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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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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After reading a few reviews of this beer I was forewarned about corks blasting out of the bottle so I carefully twisted the wire cage to access the cork and, sure enough, the cork blew out before I pulled off the cage.

Grateful to still have both eyes I appreciated the deep dark coppery-brown color as I poured it into an Allagash tulip. The tan head comes up quickly in small bubbles and lingers for a while.

The smell is true to style with strong fruity esters bearing the aroma of cherries and dark fruits like figs and prunes.

The mouthfeel is Trappist-like with a medium mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.

Now to the taste. The characteristics of the aroma are also found in the taste. This is a spicy beer! It's malty and sweet with the sweetness lingering to the end. Definitely malty and not bitter. It's like some of the darker Unibroue offerings but with a lighter mouthfeel. The more it warms the better it gets, in fact I had it pegged at a nice 4.0 on the taste scale but as I worked my way through the glass I was enjoying it enough to kick it up to 4.5. The alcohol sneaks up on you and then kicks you in the head after you have been distracted by the dark fruity sweetness.

There you have it. I knew I could get a good Belgian style ale from the USA but I never thought I'd find one from Florida. Jimmy Buffet said, "I've got to fly to St. Somewhere". Me too. I'm definitely ready to go there again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 04:50:57 | More by jsapunor
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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.

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s - musty apples dominate.
t - green apples, some graininess, horse blanket.
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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.

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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.