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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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warnerry

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:29:35 | More by warnerry
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superspak

Michigan

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, floral, pepper, orange, grass, herbal, and slight funkiness. Very nice and straightforward aromas with decent complexity. Taste of lemon zest, pepper, grass, herbal, floral, coriander, orange, earth, bread, light funk, and tart earthiness. Light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pepper, herbal, floral, lemon zest, orange, coriander, and bread on the finish for a while. Nice balance of peppery spiciness and citrus sweetness. Fairly high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel as expected for the style. Very easy and smooth to sip on. Alcohol is pretty much completely hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice and well rounded saison offering! Nice balance of flavor complexities; and very smooth to sip on. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:22:43 | More by superspak
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01001111

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 03:41:57 | More by 01001111
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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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gatornation

Minnesota

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

from corked caged 750ml bottle 2009 vintage

A- popped the cork and 2009 was stamped on the cork it poured a lively dark yellow color with a fresh 2 finger brilliant white head, nice lacing

S- was herbal and musty with funk, lemongrass, pepper

T- was silky smooth with musty funk and tart lemon, it mixed in some tart and sour lemon and fruit with pepper and spice a touch of vanilla

M- silky smooth with puckering tartness, nicely carbonated considering it was 3 years old

O-an outstanding saison so surprised at how tasty it was @ 3yrs old it was funky. sour and tart with a delicious barnyard saison taste one of my top saison to date

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:37:42 | More by gatornation
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mactrail

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cork blew out on releasing the cage. Marked 2010 on the cork, once I found the landing zone. Big foam but settled down to a nice head. Plenty lively on subsequent pourings. Very prickly and sprightly on the tongue. Smells like the sediment in the fermenter when you're siphoning into the secondary.

Buttery and tart at the same time. Immediately get a little sour taste. Big yeasty funky stew of flavors. It's hard to taste the malt for all the acidity. Likewise the hops, if there are any, are buried in the Belgian bitterness. Aack, heartburn on the way.

From Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. If it was on tap in an abbey, we'd be grinning, so I give it points for seeming too authentic for words. For drinkability it's tough to get very much down, but I am missing the coarse crusty bread and aged Gouda.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 05:08:27 | More by mactrail
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that cracks and fizzles as it dissipates. Aggressive champagne-like carbonation with spotty lacing. Some yeast lays at the bottom of the glass.

N: Lemon juice, lemon zest, clove, peppercorn, coriander, sweet grains and a light funk.

T: Slightly tart lemon juice, clove, ginger and peppercorn upfront. Mid-palate showcases the spicy Belgian yeast and earthy funk along with coriander and light grains. It also becomes very "perfumy" with maybe some rose petal. Finishes with some hay, subtle lemon zest, a zing of Sprite, some barnyard and lingering spices.

M: Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry and tingly with carbonation.

O: An excellent easy drinking Saison. Huge lemon notes pummeled with complex spicing and overall perfume-like aromas. Light funk notes and ultra dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:48:13 | More by justintcoons
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

To a photographer it's known as the 'golden hour', to brewers it might as well be called the Saison: a bright but not so intense golden hue that is somehow softer and warmer than the standard pilsner or lager, perhaps owing to the very slight haze that makes long shadows out of fingers pressed against the other side.

Time in the cellar heightened scents of apple and pear, standard fair for saisons that are a little long in the tooth. Looks like I've opened this bottle just in time; there's still just enough spice, farmhouse must and creamy vanilla to emulate some of Belgium's finest offerings. This bouquet is word for word out of the style guidelines book.

The combination of yeast and bready malt imitate warm, airy white loaf. The chamomile, rosemary and pepper add a pinch of spicy/savory complexity without really exposing themselves at all. I couldn't have guessed. The tastes of orchard fruits are subtle but accented by tartness and a floral (though by now significantly faded) hop profile.

