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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


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:
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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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - the cork blows with focus and intent, upon cork inspection I see this is a 2009 vintage. Foam starts rising up the neck immediately. Pointing it towards a sampling glass, I barely can hold the flow, but by the slimmest of margins the glass contains the beer's exuberance. The beer is a slightly hazy macro lager color with *plenty* of suds. After the head subsides, the lacing is ropy and plentiful but not overwhelming. The bottle continues to push out foam for a minute or two until I get a good 6 or 7 ounces into the glass.

Aroma - slightly soapy, slightly funky...like a janitorial bucket of cleanser. Saisons for me are still a challenge to enjoy/appreciate.

Taste - lemony, soapy, dry wine-like notes. Plenty of intensity as far as flavor goes. I just find some of the flavors hard to get into. The lemony side is fine, but the funk and solvent come across as Pine-Sol and lemon juice. Despite that, it is fairly enjoyable given my personal alignment with the style and I welcome the prospect of trying to finish the bottle solo.

Mouthfeel - plenty of bubbles, refreshing body, well done here.

Overall - with some palate adjustment and mental preparation for a 'winey' beer, this is an eye-opener for a tasting, or a fitting session for someone into the tartness and such of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 05:11:34 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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msquared36

Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Corn yellow with a little haze. Minimal head and lacing.

Herbal aroma, rosemary and thyme. Hint of fruit, maybe apricot. Lingering funk.

Taste is predominantly a lemony funk. Herbal taste is noticeable but not as much as the scent.

Carbonation best described as fizzy.

Wasn't a fan at first, however, it grew on me as I worked my way through the bomber. Glad to have tried it. Not sure I'll find my way back to it though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:19:07 | More by msquared36
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mobius387

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: bright golden yellow, big bubbly white head, looks amazing

aroma: funky funk funk, its a heavy hitter, unfortunately not much else there, lacking any fruity or citrusy tones i was hoping for.

palate: medium body, medium carbonation, medium booze, very drinkable for a 7.5% saison

taste: much lighter than the nose, i do get some rosey flavors, grassy notes too. decent finish

overall: an enjoyable experience, a decent amount of robustness, and pretty drinkable overall

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 18:29:50 | More by mobius387
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A brewery specializing in saisons? How can I say no. Picked up on a trip to Florida, though I realized after that this is distributed to my state. Tasted 30 September 2013.

Pours a hazy pale golden-straw yellow, with a massive frothy white head that would overtop the glass if I didn’t stop my pour. I can see just far enough into it to make out the eruption of bubbles throughout the glass. Head lasts and lasts (come on, I want to drink my beer!). And the lacing is more like a coating of foam sprayed onto the walls of the glass. Wow.

Smell is fantastic. Funky and floral, oh, man. This is about as good as it gets, with different aromas dancing with each other. Like mixing a bouquet of flowers with the earth they were grown in. Stellar.

Taste is more straight-laced, without the spunk and funk of the smell. Crisp and clean, grainy with a heavy dose of flowers, like sucking on petals. Mildly bitter in the finish. Nice.

In line with the appearance, bubbles are the name of the game. But they’re not overdone, like just enough of them got released in that explosion on the pour. Light-bodied, quite light actually, and that high carbonation is just right, sizzly and then fading to a slick finish.

This is a really solid, heavily floral saison. Reminds me somewhat of Upright’s Flora Rustica, but with better balance. I'll be drinking more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:02:07 | More by zeledonia
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draheim

Washington

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a big fluffy white head that settles to a quarter-inch layer of foam sustained by lively carb. A good coating layer of lace is left behind on the glass. Nice.

Aroma is floral, grassy, earthy. Really nice relaxed saison qualities.

Taste likewise is floral almost to the point of perfumy (looking at the description now, that must be the chamomile), with a nice bready pale malt backbone and a good amount of yeasty funk. Old world hops. Good balance. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very drinkable and refreshing for the relatively high ABV.

Overall a really well put together, enjoyable saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:18:03 | More by draheim
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deg

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass. A good color and good head. I could smell citrus. A very strong citrus smell, but thankfully not grapefruit. I could taste the citrus and a hint of spice. The hint of spice grew stronger as I drank more of the beer. No sweetness. The beer went down easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:10:09 | More by deg
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RobertRedmoon

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into chalice.

I wasn't planning on rating this one. I was just looking for something to pair with a salad but this totally took me off-guard.

Appearance is very pleasant. Pours with a nice head, settling into a thin layer that doesn't go away. The rest is an opaque burnt orange.

Nose is the only off-putting attribute of this great beer. After researching online the only theory on the smell I'm smelling is butyric acid. The smell is nothing like the taste though so I'm a bit confused.

