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Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 202
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: corby112 on 09-09-2009

Pays du Soleil is brewed as a saison and not a dubbel, although it has a resemblance to both.
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Photo of David63Olson
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well done. Nice funky aroma on the initial sniff. Then followed by a sour and sweet fruity taste with a bubbly finish. Strong head retention with a light brown and very appealing color. I would buy this again. (209 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a dark, hazy amber crowned by a 1” cream colored head that hisses as it recedes.
S: Releases aromas of fruit, spice, wine, and mustiness.
T: Light malt is in the background to lemony tartness, fruit, spice and herbs. Some white wine notes.
F: Medium light body and highly carbonated.
O: A funky well crafted saison that is perfect for a hot summer day. (370 characters)

Photo of brap
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one was cocked and loaded! When I opened it the cork almost went through my wall. After an exciting start the beer really didn't do much for me. The fireworks, head, and scents had me really expecting more than the beer delivered. (240 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a large, corked bottle (pop!), it has a fizzy, short-lived head. The aroma is of spice, mixed with yeast and a fruity zest. Some alcohol in there as well....and rich dark malt. The taste has a notable funk, which is interesting. I like it. Very Belgian. Spicy on the tongue and a little more sweet than expected. The fruit characteristic comes out notably in the taste. Medium in body. (398 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Rich mahogany color with a 1+ finger head that settles very slowly
S: Caramel, cherry, green apple, brown sugar, generic herbs/spices. Actually surprisingly complex
T: Also a bit of cherry/apple/brown sugar though not as complex as the aromas and there's a strong yeast note that overshadows everything else
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet
O: A decent beer though not one I'd seek out again- one of those beers where the appearance/aromas are fantastic but then tasting it is a slight letdown given the intro. Still worth a try (561 characters)

Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +2.8%

really interesting beer, earthiness, cherries, some funk, a bit boozy and over carbonated, a little more balance and touch and this beer is phenomenal. I enjoyed it for sure, the flavors are there, just needs some minor tweaks. (228 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - A mammoth five finger's worth of audibly fizzy very active head that is equal parts dirty khaki and rose in terms of color... The head quickly fizzes away before showing modest retention at two fingers... Once the head ultimately fades there is a veil rich slightly veil of lacing... The color is an intriguing mix of light muddy brown and a faint ruby red... A modest bit of quickly paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - A very interesting aroma... Candied apples... Fresh cut grass... Some floral notes... A hint of brown sugar... A mix of over ripened fruit... Wonderful depth and complexity as each individual component compliments the others exquisitely...

T - The flavors that materialize on the palate our not what I expected based on the nose... A grainy alcohol presence permeates... A definite funk presence emerges next... A hint of bananas... Some burnt sugars... There is a slight medicinal presence as well... The flavor profile is not quite as well put together as the aroma...

M - Medium bodied... A bit sleek... A bit sticky... Dry throughout... A bit gritty on the finish...

D - A tale of two beers... Very nice appearance and aroma gives way to a slightly disappointing flavor profile and mouth feel... A few minor tweaks could make this one excellent, but in its current form it lacking in several areas... (1,342 characters)

Photo of mmapes
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought on recommendation of local publican. Sours are not my style but I really liked St. Somewhere's Lectio du Chene.

Other reviews of funk, diaper, and other weird smells make me suspicious of this one.

Had to take cage off with pliers because the twister broke off. Cork started coming out of its own accord. Careful! Cork says 2013, and we are tasting in April of 2014.

Smells of tart apples, tart fruit -- not rotten, and only a hint of funk. Big head subsides fairly quickly. Color is as red as brown, and fairly clear, maybe a little cloudy.

First sip is bright, quickly turning astringent, with a long earthy finish. Next sips reveal more of the belgian "dubbel" character, but the dryness is still primary. Funkier on the tongue (in the finish) than in the nose.

Even later tastes are more malty, round, complex in the mouth, but the finish always reveals the drying character of the brett, which I don't like so well.

