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Lectio Divina - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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329 Ratings

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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.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy brown body with a decent white head that dissipates quickly

S- A bit of a malty belly but very saison sour as the prevailing note

T- Some sour fruits (apples?) up front and finishes a bit sweet. A really nice balance

M- Medium body and overly carbonated airy

D- The mouthfeel could be a batch issue but good otherwise

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 16:31:13 | More by aepb1
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 on the cork. just a warning... as soon as i removed the cage, the cork shot off like a bullet. i have seen this before, but never with such force. pours a murky brown with a tan head that shrinks to a collar and leaves a little lace as it goes. nose is bretty funk with fruity, lemony notes mingling with sweet, dark sugars and dark fruit and spice. taste is mildly sour, and does a good job wrapping up all of the fruit and spice. don't know if i'm thinking saison meets dubbel, but i am thinking big, burly, complex. nice underlying hop character. creamy, medium-full body with minimal prickliness for a beer with such pressure. hints of vanilla sweetness make me expect a lot more booze, but lemony funk takes over and dries things out a bit. all in all, a very good beer, and a fun experiment from Somewhere!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 11:11:00 | More by timtim
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: rich tawny hue with a ton of haze. Head poured three fingers of fizzy light-tan foam which quickly dissipated. Despite the head, however, this is a damn fine looking beer.

Smell: there's a rich maltiness with hints of caramel paired with a bit of tartness and some kind of woody tannin character. Listed as a BSPA and called a saison-like dubbel, I'm getting more of a Flanders red ale character out of the aroma. Frankly, I love it.

Taste: doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but it is damn good. Nicely malty and slightly tart up front, the flavors then morph into a fruity, musty dubbel-like flavor and end on a wilder musty note. Good, and I love the dynamic nature of the flavor, but I just wish it were a little bit more intense in each of its dimensions.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big, solid carbonation. Initially the beer explodes with a foamy creaminess, but due to the relatively light body this doesn't stick around long. A tiny bit more density might make this beer mind-blowing.

Drinkability: this is an interesting and refreshing beer. Its alcohol is almost undetectable to me, and its light but complex flavor keeps me heading back to the well. While I feel like this beer has room for improvement, I find it quite delicious and approachable. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:16:04 | More by flagmantho
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sharp nose on this one, with elements of malt, fruit, and esters.

T: There was a heavy malt presence, along with light fruit (some citrus and apples), with a slight trace of esters. A nice, balanced flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A generally drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 12:12:46 | More by avalon07
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge explosion as I take off the cage, gushes everwhere and now finished cleaning.

A-pours a murky dirty dark brown color with way too much lightly tan colored fluffy head.

S-rough, stale grain and light yeast notes. fair bit of sugary malts, caramel and candied sugar.

T-the taste is rough, light notes of belgian style yeast with hints of malt sweetness try to fight through an aweful flavor or stale grain and rust. An underlying caramel malt with notes of dry figs tries to play a role but wow is this offensive. Could it be infected?

M-syrupy medium body with low carbonation and a semi dry finish. smooth and creamy but rough in the back.

D-not sure what's wrong with this but there is some offensive notes of rusty metal and acetone in this.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 01:07:11 | More by cpetrone84
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet fruity malt with some Saison spices and funk

T - Starts off with sweet malt and dark fruit flavors then the spices and funk finish things off

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its an interesting take on the style this is worth finding to try sometime

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:36:31 | More by armock
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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby and brown with very active carbonation. Huge foamy head despite gentle pour. Slowly settles to a solid one to two fingers head which leaves thick rings of foam on the glass.

S - Sweet and spicy. Butterscotch, clove and a hint of allspice. As the beer warms a hint of barnyward funk comes through but it is very light. Dark malts dominate once the beer warms.

T - Sweet and dry with a strong spiciness. Lots of clove, cinnamon and allspice. Dark fruits provide most the sweet flavors including a bit of fig and plum.

M/D - Medium bodied, ultra-creamy. Alcohol is certianly noticeable but not overwhelming.

Dissapointed does not even begin to descrive how let down I was with Saison Athene so I was not expecting much here, but this is a great beer. I certainly look forward to trying others from these guys to see how they are.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 19:46:04 | More by ckeegan04
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL cork and cage finished bottle. Cork dated 2008, and started to inch it's way out once the cage was off.

