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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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297 Reviews

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Reviews: 297
Hads: 445
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 29
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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 burnheartsMKE:
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My best friend and his wife came over for dinner a few nights before they left for 2 1/2 year in Kenya as part of the peace Corp. They were in the mood for champagne and we had some cheap stuff cluttering the beer fridge, but I thought that a crack at this Floridian saison might be an even better offering. I was damn right!

It poured a soft orange glow with minimal head retention.

Soft tropical and herbal flavors wafted right to my head.

Beautiful fruity saison. It reminded me of a really mildly juiced mimosa; tropical fruit notes mingled with a standard orange/citrus profile. A slight peppering kept it from getting too sweet. Balanced and delicious it was a perfect start for an evening of celebration (albeit bittersweet) with dear old friends.

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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.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Funky-Brewster
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A hazy gold pour produces a rapicly receding 1” foam collar that hisses as it dissipates to a thin film.
S: Fruity, spicey, herbal, winey aromas.
T: Tart fruit ranging from ripe to over ripe, herb, spice, citrus, cider, light malts, moderate hop bitter accent with traces of pepper and alcohol.
F: Medium light body with carbonation that starts out above average but quickly bubbles off.
O: this is a llight, almost fizzy saison but is quite refreshing and flavorful.

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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...

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Photo of Bizoneill
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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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.

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Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

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Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.