Not as good as Lectio in my book, though I admit this isn't my favorite style. (1,013 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fusion of styles i have not encountered before, a saison and a dubbel, and it does indeed have elements of each, although the saison funk trumps the sweeter darker malt a la dubbel. rather clear on the first pour, but gets cloudy as the bottle works down. tall off white airy lasting head. smells curious, rotten apples and saison yeast over a much richer and sweeter malt bill, raisins too. the flavor is less dominating than the nose, things are subtle here, with a definitely bigger grain bill, some sweetness but not a ton, it comes back after the swallow like some richer red wines, but is still moved forward primarily by its yeast, an interesting strain somewhere between saison and bretty, its funky enough to fit both profiles, but hangs on to the fruitiness just long enough to lean to saison. a strange beer, apples at the end too, red over ripe ones. i like it not because of its flavor specifically, but because of how different it is. well carbonated and a dry at first, then long and sweet finish that perplexes me. first from saint somewhere already has me desperate for more. (1,094 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle as a Christmas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Light brown or copperish colour. Hazy with a touch of cloud. Two fingers of fluffy off white head and mild carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention. Became in sanely cloudy with the yeast added.

S - Orange, a little funk, burnt sugar, caramel malts, earthy.

T - Nice flavour. Some mild hop, darkness of it shines with breadiness, some dark malts, and some faint funk.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, and a slightly funky finish.

O/D - Not a bad saison. The darkness and added malt depth were cool. Don't think I could tolerate the whole bottle, but it was definitely interesting. Hid the alcohol well, but in the end, it wasn't mind blowing. (725 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a murky amber color with a dirty fizzy head. Nice head retention leaves plenty of bubbles and curtains of lacing in my glass

S: You can definitely tell there is a Dubbel base under all of this Brett. Big dates and figs with a rush of Brett funky, baby diaper and spiceiness. It smells sweet with a dash of heat to sting the nostrils

T: My first sip was delicously good. Big and bretty. That Dubbel base was perfect as I am a huge fan of the style. Loads of dates, figs and raisins with a candy syrup sweetness and pronounced spiciness. The Brett is big on this beer. There is a lot going on here..baby diaper and funk meet dark fruit galore. The finish is a warm stinging presence from the spice and the 8ABV. A bit sweet, lightly sticky with a funky dark fruity finish.

M: Medium-full bodied, well carbonated for a hybrid style. The carbonation did good to preserve the blend of styles. Not overly effervescent. Lots of funky sweetness on the palate provides a very unique and enjoyable mouthfeel

O: My first Saint Somewhere beer was a smash hit! (1,062 characters)

Photo of WynnO
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lots of love for Saint Somewhere but...ehh...this really isn't a Saison folks.

It's too dark---yes, throw a 100 watt bulb behind it and you might see some gold if you squint, but that doesn't make it so.

The nose is quite good. Put a blindfold on and you might say it's got that familiar barnyard quality.

Tastewise I get an underpinning of cherry juice. It just won't go away. Nothing wrong here but I just don't get much "farmhouse".

Overall? If you are a SS fan you must try it. The brewer has worked very hard to create a great catalog of Florida-eqse brews. If you are a stickler for details though prepare yourself for a "urban" version of Saison.

No disrespect intended here. It's a nice beer. I would drink another one. (736 characters)

Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-

750ml into a tulip, the cork says 2009. As soon as the cage was loosened the cork rocketed away alarmingly. Pours a deep nearly clear orange amber garnet, orange tinged massive head recedes to a cap that lingers, ok lacing.

Aroma is a mosh pit of clanging scents. Sometimes a thing can smell somewhat unpleasant but you can't stop wanting to sniff, this is that. The dubbel and the saison are clearly present but it seems a forced pairing, the dubbel is slightly dominant. Nonetheless I keep returning it to my nose.

Strong dubbel initial flavor, light figs, caramel and date. Tart on the cusp of going sour. Very nicely dry, strong vinous notes. Deep grape cherry mineral aftertaste. Between thin and medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely odd, if this was nearly dead still I would think BFM was the brewer. unique
cheers
jd (836 characters)

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Riedel Stemless Goblet. 2012 vintage purchased in Florida, I think it's pretty fresh.

A: Doesn't really look like a Saison at all, deep copper orange color, mildly turbid, very expressive head which subsides very quickly with a residual carbonation stream.

N: Lovely nose, plenty of funk up front with floral, apple and sweet berry scents. Smells pretty complex and inviting.

