lace. Pungent nose of woody, earthy funk, I also detect a chocolaty note. Quite tasty, offering, I'm confident to say this is the best beer I have ever tried that was brewed in Florida. (Although that is not saying much at all). Lots of saisony goodness here, funk, earth, wood, horse blanket,a load of coriander, lime, pepper, sour edge beginning to come through. Yeast cake/chunks activated late in the pour and adding to the intrigue. Complex, crisp and refreshing. Bring on the spicy, or whatever foods you want and enjoy with this high quality offering.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The cork shot off the bottle at a high rate of speed but the beer didn't gush out.

The aroma is very fruity. It smells like fruit cocktail. I get apples, peaches, mangoes and a little tartness. The flavor is heavy on the ginger with lots of citrus fruits in there as well. It tastes a lot like ginger ale with apples and pears added to it. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of mj001jk
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with decent snow-white foam and a fair amount of lacing.

Very distinct aroma - sour lemon, hay and biscuits with traces of hops. Not much malts on the nose, instead it has a dryness to it that reminds me of Champagne.

Mouthfeel is good, semi-dry and refreshing with a slight sour bite. There are citrus and some tropical flavors such as guava and spice to excite the palate. A very unusual beer for me, I can't say I have had anything quite like it before. Not sure how many I could drink in one sitting, let's start with one and see where I end up...

Photo of 01001111
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sparkling, pale gold with ever so slight green hue towards the edges.

S: Chamomile with a citrus zest.

T: The chamomile dominates, closely followed by the black pepper and yeast funk. There's a slight hop bitterness to the finish.

M: Paradoxically light, crisp, and syrupy.

O: Another good saison from Saint Somewhere.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a nice and cloudy dark yellow/orange color with a one-finger white head. There's a good amount of yeast pouring out at the end of the beer, and the lacing is decent.

Smells very interesting. Sweet, citrusy, but most of all spicy.

Tastes great. There's some light fruit up front with some citrus notes, then comes the spiciness. Very spicy, with a yeasty taste at the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is just right. Goes down smoothly, although it could be a little thicker.

Drinkability is good. The flavors don't change as much as I'd hoped upon first taste, but it's still solid.

Overall, after all the talk I'd heard of St. Somewhere, it didn't disappoint. This isn't the best Saison I've had, but it was certainly in the mix. Worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
2008 stamped on the cork
A- This beer pours a pale straw yellow body that is a bit hazy with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a lumpy white head that sticks to the glass in places, but soon fades to a thin film.

S- The bright tartness has a soft white mushroom note that gives way to a big dry spice note with cinnamon bark, and coriander bursting through. There is a little note of cat pee in the dry slices and that fades to a funk hint in the finish that is almost musty but not quite. As the beer warms the aroma of dry spices really comes over the top and is to much, so that it smells a bit chemical.

T- The soft taste of cherry cough syrup turns into apple cough syrup flavor as the beer warms and it continues to grow. There is a soft tart cider note that is a bit dry at the finish. For as crazy and complex as the smell is there isn't much in the taste. There is a lemon tartness that comes through in the middle of the taste as the beer warms along with yeasty flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or big astringency and a dry finish.

D- I think this beer is to young and might do better over time. All the aromas are strong and almost offensive while they don't seem to work together. The flavor didn't have much depth and was the exact opposite of the aroma. This beer has a bit to many obnoxious spices with no support to really be enjoyed.

Photo of FleeVT
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bomber with cork and cage, no dates, poured into a pint glass.

A: A pretty clear light amber pour with extremely light carbonation action. Not much of a head at all on this one.

S: Malt sweetness with a mild dosing of fruit sweetness, primarily apple. Spices present as well, but difficult to distinguish. It a menagerie of spices: lemon grass, nutmeg, allspice, mild curry, and cinnamon. Definitely earthy.

T/M: Spices come through much stronger in the palate. Slightly peppery, cinnamon and nutmeg are very evident. I do not detect a bitterness that is supposed to be indicative of a saison. A light hit of hops in the back of the palate. Extremely mild carbonation, I wonder if I had a bad bottle. Middle of the road on body, which is great for the style.

D: My first with this style, I will revisit after making a tour of some of its competition. Spices are strong, but I guess that's what you're looking for in this.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a beautiful beer: cloudy peach-orange with a super-creamy head that lasts and lasts. Lovely, thick honeycombs of lace coat the glass as the liquid disappears, but the head continues to last a long time. Can't think of any way this could look better.

Aroma is subtle but wonderful. Light fruits like apple, pear and peach spring to mind, draped over with a nuttiness that I'll assume is from the yeast.

Nuttiness continues through to the flavor, with the aforementioned fruits making themselves felt, while a more citrus-y aspect politely pushes its way in. A little funky, even more tart, quite a classy quencher all around. Touches of anise and coriander come in with warming, asserting themselves strongest in the finish.

Well-carbonated; a sizzling, fizzy mouthfeel, although there's a rolling smoothness to it at the same time. Well-balanced and even-handed in the texture department.

