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Lectio Divina - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

223 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 223
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007

Lectio Divina is a cross between an abbey double and a saison. Open fermentation with a saison strain and a dose of wild yeast at bottling add to the complexity.
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Lectio Divina pours a hazy amber with a cream colored one to two finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Caramel sugars and over ripe fruit.
T: Lectio Divina has a pleasant fruitiness in the aroma and taste that balances well with the alcohol and the malt. There is a hint of tart cidery or winey character that complements the touch of toffee taste.
F: Medium body to a little less with above average carbonation.
O: This is an interesting cross between a dubbel and a saison that works. (495 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10% ABV version as part of a beer club. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, this one is a gusher. The cork pushed itself right out of the bottle once the cage was off, hands free. Pours with a tall, chunky, bubbly, off-white head atop a hazy, muddled, copper coloring. Aromas of funky esters engulf your nostrils, with an underlying sugary caramel base, toffee sweetness, subtle rich fruit sweetness of berries and citrus, dried fruit notes of raisins and apricots, hints of basil and pepper, and some banana bread notes. Flavors are much more tart and lively, with a blast of citrus tart and sweet forward, with a solid undertone of candi sugar. Jesus, this might make me diabetic, but it is tasty. Lots of herbal accents throughout, with orange rind, lemon zest, pepper, basil, grass, and dandelion. There is a rich and bready backbone to support all of this, as well as some funky and slightly sour notes throughout. The body is robust, but remains light with the carbonation, and the citrus notes provide a dryness that keeps this drinkable. The aftertaste is a tangy blend of citrus notes, with a tart and dry linger into the smooth, slick finish. Some funk lingers around after each sip, too. Solid brew! (1,218 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Interesting label art. Pours cloudy and dark yellow. White, thick head. Smell is interesting for sure. Funk and hints of tartness with a still-standing Belgian backbone. Sweet, spicy, funky, fruity, tart. The flavor was not as exciting but it was still pleasing. Less funky and tart. Reverts back to its basic Belgian blueprints. Phenols, pale fruits, spice, lighter funk and barn with just a tickle of tartness. Medium bodied. Slight creaminess. Softer bubbles. I actually liked this one more than my review would indicate. Interesting. (545 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very turbid but vibrant orange hue topped off by a white froth that quickly dwindled to a ring leaving scant lace. Reminds me of Tang instant drink which I have not had or seen in many years.

Nose it mostly sweet and citrus fruits - apple, orange, peach, lime. A little bread dough as well.

Flavors mirror the aroma. Mostly that of apples, peaches, limes, and bisquit dough.

Slick, oily, medium body with a milder variety of carbonation.

Enjoyable overall. Would be interested in other beers from Saint Somewhere. (530 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A: dark copper color, head very strong but at the expense of carbonation
S: cider and vinegar
T: oak on front, hint of flander, sour flavors strong, nor much hops, lingering bitterness

An OK beer (196 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

2012
A: lots of bubbly carbonation atop a orange/ruby body. nice retention.

S: tart, dark fruits, horse banket, funk.

T: starts with a tart fruity finish. strawberries. very dry finish. slightly oak.

M: very highly carbonated. too much for my liking.

O: pretty good. I couldnt get through a bottle by myself due to the high carbonation. but tastes good. funky/horse blanket becomes more obvious as it warms. (414 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013. Pours a slightly hazy copper with huge fluffy cream colored head, patchy lace down the glass. Smell: mildly sweet and fruity - notes of date and ripe plum, hay, pepper, herbal notes. Taste: tart peach, herbal, sweet fruit.. pear, white grape, and plum; then a grainy hit, and finishing with grape skin. Finish is dry but slightly gritty. Really tasty. (357 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the cork says this beer is from 2013

A: poured into a tulip to a nice deep golden brown topped by a monstrous dense and rocky off white head with excellent staying power and lacing
S: smells of spicy yeast, lactic sourness and a bit of barnyard
T: taste is spicy yeast, sourness, barnyard and funk swallow is bready malt, slight fruitiness, spice, funk and sourness
M: this beer is lighter on the palate with very active carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: A little heavy on the carbonation mutes a lot of the flavors. the cork almost shot off when I removed the cage. After shaking out the carbonation it's a very good beer and the flavors play very well together. (675 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. If there was a date somewhere on the bottle, I missed it.

A-An aggressive pour produces a huge, towering head of tan foam, like three-plus fingers. The retention is pretty good, too, with a thick cap hanging around for a long time as I drink. No lacing. The beer is very murky and honey in color. I can see some carbonation through the murk.