T: Slightly disappointing based on the nose. I get the funk and the sweet citric fruitiness, but it doesn't really have a lot of complexity. Malt emphasis is stronger than would be expected for a farmhouse ale. Not bad in any way, but not quite as involved as a top shelp Saison. No Peppery finish, etc.

MF: Very light and refreshing, I would classify the body as light to thin. Strong carbonation which keeps the palate clean. Very little clinging at the tail of the sip. Not as crisp as a full on Saison but no lingering coating feeling either.

O: My first Saint Somewhere, and I'm not disappointed. Not world class in any way, but nicely done. I'm anxious to explore their range more fully. (1,101 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It appears that the version I picked up is the 2010 vintage. Not much to loose since it was 5 bucks for the bomber

A - Very bubbly an lively yet I only get a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes to a constant flow lace ring. Color is quite dark for a farmhouse ale kind of a hazy deep cherry wood oak.

S - Funky with sour dough notes and cherries. Maybe some dark fruits. Might be some Brett and funk too with some hazy. It's not very offending for 2 years old.

T - A tad bit of skunk is delivered from the sour dough like bread body. Notes of apple cider vinegar and tart lemon mixed in with some hay. Earthy and bitter grapefruit yet not from hops. Not bad.

M - Not as bubbly as I figured still quite popping with the carbonation.

Overall I am pretty sure I don't like old farmhouse beers. Still quite a cool label though. (821 characters)

Photo of brockdidntslide
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle had a nice "pop" like a bottle of bubby might. the beer is light, somewhat fruity and sparkling wine-like with a quickly dissipating head. it has saison characteristics and develops into a semi-interesting, if not remarkable, combination of flavors. if it's really 8% ABV as the label says, it does an amazing job of hiding it.

on the downside, it's very thin (almost see through) and not especially memorable. glad i tried it but not one that i would necessarily seek out again. it's more bartles and james than i want in my beer. (540 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper color with a large head that quickly disolves into a thin skim. Acts a lot like a sparkling wine. Not much for lacing either.

Smells very Belgian like. Fruity yeast esters and Belgian quality malt and candied sugar.

Strange combination of flavors but it works in this beer. A lot of yeast esters with the malt profile of a darker Belgian beer. Sweet, fruity flavor with caramel and earthy qualities.

Feels very light and thin for an 8% ABV beer. Carbonation seemed to have lost all its spirit during the pour as it is now relatively flat.

Interesting enough beer. Did not execute in all areas but was good were it really mattered. (648 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750 bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Hazy copper hue with a fizzy, white, solid persistent lace with trail down the glass.

S: Strong sharp fruity aroma.

T: Fruity flavor with a slightly Belgian yeast taste. Dry grapefruit and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Feels like a bubbly Champaign. Medium body and high carbonation

O: Excellent Belgian Ale – great flavors and aromas. (398 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds, leaving behind very light puddling with a very small collar and light runny lacing.

The aroma was musty and tart with a mild grain malt and a strong funky Brett yeast with notes of green apple, pears and a strong berry odor.

The taste was tart right off the bat, with a big dose of sweet fruit which lasted throughout and had a nice sour ending. The flavor stuck with you for a good while letting the fruity sour taste linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a tad past light in body and dry in texture with an extremely fizzy carbonation.

Overall this brew is right up my alley lately, tons of flavor and a strong sour finish. It is also made in my home town of Tarpon Springs, FL. Guess I will just have to visit this brewery...

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Photo of BrownNut
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.0 - Medium amber, darker than other saisons I've seen. Loudly fizzy off white head that disspiates quickly but then keeps replenishing itself with lots of carbonation to maintain a solid cap for most of the glass.

S - 4.0 - Fruity but mutedly so. Faint funk. There's almost a fabric kind of thing going on as I sip slowly with my nose in the fresh head, inhaling.

T - 4.0 - Funk, refreshing, sharp nectarine initially that teeters on the edge of green apple later, that familiar Belgian candi taste, moderately tart.

M - 4.5 - Medium bodied, just a bit viscous, and pleasantly so. Contrasting that is tiny bit of a citric sting in the back of the throat after you swallow and a bit of carbonation zing on the tongue. Doesn't seem like it should be able to have the properties of thick and thin at the same time but it does. Very interesting. Finishes just at the edge of dry.