Taste is wonderfully complex. I get hints of a lambic or Belgian champagne-style. Perhaps some citrus fruit skins and bitter spice as the flavor rests on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. When it mellows and settles on your tongue an oily yet numbing effect begins to make itself apparent.

Overall this beer was very fun to drink. It changed from first to second to third glass. The spices become more and more apparent as the beer opens up. It is complex and a very nice expression of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:17:41 | More by RobertRedmoon
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow haven't had any of their beers yet, or at least reviewed them. I've had them here and there at festivals, and esp at The Festival in Portland got to know the guys a bit thanks to rudzud hanging out with them. This one was actually given to me as an extra thanks to Stogies, which is cool since I've haven't manned up enough to buy any of these since I hadn't tried them yet.

Pours a fizzy larger head that fades pretty much instantly, looks like apple cider with many bubbles rising up the center but no head can form, very slight hazy golden cider color.

Nose is really unique, a bit saison, but cider, but tart fruit and almost lambic like, champagne, etc. It brings a nice apple cider that was spontaneously fermented. A bit of a Belgian beer, kinda like saison bit more French light saison, and some Belgian tart lambic like fruit, a but if a champagne like effervescent aroma, some interesting spices in there not quite mulling spices and not quite cooking but somewhere in between.

Taste brings more interesting blended goodness, hard to say what to start with... a immersing apple cider, with cinnamon even and apple skin etc. Again an interesting effervescent like champagne and floral characters, with a bit of a farmhouse funk, a spontaneously fermented apple cider, s light tart apple like fruit, and light vinous touch. There is a hint if Brett like funk, with a dry lighter style French saison again, more light floral spices, and a bit of a floral fruity hop character. It also brings a light doughy blond malt character with a hint of fermented straw, probably from the saison character. Finish is dry but slightly sticky feeling, lingering more spontaneous fermented apple cider with spices and cinnamon like, light saison flavours lingering, hint of bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, effervescent carb.

Overall quite unique, interesting saison, apple cider, champagne, etc. Almost the perfect beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:38:22 | More by jlindros
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FLima

Brazil

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea how old is this bottle, that is the issue with brews bought there. It looks quite seasoned though, probably will be sourer given the conditioned wild yeast. Cork made a stomp noise when released. Interesting label, quite dreamlike.
Hazy orange color with a fluffy champagne head that vanished quickly.
Tart aroma with hints of chamomile and condiments.
Sweet taste with good tartness with notes of pineapples, lemon and chamomile. Hints of pepper, rosemary, green apples, orange peel and cinnamon. Also got some ginger and lemongrass. Mild dry aftertaste.
Medium body with champagne carbonation. Interesting how the 7.5% ABV was well hidden.
This is a complex Bretta party with several invitees. Funky, herbal and tart. If you dig the style, it is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:50:57 | More by FLima
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012

a - the cork was ready to blow when i opened the cage. poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and effervescent off-white head into a tulip glass. the body was a bubbly straw golden color.
s - lemon zest, apples, pears.
t - spicy fruitiness (same as aroma) with a slight tartness.
m - bubbly and crisp.
o - very drinkable and pleasant. lots of flavors melding in here. one i'll definitely go back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 15:48:32 | More by GPHarris
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. Good retention, great lacing.

S: Very intense and complex with a lot of spices. Freshly picked flowers start out, almost reminding me of rose water. Behind that, I get a mixture of ginger and peppercorn. Behind that, I get a musty, farmhouse flavor with some tropical fruits and Brett funk. There is a lot going on here.

T: Much more subdued, I get red apples starting off with a good dose of nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. I also get some rose water and peppercorn like in the aroma, but not nearly as intense. A bit of caramel sweetness and some musty yeast reminds you this is a beer, particularly a Saison.

M: Medium thickness for the style with appropriate carbonation.

O: A roller coaster of a beer, there is a ton going on. However, the additions to the base beer kind of overtake the beer and dominate the flavors and aromas. I'd like to taste more of what is underneath.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 03:24:10 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 14:01:24 | More by tectactoe
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a tulip

A solid orange body with a good amount of carbonation that forces a quick burst of off-white foam. The head bubbles up and fades quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose is of rosemary, lemongrass, funky cheese, flower bouquet, black pepper, and a touch of lavender/chamomile. Everything in equal doses with the funk just kind of looming.

The pepper pops out front and carries well beyond the finish. Rosemary, lavender, and chamomile through the middle with a touch of lemon citrus and funky cheese into the finish. Some lingering pepper and funk with a touch of herbal/floral sweetness.

Medium body with some high carbonation. The dose of wild yeast at bottling has been doing work throwing, things a little off.

The carbonation is an issue, affecting mouthfeel and the overall experience but overall, this is a nice saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:01:01 | More by ColForbinBC
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ckollias

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden hue with a huge, frothy, fizzy, white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a great trail down the side of the glass.

