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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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414 Ratings

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 28 | 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.

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Photo of FleeVT


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 01:49:12 | More by FleeVT
Photo of HardcoreKeith


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 02:09:45 | More by HardcoreKeith
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:18:59 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of RedHaze


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 00:44:46 | More by RedHaze
Photo of goldenpeanut


4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 21:31:08 | More by goldenpeanut
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 21:02:39 | More by Patrick999
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:56:07 | More by NoLiberty
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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:32:39 | More by JDV
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: After an explosion from the cork, pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that retains and laces well

Smell: Apple and pear, white pepper, candi sugar and yeasty herbaciousness

Taste: Opens with a balance of sweet and dry apple flavors, with a yeasty element building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors become more intense, with a peppery, hot cinnamon finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: After a bad experience with the poorly carbonated first batch, the brewer has obviously gone overboard in the opposite direction; still, this is a great domestic saison and I am glad I had an opportunity to re-visit it so soon after my previous experience; my only recommendation would be for the brewer to keep safety in mind as somebody is going to get hurt by the exploding corks

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:45:01 | More by brentk56
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed in this beer as I really love their Lectio Divina. However, my drinking companions had mixed feelings on the subject. Oddly enough, the guys mostly preferred this brew, while myself and my friend KC strongly favored the Lectio Divina. Anyways, it has a slightly orange color to it, and a noticeable citrus aroma. However, the taste was a little too dry and sour for me. I never seem to enjoy beers that have a resemblance to Chardonnay, which I think would describe this particular Saison. Still though, it's another solid example from a great local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 15:47:58 | More by jenbys2001
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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Muddled orange appearance with a small amount of particulate; haziest toward the end of the pour.

S: Smells like a heavily diluted orange drink, with a slight whiff of alcohol -- but not offensive; probably the most likeable part of the beer.

T: Taste does not match the aroma, despite the essentially lacking nose. The alcohol sting in other saisons is not present; perhaps it was overpowered by the citrus!

M: Very smooth -- but not in a very good way. It felt lacking and should have had a strong presence of mouth-tingly bitterness.

D: Drinkable only because of its lack of overall complexity -- and because I hate to waste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 01:27:08 | More by marinermc
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3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an orange with a reddish tint with a small amount of head that quickly dissipates to a very small ring. There is no lacing to speak of since there is basically no head left after a few seconds.

S: The nose has both floral and citrus aromas. A slight hint of malt as well. It makes you look forward to see what the flavor will be like.

T: Unfortunately, the taste doesn't match the aroma. The taste is very sour instead of sweet like the smell. There is a lot of spice, but it isn't pleasing since the rest of the flavor is so sour. It leaves the mouth very dry.

M: Thin and lacking in anything outside of spicing and some mild carbonation.

D: The only reason I would have to knock this back is to get it finished so I could go to the next beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 03:48:24 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Whitefolks305 for the chance to try this. Highly unusual and quite delicious beer. Looks like just squeezed orange juice with barely more carbonation. Both of the Saint Somewhere beers I've had have had low, but present carbonation. They also have the worst corks I've ever seen- they seal fine, but both times I haven't even been able to get the corks off with a pair of pliers- they both broke and I had to use a corkscrew. Smells just like Lemon Meringue pie, lemony, creamy, and floral. As it warms it picks up even more flavors of lemon zest, a bit of orange, and perhaps some coriander. The taste has that same lemon creaminess, but with even more orange, also like fresh, sweet orange juice, as well as orange blossom honey, coriander, and a slight residual herbalness. Complex and very different- and very nice. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost like drinking sweetened key lime juice, which come to think of it, could be a big part of the flavor profile as well. Very drinkable, goes down like water, but keeps you pondering the flavors as well. Bravo! We need more regional beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:13:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is served chilled just below cellar temp and not quite fridge temp. Poured into my Troubador tulip.

Paired this up with some fantastic lobster rolls that turned out to be a marvelous pairing. These are not those mayo or butter soaked lobster rolls mind you...

Appearance - Pours with just a champagne-like head that disappears quickly. Color is a light orange-yellow and relatively clear with the sediment caked to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - A very lively nose with large wafts of Chamomile and Honey - very tea-like with a light spiciness off in the distance.

Taste - This one hits the sweet buds right off the bat - not necessarily overly sweet but more than a hint - honey. A bit of light bitterness nestles its way as the sweetness is scrubbed by the carbonation - and hints of lemon. A hint of spicy/peppery rolls through prior to a very modest dry finish with some residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin and sweet for me but interesting. Could have used more carbonation.

Drinkability - A nice one to try and sip with my lobster rolls. One 750 would be enough at a time - even shared.

Thanks to tpd75, I think, as I got this one in the Battle cruiser BIF and finally got around to drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 00:34:22 | More by gpcollen1
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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hard to review a beer when it is so close to perfection. This beer will capture anyone in search for something new and of quality.