Hops are a natural preservative but they aren't immortal. (An estimated) three years on the shelf has taken some toll on the pungent green pellets, but they've still got some punch left in 'em. The aftertaste is laced with bitter herbal and grassy undertones, a pleasant compliment to a considerably sweet malt bill. Alcohol is found nowhere except on the label.

Whereas a lot of American saisons are "Belgian" in the same way that the Olive Garden is "Italian", Saison Athene is traditional farmhouse ale in substance as well as style. But while authenticity - however you define it - is a redeeming quality, it is not the most important one - I'll take flavor and good quaffability any day. Luckily, this has all of the above.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 05:24:19 | More by biegaman
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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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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice fizzy white heading that stuck around for a little while. Left some nice ringage as well. Very lively action going on in my glass.

Very perfumey aroma's coming out this brew they hit you a mile a minute.Ridiculous amounts of rosemary detected. After it settles a bit a more of an earthy kind of horse barnyard smell comes into play.

Much like the nose. I am getting again a heavy dosage of rosemary in the taste. A heavy middle of almost a hot nail polish like alcohol that takes to the cavities and strips enamel. After this mellows the taste soothes out to a nice spicey and peppery finish.

Medium bodied and a nice carbonation action going on. Excellent balance and finishes a little dry.

This one surprised the hell out of me. Very nice saision one of the best I have tasted. Drink this as fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:10:22 | More by TheFightfan1
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Pearl Specialty Market and Liquor. Poured into a tulip glass.

I was surprised (and excited) to find this beer out here in Portland. I remember having a couple of Saint Somewhere beers while I still lived in Florida.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large, puffy white head. The head sticks around for awhile. Sticky lacing is left all over the sides of the glass. Lots of bubbly carbonation could be seen.

S - Fruity and spicy. The aroma of pears and apples combine with pepper, coriander, cinnamon and various other herbs/spices to create a quite pleasant aroma. Some funky yeast notes exist. I found the aroma to be almost champagne-like.

T - Very similar to the aroma. A wonderful taste of pears and apple sauce. The spices hit a bit harder here. It's a bit peppery . Again, some funk yeast notes come out to create a subtle tartness.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation. The carbonation stops just short of being prickly. Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.

O - A pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed this saison from Saint Somewhere. I thought this was a beautiful beer with an aroma and taste that are both complex and appealing. The spice level might turn some off but I actually enjoyed it. As the Bros stated, a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt this beer. I'd be curious to see what a little aging does to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:21:11 | More by Mahlik
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from the bottle with 2008 on the cork a lightly hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head.

Aroma of sage, lemon and freshly-baked bread.

The taste is very herbal with the sage. Makes me think of a Thanksgiving turkey. Lemon, bubblegum, yeast, white pepper round are present as well. Finishes with a kick of cinnamon.

Lighter bodied and quite sticky with a sharp carbonation.

The sage makes it a very unique-tasting Saison from the folks at Saint Somewhere. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 23:02:02 | More by Monkeyknife
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage
Poured from 22oz corked & caged bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: Light lemon, orange blossom, black pepper, some wild funk, freshly-squeezed orange juice, chalky yeast, coriander, and grapefruit zest. Intoxicatingly fragrant and complex!

Appearance: 3 finger, persistent off-white head settles slowly. Opaque, golden-orange body. Nice, foamy lacing.

Flavor: Lots of cinnamon and spicy clove up front, honey sweetness, but not cloying. Lacking the dry, peppery character of some saisons, this one resides on the more floral, fruity end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation, tingly pepper hits the back of the throat on the finish. The finish is otherwise very smooth.

Overall: Very soon after I removed the cage from this one, I saw the cork pushing its way out of the top of the bottle and with a "pop!", it hit the ceiling in my kitchen. Needless to say, this one was well-carbonated. For a brewery and a brand that I've heard very little of, I was VERY impressed with this one. EXTREMELY drinkable, yet deliciously complex. If you find this one, buy it!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:12:54 | More by mdvatab
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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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Cavery

California

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

2009 bottle extra compliments of MarkWise in a recent RateBeer trade. He warned me about the cork, and man he was right. I think my cat will now run every time I get a beer out of the cellar.