Pours a beautiful reddish brown with creamy tan head that has great retention. Nose has lots of cream notes and some faint apricot-like sourness. A little whisper of caramel malt and wool. Palate is bright and crisp, yet deep and wooly. Lots of dark amber malt layered underneath Belgian dubbel frothiness. Finish is crisp and drying with some light acidity. Orange and chocolate plus wooly texture.

FFO Orval (i.e. funked dubbel).

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 04:35:04 | More by SFLpunk
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3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once I removed the cage over the cork, this bottle became self opening. Poured with a mammoth, very light tan head that actually settled down pretty quick and a little lace. Color is very hazy to a bit cloudy orange brown amber. Aroma is an intriguing mix of yeast, malt, spice, caramel, and a bit of leather. Flavor isn't as good as solvents come out big, plus the characteristics of the nose. Body seems a bit thin and carbonation is decent. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. I did serve this straight out of my cold fridge, so proly some odd expressions from that. Nevertheless, not as good as I'd hoped. Only drinking a few ounces of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 23:56:02 | More by drpimento
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip.

$13.99 / ea.

A: Deep, hazy amber body with a big tight head of decent retention that left modest lacing, and a thin creamy cover.

S: Sweet bready aroma with ripe red fruit, raisins, and very little hop aroma.

T: Sweet brown sugar, caramel malt, red fruit, slight booze, with low hop bitterness, and no aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation and a slight bite on the tip of the tongue.

D: Very good brew, that would be excellent with pork. Goes down smooth, and oh so delicious.

O: Great beer, a bit like a pale Gulden Draak. Need to track down some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:48:29 | More by dpnelson1978
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL from the 2008 vintage. Pours a reddish-caramel color with a massive, 4-fingers worth of tan foam. Retention is impressive and leaves some moderate lace.

Nose is caramel and cola malts with a light kiss of sourness and brett. Black licorice with some very dark fruit - blackberry jam perhaps. Light spices and some yeasty cloves and bubblegum. Complex, for sure.

Burnt sugar sweetness with some bubblegum yeastiness - kinda like a blue sno-cone. Light fruitiness and a pithy, tart finish..not necessarily bitter though. Pretty thin bodied with a fine carbonation. If it was too much thicker it would come across as cloying. If there is brett in here, it is very mild, although there is a touch of rotting wood. Drinkability is high, fairly smooth. It's ok overall, but doesnt seem to come together quite right, flavors are not as integrated as they could be.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:36:03 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy mother gusher... The cork exploded off as soon as I removed the cage...

A - A mammoth airy froth comprised of large chunky bubbles that is dirty khaki in color with a faint pinkish tinge and with a distinctively rocky... Excellent retention displayed... A murky medium brown color with ruby light ruby highlights... A cyclone of carbonation swirls in the center of the tulip... Loads of chunky lace clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A moderate aroma were nothing dominates... Slightly yeasty... Some minor dark fruit notes in the form of cherries and raisins... Fairly underwhelming...

T - Yeasty... Cherries... Raspberries... Slightly metallic... Slightly medicinal... A little bit of brown sugar on the finish... Seltzer...

M - Medium bodied... A strong carbonated kiss... Even and consistent... Dense... Lively... Slightly syrupy finish...

D - Explosion problems aside, this is a very interesting and enjoyable offering and a pleasant introduction to St. Somewhere... Not quite sure its Belgian Strong Pale Ale designation is appropriate... I had no problem finishing the bottle and would never turn down a chance to revisit in the future...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:40:19 | More by philbe311
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Saint Somewhere...

Cage twisty broke, and just as soon as I untied it, POP! the cork rocketed off the ceiling, and scared the shit out of my 11 month old. Thanks Saint Somewhere...

Big off-white head, which fades to ring, and no lacing. Body is a deep cider (brown/orange) color.

Aromas of raisins, plum, spices, and plenty of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel kicks off with crazy carbonation - ginger ale soda like. Unfortunately, it masks the flavors, which include the aforementioned raisins, white grapes, and maybe a little cough syrup?? Bit of a rough ending, but not terrible.

