Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
I poured the beer into a pint glass. A good color and good head. I could smell citrus. A very strong citrus smell, but thankfully not grapefruit. I could taste the citrus and a hint of spice. The hint of spice grew stronger as I drank more of the beer. No sweetness. The beer went down easily.
10-09-2013 00:10:09 | More by deg
4/5 rDev +2%
Poured into chalice.
I wasn't planning on rating this one. I was just looking for something to pair with a salad but this totally took me off-guard.
Appearance is very pleasant. Pours with a nice head, settling into a thin layer that doesn't go away. The rest is an opaque burnt orange.
Nose is the only off-putting attribute of this great beer. After researching online the only theory on the smell I'm smelling is butyric acid. The smell is nothing like the taste though so I'm a bit confused.
Taste is wonderfully complex. I get hints of a lambic or Belgian champagne-style. Perhaps some citrus fruit skins and bitter spice as the flavor rests on your tongue.
Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. When it mellows and settles on your tongue an oily yet numbing effect begins to make itself apparent.
Overall this beer was very fun to drink. It changed from first to second to third glass. The spices become more and more apparent as the beer opens up. It is complex and a very nice expression of the style.
07-30-2013 03:17:41 | More by RobertRedmoon
4.19/5 rDev +6.9%
Somehow haven't had any of their beers yet, or at least reviewed them. I've had them here and there at festivals, and esp at The Festival in Portland got to know the guys a bit thanks to rudzud hanging out with them. This one was actually given to me as an extra thanks to Stogies, which is cool since I've haven't manned up enough to buy any of these since I hadn't tried them yet.
Pours a fizzy larger head that fades pretty much instantly, looks like apple cider with many bubbles rising up the center but no head can form, very slight hazy golden cider color.
Nose is really unique, a bit saison, but cider, but tart fruit and almost lambic like, champagne, etc. It brings a nice apple cider that was spontaneously fermented. A bit of a Belgian beer, kinda like saison bit more French light saison, and some Belgian tart lambic like fruit, a but if a champagne like effervescent aroma, some interesting spices in there not quite mulling spices and not quite cooking but somewhere in between.
Taste brings more interesting blended goodness, hard to say what to start with... a immersing apple cider, with cinnamon even and apple skin etc. Again an interesting effervescent like champagne and floral characters, with a bit of a farmhouse funk, a spontaneously fermented apple cider, s light tart apple like fruit, and light vinous touch. There is a hint if Brett like funk, with a dry lighter style French saison again, more light floral spices, and a bit of a floral fruity hop character. It also brings a light doughy blond malt character with a hint of fermented straw, probably from the saison character. Finish is dry but slightly sticky feeling, lingering more spontaneous fermented apple cider with spices and cinnamon like, light saison flavours lingering, hint of bitterness.
Mouth is med to lighter bod, effervescent carb.
Overall quite unique, interesting saison, apple cider, champagne, etc. Almost the perfect beer for a hot summer day.
07-14-2013 23:38:22 | More by jlindros
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
I have no idea how old is this bottle, that is the issue with brews bought there. It looks quite seasoned though, probably will be sourer given the conditioned wild yeast. Cork made a stomp noise when released. Interesting label, quite dreamlike.
Hazy orange color with a fluffy champagne head that vanished quickly.
Tart aroma with hints of chamomile and condiments.
Sweet taste with good tartness with notes of pineapples, lemon and chamomile. Hints of pepper, rosemary, green apples, orange peel and cinnamon. Also got some ginger and lemongrass. Mild dry aftertaste.
Medium body with champagne carbonation. Interesting how the 7.5% ABV was well hidden.
This is a complex Bretta party with several invitees. Funky, herbal and tart. If you dig the style, it is a must try.
06-22-2013 23:50:57 | More by FLima
Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.