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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 28
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:
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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Ratings: 431 | Reviews: 293
Photo of robbyc1
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Very light looking, poured from a bomber. Had to cut the cork off and then use a wine corksrew, unfortunately, it has no carbonation, it has lost it's fizz. Maybe this is a general problem with this beer, but I still love the taste, that is why I'm reviewing it even with the problems.

Nose has distinct flavors of cinnamon, like a nice breakfast cake, and other interesting flavors like pepper and allspice. Very good. The taste is just like it smells, no funk, but nice flavor, dry at the end.

Because of the lack of carbonation, it suffers, but I still drank it because of the flavor, would love to get some fresh ones. Easy drinker, I believe the loss of carbonation has made the abv lower, maybe, mabye not, still a Saison to find if you can, lucky Floridians.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Pours a hazy yellow with a good size bubbly head. Smells of spices and some funk. VOne of the richest smelling saisons I have ever had. Taste was similar with abit of cinnamon and a very dry peppery finish. My friend and I both thought it was very, very good and refreshing. Would love to get more!

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle which was served at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 07/12/2008.

I was lucky enough to be able to have my sister in law bring me a couple of these up from Florida on her last trip down there. Really fantastic looking bottle I have to admit. Great artwork on this one, with a classic feel to it. The bottle was heavy as hell as a side note. The pour was very nice with a rich golden yellow. Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice,

Overall not half bad. Not the best in the style I had ever had, but definitely worth seeking out to try again. A very solid beer that will do nothing more then encourage me to try the rest of their offerings. Very solid.

Photo of khiasmus
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish-gold with ample fluffy white head that lasts quite adequately. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the sides.
Aroma is good, a bit vinegary, some phenolic notes and a bit of sweetness, along with white pepper, alcohol and pine rounding out the nose.
Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected from the nose. The vinegar is still there, but muted by the sweetness in the initial flavour. Some strange metallic notes in the finish that knock this down a bit. Wish the flavour was as good as the nose.
The mouthfeel department: initially highly carbonated, but carbonation fades quickly and yields itself to a medium-thin body with just a bit of astringency left by the vinegar qualities.
reasonably drinkable, but a bit too sweet to rank very highly in my estimation of good saisons.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Discovered this at Shoreline Beverages in Huntington. Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The cork decided not to wait for the cage to be removed before popping. Pours a bright pale orange color with big chamapagne like head that quickly dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of lemon and tart apples, some funk, cinnamon and allspice, and hints of brown sugar. The taste starts off with a tart lemon and funk hit, which is followed by cinnamon and allspice. There is also a current of alcohol that runs throughout. The feel is light with semi-soft carbonation; finishes sweet, tart, and funky. A well made saison for sure but the cinnamon and allspice flavors are kind of throwing me for a loop. Not sure I dig those in a saison. Definitely worth a try though.

Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
This one was definitely a cross between a wild ale and bubbly, fruity saison...
Pours a murky, hazy, bright-orange, golden hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly dissipated and left a nice amount of lacing...
Sour-grapefruit aroma with hints of yeast, wheat, lemons, and ginger...
Taste was loaded with funk, akin to a wild ale... Very tart and bitter, slightly acidic, with hints of ripe fruits and bitter citrus... Loads of lemons on the tongue and a slight pepperish bite to match... This beer really reminded me of something that easily could've been produced by Jolly Pumpkin... Very similar in taste to Ommegang's Ommegeddon, with the noticeable funky tartness essence...
Nothing like the sweet, candied saisons usually depicted in the Belgian style...
Different, yet good enough to warrant a try...

Photo of drunkmonk
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Paulthebeerguru, for the chance to consider this one.

Green corked and caged 750ml bottle. No bottle on date that I could find.

Cloudy bronze appearence. Nice white fluffy head gives way to firm steady lace wich sticks nicely. Fresh herbs, lemon grass and some minty aromas. Slight mustyness as well. Here is where things get interesting. Starts with some nice citric lemon grass like flavors, and some grassy hops as well, not bad. The finish is very dry and chalky. I'm left with a strange phenolic taste in my mouth, I can only describe it as remenicient of rubber glue. Yeah rubber glue? I have no clue where I am getting this from? Yeast maybe. The carbonation here is a bit on the high side. Interesting Saison, but not one I would seek out again.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with great clarity and a huge white head. This was my second Saison and believe that this more represents what I expected in the style from what I've read. (tried the ommegang sassion first). There's a huge complex nosefull of grass, herbs, wet hay, little bit of skunk funk and citrus. The mouthfeel was very active to the point of almost stinging the tongue with explosive bubbles. Overall a great experience and left me wanting to try more Saisons. Once I've rated a few I'll come back to this one for another taste. Next is Saison Dupont