A - Cloudy yeast - golden, pours very well, good head filled with aroma.

S - Right away you will be captured by the sweet smell of chamomille. Spices are very present, one can distinguish the rosemary and black pepper.

T - Sweet, very complex, the spices are clearly present.

M - from the first sip to the last, this beer will have you find more and more hidden flavors.

D - I was captured by this beer. From the outside package of the bottle to the label to the pleasure of tasting it, it is an overall best Belgian style ales made in US.

Comes in 750ml corked bottles and wire caged.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:13:27 | More by Sebletitje
Photo of Deuane


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy gold with a medium foamy, white head. Decent lacing left.

S-Very nice aroma. Floral, spicy, and the funk of Brett. Notes of cinnamon spiced apple cider. Decent bready/malty aromas too.

T-Cinnamon, chamomile, pepper, lemon, bretty funk, fresh grains, and a nice ending bite of hops. Nice and complex.

M-Medium body with lots of carbonation. Very pleasnt in the mouth...like beer champagne.

D-My first St. Somewhere offering and I am sure not my last. Very impressed with this brew. This was imbibed after having quite a few "bigger" beers at a tasting party and it still managed to hold it's own. Nice job! Excellent saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 07:25:28 | More by Deuane
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to grub and his wife for being the middle man in this, grubs father-in-law picked it up on a recent trip to Florida. You did well on this one, thanks Big Mike!

Pours a clear straw yellow, thick white head forms, great retention, this forms a thick layer, leaves tons of lace on the glass, certainly looks great. Smell is amazing, grass, honey, very spicy, especially cinnamon, oats, oak, apples, wheat, more spice, pretty wicked. Taste is cinnamon and cloves, pepper, oats, bread, honey, apples, yeast, a bit barnyardy, spicy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation, buttery smooth, spicy mouthfeel that is just perfect. Amazing beer, I would drink this all day if I could. Thanks again Mike, Russ and Jenn!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 20:37:10 | More by Viggo
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this bottle...
Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a small film and collar. Scattered zebra stripes are left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal tea, cinnamon, chamomile, corander, and nutmeg.
Taste is of the same aromas with light sweetness and notes of herbs, hay, and mild funk coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, spicy, and semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 22:26:10 | More by weeare138
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most Recent Bottling with Brettanomyces added to the bottle
Sampled March 2008
A careful pour yields a fluffy, almost four finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that grows to five-fingers in height as I slowly inspect it. As the head slowly recedes it forms dynamic, textured surfaces and lofted surfaces as well as substantial lacing on the sides of my tulip glass; yep, the carbonation in this one is definitely a-ok. The beer is fully hazy and shows a pale amber, orange-tinged color that shows straw-gold notes when held up to the light. The aroma is still quite spicy, as I expected from this latest release; quite pepper-like with notes of clove, cardamom, anise and a very perfume-like character; perfume aromatics make me think of lavender and herbal flower petals. This also has a slightly musty, earthy, funky yeast signature to it. Towards the end some sweet malt character comes through with aromas of honey, sweet grain and it even accents some orange-zest aromatics.

Soft and creamy tasting, yet with a definite peppery carbonic bite, the beer is light and quaffable like a good Saison should be yet still has some body to it. The flavor is again quite perfume / potpourri like with lots of floral characteristics and also has a substantial white pepper / grains of paradise note to it. This still has some sweetness to it with flavors of sweet grain, floral-pale-honey flavors as well as a touch of sweet orange peel. Turpene-rich spice notes of clove, cardamom and something that is almost allspice like. The spice flavors tend to mellow a bit as my palate gets used to them, but, especially the floral-perfume ones, they are still the dominant flavor character of this brew. The spice notes almost have a metallic quality to them. Towards the finish some more malt character is noticeable in the form of freshly crushed grain flavors, some lightly toasted malt notes and touch of soda-cracker flavors. Earthy spice notes, green coriander and some of the clove notes are definitely a signature of the Saison yeast.

The Brettanomyces has yet to contribute, but that is not surprising as this is less than a month old. Thankfully Solan was kind enough to include a bottle for me to age. Speaking of which, over-carbonation might be an issue if there is indeed Brettanomyces added to this at bottling as this is already pretty well carbonated. This beer is a whole lot better with the carbonation and, unsurprisingly the flavor profile has changed quite a bit; almost to the point that I could be convinced that the brewer may have played with the relative amounts / additions of spices in this batch (though it is just as likely that the carbonation has amplified / muted certain aspects of the beer on its own). I sort of like the potpourri nature of this brew, but I could see how it would get on some peoples nerves as it is quit prominent. Some age and the Brett should take care of this though.