S-The aroma is fruity and cider-like at first, but it opens up after a minute in the glass to reveal a nice mixture of plum, golden raisin, spice, and brown sugar aromas like you would get it a Belgian dubbel. There are also, however, some lighter flavors, like sugary bread dough and Belgian yeast that suggest a saison or Belgian blonde.

T-The taste tracks the smell. I detect some dough and yeast up front with a touch of earthy, musty funk. The finish is sweeter and more fruit forward with plum, golden raisin, pepper, red apple, and a bit of alcohol burn on the palate.

M-The feel is medium in body with a slightly crisp carbonation that is higher than average in volume.

O-This is a pretty interesting beer. Hybrids like this one don't always work out, but I found myself enjoying this blend of dubbel and saison. I tasted more dubbel flavors here, but the feel tended towards the saison side of things. All in all, this was a pleasant first beer from Saint Somewhere and I am looking forward to trying more. (1,397 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml, cork dated 2007, poured into a tulip

A- A cloudy deep red with a big four finger off white head.

S- Sour, some barnyard funk, brett, some dark fruits, some sweet malts.

T- Sour dark fruits, somewhat funky, earthy finish, brett, hints of peppercorns. Reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- I haven't tried this fresh, but I feel this has aged nicely. Enjoyable, looking forward to trying other beers from Saint Somewhere. (457 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of sweet malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is slightly sour and has faint bits of dark fruits in the flavors. Neither sweetness nor spices are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a faint amount of tartness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting, as it tasted like a hybrid between an American Wild Ale, a Dubbel, and a Saison/Farmhouse Ale—you definitely get some characteristics of each of these three styles of beer. While you don't get much of the saison in the smell or taste, it drinks like one and goes down easily.

Note: 2012 vintage (931 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks very similar to the other saison from Saint Somewhere I had last night. Actually smells like it too. Anyway, it's a medium brown color, murky/hazy, rich looking. The head really does resemble their Saison Athene, extremely thick, retains for a crazy long time, with a dirty yellow color. This head produces a bit more lace than the other.

Very tart scent with some white pepper. This brewer loves spices. White grape and pear like other Belgian saisons. You can almost smell the funky you're likely getting ready to taste.

You never know what you're going to get with funky wild yeast and I'm not sure this is what they're going for. There's plenty of fruitiness, but it's all of the tart or sour variety. Reminds me of a kriek, with its vinegar. I don't really care for that style so this takes a hit because of that. The white pepper and the yeast give it a white wine or champagne-like taste. Again, it's not something I prefer. So, while I wouldn't consider it bad, I'll go with just okay.

The mouthfeel doesn't work for me either. High carbonation gives it an unwelcome bite. The vinegar feel does my palate no favors, as once it hits the sides of my palate, they're ruined for a while. There's a warming feeling in the swallow either from the alcohol or the white pepper, not sure which. It's exceptionally tart and sourish.

Same as their saison I had last night, I don't care for it. I do enjoy saisons and usually the funkier the better, but this has too many qualities I associate with a kriek for me to really enjoy. (1,538 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

one of the more interesting saisons I've ever had. its a copper colored beer, and once its in the glass, it has a big puffy white head light as air, huge bubbles bursting and reforming like mad, very alive look to it. the cork blew off as soon as the cage was loosened, and i almost lost an eye, it gushed right up, but i had a glass ready. tickles my nose as i sniff it, soda level carbonation, lots of funk, not bretty, but beyond the conventional saison yeasts we always see. some native florida stuff here from what i understand. brassy mineral smell, with dry red grains, maybe some rye, or at least the yeast has that white pepper spice to it. a musty wood aroma too, composty, don't know where that comes from, but its new to me and i like it. the flavor is equally dynamic, with the yeast being the prime flavor agent but the mouthfeel being impossible to overlook. it has so much carbonation, huge bubbles, that as soon as its in my mouth, it basically dissipates. theres not much to swallow because the bubbles make it disappear, its insane. the only other beer to ever do that for me was the architecture brew from tool. i love that liveliness of feel, and its so well suited to the richer malt of this beer. top tier stuff. (1,235 characters)

Photo of mmapes
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good thing we read about the pressure. Once we took the cage off the cork started coming out by itself!

Is copper/amber, a little hazy, not perfectly clear.

Smells tart, more like cherry than apple or apricot. Smells a little bready too.

Bright, acidic, tart (?) cherry (?) up front. Not sweet. Rich. Full bodied.

