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Lectio Divina - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.81%


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:
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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mmapes

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:08:25 | More by mmapes
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 22:12:31 | More by GPHarris
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VincentFrey

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:45:30 | More by VincentFrey
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:26:26 | More by Etan
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 22:40:15 | More by Chico1985
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Bung

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:48:29 | More by Bung
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 00:21:43 | More by Darkmagus82
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impending

California

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 04:39:00 | More by impending
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -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

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:48:32 | More by AlexFields
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:49:03 | More by tbeckett
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ckollias

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:07:51 | More by ckollias
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KajII

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 19:59:49 | More by KajII
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber with active thick pale tan head and light lacing. Initial aroma of funk and sour was fortunately not followed by the taste. Dark fruits, sweet malt with a peppery flavor partially due to the high carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter and semi-dry. I liked this quite a bit, a nice saison with a somewhat more malty body than most.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 23:28:13 | More by LiquidAmber
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BrownNut

Florida

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A previous reviewer summed up my feelings exactly, "I think I expected it to be more than it is. Of the Saint Somewhere beers that I've tried, this one has been the least memorable and unique so far." There's nothing particularly wrong with this one but it just falls flat for me in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 23:32:36 | More by BrownNut
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 750 ml bottle aged from January, 2010. This beer uncorked itself in a matter of seconds.

A - Amber bodied brew with a foamy head that quickly fades to a faint lace ring and a central carbonation island. Two big uprising strands of carb moving quickly, looks pretty carbonated.

S - Tangy tart fruit notes up front. A mild sweeetness in the nose, with some sour cherry and apple skin. Sweet caramel and mild banana. Light malt and alcohol esters.

T - At first sip, the beer seemed very bitter but I realized it was a huge rush of carbonation. This beer is subtley malty, with a blend of flavor essences. A strong alcohol bite, that fades into a warming aftertaste. Hints of plum, apple skin, and peach. No noticable hops.

M - Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Warming and crisp.

O - Not what I expected from a saison. I was hoping for a murky funky beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:25:53 | More by BeerForMuscle
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber with a minimal, lingering white mousse.

S: A lot of fruity aromas are present on the nose. Apple, tart cherry, pear, and banana are particularly noticeable. There are also extremely subtle candy sugar and caramel aromas present as well. The addition of wild yeast is not as immediately noticeable as in most of their other beers.

T: Notes of lactic yeast, candy sugar, caramel, cream, apple, pear, banana, tart cherry, and gentle spices flit across the palate. The finish is smooth with a nice blend of lactic yeast and spiced fruit flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium and relatively dry. Carbonation is firm, but also rather subdued. Alcohol is not all that noticeable.

O: This is a really solid saison, but I think I expected it to be more than it is. Of the Saint Somewhere beers that I've tried, this one has been the least memorable and unique so far.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 15:08:29 | More by mrfrancis
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barczar

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown in poor lighting, with huge cream head that lingers.

Aroma displays a hint of must, sweet tarts, and tart cherries. There's a hint of funk.

Flavor is a touch bitter, with tart cherry notes, green apples, plum, and bready malt pulling the profile up into a slightly peppery finish. There's a belgian estery character adding complexity. A phenolic note surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly light, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, an interesting mix of saison and belgian flavors. Fairly complex.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 01:42:35 | More by barczar
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Hazy deep copper in color, good amount of active carbonation, although forms only a minimal head.

S: Fruity, apple, less banana aroma than expected. Smells sour.

T: Taste is sour, fruity, cherry. There are some slight vinegar undertones.

M: Aftertaste is a little sour and mildly puckering, although it doesn't last long. Average mouthfeel & carbonation presence for the style.

