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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

(view ratings)
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007)
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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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kylehay2004

Florida

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

A: two finger typical frothy saison head, pale hazy golden body with some lacing.

S: musty yeast, light fruit but overall a little light. Sage is nicely represented.

T: I like the tart but sweet floral, earhty and yeasty flavor. Subtle peppery and spiced notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.very refreshing.

Overall: Another nice saison by this brewer with the sage adding a nice, memorable touch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 00:47:33 | More by kylehay2004
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a slightly hazy bronzed orange color with a small white head, moderate lacing and retention. Got a full whiff of fruity funk on this one, perhaps a bit too much for some people if not ready for it. Taste was equally funky, barnyard hay dominating, notes of apple and pear and overripe peaches, sugar, yeast, and some peppery spice off in the distance. Pretty chewy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, but a bit syrupy. Good beer, but not for amateurs.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 12:47:12 | More by Rifugium
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Spider889

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Datz's Deli in Tampa on 7/12/11. Review from notes.

A - Served in a Stella chalice. No head, no visible carbonation. Clouded golden hay color.

S - Spicy. Lemon and sage with the ubiquitous coriander of many Belgian styles.

T - Bitter at first, pithy lemon peel, sage, thyme, and orange zest flavors. Lots of fun and crisp flavors. Sweet crackery finish,

M - Thin with very low carbonation. Quite boozy for the abv. and quite an unwelcome addition in a saison. Felt more like this was 9.5%.

O - Flavorful but unbalanced and way under-carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 22:48:45 | More by Spider889
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I'm reviewing this by memory on this I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I have ahd this before but forgot to rate. What a great saison. Funky, bready malts perfect combined with a little funk. banyard, laundry, love the werid flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 16:49:03 | More by CampusCrew
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adam42381

Florida

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

Review from notes taken on 9/5/11. On tap at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured into a Lion tulip.

Appearance: Pours hazy orange-yellow with a 1 finger fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Wheat and coriander with a light fruitiness.

Taste: Spicy with coriander dominating up front with hints of fruit in the middle before ending with light grassy hops at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of spiciness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I could see myself drinking a couple glasses over the course of an evening.

Overall: Good beer overall. This is my first Saint Somewhere beer and this was a good start. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 21:57:56 | More by adam42381
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber color with a mild hazy and thin off whit head. Head fades quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S- Lemon and citrus notes, very mild, counter balances with a note of herbal spice,

T- Citrus and spice to start thing off, al backbone of biscuit malt comes in at the middle, and a few note of fruit, apple and pear, along with some pepper at the finish. Finishes dry with a hint of alcohol heat and herbal notes.

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation.

O- The 7.5% ABV shows up in the finish and it could use a little better balance, but a decent beer none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 02:47:23 | More by ToddT
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Keith238

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time about a year ago at Eulogy in Philadelphia and loved it. Last week I picked up a sixtel for my kegorator (neglecting to tell my wife the price of it ~$120). Not cheap but worth it, especially when my wife isn't a fan of it so I get most of it to myself ;-)

A- yellowish/straw color with a slight haze. Head pours thick and white but dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing. Would have scored higher if it could retain a decent head.

S- very floral, strong aroma of chamomile and slight hints of ginger and pepper.

T- pepper and ginger are strong in the taste with hints of lemon peel or lemongrass. Very refreshing. Almost undetectable alcohol.

M- again, very refreshing. Carbonation seems to be light, no where near flat, but nothing like a macro lager. Citrus and pepper actually leaves the mouth feeling clean.

O- terrific beer. The cost is a bit prohibitive for another sixtel but I'll certainly look for it when in Florida or Philadelphia as it's not available here in NJ. Highly recommended to anyone interested in saisons or any other easy drinking brews. None of the 'barnyard' aroma or flavors that are associated with so many other saisons.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 02:00:11 | More by Keith238
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli, served chilled in a taster.

