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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 292
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007)
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Photo of thudean
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

thudean, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of TheDoak
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TheDoak, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A brewery specializing in saisons? How can I say no. Picked up on a trip to Florida, though I realized after that this is distributed to my state. Tasted 30 September 2013.

Pours a hazy pale golden-straw yellow, with a massive frothy white head that would overtop the glass if I didn’t stop my pour. I can see just far enough into it to make out the eruption of bubbles throughout the glass. Head lasts and lasts (come on, I want to drink my beer!). And the lacing is more like a coating of foam sprayed onto the walls of the glass. Wow.

Smell is fantastic. Funky and floral, oh, man. This is about as good as it gets, with different aromas dancing with each other. Like mixing a bouquet of flowers with the earth they were grown in. Stellar.

Taste is more straight-laced, without the spunk and funk of the smell. Crisp and clean, grainy with a heavy dose of flowers, like sucking on petals. Mildly bitter in the finish. Nice.

In line with the appearance, bubbles are the name of the game. But they’re not overdone, like just enough of them got released in that explosion on the pour. Light-bodied, quite light actually, and that high carbonation is just right, sizzly and then fading to a slick finish.

This is a really solid, heavily floral saison. Reminds me somewhat of Upright’s Flora Rustica, but with better balance. I'll be drinking more of this.

zeledonia, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Danny1217, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a big fluffy white head that settles to a quarter-inch layer of foam sustained by lively carb. A good coating layer of lace is left behind on the glass. Nice.

Aroma is floral, grassy, earthy. Really nice relaxed saison qualities.

Taste likewise is floral almost to the point of perfumy (looking at the description now, that must be the chamomile), with a nice bready pale malt backbone and a good amount of yeasty funk. Old world hops. Good balance. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very drinkable and refreshing for the relatively high ABV.

Overall a really well put together, enjoyable saison.

draheim, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3/5  rDev -23.5%

millerbuffoon, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jzeilinger, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DaveHack, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of DustinSWB
3/5  rDev -23.5%

DustinSWB, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of deg
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

deg, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

apasternak, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of jryanj927
4/5  rDev +2%

jryanj927, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of DrewLikesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

DrewLikesBeer, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mverity, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

pathman, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

twenty5, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of SFACRKnight
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

SFACRKnight, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mhaugo, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Envelopes, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of RobertRedmoon
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

RobertRedmoon, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

KevinGordon, Jul 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jorrx003, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

jlindros, Jul 15, 2013
Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.