S: Extremely sweet and citrusy aroma with a lemon zest.

T: Sweet and tart flavor with a citrus and Belgian malt background. Hints of apples and pine in the finish.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Wow - this beer blew me away. Excellent flavors, aromas, and mouthful.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:03:10 | More by ckollias
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silentdonkey

California

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thank you to ediaz for this one! Obtained through a trade. Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a nice big fizzy head that leaves some nice thick lacing on the glass.

S: Bready malts, cracked black pepper, lavender, chamomile, and musk. Some hints of earthiness and funky yeast.

T: Very earthy and herbal. Lots of pepper up front that follows with a hint of citrus and lemongrass. Finishes with a lot of floral and herbal notes. Very heavy flavor of chamomile, rosemary, and lavender. It leaves a very pronounced floral/herbal aftertaste that coats your pallet. Some funkiness there, but it is overpowered by all of the herbs.

M: Lots of carbonation but surprisingly creamy.

O: Not at all what I was expecting. A very interesting Saison. Too herbal and floral for my taste. It made me feel like I was drinking a potpourri tea. However, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 17:45:04 | More by silentdonkey
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champ103

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, nearly opaque orange/red color. At first a two finger bubbly head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace either.
S: Musky, basement like yeast in the nose. Lemongrass, pepper, herbal chamomile tea. Very earthy, but very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Musky yeast, peppery spice, slightly tart lemons. Very herbal and earthy. Chamomile tea is apparent. A bit more sweetness than in the nose. Though still very dry in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. A great crisp, clean, bite. The dry finish is great. Something so enjoyable to sip on. Lots of layers going on, but still an easy an enjoyable beer to sip on.

This is one hell of a complex beer. So much is going on it is hard for me to describe. Though it all seems to meshes right. Which says something. Really interesting and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:06:32 | More by champ103
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle from 2010, poured into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to my buddy Drew for opening this during my birthday celebration.

A: Cloudy pale orange body under a cap of fine off-white head that settles into a ring. Mediocre.

S: Weird. Sweet, sour, and spicy. Lemongrass, ginger, and citrusy candy. Bizarre and interesting, but not exactly to style.

T: Peach, apricot, orange, and lemongrass. Sweet and tart up front, spicy and clean on the finish. Not bad, not great.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation. Meh.

O: I don't know if a bit of age treated this poorly, or if it's just a sub-par Saison. Either way, it wasn't terribly impressive.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 20:02:50 | More by woosterbill
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves decent sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of some spice notes.

Tastes of some sweet malt with drying spices. Malts lead off with a slightly sweet bread note. Some fruits come in with pear and apple notes. A bit of spiciness comes on the end and adds coriander along with some peppery notes. A bit of lemony hops comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good saison and can stand up to some of the style standards.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:58:08 | More by ocelot2500
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light gold color with a full finger of head that retains a bit before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the glass’s edge and spots of surface foam. Decent lacing.

S- Deep scents of rosemary and plenty of chamomile. One of the most floral beers I’ve ever smelled. Also maybe some sage and thyme notes.

T- Lots and lots of rosemary, which is fine. Actually, more than fine. It’s just as sweet as it is herbal without going overboard on either front. A bit of Belgian yeast characteristic comes through also. Additionally, some notes of cinnamon and coriander. The flavor is all over the place and I love it! Very little malt and seemingly no hops.

A- Spritzy and fluffy due to medium-high carbonation. Also has some bite from the heavy spicing and is slightly acidic.

O- Where Saison du Buff fails, Athene succeeds. An all-around great take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:57:52 | More by Immortale25
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a large white head. The rosemary is the dominant aroma. There is a hint of chamomile that comes through, too. Though it’s not in there, a hint of sage, too. A touch of citrus peel and a lot of malt and sugar sweetness. The flavor is interesting. Quite herbal and spicy up front with the rosemary once again being the primary flavor. The finish is very sweet and has an almost Swedish Fish candy flavor to it. Really weird.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 19:08:36 | More by womencantsail
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impending

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B+

750ml into a tulip. Cork broke, wine opener preceded an explosive POP. A middln hazed dull yellow, towering froth with a careful pour, recedes looking like meringue, ridiculous lacing. exuberant carbonation

Aroma too announces itself. Wonderful blend of citrusy hops, chest rub and musty yeast.

Flavor follows the nose with the citrus, spices and six day old wet hay. Very little bitter to speak of, dry herbal finish fades fairly rapidly with a dab of medicine cabinet remaining a long lasting echo. Warms well. Thin lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 05:28:33 | More by impending
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a tight white head.

S: Aromas of lactic yeast, lemon, grass, black pepper, rosemary, and chamomile assault the nose.