Solid offering from this Florida brewery who apparently know very well what they're doing (the other S.S. beer I've had was Lectio Divina, which was even better than this). Maybe a more distinctive, daring yeast character could've made this stand out further from the Saison crowd (a popular style with U.S. brewers all of a sudden), but there's hardly room for real complaint here. Kudos to tpd975 for the bottle!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking cloudy orange yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains very well and leaves good lace. Nose has subtle funk (brett?) some belgian yeast. Taste follows with good belgian yeast flavor, barnyard funk, black pepper, some serious spice profile. Very slight tartness. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel, is very nice, although ever so slightly undercarbonated for the style. Drinkability is good for the amount of spice in here, but there are certainly more drinkable saisons out there. Overall this was a very pleasant and unique saison. The spice profile is strong for my taste, but it is a complex spice profile which makes things interesting. There is a slight tartness in here, the bottle doesnt say anything, but i think there is some wild yeast in here, but it is quite subtle. (This is not bam biere revisited) Certainly a refreshing beverage and one Im excited to try again after it sits in the cellar for a year or two. Good beer, recommended.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whitish body with lots of white foam on top. Yeast and lightly spicy aroma. Easy drinking medium mouthfeel, the taste is a light bitterness integrated with the spicy yeast, a little boozy but most drinkable. Drying finish. Bottle picked up in Brandon, Florida. A very good saison, although not the greatest I have ever had.

Photo of augustgarage
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. Bottled some time in 2008.

Liquid is cloudy and uniquely iridescent ranging from tangerine yellow to gamboge depending on the light. A dense and enormous mattress of foam tops the ale almost like a merengue. A sudsy lattice-work of lace remains in the glass even after it is empty.

Aromas of Belgian yeast, fresh paint, a little spice, a hint of berries, but mainly phenols. A little weak.

Lightly acidic (lactic and citrus), some sweetness on the palate, white pepper, spicy yeast, slight fruity hop flavor underneath. No bitterness. Very slightly musty but in a good way. Sweet, sour, a little boozey, then peppery in the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and effervescent, highly carbonated, and quite warming with the spice and alcohol combined.

A tasty and fairly unique domestic saison, and while you can find better, this example makes for a pleasant Summer evening.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Nice label.

The Saison Athene pours a glowing golden orange body beneath a massive head of creamy off-white that holds remarkably well and leaves beautiful rings of sticky, creamy lace as it goes. The initial pour was fairly clear; subsequent pours were hazy.

The aroma expresses chalky yeast, bright spice, and grainy malt. I can't pick out any exact spices except for coriander, but it kind of smells like sandalwood, and even a tiny bit like patchouili - maybe just like a display of different types of incense. Really unique. I've never smelled that in a beer.

In the mouth it bristles the tongue with an elevated, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The body is medium-light, and as it warms it becomes more supple, and even a touch creamy.

The flavor delivers a beautifully-rounded combination of lightly sweet wheaty malt, delicate yeasty golden fruit, a dry mineralish note similar to ground granite, chalk, and a delicate dusting of spice. Hmmm... notes of cedar and lemon? At first the spice is subtle, giving flavors of coriander, clove, and a hint of cardamom, but in the finish it comes up quite bright with a note of ginger and white pepper. It leaves a tingle on the tongue! The bitterness is kept in check, and rightfully so, because the spicing does more than an adequate job of drying it. The lingering spiciness is really nice. The alcohol never shows. Really well done.

Unique! Well worth seeking out.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Riley's

served during bulls-celtics game 7

appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice, clear well-carbonated body with a frothy white cap

smell: very pronounced nose - funky yeast, high sweetness levels, corriander, white pepper

taste: cool beer. sweet and cyrupy, peppery alcohol burn (feels hotter than 7.5%), active yeast, corriander, apricot sweetness, white pepper...just another interpretation of the saison style

mouthfeel: syrupy, spicy, alcohol warming

drinkability: average-ish for the style

Photo of rmolledo
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a white wine glass. Champagne in color. Nice Rocky Frothy Head with cob web lacing.

S: White Wine, Apples, Spicey/Peppery, Ginger.

T: Very Fruity and Dry. I pick up Pears, Peaches, Apples, Apricots, Mangoes, Pineapples. Slight Medicinal Phenolic flavor and sensation which is to for style. Cinnamon?

MF: High Carbonation. Alcohol/phenolic burn going down.

D: Alot like a perry or a cider. Champagne like qualities.

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a murky orangish yellow color with a white head. The aroma features a large amount of citrus (mainly lemon) with some spices and yeast. The taste features much of the same citrus flavors with some spice and Belgian yeast flavors with a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a pretty decent saison that is a very welcome addition to the Florida beer community.

Photo of RickS95
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I dig the cloudy golden color. It's very hazy, think of a dark witte. The head is thick and a sort of light yellow or dirty white. Good retention, no lace.

The scent is all over the place, but nice. Lots of stuff going on, you can smell complexity. Green grape and white pepper, orange and honey, faint candied sugar and European hops. Smells like a funky saison should.

As usual, the white pepper dominates. It pushes right up to the edge of 'too much,' and I think it eventually crosses the line. Green grape should be there and is. A splash of honey, then a bunch of spices. Actually, there are too many herbs for me.

It's sweet but immediately turns tart. It's tangy, but turns immediately spicy. It's got an extreme amount of carbonation. The head never fully dissipates, and the bubbles are sharp to the palate (and expect to burp a lot). This completely lacks sophistication. My throat is on fire after just a few ounces, and each sip makes it worse.

The attractive look and smell can only help it so much. This thing is extremely aggressive on the taste buds and palate. I can deal with tart and funky, but the spiciness and carbonation are just too much to enjoy.

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Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.