Photo of gory4d
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a reasonably priced bottle at Whole Foods on Houston today. Attractive green bottle and arts nouveau label, pours pale orange into my tulip glass with a white head that fades pretty quickly. Smell is floral and funky. Taste is the same, sharp and sweet with a lingering spiciness. It has a pleasant viscosity, nicely carbonated. It's a tad thick and strong to drink a lot, but it'd make a refreshing glass or two to share.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, caged and corked, gotta give 'em props for the nice art deco label art. No freshness indication. Yeast chunks floating on the bottom. Pours cloudy apricot, under an initially huge off white head, that settles pretty quickly to a thicker frothy foam, leaves some larger bubble slippery lace. Pungent nose of woody, earthy funk, I also detect a chocolaty note. Quite tasty, offering, I'm confident to say this is the best beer I have ever tried that was brewed in Florida. (Although that is not saying much at all). Lots of saisony goodness here, funk, earth, wood, horse blanket,a load of coriander, lime, pepper, sour edge beginning to come through. Yeast cake/chunks activated late in the pour and adding to the intrigue. Complex, crisp and refreshing. Bring on the spicy, or whatever foods you want and enjoy with this high quality offering.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my boy tpd975 for this treat. It pretty much feels like I'm in Florida tonight even though I'm in Syracuse (90 and humid), so a saison from the sunshine state seems appropriate, thanks Greg!

750 mL cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear golden hue with a big fluffy two finger white head that quickly dies down to just about nothing. A fair amount of lacing is left on the sides of the glass, but not a whole lot. A good amount of bubbles race to the top of the glass throughout tasting. Smell is heavenly; lemon zest, spicey pepper, and some ginger. A good amount of Granny Smith apples and freshly cut grass in the nose as well. Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the smell, but it still ain't too shabby. An interesting dry cinnamon flavor up front followed by a sweet honey and pear. Midway there's some lemon/lime flavors with a good amount of grass and dirt. Aftertaste is moist marmalade with a touch of pepper. Light body with a steady carbonation. The feel to this one is a bit prickly, but it keeps the tongue awake. I'm not a big fan of this style, but I'm diggin' this beer. Very Americanized and unique. Seeing I have no AC in the apartment, Athene will just have to do the trick. I'll have no problem finishing this bottle tonight :) Can't wait for the Terre De Soleil!! Thanks again Greg, you fuckin' rock.

Photo of ffejherb
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle on 6/6/08. Thanks to Deuane for breaking this one out to share!

A - Cloudy golden/straw-colored body with sparse white head that receded into a patchy film.

S - Bold cinnamon aroma with an apple cider aspect featuring hints of dessert spices and pie crust. Extremely spicy nose with no noticeable hop presence. Some sweet and bready malts emerge as the liquid warmed up.

T - Tart apple cider flavor with spicy cinnamon and some underlying clove and nutmeg notes. Malt is primarily bready and sweet. Not a lot of funk in this farmhouse ale.

M - Light to medium body with a watery texture and moderate carbonation. Spicy mouthfeel imparts a numbing quality on the tongue.

D - A little too spicy and sweet for my personal tastes. However, this would go well with a slice of apple pie!

Photo of hoppymeal
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, basically opaque, straw gold, a small bright white head fades quickly. Aroma is some nice soft spices, grassy, some pepper and some lemony and honey sweetness. Taste follows with a nice spiced bready flavor up front some lemon comes in along with a little ginger and some grassy dryness blends with some honey swetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, some pepperiness on the tongue and a small amount of dryness in the finish. A very nice and refreshing saison. For some reason I think the sweetness was getting to me as I may have liked something drier, but this does not detract from the beer, another day I would prefer it sweeter. Love the sediment from bottle coditioning, hopefully I can score another of these to cellar for a year or two. Huge thanks to Brent for hooking me up with this bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Beerlando: Poured a light dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is easily detectable and quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the funky yeast but it is not as dominant as the aroma would suggest. Nice Belgian type malt base is also noticeable but hops presence is hard to notice. Body is quite full with some good carbonation and alcohol is not apparent.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon de-caging the 750, the cork immediately shot out with a loud pop and a hard bounce off the ceiling. Wowza, that one could have put an eye out.

Pours cloudy gold with a porous head of an inch that fell quickly. Not much for lacework and retention was short, giving way to a partial skim-coat.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of pineapple-laced brett, lime pith, crushed juniper berries, and peppercorns.
Lemony tart and spicy. Plenty of clove, menthol, and lemongrass.

Light bodied and crisp. Dry with a slightly rounded honey-like edge.

Starts slightly sweet on the pallet, which quickly gets crushed by lemon and lime pith.
Mint, lime oils, ginger, and white peppercorns follow through. Almost medicinal in nature, ala Vick's vapor rub.

Finishes quite spicy and warming on the back of the throat.

