Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

297 Reviews
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Reviews: 297
Hads: 442
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of isitsavage
3.42/5  rDev -13%
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.... (925 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (929 characters)

Photo of enzocc
3.26/5  rDev -17%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.56/5  rDev -34.9%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of adam42381
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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... (840 characters)

Photo of farrago
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,487 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (829 characters)

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

A huge thanks to Erik (erikkoppin) for this very generous extra.

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into my tulip. About a finger of head that dissipates

Smell – Lots of spices and yeast. White pepper, coriander, floral/grassy aromas, herbs, and slight granny smith apple.

Taste – I get a lot of the spices and yeast up front – a bit more than I wanted. Midway through you can definitely taste the apple – a nice tart citrus flavor. The floral flavors and white pepper mix in again, and at the end there is a slight cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, crisp carbonation.

Overall – A decent saison, however, to be honest I would probably not get it in the future. The strain of yeast they used is a bit off putting to me (just my opinion) and the spices were a bit much. Accordingly, there was a relatively strong alcohol note, and seeing as the cork said 2009, this has had a couple years to simmer and it still was a bit harsh. (972 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one in the cellar for over a year and decided to finally drink the darn thing, hoping it's not over-aged.

Pours a murky gold with huge foaming white head. Sticky lacing is great. Awesome looking beer.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty for the most part. Some white pepper and coriander. Florals here and there. Something like chardonnay.

Great taste. Light sweet bread somewhat toasted. Yeast spice and pepper again. Golden apples. The end has a semi-strong flavor of cherries, and is quite juicy. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be in the flavor profile--the label is hard to make out--or if it came out with age on it. It's very interesting and kind of addictive. Carbonation is still strong, alcohol not a factor. Although perhaps a bit thin (757 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation.

O- The 7.5% ABV shows up in the finish and it could use a little better balance, but a decent beer none the less. (593 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/amber color with very little head.

Smell: Some sweetness, a bit fruity, apple, and some herbs.

Taste: A mild sweetness along with a little spice and some herbal flavors. Refreshing fruit notes, apple and mild citrus. The finish is a bit spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Very different, kind of reminded me of a spicy cider. Glad I tried it. (463 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice cloudy looking saison, it's got a yellowish color to it and a big viscous white head on it. This brew is very lively. The smell of the beer has some yeasty fruit notes with a bit of herbal aromas too. The taste gives off an interesting flavor of some fermented fruit and some very herbal flavors. The aftertaste almost feels like it has some kind of menthol cooling the back of the mouth. Very different. The mouthfeel was bubbly and has plenty of carbonation to it. Overall it's a very interesting Saison from a very interesting brewery. (568 characters)

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

My best friend and his wife came over for dinner a few nights before they left for 2 1/2 year in Kenya as part of the peace Corp. They were in the mood for champagne and we had some cheap stuff cluttering the beer fridge, but I thought that a crack at this Floridian saison might be an even better offering. I was damn right!

It poured a soft orange glow with minimal head retention.

Soft tropical and herbal flavors wafted right to my head.

Beautiful fruity saison. It reminded me of a really mildly juiced mimosa; tropical fruit notes mingled with a standard orange/citrus profile. A slight peppering kept it from getting too sweet. Balanced and delicious it was a perfect start for an evening of celebration (albeit bittersweet) with dear old friends. (757 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

thanks to TheEpeeist for this bottle - a very generous trader in my book.

A: pours hazy straw yellow with a finger of head. a bit of lacing but the foam subsides quicker than expected. Cork was explosively ejected as soon as I untied the cage. No gushing though - or I caught it in the glass and it did not seem overly foamy.

S: lemons, wheat, harsh phenols, typical saison yeasts. significant floral smells later, dandelion, lavender, and a hint of rose. A bit of dusty oxidation as well.

T: slightly bitter then lots of peppery yeast. overly phenolic and almost malt-liquorly bland in the middle and end. the finish and aftertastes are significantly underwhelming and not expected based on smell. The minimal amount of wheat and biscuit malts appear much later.

M: light-medum body, significant carbonation makes this seem smooth, even though it is not. clean but distinct aftertaste, that of a high alcohol beer.

O: An ok saison, overly phenolic, harsh and unbalanced. I wish I could say that this would be better with age, but I was told this was an 09 bottle. That this is still so boozy and offensive either says I do not know my saisons, or the Athene is a ragged example. As a homebrewer, I am not offended by the offering. Saisons are a fickle mistress, and putting one in balance is not an easy task. I did have high hopes for this one. (1,354 characters)

Photo of katan
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint - 2009 vintage, a bit old

A - Pours a bright golden color. Hazy and opaque, bubbly and full of some yeast suspension. Bright white and pearly head formation. Very strong, well retained.

S - Some sour fruity notes come through, makes it seem like this beer has been aged more than it should be.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, some 2 row, small amount of pilsner. mid-stream gets some funky earthy tones, along with some more sweet spices such as clove and coriander. Finishes with a strong white pepper note, very spicy.

M - Moderate beer body, but a huge carbonation profile. Finishes pretty clean with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - A good saiison. A little bit filling. The strong off note from the nose is a little off putting, but it recovered nicely in the taste. (798 characters)

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a big bottle with a friend at The Imperial on Orange, Orlando FL.

A: Pale yellow and orangish with a nice creamy head. Not much lacing. Opaque, hard to see through.

S: Bread, grapefruit mixed with apples, lots of cloves and some other spice that I couldn't quite pinpoint.

T: Nice and peppery mouthfeel, very refreshing with a semi-sweet finish. Sourdough bread and spices with hints of fruit throughout.