Likely Batch 1; Sampled January 2008
Very undercarbonated, but shows lots of potential

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 01:32:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my father-in-law picked this one up for me on a recent trip to florida. thanks mike!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled jan 19/08.

pours deep golden yellow with a nice medium density white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is great. cinnamon and clove. brown sugar. graham crackers. white bread. others compare it to cinnamon toast crunch and french toast. it actually makes me think of the cinnamon roll french toast that my wife used to get at a restaurant we visited regularly in MN. bit of alcohol. hint of caramel sweetness.

taste is great. cinnamon roll french toast with apple compote. cinnamon. touch of clove and maybe nutmeg. brown sugar. very low bitterness level. just a hint of floral character, but never perfumey. bread and cracker. really neat blend of spice that never gets overbearing.

mouthfeel is great. very well integrated smooth medium carbonation level. good medium-light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is excellent. everyone thought this was one of the best of the night, strong words when it was up against kate the great and cantillon. another said it was the best example of the style they'd ever had. interesting and unique. alcohol is nearly totally hidden. just the right level of spice. i like my saison's more on the funky end of the spectrum, but this one is great. looking forward to more good things from these guys!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 18:15:33 | More by grub
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Recent relocation to Tampa drew me to look up on the BeerFly guide of good places to drink good beer. I saw this brewery on the top of the list. Having lived my entire 23 years of life in Sarasota Florida and never hearing of this brewery before astounded me.

Brewery claims to be small batch Belgium style limited quanities. Cork was kind of hard to pull but a wine key did the trick real nice.

This saison selection leaves me breathless.

I popped this with my brother upon finally finishing a loooong weekend of packing and moving. An unusually cold weekend here in the sunshine state made the scene all the better.

Beer pours from bottle into a Belgium style goblet. Awesome head retention and massive amounts of head.

Smells of a spicy wine with lots of cloves and bananas and fruits and liquorice.

Taste has incredible background complexity from the intial alcohol spice kick. As the beer warms it permeates a luscious almost cognac alcohol smell. Very sticky head retains during entire glass.

Incredible find here in the land of Bud light and LandShark yellow fizzy beach beers. I recommend this to anyone who has the slightest taste for good spiced belgium beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 05:04:46 | More by Ozone34
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd975 for the chance to try another beer from Saint Somewhere.

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow, a fair amount of foamy head with very little lacing.

Smell is mostly citrus with some yeast, other spices as well, such as an orange and lemon aroma.

The taste is controlled by lemon citrus, the other spices in the beer follow up shortly after. Carbonation is a bit overdone, but makes for a light tasting brew. Does leave a bitter tartness at the end though.

A solid effort from Saint Somewhere, I look forward to trying out any new beers they make in the future. Although they might want to work on their corks, this one and the Lectio Divina had a hard time coming out.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:55:45 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml green bottle, caged and corked, poured into goblet. The cage on this bottle is for show only, because this cork was going nowhere. After losing feeling in both my arms trying to wrestle the cork, I opted for the corkscrew. At last, drinking time.

Appearance: cloudy, muddled golden tan in color with virtually no head and little carbonation. Bottle conditioned yeast really muddies up the beer.

Smell: sweet pear, apples, grape skins and lemon zest along with some subtle spices. I could swear that I smell overripe bananas.

Taste: all that is perceived in smell can also be tasted. sweet ripe pears, apples, grapes and lemon at the finish. Hop bitterness shows up at the finish.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is not seen but can be detected upon drinking. Light to medium bodied, refreshing on the tongue and well-balanced.

Drinkability: carbonation is virtually missing, but this is a fun drinking beer nevertheless. I will check back on this one once I know the cork and carbonation issue has been resolved.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 22:38:24 | More by Procrastinator
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4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i have been looking for this beer ever since i had a small glass in october.

appearance/pour: pours nicely. the color is that of the inside of a ripe carambola fruit. strong color, opaque orange/gold. the head is a bit thin and porous, though it manages to lace beautifully.

smell: delicate citrus scent. almost a tart kiwi. yeast comes through the end.

taste: wonderful. like grapefruit rind bread. perfect balance of sweet and tart. mellow clove and black pepper spice. the warming alcohol taste is completely absent, the brewers did a fabulous job hiding it for a refreshing summer style. nice hoppy dryness to the finish. clean, tart linger.

mouthfeel: perfect for the style. bright effervescence, tickles the palate. not too thin, surprisingly. perfect level of carbonation.

drinkability: i could drink three glass pitchers of this beer in a sitting and be in heaven. i'd be drunk, but my mouth would be on cloud nine. really, this beer is exceptional.

i'm going to phone the brewing company and ask if they'll let me come mill about in their presence (and drink more of their brews). i haven't had any of their other styles but i can't wait. please, everyone, try this beer and give it some thought.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 22:03:34 | More by bitterbeauty
Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.