O: An enjoyable beer. My first from St. Somewhere, I'm ashamed to admit since they're so close. But I will be trying others to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 18:14:25 | More by macrosmatic
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The sample I got popped and fizzed like a champagne bottle in the locker room of the team that just won the World Series, so open with care and have a big, thirsty towel ready! It pours a clear, dark cinnamon-brown with a very thick, though not persistent, light tan head. Strong aroma is mainly fruity and yeasty with subtle hints of malt and butterscotch. Flavor has a fruity core, more like a cider, with notes of yeast and malt and a hint of caramel. Texture has about average body and a fair amount of fizz. Overall, not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 18:50:43 | More by Cyberkedi
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a murky brownish-red body. Aroma is very yeasty with fruity notes, mostly plum and dark fruits with brown sugar. Tangy and tart notes in the flavor are of cherry and orange which are musty however leave a lingering aftertaste which is more than I liked which affects the drinkability. Nice caramel malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 02:48:52 | More by kylehay2004
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One2Remeber

Florida

1.85/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an over-sized tulip

A: Body is a murky brown with an orangish/amber hue. Cloudy and clearly unfiltered. Crazy amount of fizzy, small bubbled head that quickly dissipates after 5 seconds, reminds me of cider.

S: Caramel sweet malts with undertones of funky yeast giving off aromas similar to a permanent marker. Smells like the county fair with notes of grass, butter, candy and heavy booze.

T: Heavy booze, permanent marker is coming to mind. Pretty soapy overall. Not too many kind flavors striking the pallet.

M: Tingling sensation up front turns to a burning alcohol feel.

O: I love this brewery but sadly not this bottle. Marking this up to contamination. Will try another bottle in hopes of changing my mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:24:51 | More by One2Remeber
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy reddish copper with 3 fingers of tan head that cracks and fizzles as it dissipates. Carbonation appears to be strong but I can see much past the edge of the glass. Has loose webbed lacing.

N: Lemon, apricot, chocolate, toffee, notes of raisin, gentle barnyard yeastiness and subtle coriander spice.

T: Lemon, plum and chocolate covered raisin upfront. Lemon juice, hay, toasted grains and a light barnyard funk show up mid-palate. Finishes with toffee, molasses, earth and a subtle bouquet of sage, coriander and black pepper.

M: Medium bodied, soft, dry and prickly with carbonation.

O: This is a unique blend of Belgian Dubbel and Saison. Damn near perfect 50/50 split between the two styles. Dark fruit, lemony citrus, funk and subtle spicing. Very complex and hides the alcohol extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 20:55:51 | More by justintcoons
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, this "dark saison" was a burnt orange-copper color, murky to the point of being nearly opaque, and a small off-white head that receded almost completely. Aroma of bready yeast, caramel and candi sugar, fruity esters. Similar taste, bready, with notes of caramel, wort, candi sugar, banana, peach, a touch of citrus, and light spices and herbs. A bit tart in the mouth, medium-bodied, and quite drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 12:27:32 | More by Rifugium
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at TJ's -served chilled and allowed to gradully warm.

The color is deep amber with murky look and no head, not very appealing, but not too terrible really. The smell is odd, but interesting -cheese-like funk with a mild sweet stone fruit note and mild spice. The feel is tart with some graininess and light sweetness, the sour tinge is funky with some yeasty qualities.

The flavor is unique but not especially great. There is a slight swiss cheese-like yeast flavor I can't get past, yet there is a fruity cherry-like element in there too which seems to add to the flavor that the yeast provides. There is slight spice in there with some mild alcohol, but in general I struggled to find favorable qualities to savor. I don't recommend this based on my experience. I don't think the combination they envisioned is what I tasted - it has that odd swiss cheese tinge that is distracting to me which hinders the other flavors and overall drinkability to me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 14:50:34 | More by Slatetank
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dbmernin83

California

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork shoots off this one immediately after unscrewing the cage. Big head that shrinks to a small puffy line. Amber. I've only seen one other saison this dark, and it was brewed with rye. Oh I just noticed it's a cross between a Dubbel and a saison. Cool
Sweet on the nose, candied berries.
Sticky sweet, raspberries, peaches, a light tartness.
Soft carbonation makes it full on the mouth.
A great brew, but when I want I saison, I want something less sweet. A good twist on the style nonetheless, well executed, just not my preference.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 09:27:41 | More by dbmernin83
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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.