T: Notes of lactic yeast, grass, minerals, lemon, spiced pear, banana, rosemary, chamomile, and black pepper linger on the palate. The finish is both lactic and spicy with plenty of yeast, pepper, rosemary, and chamomile flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium, bone dry, and very firm. Carbonation is very spritzy. Alcohol is a bit punchy on the finish. Slightly harsher in the mouth than it needs to be, but still easy enough to sip.

O: This is an incredibly complex and unique saison that remains approachable. I could see this being a great ale for those who have a basic working knowledge of this incredibly variable, anarchic style and want to challenge their palates a bit. Even though it is a bit harsher in the mouth than I would prefer, Saison Athene is a great beer, one that is fully deserving of its reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 15:15:58 | More by mrfrancis
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julian89

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer a while ago, just now reviewing from my journal.
Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi hazy yellow “saison” body. Minimal head with no lacing. (3.5)

Smell: Oh so fresh and herbal. There is sweet ginger, coriander, toasted bread, and south France herbs. (4.5)

Taste: A very herbal and fresh saison. Obviously the spicing citrus/wheat is there. It flows very light with a stronger ginger hint to it.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty saison, but it was not as good as the Saison I personally brewed for my saison party.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 15:17:13 | More by julian89
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BrownNut

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date. Served cool in a tulip.

Cork started rising slowly as soon as the cage was removed and shot itself out with a loud pop and hit the ceiling hard. Then foamed over a bit. Be ready!

A - 4.0 - Pale cloudy gold, approaching hefe pale. Pure white head of loose foam, regenerating itself furiously from below.

S - 4.5 - There's a definite funk going on here. When It first blew open, I smelled almost a skunk smell but not quite (it's not an offensive smell). With my nose down in it, it's more like that smell crossed with something like cedar, and maybe a bit of that blanket I'm always hearing about. Underneath it is something sweet and spicy, almost clove-like.

T - 4.5 - The taste is less exotic than the aroma... at first. That skunk cousin smell recedes to the background. Up front is more appley. Some have mentioned chamomile, and I've always thought chamomile was kind of appley, so that makes sense. But with each sip your nose takes in some of that cedar-esque something. Somebody else mentioned herbal tea and lemongrass below and I would never have been able to put my finger on that but can totally see that now. I'd have gotten lemon. Aftertaste is warm spices wafting up the throat pipe and a little on the tongue - which is very pleasant. There's a peppery base, or maybe the heat of ginger, and then sweeter spices. This is the pepperiest beer I've ever had and I like it.

M - 4.0 - Loads of carbonation helps it feel very refreshing and light. It's fairly dry.

O - 4.5 - Wow. What a treat. The first beer I ever had by these guys was an abomination, but I heard such great things about them that I got a couple more. I'm so glad I did. What a super-interesting and complex beer, which is what my whole beer odyssey is intended to find. There's so much going on. I'm going to have to go buy more of these just to finish exploring the flavor notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:26:13 | More by BrownNut
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fmccormi

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml cork-and-cage bottle to my nice HF stemware, basically an oversized wineglass. No dating visible on the bottle, but I purchased this within the last couple of months when it was first available in my area so I figure it can’t be that old—right?

Appearance (4.5): Now THAT is a beautiful saison pour. Lots of head, fast, but no gushing—just bone-white foam that slowly bubbles away to leave fat gobs of lace all around the glass. The body is a very hazy, glowing straw-golden color, absolutely gorgeous. Big, fat rings of lace here and there. Could only ask for more if the lacing were more solid, but this is great.

Smell (4.0): There’s that nice, musty, bretty scent that I dig about brett’d beers. Damp and earthy, but it’s not heavy at all in this case. You can actually smell the black pepper, too, which I wasn’t expecting. And, the chamomile. Pretty distinct, but not overpowering, scent. There’s a fruity character in the back, too, like fresh-cut oranges and apples.

Taste (3.5): That chamomile is very apparent on the palate, too, but there’s a peppery note from the yeast that helps balance it out. There’s a slightly medicinal taste that comes out in the finish and hangs around for a while, but fades into a little more pepper, long after the fact—also was not expecting the finish to fade so slowly. The funk is surprisingly bright, and slightly tart here, too—a bit of green apple? The brett is definitely musty and peppery, too. No alcohol and not a lot of sweetness on the palate, this seems really, really highly attenuated. Finishes dry as a damn bone, too. This has a lot of good qualities, but they’re just not all meshing as well as I’d like.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light, effervescent, quenching, and dry in the finish—all true to the style—though I wish the carbonation stuck around a while longer and were more “playful”!

Overall (4.0): This may be an odd comment, but I really like the way the cork smells! It’s nice. This is a nice beer, and an interesting take on the style, but I’m not sure I really dig the chamomile and this isn’t my favorite example of bretty farmhouse beers. A bit too much black pepper for me, too. This might be great paired with the right food, but by itself it’s a good, but not excellent, example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.