O - 4.25 - A very interesting and delicious beer. It's just tart enough to make you keep chasing it with another sip and another sip. But its body makes each of those sips substantial and satisfying. Really a well done beer. I consider it very good for the style and would rate it higher except other styles reach loftier heights. (1,216 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, hazy brownish amber with a thin, lingering white mousse.

S: Aromas of clotted cream and oak from the brettnomyces are immediately evident on the nose, but are quickly followed by scents of candy sugar, milk chocolate, and caramel.

T: Notes of milk chocolate, earthy hops, leather, candy sugar, caramel, dried fruit, oak, herbs, and clotted cream fill the mouth. The finish is tart and funky with brettanomyces flavors completely taking over.

M: Medium in body, smooth, creamy, milky, and silky. Carbonation is present, but is not distracting. There is no alcohol burn whatsoever.

O: An earlier reviewer noted that this tastes almost like a cross between a dubbel and a saison, and I have to say that his analysis is spot on. With all of the toasty malt character of a dubbel and all of the earthy, yeasty funk of a saison, this is beer is an interesting and fantastically executed hybrid. Try it if you're a fan of quirky Wallonian ales. (959 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy copper to garnet red to medium brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy light tan head that reduces to just the tiniest of rings at the edge of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet berries and lighter floral notes, light fruits (apple, pear, grape), hints of brett, and some brown sugar sweetness. Light hints of barnyard funk and some vinous/vinegary notes.

T: The beer tastes similar to the smell though the vinous/vinegary notes are quite a bit stronger. There is a definite upfront sweet funkiness that seems to include brown sugar, light fruit, and brett. Additionally there is a strong presence of berries.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer feels like a hybrid of a Belgian Dubbel and a Saison... Very interesting with the sweetness from the dubbel and the light sourness/funkiness from the saison and brett. Easy to drink since it is not overly sweet or sour/funky and enjoyable. (1,069 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA

A: Pours with a huge white head. Rings of sticky lace. A great bright and vibrant orange/red color.
S: Tartness up front in the nose. Funky yeast. Lots of fruits. Apples, pears, cherries. A big acidic twang as well. I love it.
T: Follows the nose with a tart , acidic twang, and funky yeast. Fruits explode with apples, pears, and cherries again. Again, I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. A great beer to sip on during the hot summer.

Everything I enjoy in a Saison. A great funk, and lots of character. I think this is really well made. Something I would recommend. (668 characters)

Photo of isaiahcutright
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red-orange almost coffee color no head high carb but not very lasting. 2010 vintage.

Smell of sour, yeast apple cherry.

Taste is full of the sweet and sour flavor green apple and tart cherries a nice malt back bone dry finish very nice, very drinkable.

Overall a nice unique sour ale very refreshing and dry and nice after supper beverage. (350 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 oz bottle poured into a tulip at refrigerator temperature. I had this beer before at Brewvival and loved it. Finally getting around to actually reviewing it.

L - Amber-brown color with a 1-finger bubbly white head. Average retention, no lacing. Tons of carbonation bubbles. A little darker than I expected from a Saison.

S - There is the telltale barnyard funk of Brettanomyces up front, followed by aromas of caramel, brown sugar, sour grapes and apples, orange zest, and spicy Belgian yeast. Smells great and very complex.

T - Not nearly as tasty as I thought it would be considering the aroma. Still complex but not necessarily the good, “wow this has so many delicious layers” complex; more like the “I can’t figure out what’s going on and I don’t like it” complex. The funky Brett is still definitely apparent followed by a somewhat burnt sugar sweetness, a Belgian yeast spiciness, and a subtle bitter earthy hop finish. Not nearly as fruity or sour as the nose suggested.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, tons of carbonation, and a dry and slightly bitter finish.

O - I’ve got to say I was disappointed by this one. I remember this beer being a lot better, and the aroma suggested that I was going to be in for a treat. That simply was not the case. I had another Saint Somewhere beer at Brewvival (Athene C) that I loved, so I’ll have to try some more of their beers soon before I write them off. (1,426 characters)

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Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.