Later sips reveal the full-bodied, round mouthfeel and the dry, champagne-y astringent finish, part cherry, part mineral.

A very good beer. Maybe more subtle than many, maybe less approachable than some, but very good, complex, interesting, delicious all around. (582 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly, tan head into a tulip glass that left thick sheeting throughout. the body was a bright and clear amber color.
s - musty apples dominate.
t - green apples, some graininess, horse blanket.
m - crisp and bubbly.
o - solid saison and prob the best i've had from st. somewhere. (325 characters)

Photo of VincentFrey
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour / Appearance: The cork almost took out my eye, but thankfully I know better than to uncage a beer towards me. Cork shot right off and scared the hell out of my cat, with beer getting all over my recliner. Ah well. Shame to lose the beer but bad prep on their part. Most of the glass for the first few pours is solid foam, although there is some pretty lacing as it dissipates. Hard to not have lacing with that much carb though. A very hazy brownish gold.

Aroma: The aroma is actually pretty delightful, hints of caramel and darker malts right along with saison pepper and heat. Takes really putting your nose in the glass to get it, but it's a great aroma when it presents. As it warms up, gets a bit of wort scent in there. It's impossible to believe this isn't fully fermented, but hey.

Taste: An odd combination yields a funky taste, and I do mean funky. I wonder if brett is in here to any capacity. The dubbel really takes a backseat to the yeast characteristics, presenting mostly as caramel, pale chocolate, and some bitterness. Saint Somewhere says they use noble hops, which would explain the lack of bittering and hop aromas. That's fine by my here but otherwise this feels like a saison someone threw too many dark malts into? Is that the point? If so, Saint Somewhere needs some work at recipe formulation, or to just stick to calling everything saisons with a malt addendum of sorts.

Overall: Eh. The price wasn't terrible, but I had to have it shipped. I'm a big saison fan, so it's worth it to me. Other folks may hate it, and quite a few more will just be confused.

Bottom Line: Only worth it to saison fans or you live near the brewery. It's not a bad beer; it's just more of a trial run rather than a refined recipe. (1,744 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. 2008 bottle. Into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a woody brown color with a nice light beige head.

S: Aroma brings thick vinous notes, raisin, fig, mild oxidation.

T: Taste brings light sherry-like oxidation, raisiny, mild lactic tartness, plum, brown bread, vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with springy carbonation.

O: With a bottle aged this long I was hoping it would be a little more acidic and funky, but really all that age has done to this is brought out the dubbel elements more with some oxidation. Not bad, but not what it could have been. (558 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml split between me and Kevin.

Cork reveals a 2012 date and was super tough to get out, but once it was, super nice pop and no gushing. Pour is dark amber with orange highlights, some haze and lots of bubbles. Off-white head becomes a thin ring. Nose is good but a bit muddled maybe. Lots of yeast, dark bread, raisin, some light earthy funk and spicy tones.

Taste steps it up nicely, great dark fruit tastes, raisins and cherries with light tartness. Toasted bread, spices, good mix of wheat, farmy and wild yeasts, but light on the wild side overall. Good mouthfeel with good foaminess, carbonation a bit on the lower side, and some alcohol warmth.

If this is meant to be a saison/dubbel hybrid, mission accomplished. Unique and a pleasure to drink. Really nice dark fruit tastes, good spice, restrained wild yeasts. (826 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml. 2010. Gusher, immediately upon opening. Upon pouring into the glass not as bad, but there is a ton of underlying carbonation. Head disappears completely, not much remaining on the glass.

Aroma, cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, pretty strong. Maybe a little brown sugar and prune.

Taste, A little toffee, caramel, prune up front. Super earthy, leather and tobacco. Horseblanket is there. Some pumpernickel type bread with raisin.

About medium body, but high carbonation/liveliness keeps it drinking quite easily. No alcohol presence to speak of. Could be considered a bit watery though.

Undoubtably one of the strangest nose to taste deviations I have ever encountered. Obviously at 3 years a Brett component has really taken over the flavor profile. I just can't believe how none of that very sour scent equates to any taste.
Got this for $9, worth a try if you see it for under double digits. (904 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer is served a darker amber reddish color with a small off white head. The head fades rather quickly to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is fruity and tart with a good level of funk. The fruity smells are mainly of a lighter fruit nature with apple, pear and some peach. Along with these aromas however is a tart and vinegary aroma with some hints of a sour cherry and yeast. Rounding out these smells is a funky haylike grassy smell producing an overall fruity and funked aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with the fruit that was detected in the nose. Apple, peach and pear flavors are complimented with a sour cherry taste and a bit of yeast. As the taste advances, some spices flavors as well as a bit of haylike funk nature. While these flavors persist to the end, the funk and sour cherry grow stronger and are accompanied by some boozy tastes. In the end, with an apple cider vinegar flavor getting more intense, a quite sour and fruity funked taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to above average. The slightly higher carbonation is rather nice for the fruity and funky flavors of the brew creating an overall mouthfeel that is very appropriate.

