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Lectio Divina - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.