This ones pretty wild and funky in the nose, but the spicing is overdone on the pallet, which detracts from the drinkablity.
Maybe some extended cellaring would mellow this one out.
I was told that this is the latest batch also, so I would say it is quite fresh.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle, had about 10 oz. courtesy of chefscott79, thanks again Scott, bottled on date of 10/07,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thin white head, spotty lacing.

S: Honestly it smells like lemon-lime Gatorade, light spice, enjoyable smell, but weird out of a saison.

T: Continues with the lemon soda/ginger ale profile which dominates the taste buds. Spice enters more into the scene than in the smell with a corinder, cumin, peppery flavour, different than any saison I have ever tasted.

M: Light-bodied for a saison, watery at times, soda-like, spritzy.

D: As a saison it's average and different. My first beer from this Floridian brewery, would try again if I could ever get my hands on another bottle.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of an awesome 80's BIF package. Thanks Jw347!
Hazy straw yellow with a fluffy, bright white head. Clumpy lacing was left behind as the foam slowly receded to a thin cap. Herbal aroma with coriander and cinnamon, quite grassy with a hint of lemon. Fruity apple notes too, maybe some nutmeg and white pepper, quite spicy. More of the same in the flavour, though the spiciness is more restrained early on and contributes more to the finish. Fruity up front and into the midpoint, then hay and grass took over, just a bit of funk too. Finished with a hint of alcohol and lingering peppery spice. High carbonation, medium bodied, solid texture. Quite enjoyable. What a combination of spices! That's really what this beer's about, and it worked well.

Photo of FleeVT
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bomber with cork and cage, no dates, poured into a pint glass.

A: A pretty clear light amber pour with extremely light carbonation action. Not much of a head at all on this one.

S: Malt sweetness with a mild dosing of fruit sweetness, primarily apple. Spices present as well, but difficult to distinguish. It a menagerie of spices: lemon grass, nutmeg, allspice, mild curry, and cinnamon. Definitely earthy.

T/M: Spices come through much stronger in the palate. Slightly peppery, cinnamon and nutmeg are very evident. I do not detect a bitterness that is supposed to be indicative of a saison. A light hit of hops in the back of the palate. Extremely mild carbonation, I wonder if I had a bad bottle. Middle of the road on body, which is great for the style.

D: My first with this style, I will revisit after making a tour of some of its competition. Spices are strong, but I guess that's what you're looking for in this.

Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cork & cage green bottle, with substantial yeast sediment which I accidentally stirred up upon removing it from the fridge. Yum, vitamin B. The cork popped out like a champagne. The cat was not amused.

So, using it to christen my brand new Duvel tulip, it's cloudy yellow with incredible white foamy head. The head dissipated to a thin ring after several gulps. There's lots of stuff going on in the aroma but I'm not sure I can pick it out. It smells like a champagne, basically... fruits, especially apple. On the taste, it's like a champagne in the front and then it fades into barley/beer. It's a little tart, but overall just good and refreshing. For drinkability, the whole bottle was too much for me. I'd recommend sharing.

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml green bottle.

Poured a murky deep gold, starting to learn toward orange but definately still a golden hue. one and a half finger high head composed of fairly large bubbles. On close inspection lots of bubbles are rushing to the surface.

Very very spicy on the nose. Wow, I have to take some time to see if I can sort out what's going on here on the nose. Very herbaceous and Peppery with clove, cardamom, nutmeg spiciness. A bit of apple and pear and some citric notes way in the back, perhaps a little orange zest and some malty honey...maybe it's like an orange blossom honey. There is also a little funk, some horse blanket, barnyardy stuff going on, not nearly as intense as in some saisons but it's there for sure.

Apple and cinnamon are the tastes that hit my tongue first. Maltiness comes out next followed by a very peppery on the finish with the cinnamon roaring back into the equation.

Medium to light bodied, fairly creamy and smooth. Very light carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish, slightly off dry.

A very enjoyable and solid saison, I'd love to see this with a bolder bret character. but then again I love the funk

Photo of RedHaze
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bluegrassbrew for the bottle.

Pours a very hazy orange with a massive three finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap. The resulting lace is thick, leaving large chunks of foam on the glass.

Smell; slightly tart up front with some hints of lemon grass. There's a nice peppery spiciness, and a musty earthiness comes through as this warms up a bit.

Taste; the spices come through right out of the gates with pepper, ginger, lemon grass with just a little honey thrown in the mix as well as sourdough bread. Once I make it through all the spiciness some green apples, funky/musty earthiness, and mild tartness come through. The finish is on the dry side, and the flavors really linger after each sip.

Moutfeel is medium bodied and very creamy, with a not quite biting carbonation that really fits the flavor of the beer. Drinkability is just great. I've been wanting to try the beers from Saint Somewhere ever since I first read about them, this one did not disapoint at all. Just wish I had easy access to this all of the time.