Drinkability suffers the most from the over carbonation. But overall, the flavor is pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:31:53 | More by BeerImmediately
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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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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very active and spicy Belgian amber ale that shows fruity sweet balance along with peppery dryness.

Medium aromas of malt, caramelized sugars, and fruits of white grapes, plumbs, and apples fill the nose while spicy black and white pepper create a zesty counterpart to the sweet and fruity base.

All this is explored after the very aggressive pop of the cork and subsequent errupting bottle. The beer eventually pours a medium amber color with moderate haze. A rocky eggshell white head forms on the beer, retains well, and leaves a fair ammount of lacing behind. A good look but that initial head formation is very promising.

Flavors are a fleeting peppery taste of white and black pepper. Dominating spice up front but with a secondary set of flavors consisting of plumbs, grapes, dates, and cherries- all of the candied or confectioner's variety. Hop bitterness rises to balance the beer's sweetness and to amplify the dry spiciness. Moderately complex in taste but that's not what the beer's overwhelming impression is.

...and that would be the mouthfeel. Expansive early because of the high carbonation. But then the beer turns spicy, peppery, and dry in a big 'ole hurry. Very little transition, the beer goes dry early and continues the powdery hot texture deep into the finish and aftertaste. Sometimes hot and over-attenuated, not allowing the malts from offering any creaminess or structure to the beer.

I very much appreciate a truely dry Belgian Ale, but the attempt here seems a bit forced and overbearing. I like the dry finish but I need something malty and comples to attach to before an effortless transition to the fleeting dryness that many of the greats have.

Thanks RomaniIteDomum.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 06:35:58 | More by BEERchitect
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured in tulip. A hazy copper with orange highlights. Thin soda like fizzy head. Aroma is fuzzy, nectarines, spice, and remains indistinct through the session. Taste is dominated by alcohol with a strong heat. Finish is dry. Feel is prickly.

Not something I would recommend. I was very surprised as I enjoyed Saison Athene and this brew wasn't in the same league at all...

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:03:05 | More by goatgoat
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2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 on the cork.

Pours a dark red color with some haziness. A dark sand colored head forms very quickly, creating a foam filled glass on the first pour. Subsequent pours are fizzier and don't keep the head as well.

The aroma reminds me of a barleywine, with strong malty and fruity notes and a touch of alcohol. I'm also getting a bit of a grape like-smell attachedto some funky yeast. It seems interesting on paper, but it comes off a bit messy all together.

The flavor is a bit worse. It's very sweet, with grape and raisin flavors, as well as an edge of spice. The spice aspect clashes a bit both with the sweetness and the dry, highly carbonated mouthfeel, making it feel a bit lifeless. In the finish, there is a jam like grape-iness and a touch of caramel sweetness.

I wouldn't get this again, and I'm surprised by the high ratings. I ended up using the last pour of the beer for beer bread, since it was beginning to be undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:00:41 | More by jeffthecheff
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2010.

Cork exploded apon opening. A slow pour could not keep the head under about 5 fingers. The beer is a burnt orange caramel color and is very hazy.

Smells very fruity and spicey. Small amount of funk but very plesant.

Taste is lots of pears and dark fruits like raisins and figs covered with spice and a touch of funkiness. lots of alcohol warmth with some tang on the finish.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel witrh lots of effervesence and alcohol presence. Medium bodied.

overall an excellent beer. I've been impressed so far with Saint Somewhere and will search out more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 16:51:05 | More by BigMike
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jpwv for this brew. 2009 stamped on cork. Cork popped off as soon as I removed the cage. Poured into 16oz balloon. Poured a deep reddish-orange color (much darker than most saisons I've had) with over an inch of red tinted tan head that had good retention, but no lacing.

First on the nose is a slight vinegar scent, with some spice and yeast secondary and a touch of fruitiness. That is also a fairly accurate description of the flavors, with an extra touch of funkiness on the finish.

The body was pleasantly full, while remaining crisp and wasn't sticky sweet at all. Drinkability was very good, I shared this bottle with a couple other folks, but I drank the vast majority of it, and found myself wanting more.

Overall, a very nice beer. Worth some effort to try. As a side note, this beer is listed here as a Saison, but the brewery calls it a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 22:14:02 | More by beertunes
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a big bubbly tan head that falls fast , no lace which seems weird.

