Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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85
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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:
Pays du Soleil is brewed as a saison and not a dubbel, although it has a resemblance to both.

(Beer added by: corby112 on 09-09-2009)
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Photo of mrfrancis
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hmpf. Trying to remain objective here after the cork blasted out on its own and startled me causing me to break my old Schlafly ( the brewpub not the psychobitchfromhell) coffee mug. So. Poured with a huge head that quickly faded to none and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is very yeasty, malt, spice, cider, shellac. Flavor is similar but with an intrusive chemical thing. I have not the faintest idea of what a Palmetto Berry tastes like. The body is ok and ditto carbonation. the chemical thing lingers much to long. I'm dumping this.

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 750ml bottle. Color was dark, dark amber, almost brown with minimal head but decent carbonation. Smell was sour grapes, apples, smelled nice. the flavor gad a bit of sour, apples, flowers, spice, weird but very good. I am already contemplating going back for another bottle.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW77 for getting this one for me. Funny we live in Florida, hell I have helped Bob bottle, yet we got it via New York.

A: Pours a cloudy amber hue with a nice tall tanish white head. Okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Lots of tartness here. Funky and musty for sure. Strong notes of berries and apple.

T: Musty for sure. Lots of very tart berry. Herbal notes with some mild spice. Mild candy sugar like sweetness hides behind the tartness.

M: Medium in body, funky, tart, dry finish.

D: Pretty good I drank an entire bottle. This one is coming to a bottle soon. The Saint Somewhere beers always seem better from the bottle than on draft.

I have seen mixed reviews of this one, but I really liked it.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/23/2010. Bottle thanks to HonusWagner. Pours a cloudy tawny brown with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet flowers, yeast, a mild touch of funk. Flavor of mint, fruit (Palmetto berries I guess), watermelon, yeast. Pretty tasty and quite drinkable. Another nice saison from St. Somewhere.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via growler pour on 9/5/09. Thanks to davide169 for sharing.

A - Poured a dusty, muddy-looking watery body, almost like a cross between unfiltered apple cider and Yoohoo, with no noticeable head and very minimal lace. This didn't even look like anything that resembled beer at all, actually.

S - Initial aroma combined a berry sweetness with lactic notes and a noticeably very floral hop character with a tinge of tartness. A hint of band-aid and Brett notes emerged after it warmed up a bit.

T - Opens with berry sweetness paired with floral notes and mild sour apple, although the sourness really opened up in the middle. Finishes with some sweet lactic notes and more floral hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with light, almost flat, carbonation and a smooth texture. Finish is moderately sour on the tongue.

D - This didn't really strike me as a beer, but more like a mild liquor of some sort. Still, it was quite flavorful overall, and certainly very unique to say the least.

Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of lupercmda
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date...wait a minute. After removing the cage, the top of the cork says 2009. Hopefully they just had an overabundance of corks that year and still use them to this day.

A- Pours a medium brown color with more than two fingers worth of off-white head (from a slow pour) that retains a good while, yet surprisingly leaves little lace behind it.

S- Funky yeast smells that border on medicinal but bear enough sweet fruitiness to not indicate a full-on sour. Some alcohol fume.

T- A powerful glass taste at first that mellows out after a few sips to let in the rest of the flavors which include a restrained tartness, barnyard-type yeast and some faint malt tones. Also some cinnamon and clove spice.

M- High carbonation and a slight drying from the tartness.

O- A very easygoing sour that's not that sour. Seamless combination of flavors. One of my new favorite breweries.

Photo of allengarvin
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, picked up in Chicago last month. With a vigorous cork pop, this then pours a slightly hazy, very effervescent bright gold color with a fluffy, airy head that fades pretty quickly. Very nice aroma: light and tart, with a very peppery, spicy undercurrent. The flavor, likewise, is solidly spicy. Malt plays a pretty minor role, and it is easily balanced by a vigorously grassy hoppiness. Coriander is certainly present, along with a medicinal, anise-like spice that is particularly distinctive and interesting. The finish is dry, tart, and tasty.

What a fantasticly interesting beer. I'm sorry it's not available here, because it would be a wonderful pairing with strong-tasting food, whether from south of the border or from southeast asia.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of brez8791
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish orange with a cream colored foamy head. No lacing, but the skim of the head stays nicely throughout the pint, some foam clinging to the glass.

Big yeast and sour grain scent. Some bitter/metallic notes. Smells like a Farmhouse/Flanders Red cross.

Up front, tart berry flavor, then nice dusty malt/grain, with a yeastiness that is very pleasant with a balance of alcohol punch. Here's where I have a problem. Instantly, those wonderful flavors convert to aspirin-like bitterness that coats your mouth and lingers. Not burnt husk, not hoppy notes, but chemical bitter. Bummer. It gets 3.5 for all of the best, but this comes very close to getting a 3.0 here.

Medium bodied and quite carbonated. I pulled the cage off of the cork and good thing I had my hand on it, because it popped on its own (with no foam-over).

I dig where the brewers were going with this, but they didn't play to the strengths of the brew. The negative points shine, and that effects the drinkability. I will enjoy the rest of this bomber, but I have a feeling the lasts sips will be a bit of a chore. Worth a try for something different. Nice choice of ingredients to make this a quite unique beer.

Photo of Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

Photo of armock
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark copper color with a white head that fades quickly to nothing

S - Smells like a brett funky sweet white wine

T - The funkiness from the brett comes out first the the fruit and win flavors come out

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

D - This is a very enjoyable beer I'm really liking whats going on here I could sip on this one for a good long time worth getting your hands on a bottle to try sometime

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of justintcoons
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a ruby red with amber highlights with 1 finger of head that vanishes instantly. Champagne-like carbonation rushes from the center of the glass. Excellent clarity. A thick film clings to the side with hardly any lacing. Very inviting.

Second pour is a murky orange/mahogany with yeast sediment.

N: Very funky with notes of rich caramel, tropical and citrus fruits and hints of clove.

T: WOW! This is absolutely delicious! Upfront are some of the best yeast notes I've ever tasted along with rose petals (hibiscus), plum, pear, delicate earthy hops, hints of citrus and tropical fruits and perhaps a speckle of coriander. Mid-palette has more pear, more barnyard, red grapes, honeydew melon, caramel, bright lemony citrus and herbal tea. Finishes with leftover funk, plums, juicy lemon, earthy hops, hints of clove and a note of leather in the throat. I honestly don't feel I can do justice describing how good this tastes!

M: Light-medium bodied, juicy, crisp, clean, delicate and 100% refreshing.

O: Insanely balanced, delicate, subtle, complex and completely delicious! The combination of flavors are perfection. Easy drinking with an ever so slight alcohol presence. A+

Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.