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Lectio Divina - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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337 Ratings

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 25
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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Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, a translucent coppery orange in color. Good sized head develops but dissipates quickly and with all the sound of a soda head disappearing. There will be no lace at all.
Smell is malty and sour with green apple. Some spice note present, clove and pepper mostly.
Taste is exactly as promised to the nose. Malty, sour with notes of pepper, clove and tart apple.
Fairly full bodied, lightly effervescent. Just a faint hint of warming from this 8% ABV ale, tread lightly. A good beer. A bit of coating the upper palate after a few moments is about the only knock.

PorterLambic, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Radome
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is medium amber with a distinct orange or red tint. It is not quite crystal clear. Initially an off-white thick head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rising through the beer.

S - Very complex, interesting aroma of old leather or barnyard, crisp malt, wood and sweet sugar notes. Not sharply sour in smell, more like a barrel-aged beer only slightly sour.

T - Initial taste is of malt, but it fades quickly into semi-sour, vinegar-like flavors. This is finally replaced by a strong wood/oak note. Finishes slightly sweet with oak or smoke lingering. Very complex.

M - Light body. Some hops bitterness, but in the background. Carbonation is not really a factor in the body.

D - As with other Saint Somewhere beers I've had, this is heavy on the aged character. Still, it is not puckeringly sour and has a complex interplay of flavors. A nice beer.

Radome, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet... it's a cloudy red-amber color with a LOT of bubble and small white head that dissipates quickly. Still a lot of bubble coming up a few minutes later.

It smells of malt and sour notes... a little caramel hint in there and some sour fruit smells. Not bad.

The flavor is a lot more sour than the aroma... a little woody note at the end of the sip.

Okay... this is a lot more sour than the typical BSPA that I've had before, which is also typical of the other Saint Somewhere brews I've tried.

I've been wanting to get more into sours, so it's nice to try these but they're a little rough to get into. I certainly wouldn't want to go straight to another one!

theboozecruise, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

It's kinda funny how under-the-radar this brewery flies around here. So much so that I barely noticed this beer is carried all over the place by me. Go figure. It pours a hazy russet-straw topped by finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises butter, grass, light horse blanket, and flowers. The taste brings more of the same to the table, along with some tart caramel. Honestly, I'm not sure how my brain registered the flavor of tart caramel, but those were definitely the words that came to mind regardless. The body is a fluffy medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice beer, not my overflowing cup o' tea, but nice nonetheless.

TMoney2591, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of beersensei305
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was very much looking forward to tasting this beer since it is brewed locally, but this was a disaster. I don't know if this was just a bad batch that I picked up at Whole Foods but both bottles exploded as they were opened... The appearance was nice despite the monstrous head that foamed up. It was copperish brown tan head. The smell was yeasty and malty some citrus character. The brew tasted the same as the smell but more citrusy and rather skunky. I didn't finish this brew. One day I'll try again.

beersensei305, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extremely hazy orangish brown color. Good sized, creamy, very sticky, foamy, off-white head. Decent retention leaving a thin, creamy lace.

S - Definitely sides more on the dubbel/amber than the saison part. Ripe fruit is very strong with apple and plum being the strongest. Strong spices as well with ginger, clove, and orange peel leading the way. Touches of raisin as well. Very much a Belgian amber aroma.

T - Starts with a fruity flavor like the aroma along with a slight malty/bready flavor. Mid sip more spices come out with the ginger, clove and lemon/orange peel. Has a bit of a saison taste toward the finish. Finishes with a slightly tart and funky apple flavor. Jam/preserve like flavors are pretty strong.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Zesty feel.

D - Sweet and spiced but not too difficult to drink. I enjoyed it but one is enough for a while for me.

Notes: 2009 on the cork. Huge gusher, twisted the cage twice and the cork went shooting off with about half of the bottle gushing out. Not really a saison, reminded me more of a Belgian amber. Sweet fruit mixed with spices reminded me of a spiced preserves or jam. I enjoyed it but probably won't get it again unless it is on sale.

FreshHawk, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 ml into a Duvel. Be warned as soon as the cage was loose the cork blew straight off. Cork was dated 2010.

A - Pours a reddish orange color with epic light brown foamy head.

S - Has a nice spiced smell that seems to come from nutmeg and allspice. Nice fruity smell as well with just a bit of sweetness.

T - Starts with a nice spicy flavor almost peppery. Follows with some nice fruit tartness that reminds me of green apple. Finishes with just a bit of sweetness to balance the whole flavor off.

M - Well carbonated. Medium bodied and leaves a very dry feeling.

D - For an 8% ABV this is really drinkable. Great overall taste.

GallowsThief, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle for an X-mas gift. Drank it while bottling some homebrew. Read a few other reviews, and glad I did as once I removed the wire cage the cork shot off. Luckily, someone else mentioned this so I was holding onto the cork. Cork has 2010 written on it.

Pours a ruby red with four finger off white, brown head that fades down. Some suds cling to the glass. Smells of green apples & citrus - must be the Brett. A little bit of woodiness, some vanilla, and some caramel flavors. The alcohol is a bit solvent like.

Tastes like a chewy taffy/caramel bar. Molasses seems evident. Sourness is desirable. Gives it a nice above medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good & keeps the beer effervescent. This one is a real sipper. A delightful bottle conditioned brew from a brewery I've never heard of. Will have to seek out more of their beers.

jwhancher, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of aepb1
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

aepb1, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of timtim
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!

timtim, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
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!

flagmantho, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of armock
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

armock, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
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.

ckeegan04, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
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).

SFLpunk, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of drpimento
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.

drpimento, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
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.

dpnelson1978, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of philbe311
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...

philbe311, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
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.

BeerImmediately, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of goatgoat
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...

goatgoat, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
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.

jeffthecheff, Jun 08, 2010
Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.