Aroma is wow different an amber Saison maltier then normal but still has fruity musty notes common to brew.

Taste is malty mingled with tart fruity notes nice musty deep horse blankets. Finish is dry, tart, earthy notes all mingled together.

Mouthfeel is light medium, carbonation is very active tingles the mouth.

Drinkability is eh little different then what I was expecting not quite good enough but not really terrible either. Thanks go to merlin48 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 19:16:47 | More by mntlover
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an extra from Dstructo, very much appreciated. BA has this listed as a saison/farmhouse ale, but the bottle says "Belgian-style amber ale, brewed in the spirit of the abbey".

The beer is dark copper-amber colored, nearly brown. Very clear even if light doesn't transmit well due to dark tint. Thick mushroom of nearly white foam, falling to a thin but durable layer of suds.

At first whiff I know this beer is not for me, it smells authentically Belgian (good) but in a similar fashion as Carolus beers or Gulden Draak (bad, at least for my tastes). Dark fruits and cough syrup, the last being the objectionable component.

The beer tastes much as it smells, along with a light ethanol burn in the aftertaste. Lots of malty sweetness and also the cough syrup. Still, it seems authentic, I could believe this came from Belgium. The correct yeast was used but I'd prefer a malt bomb with flavors closer to St Bernardus if they were doing the abbey thing. Medium body, maybe a little thicker than normal, a very decent American take on a Belian style.

After trying the beer I agree with the bottle description, this is no saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 01:02:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged bottle was a gusher after the cork exploded into the ceiling after the cage was removed. A dark amber body was eventually revealed under a huge beige head after some of the massive carbonation subsided. The head quickly vanished without significant lace.

Aroma was interesting. Malty toffee, dark fruits, peppery spices, yeast,and some fusel alcohol notes are present. I'm starting to wonder if they mislabeled their Belgian dark ale as this saison.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with overcarbonation issues.

Taste is quite different from the aroma. A lot dryer to taste, still with a solid toffee malt base. Dark fruits, yeast, peppery spices, and a sour funky note. Seems muddled and confused.

I've had this brewery's Saison Athene and enjoyed it, although that bottle was also a gusher. This one just doesn't work for me as a saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 15:29:46 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer I bought was definitely the Divina but the really fit the definition of he other Lectio, which is a dark belgian. The beer was dark with a dark fruit flavor and aroma. The color was about the color of root beer, carbonation was a little fizzier and much lighter than the beer.

It was on sale at Pioneer on Manhattan's upper west side and is a good buy if you're in the area.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 21:57:59 | More by david18
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has a sunset reddish amber glow from within its hazy interior, while carbonation streams upward. The head is big but short lived white foam, that leaves scant lacing behind.

Aroma is tart with sourness and orchard fruit, and an underlying sweetness for balance. Simplicity is a good thing, and when done as well as this one can truly appreciate it.

Interesting! Rarely have I found a beer with so divergent a flavor from the aroma. Tartness is light, while the sour flavors are replaced with white wine. As expected Lectio improves with warmth, allowing sweet accents to develop with the wine acid and ripe fruit. Definitely allow time for this one to warm and develop apricots, spice, ginger honey and pineapple. Where the aroma was simple, the flavors are multi-layered.

The light body and slight slickness are a bit odd, but high carbonation is as anticipated, right through the finish.

A great sipping beer from a tulip glass, this one will play nicely with delicate foods, especially given no impression of the 8% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 18:41:03 | More by SLeffler27
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

buckeyeboy brought this over to a recent tasting... Thanks Jeremy!!

Good head over a hazy amber brew...

Nose has quite a bit of caramel and some fruity esters that make me think of red apples.. a bit dusty I guess.

Flavor is "darker" than any thing close to a Saison in my memory... some minor caramel.... "nutty??" lite spicy qualities melt into some apricot fruitiness... definitely Belgian, yet seems too multidimensional without ever melding together.

Medium body seems to full .. carbonation also seems a bit off and on the light side.

A good beer that I will certainly give the benefit of the doubt if it ever makes it to Boise...


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 08:24:52 | More by JohnGalt1
Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.