A: Small half finger foams over a partly cloudy baked apple colored body. A subdued color pattern that looks like an aged citrus rind. Old, but not quite rustic. Pear like yellows meet old citrus oranges in a visual that reminds me of old paintings of fruit bowls.

S: The seasonings in this beer really mix with the yeast to give it a smell of apple sauce/pear sauce. There's a faint note in the beer that makes me think of hot teas that have been cooled. There's definitely a faint herb in here; after consulting the bottle it's obviously the remnants of the rosemary. Really thought his smells like pear sauce with fresh spices, flaking of cinnamon.

T: lightly peppery Aurugula that at first made me think pepper, but it's definitely too green to be ground pepper. Little bit of cucumber behind the prickling of herbs and spices. The rosemary comes off pickled, almost dill like. The floral aspect of the beer comes through behind the spices. Reminds me a bit of creosote branches.

M: Quite effervescent, especially considering the age. The beer has a really nice dryness that lets the flavor go just long enough before cleaning it up with a vacuum of peppery feels. A nice thin glaze from the alcohol makes for a fancier feeling saison.

O: This is a very easy beer to drink a couple glasses of, but there's definitely a fatigue factor from the effervescent feel and the peppery floral finish. You end up feeling like you are drinking a very well oak treated perfume. This is a very nice drying saison, but after a couple glasses I can't help but feel like this beer tastes like a great many organic shampoos. Be sure to share this one, and you will enjoy it that much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:48:46 | More by Cavery
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isitsavage

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

THIS is the champagne of beers.

Poured into a wine glass from caged and corked bottle, a very satisfying and audible pop. Cork had 2010 printed on top, I purchased it early October 2011.

Light hazy orange in appearance, super bubbly and effervescent, had to pour hard just to get a little bit of white bubbly head that tries to be there but faded very quickly. Zero lacing. Resembles champagne.

Smells like champagne to me. Slightly sour and fruity, maybe a touch of the chamomile and rosemary the bottle mentions but I'm not sure. There is at least an herbal and medicinal quality.

Tastes like champagne. A light bubblegum flavor, some hard apple cider qualities, especially as it warms. Black pepper stands out on the back end, as this has a bit of spiciness to it.

Champagne. Very crisp mouthfeel, dry and prickly. Gives me that kinda chalky feeling on my teeth, like drinking a cider or... champagne.

Champagne....

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 03:21:55 | More by isitsavage
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of herbs and spices that are very similar to what you would expect from a Scottish gruit beer. Notes of lemongrass, rosemary and hints of wine are noticeable.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some peppery and spicy flavors. The brett adds a touch of sourness. The finish has a bit of funkiness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the herbal flavors don’t overpower the smell and the alcohol is well hidden. The beer tastes particularly well with aging.

Note: 2009 vintage

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 20:40:35 | More by metter98
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enzocc

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, orangy,honey color. Almost nothing of head.

S - The smell was funny for me. It has a lot of coriander, chamomille, spices going around. the smell changed the perspective of the beer. Old lemon hints.

T - Spice, Oaked, light malt. Some funny flavors that i didn't liked.

M - Good mouthfeel. A Little more dense than watery. very good feeling.

O - My first saison. I dont know why, but i didnt liked. Had a funny smell that kick my head around trying to figure out what was it. A nice appearance and mouthfeel. Not my type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:01:16 | More by enzocc
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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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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear amber gold with a fizzy head that dissipated very quickly.

The aroma is kinda like lemon pledge with dust and some light malty notes going on.

It tastes a lot like it smells with strong lemon peel notes and an oxidized cardboard note that I find very unpleasent. The brett comes through a bit as it warms and the horseblanket makes the beer have a chalky dry finish.

The body is a bit thin and the carbonation was nice.