A - The appearance is radiant golden with moderate haziness, rocky cap of pillowy white with small bead and significant lacing collects

S - A very lactic aroma, hard to describe other than a lemony sour with tannic white grapseskin and mild accents of funk for good measure, lightly spiced fragrance adds to the acidic citric nose

M - The feel is not that tart, yet is has a nice level of acidity with mild spiciness and high effervescent feel gives a slight gassy quality -I felt the need to burp after the first two sips. The mild sweetness augments the slight sourness and the saison has a generally dry finish which is refreshing

T - The flavor is best described as peppered lemonade. The sweet and sour dichotomy is present with the lemony yeast essence and light tannic bite, the nice peppery spice notes are a good counterbalance to the tart fruit notes and gentle dry warmth of alcohol comes through slightly in the flavor.

D - I originally tried this at Philly Beer week a couple years ago in the bottle, and I was glad I got the chance to try this on tap - the saison is good and I would recommend it for those who enjoy a mild sour flavor and the spice you probably expect from saison yeast - a decent example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 14:16:31 | More by Slatetank
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger....Poured into a tulip.

A- What the hell is this? I might have gotten a bad pour. Not happy about this. Anyways, cloudy golden/orangey color. No lacing and no head.

S- Wow. Vinegar. Funk. Pear. Orange. Citrus. Lime Zest. Sour and stinky (in a good way).

T- Very pleasant and tasty. Green apple, ripe limes and lemons, funky spice and herbs, earthy flavors, straw, flowers. Tart+sour+funk+fruit.

M- Light bodied with decent carbonation.

D- So flavorful and enjoyable. The sour notes are no cloying. This is a brewery I was unaware of so I look forward to more sampling.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 01:39:57 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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Seanibus

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, but not astonishing. I had it on a cold fall day and I think my impression might have been better on a warmer day, when it might have seemed more refreshing. But we drink and evaluate when we can, I suppose.

Pours bright radiant yellow with huge white fluffy head. Smell is bright and citrusy, apricot. Flavor is rich, sour, pear, grape white grape. Mothfeel is thin with sourness on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 00:49:31 | More by Seanibus
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DawnL

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy peach in color with no lacing.

Smells like an Indian chutney. It's like a mango chutney with sultanas, curry powder, coriander seed, green cardamom pods, and cloves. Substitute peach for the mano, though.

This brew tastes like the aroma. This is an amazing beer! Sour flavor with serious spicing.

Grainy mouthfeel - feels like you are swallowing whole spices.

This is a serious beer and not for everyone. Not a beginner's brew.

I can't drink a lot of this - even though I wish I could. Actually, I'm just digging the aroma.

I would serve this with a puff pastry fruit tart that is more on the savory end than being overly sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2009 00:05:12 | More by DawnL
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw-gold body with a off-white head that fades fast... slightly cloudy

S: Citric and sweet hops come through first.. slightly yeasty and spicy.. nice

T: Wow... what happened.. the sweet citric notes in the aroma have been replaced with an off sourness (not the farmhouse funk i'd expect) ... the spice is overpowering.. unbalanced and has gaps in the flavor profile.

M: Thin. Watery.

D: So much promise based upon the appearance and the smell... but the thin, unbalanced taste just about shoots it down for me

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2008 14:54:24 | More by callmemickey
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DUNDERBAK

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in Tampa, on a warm fall day.
In a tradtional trappistes style goblet with a creamy white head which stuck to the glass showing nice legs and lace.
Beautiful yellow haze with a varied citrus,and herbal aromas, complex yet distintive flavors, cammomille is up front, maltyness a little in the back and that traditional tartness so typical of Wallonia.
This was the brewer's third batch, I've tasted the others, each batch is better than the one before. No wonder the brewer won best of show at the BFBC competition in Tampa two years ago.
He also has a great article in the beer issue at creativeloafing.com.
Only on draft in Tampa right now, but 750ml bottles are all around, but you may have to ask!
This beer has more Alcohol than listed by B.A.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 21:15:01 | More by DUNDERBAK
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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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Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.