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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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very good

420 Ratings

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 27
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev +2%

mattreitz49, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of BSUBronco
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

BSUBronco, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of dsigmon
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

dsigmon, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Barnsley
4/5  rDev +2%

Barnsley, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of msquared36
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

msquared36, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Stinger80OH, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bcsbeer, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

MrWilliams, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

thkrb99, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Brinks, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of mobius387
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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

mobius387, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

MikeCactusGordon, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Chaosfiend, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Schlafly33, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

pisano, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

gatorlove, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bennetj17, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

BillRoth, Dec 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

thudean, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TheDoak, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

zeledonia, Nov 02, 2013
Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.