Photo of goldenpeanut
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained from Bob, the brewer, at the brewery. Bottle had exceptional presentation considering labeling and cork/cage. Be careful, the cage was holding the cork in and it blew to parts unknown. Prepare to depress cork while removing cage.

Presented at 57 deg. F., poured with a large fluffy head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer supported by the bubble generation from laser etched glasses.

Aroma presents initially with huge Brett presence backed up by classic Saison notes from yeast and malt. Spices are evident but they can not be identified, nice touch. Malt sweetness underpins all inviting a sip.

Flavor is a beautiful blend of brett and classic Saison notes underpinned by true Saison bitterness. Yes, Saison should be BITTER. Initially, malt sweetness and Brett sour attack the front half of the tongue, melding nicely into a flavor, underpinned by spice. Brett is not always a part of Saison style but used tastefully here to augment and tame the malt sweetness very effectively. The malt/Brett attack of the early sip fades into a nice finish balanced by the hop bitter and phenols from the unusual yeast strain. Speaking to the phenols from the yeast they are presented here in a beautiful meld with the spices used. If the brewer had not told me what the spices were I could not hazard a guess. And, no, I will not reveal them or Bogart for my home brews.

Finish is citrusy and balanced toward hop bitter when cold, and balanced toward the malt as the beer warms. A clean dry palate remains, really nice for paring with food. Bob says to pair it with pork but I think he's limiting himself, I think it would go with just about anything as it refreshes the palate so nicely. There are few beer I would recommend as universally complimentary of just about any food, but this is the exception.

Conclusion, a beautiful Saison with spices and Brett. Not the ultra parochial interpretation we brew, but a really pleasant and unparalleled interpretation. If you like Fantome, this will blow you away. It's cleaner, crisper and more refreshing, and really, more interesting.

Photo of Patrick999
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found an updated bottle, with the better cork, and hopefully no lack of carbonation problem. This time, upon opening, the cage broke, so I kinda had to cut the wire. No matter, the cork came out easily with a nice pop...and what's this, some good bubbles as well! All right, now we're talking. I'm happy to rescind my prior negative review.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a nice crown of foam. There's even some nice lacing. It's not Saison Dupont in the looks department, but it is a vast improvement.

S - Has the crisp, light hoppy aroma I expect from a saison, as well as a little mustiness. Wet earth and a touch of pepper.

T - This is the excellent taste I remember from the flat Athene I had. Take the typical peppery, dry, lightly funked saison, and add some of what comes across to me as pumpkin pie spicing. I taste nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, orange peel - it's basically pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Maybe it's the power of association, but I swear butternut squash or pumpkin is hinted at as well. Spices linger in the finish.

F - Again, a vast improvement. Maybe not still *as* sharp as the standard-bearers of the style, but not a whole hell of a lot to complain about if you ask me.

D - A Florida brewer that likes to make my favorite style. Like the Lectio Divina, I feel that this is nudging for a spot at the table among the heavy hitters. It's great to have such an up-and-coming brewery here in the state of Florida. Oh, lest I get carried away with the platitudes, the beer is drinkable. Might be too spicy for some - it's a little "out there." This isn't a benchmark saison along the lines of Saison Dupont or Hennepin. It has more in common with a very spicy Fantome, IMO.

I realize it now. This brewery could be the Southeast's very own Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App: Pours very into the glass very cloudy, likely from a pretty disturbed sediment base from cork opening. A really nice bottle and beautiful label design. Probably one of the highlights of this beer. Color is hazy yellow-straw (on the slightly lighter side) with a 2-3 finger thick head, low lacing and nice small carbonated bubbles.

Aroma: Strong, strong spicing of pork sausage. Yeah, sounds weird but that's what I'm picking up. Cardamom, apple, tree fruits, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, bread, pepper, nutmeg and some cinnamon. The spice smells are high on this one, so those who like that style of saison might do we with this beer.

Taste: The front flavor is dominated by apple, cinnamon, and cardamom, followed by a middle of sweet honey and spicy sugar cookies. Finishes with a slight dryness and nutmeg on the tongue. Aftertaste is dry and spicy.

Mouthfeel: This is quite nice. Light to medium bodied with strong by soft carbonation - full but gentle. Mouth-filling but not cloying.

Drink: For a saison, which is supposed to be exceptionally drinkable, I think this one is a little lacking. The spicing is way too high.

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Thanks! Pours a dirty orange color with zero head. Bottle is clearly flat, despite a very tight cork. Shame, because the flavor was really nice. Smell is fruity and maybe a minty, cinnamony spiced scent. Taste is fruity, orange, and cinnamon. Very unique, and a nice drinkable flavor. Would be a great beer, I think, if the carbonation had been present.

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Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.