Overall I think I got an old bottle and the brett took over. I like some brett beers just fine as long as there is balance between the belgian yeast character and the brett but I didn't get any of the fresh yeast character I enjoy just a heavy handed spice flavor and brett. I think I would try them again if I can find a fresher bottle or when they get a bit older as a company and work out some of the oxidation issues.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:03:21 | More by RenoZymurgist
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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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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this one from the legendary Knightly spirits in Orlando.

Saison "can be aged like a fine wine." Really? The hell with that... I think I'll drink it now!

A: After being filled, the glass was solid, cloudy orange... no head, no bubbles, no nothing! Kinda looked like a cask conditioned beer.

S: Like soggy breakfast cereal, with coriander, and a bit of citrus fruit added.

T: Wow. Unique spices profile intensity for sure! I could have chomped on a clove of coriander and it would have been less spicy!

M: Pretty prickly overall, not much sugary sweetness, but nothing really memorable in the mouthfeel arena about it.

O: Saint Somewhere recommends to age this. I'm heading back to Florida in January 2012 and maybe I'll grab another bottle to do just that. However, as a saison lover, I didn't feel much love from this one...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:25:36 | More by Chaney
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farrago

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good white froth through the pour but no real head per se as its gone immediately after the pouring stops, zero lacing as a result. Gauzy orange rust to yellow coloration, curiously there’s lots of bubble beads of larger sized bubbles but still no head, moderate opacity. The nose offers up a lot of tangerine, mandarin orange citrus along with rosemary, as much lavender as chamomile, very brisk overall with emphasizes green apple, pear and peach pit fruit scents, kind of too clean to really have an earthy, herbaceous side, good length. Medium-bodied, very tangy and at times close to bitter, the carbonation here weirdly “hard” and adds to chewy mouth feel. More peppery but nothing is going to come close to the primacy of the rosemary. The orange, tangerine citrus juicy and sweet before adding to the sour pucker at the end. The yeast not able to soften things much. Green apple, cherry, apricot fruit plus, a solid blend of disparate fruit flavors. Some black tea leaf notes. Too tightly wound for the chamomile to create a floral lift. This one has character in spades but it’s not that much of an easy drinker and it’s good to know that going in.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:49:19 | More by farrago
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 marked on cork. 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a murky golden color with a thin off-white head that bubbles up and fizzles out almost immediately. No lacing left on the glass.

The nose is pretty interesting. The herbal notes stand out the most, even more so as the beer warms. I'm assuming it's the addition of fresh rosemary. There is a nice, peppery spice note as well as a subtle hint of some citrus. The yeasty characteristics stand out as well.

The taste follows along with the nose but it each flavor is more assertive here. The rosemary is again the centerpiece and it makes itself known right from the beginning before a sometimes sharp spicy flavor kicks in. There is touch more fruitiness to the taste. An almost apple-like quality that brings a touch of tartness as well. The yeasty characteristics that were in the nose are also present throughout. Not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that the flavor is a bolder than the aroma because sometimes the rosemary can be a bit much.

Medium body. Carbonation is light but lively. Prickly on the tongue. This leads to a decently crisp mouthfeel. Doesn't dry out like some saisons but it does a bit.

I actually enjoy Belgian style beers that use different, unique herbs as one of the main characterisitics of the beers. This one is pretty good. Not the best and not the worst by any means. A slight tartness seems to be developing so I'd like to see this beer down the road a bit more to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 22:36:23 | More by ms11781
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billab914

Virginia

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

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Poured a light golden color with a thin bubbly white head to it.

The rosemary really stands out to me in the aroma. I get a moderate earthy flavor to it that I assume can be attributed to the wild yeast. Some crisp, citrusy flavors are there as well. Overall it has a lot going on but managed to bring everything together relatively well.

The taste is sweeter and shows a little fruitiness to it up front. More of the herbal, rosemary flavors come out in the finish. It has some crisp, citrus flavors to it as well that help the drinkability for me. Pretty flavorful and drinkable overall.

The mouthfeel is thin with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall a pretty tasty and interesting beer of the style. The rosemary was very evident in it but didn't overpower the beer thankfully.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 18:30:01 | More by billab914
Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.