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Lectio Divina - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

Lectio DivinaLectio Divina

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very good

315 Ratings

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Ratings: 315
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

In Latin, "Lectio Divina" means "divine reading," the obvious tie-in of monastic practices to an abbey-style beer. Lets try some "divine drinking."

Good pop to the cork, carbonation seemed modest during the beginning of the pour so we went heavy the rest of the way. Good head formation that drops down to a ring of lace. Slightly hazy orange-amber color. Quick to a mild tartness off of the nose, with suggestions of lemon and orange zest and a sweet fruitiness of peaches and raspberries. Fully creamy-slick body with a very modest carbonation that just gets by. Light blanket of tartness cover the palate up front. Malty rich with a sweetness throughout; Portuguese sweet bread comes to mind. Minimal hops. Alcoholic esters are present but not domineering, fruity with peach-apricot and apple skin undertones. Faint herbal phenolic action going on, just enough to notice. A very tasty fruity finish that leans hard on the sweet side.

Wow. Remarkable and impressive is not saying enough. Some may comment about the lower level of carbonation but if you have been to Belgium not every beer is sparkling and bubbly with effervescence. We closed our eyes and sipped this beer, our taste buds said that we were in Belgium. Seek this beer and brewery out.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:07:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Is copper/amber, a little hazy, not perfectly clear.

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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.

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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
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