Overall – A decent saison that is worth a try if you get a chance, but is likely nothing that will totally blow you out of the water. (1,509 characters)

Photo of impending
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

A-

750ml into a tulip. The cork was cocked and triggered as soon as the cage was loosened, fortunately I was prepared, no eyeballs lost. Pours a deep amber with a ruby twist, massive frothy head with a careful pour, ok lacing, hyperactive nucleation point sustains a cap.

The aroma shares all with Pays Du Soleil . . so I cut & paste

Aroma is a mosh pit of clanging scents. Sometimes a thing can smell somewhat unpleasant but you can't stop wanting to sniff, this is that. The dubbel and the saison are clearly present but it seems a forced pairing, the dubbel is slightly dominant. Nonetheless I keep returning it to my nose.

The taste too is in the vein of Pays Du Soleil except now the saison is dominant yet it retains the strong dubbel initial flavor, light figs, caramel and date. The sour does not go beyond a brief tart dry twang. Very dry lingering aftertaste. Thin bodied slightly astringent mouthfeel.
again a unique dark saison from St Somewhere
cheers
jd (973 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium reddish brown with a large and fairly dark head that also has a reddish tint--head bubbles around like crazy and makes a bunch of noise, which is cool, but fades pretty quick.

Has a sharp wooden vinegary smell, some brett, some sweet red grape juice, sugar, cherries or raspberries or other fruit, mild sourness, lots going on but doesn't necessarily come together perfectly well.

Taste has a more clear sweet berry fruit character, lots of red grape juice again, some other fruit too, slightly tart but not super sour, some okay wood again, only hints of brett, more sweet than sour.

Very fizzy carbonation, medium thickness to the body other wise, good.

7.2/10 (682 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one at Total Wine in Tampa. Took the cage off and the cork started to move up so I watied a few mintues and that sucker creeped up until it exploded out. 2012 stamped on the cork when I finally found it.

A - Pours an interesting reddy colour. Cloudy with mild carbonation. Two finger fizzy head fades really fast like an infected beer usually does. After some research on the Saint Somewhere website, this is exactly how the beer is supposed to appear, but I don't really care all that much. No lace, no retention.

S - Lot's of bubblegum. Apples. Fruitiness. No Brett. Mostly berries.

T - Yikes. Wet cardboard? Fruitiness. Ugly flavours. Berries. Definitely not what I was expecting.

M - Strong fizzy carbonation, frothy when you move it around meaning somethings wrong. Foul finish with alcohol and

O/D - Reminds me of Sahti. Lot's of berry and wood characteristics, but not much of anything interesting. I sadly spent $10 on this. A disapointment to say the least. (981 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle caged and corked beer out of a large snifter glass. Huge pop when opening this baby – just like a champagne cork!

A: Pours a dark brown hazy hue with a thick, 5-finger, white, fluffy, fizzy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet and fruity aroma- mostly peach and apricot.

T: Very sweet, tart, and fruity flavor. Hints of raspberry and other citrus fruits.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian Brew. So tasty with great blend of aromas and flavors (582 characters)

Photo of KajII
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Sugested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky cranberry brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white fizzy head that dissipated so fast I had trouble capturing it in a picture, and it basically possessed no lacing at all. Also when I released the retainer on the cork it shot out all on its own, WOW that’s what I call carbonated.

The aroma was nice and tart right off the bat with a strong Brett yeast presence and a big note of ripe dark fruit (grapes, plums, and raspberry) and a slight hint of caramel.

The taste was exceptionally tart with a bold sweet fruity presence throughout, and then had a funky yeast taste work its way into the mix with a mildly sweet and sour fruity ending. Flavor lasted only a short while following the swallow, with the fruity sourness fading quickly leaving behind a slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and very dry in texture with a strong fizzy carbonation.

Overall this is one fantastic Saison with a nice sour Brett yeast presence; in fact I have never tasted anything like it to date. I will definitely be trying anything that this brewer puts out...

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