Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.
Pours a hazy amber with a very thin light yellow head and some light lacing. Nose is funky and tart with some sweet maltiness.
Taste is very funky and sweet, not too much hops or bitterness. It's got a nice funky taste to it. It's got a decent full mouthfeel with good carbonation.
09-10-2010 23:29:06 | More by kingcrowing
4.65/5 rDev +22%
A: Cloudy, warm copper.
S: Fresh, green apples and raspberries. Crisp, tart, and bright.
T: Fruit forward with a building tartness. The slight sour flavor dissipates and gives way to yeast and malts, like fresh, whole wheat bread.
M: Carbonation gives the initial impression of lightness and crispness but, as the bubbles settle, this gives way to a full bodied mouthfeel.
O: Another exemplary Belgian inspired ale from St. Somewhere. Great balance in flavor; a clear, sunny spring day distilled into a bottle.
02-06-2012 01:43:48 | More by 01001111
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
Cask at Aromas in Athens, GA.
Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large-bubbled, one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells very good - mixed fruits, mostly berries, with a good deal of brett that doesn't seem as funky as others. I'm not 100% sure what a hibiscus smells like but perhaps it tempers some of the barnyard aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells. A good amount of mixed fruit flavors up front are soon overtaken by a delicate tartness that has a good dose of earthiness. As the sip progresses an almost musty taste that isn't as off-putting as it sounds joins in before a crisp and somewhat tart ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft yet prickly carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass and ended up having a few more samples.
Overall I thought this was a very interesting beer with just the right amount of tartness introduced. I'll be interested to try the bottle version once it's out to see how it compares.
11-20-2009 03:57:22 | More by glid02
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Funky bold tastes.750 ml. Bottle from Village Merchant. Pours light coffee brown with no lasting head. Aggressively carbonated, but much of this affect may be derived from the hibiscus. Wild strong bitter aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Tasty, funky stuff that's sweet and sour, bretty and yeasty. Very drinkable and unique.
05-01-2011 03:32:17 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
On tap at The Institute. Philadelphia, PA. 12 September 2009.
Pays Du Soleil translates to "country of the sun" or "land of the sun", which is pretty much like Terre Du Soleil except that 'terre' refers much more to the actual earth. Are they the same beer? ...
Appearance: Hazy amber-orange body beneath a short head of off-white foam that drops readily to a thin collar. Spotty lace is left behind on the glass.
Aroma: Fruity with soft citrus, tangerine, apricot, berries, green apple, red apple (it's initially a touch tart, and then juicy...), and some unidentified tropical fruits. Floral, and subtly perfumey. Soft spiciness.
Flavor: Follows the aroma. Fruity and gently spicy. The malt is very lightly caramelish, and simply acts as a base for the yeast to perform upon. Gently tart. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms. Finishes dry and peppery.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a limited carbonation. Smooth.
Drinkability: Nice. Fairly complex with a great fruity component and a hint of spiciness. Enjoyable. The alcohol is noticeable but not detrimental. Beyond its limited appearance it's actually quite charming!
09-13-2009 00:51:29 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
750ml bottle - riley's
split and served with market trout and asparagus
appearance: served in hopleaf tulip, bright amber body, nice beige ring
smell: tart grape juice, apricot, sweet candied sugar, belgian yeast
taste: quite sweet - white grape juice, sugary apricot, sugary yeast, tangerine, white pepper, floral, bubblegum. a mixed bag of bold flavors -a little big for a saison, but nice, and well spiced
mouthfeel: nicely spiced, peppery hot finish
05-03-2010 00:00:25 | More by dirtylou
3.85/5 rDev +1%
A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The year 2009 is printed on the cork. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a huge off-white head with great retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is very floral and fruity with a nice tartness along with some spices and some yeast as well.
T- The taste starts out with some fruity notes and spices that is mildly tart. The finish is dry and yeasty.
M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, another solid beer from Saint Somewhere. Hopefully they will continue to expand their lineup with new beers.
05-20-2010 04:38:17 | More by cjgator3
3.43/5 rDev -10%
Pays du Soleil is a dark copper or amber color. It's full of haze, but light gives it nice orange highlights. A tan head covers the top and stands about one and a half fingers tall. Carbonation appears very active, but retention was still quite good. Lacing was definitely light and somewhat sparse.
The nose is definitely spicy up front. I'm getting pepper, clove, and some other ancillary varieties. I'm pleased to report that Belgian yeast is in the mix and smells nice. I wouldn't complain if it was a little stronger, but at least it's here. Light dark fruit is noted. Smells like plum to me. Apple and pear are also present to a lesser extent. Earthy and musky notes round it out. Alcohol is held in check pretty well.
