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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

297 Reviews
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Reviews: 297
Hads: 445
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
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: 297 | Hads: 445
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of Budlum
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with decent head. Awesome floral nose with sweet fruits. Flavor is nice, but a little brief without much finish. Unfortunately, I'm not getting the black pepper for rosemary. (192 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a wine glass. No bottle date recorded.

Appearance: very pale and hazy straw. Tons of head. Very billowy

Nose: yeast, bready, Belgian farmhouse funk, good saison character. Almost lambic like.

Taste: spicy, dry, high acid, pear, bitter finish, funky and sour like

When I drank this one and took notes I didn't know it was spiked with Brett. I'm going to guess it is Brett Brux because I didn't get any of the cherry pie filling flavor from Brett Lambicus. Fantastic farmhouse ale. I need some more for my cellar. (538 characters)

Photo of dacoit
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought this for wild yeast, was a bit leery of the added spices, but subtle and integrated enough to add a lovely counterpoint to the funk and sourness. Surprising and very enjoyable beer to share. (197 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +1.8%

smells funky and lemony tart.
drinks dry and refreshing with a nice different spice bill
that i can't put my finger on
tart and prickly on la palate
very good in my opinion (173 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of tomordonez
1.32/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

"Handcrafted Belgian Style Ale" from the US, says the label. Although there is not much of Belgian here. It pours flat. Swirl it hard like a wine and still no head. Headless. It tastes like plain white wine. No carbonation. No flavor other than slightly bitter. This is not a beer (280 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cork says it's from 2013

A: poured into an oversized wine glass to a slightly cloudy light orange with a two finger dense and rocky white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of lemons, dry crackers, black pepper, and slight funk
T: taste is slightly tart, very spicy with pepper and rosemary, some funky horseblanket and some malt flavor. swallow is heavy band aid and medicine
M: this beer is medium on the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation
O: Overall it's pretty funky, the finish is so strong it keeps shouting over the rest of the drinks that I take. It's drinkable if you like this kind of thing. It tastes like a beer from Fantome (652 characters)

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

750 ML bottle
Served in a tulip glass
2012 vintage

A - It is a cloudy golden beer with pale yellow highlights. It is topped by a mountain of eggshell head.

S - It has a spicy smell with some tangerine. There is a some dank basement as well.

T - The taste follows the nose. I get some mellow spices to start. Then I get some orange flavors. It finishes with some funk.

M - Moderate and highly carbonated.

O - This is a very good saison on a warm spring day. I am really enjoying this beer. I will have to seek out some more Saint Somewhere beers. This was my first try. I am very impressed. (598 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of msquared36
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of mobius387
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 (486 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of deg
4.56/5  rDev +16%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of RobertRedmoon
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,956 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,926 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of ckollias
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. (499 characters)

Photo of silentdonkey
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (902 characters)

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