D: I'll have another. (438 characters)

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow with a finger or so of thick white head that fades slightly over time. Strong notes of clove, bready yeast, and characteristic Belgian phenols. A noticeable clove flavor, but tempered with a nice straw like note at the end that barely comes through. The mouthfeel is light, and well carbonated. Overall, this beer is pretty tasty, and a good choice for a hot night. (392 characters)

Photo of Keith238
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

O- terrific beer. The cost is a bit prohibitive for another sixtel but I'll certainly look for it when in Florida or Philadelphia as it's not available here in NJ. Highly recommended to anyone interested in saisons or any other easy drinking brews. None of the 'barnyard' aroma or flavors that are associated with so many other saisons. (1,190 characters)

Photo of RossCain
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a year old 2009 into a pint glass. The cork popped on this two seconds after the wire cage was removed, of course in just enough time for me to turn away for the glass and the be startled by a loud noise

A: The beer began to foam immediately and ended up pouring with the color of cloudy straw and settled in the glass with a massively rocky white head. The head (very) slowly fades away and leaves behind a trail of sticky lacing all over the glass. A hazy but intriguing beer.

S: Slightly funky up front with a bite of spices and yeast. Predominantly peppery in the spice profile with a bit of a medicinal waft coming through in the end. A tad bit faint in the aroma.

T: A rush of well blended yeasts hit up front with dashes of pepper and clove mixed into the foray. A mellow funk settles in the mouth but quickly transitions into a crisp and dry finish. All the flavors seemed slightly subdued but that was likely what to expect with the age.

M: Light body with a definitely champagne like effervescence. Prickly on both the tongue and the throat, it is ultimately dry and refreshing in the finish.

O: A nice saison overall, I would be intrigued to try it rather fresh to have something to compare with. The clean, spicy notes mixed well with the subtle funk and ultimately made for an interesting and refreshing beer. (1,335 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to steelcitybrew for this bottle of a FL local, rolling north in a trade for another much-sought-after FL brew.

Always a little leery when the cork comes loose with a flick of the fingernail, but all is well, just a healthy Pop! Poured into two different snifters, carefully, leaving several ounces (& potential sediment) in the bottom of the bomber. Clear yellow that has the uncanny ability to magnify the letters on the screen for me so I can read them even more easily. No, really, that's cool. I wouldn't have been able to ID it without the label, but that has to be rosemary in the nose, & a healthy dusting of pepper.

Saison Athene is a melange of flavors. CCing the nose, the rosemary comes through the barn door first, pungent. Wow. Beyond is the kitchen sink. Strong black pepper leans into the senses, then a mixture of pear, white grape. Zesty lemon zings. Wheat. And in the end, the pepper reasserts itself, lingering on the lips & tonuge. The brew itself is like a light, breezy champagne, highly carbonated. I can see this one being sipped around a wedding cake.

Very good beer with bonus points being awarded simply for strangeness. Not quite sure what the brewer was aiming for here, but it works. (1,226 characters)

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

I picked this one up on a recent trip to Boone, NC. Interesting little cork, much shorter than others I've pulled, and it comes out easily with a resounding POP! Review is from notes taken on 4/2/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a lemony yellow with a touch of orange/peach hues to it; starts with a very prickly and short 1/4 finger off-whtie head that doesn't even get a chance to fully form before it fades to literally nothing; body is quite cloudy, but still shows very strong carbonation bubbling up to and bursting immediately on the surface; absolutely no lacing left behind at all.

Smell: A definitely funky beer -- has a tart, acidic and very overripe fruit-like scent to it; chamomile is definitely present and is warming and slightly medicinal; peppery spiciness to it as well; initially I think vinegar, but as I continue to smell it I start to think otherwise...

Taste: Hmmmm... Interesting, very interesting. The chamomile is a great flavor addition in this one and it blends quite well and up front with the overripe and citric/sweet fruitiness; the funky tartness is definitely present as well, but it doesn't seem like the funk brett produces, so I'm curious as to what the agent is that's causing that particular flavor; Belgian spiciness is preset, but more peppery than I usually get from others and it's nice in the saison -- keeps it refreshing and from becoming too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight, leaning more towards the medium sight; the carbonation, while it looks especially strong, actually comes as across as spritzy and very fitting and appropriate -- not overpowering or the least bit sharp; the chamomile creates a warming sensation and the stomach follow suit due to that and the acidity of the beverage; a medium bodied and moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: A very solid beer that would be quite refreshing in the summer, as the style is intended to be. A great set of flavors that aren't overly sweet and properly bitter and tart, yet not overly so in those respects either. A great beer, my first and hopefully not my last from Saint Somewhere. (2,172 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. 2009 vintage. Cork shot out as soon as I removed the cage, so watch out!

A - Pours a hazy, glowing gold with a dense white head that settles to a thick ring and slight haze. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing clinging to the glass.
S - A very aromatic nose of lemon zest, bubblegum, and sweet malt with a HUGE floral profile. Coriander, rosemary, pepper, chamomile, and flowers are all present. Fantastic nose.
T - There's quite a lot of complex flavors in here, and many carry over from the nose. Slightly sweet malt creates a bit of a sugar-cookie quality, along with more lemon zest and bubblegum. The floral aspect is again rather strong, with chamomile and rosemary leading the way, and pepper and some cinnamon providing a nice, spicy counterpoint.
M - Medium-bodied with a subtle creaminess and crisp, sharp carbonation. Finish is quite dry. Very crisp and refreshing beer.
O - Really a fantastic brew, one of the most well-crafted Saisons I've ever had the pleasure to try. Easily on par with the Belgian masters. Cheers! (1,058 characters)

Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.