The flavor's alright, but isn't great. It's nice and fruity up front. Apple and pear flavors kick it off. It has a nice malty flavor. Earthy notes and musk are prominent throughout. Belgian yeast is certainly tasty. Spices emerge and really take over the flavor. Tastes a little too spicy to me. Pepper and clove add a nice flavor, but there's something here that is out of place and hurts the overall flavor quite a bit. It really is off-putting, but I don't quite know what it is. Alcohol is more noticeable here and is perhaps a little too prominent. Finishes with a spicy blast.
Pays du Soleil has a medium body. Carbonation is active and quite buzzy. It's not smooth, but isn't bad by any stretch. Drinkability's pretty average. The spicy flavor is intense and gets old quick. Couple that with the weird spicy flavor and it's downright exhausting to get through a bottle. I don't hate it, but I didn't really enjoy it.
Saint Somewhere needs to tweak Pays du Soleil a bit. There's definitely something here to improve. The spices need to be toned down. One seems to throw the flavor, but I have no idea what it is. Less alcohol taste and bubbles would also help. It's not a total disaster, and is probably worth a try. Here's hoping Saint Somewhere tweaks this one just a little. It has potential.
07-11-2010 00:51:54 | More by prototypic
3.08/5 rDev -19.2%
On cask at Tap and Table in Emmaus PA. The beer appears a hazy brown with little head. This really reminds me of Victory's Wild Devil, but I don't think that's a good thing. The brett dominates the beer in an earthy, tangy mix of bitter greens and lemon rind. I like sour beers, but I failed to finish this one. I think it might better be classified as an American Wild Ale.
10-04-2009 14:56:41 | More by tempest
3.85/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-09-2012 17:58:25 | More by morimech
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Pays du Soleil (2009) blows the mushroom-style cork out of the bottle before a person can even get the cage off! This one pours up very effervescent similar to a champagne beer leaving a rather frothy, frappé-style head that smothers the cloudy, deep ochre-orangish amber body. The aromatics are a bit muted when chilled, but become more prevalent when it warms to room temperature. The sweet, toasted maltiness dominates followed by some honey (Palmetto), floral (hibiscus) & citric (Clementines, Lemonade, Tangerines) notes, plus some yeast derived acidity & phenolics from the ale & Brettanomyces blend which gives a light funkiness followed by a hint of muskiness adding to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off with a marked caramel sweetness which is subdued by a lingering bitterness & an interesting spiciness (Annatto, Curry Leaf, Hyssop) which lend good balance to the off-dry, cheek warming finish. This medium-slightly full bodied Belgian specialty is atypical for a Dubbel but certainly reminiscant of a Fantôme Saison D'Erezée (Automne). Here's to a small brewery Somewhere in a country under the sun!
Trader's Note: Many thanks to BierGartenOK for sharing this bottle!
07-20-2011 22:03:03 | More by Beertracker
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured from caged and corked bottle. Thanks to Luke (Lukafer) for sharing this! Review from notes...
A- Pours a slight hazy amber brown color. Two finger off white head comes into play and stays for a short while. Clumpy ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Nice funky brett overtones in the front of this clash with yeasty clove and light pepper. Lots of fruits in the backing of the aroma. Some mango along with pineapple and tropical fruits. Light bready malts faintly in the nose.
T- Bready malts with some light yeasty and peppery notes. More toward the middle of the beer there is more of a caramel malt with some tropical fruits. Funky barnyard bretts bring a nice sour note to the entire beer. Very light floral hops in the very back end of this beer.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good for the style. Drying on the palate with each sip. Some sourness left on the palate with some light alcohol and floral hops in the aftertaste. Nice puckering sourness throughout the entire sip.
D- A very very drinkable beer. I was excited about trying this beer and this one held up to what I wanted it to be like. I am excited to try this again when I can get a chance. This is a must try beer if you want something that has the perfect sourness to it.
05-04-2010 05:57:13 | More by alleykatking
2.95/5 rDev -22.6%
A- Reddish orange body with a HUGE airy off-white head.
S- Sour, metallic
T- Tart up front, moving into an odd metallic taste but the malt is a decent balance to it all
M- Medium bodied and overly carbonated
D- I will try it again because it's local...
The over carbonation lead to a surprise... as soon as I twisted the pin on the cage one revolution, the cork exploded out the top so beware!
12-27-2010 19:12:47 | More by aepb1
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-27-2013 02:02:38 | More by JeffreyJDavis
Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.