Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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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 PorterLambic
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking with the owner and staff of the brewery at the brewery. Does it get any better? No, it doesn't unless you are the brewer. This beer can't get any fresher, it hasn't even left the building yet!
Arrives a beautiful coppery orange with a nice white head. Retention is minimal, dropping to a thin film in a few moments. Clear and bright.
Smell is full of malt, yeast, orange and a wee bit of spice (light).
Taste is tart with malt, yeast and orange and grapefruit notes.
Medium-light body, effervescence is sharp to start but falls off nicely. Slightly drying with a light coating. A nice grapefruit/yeast aftertaste. A really nice, tart brew. (648 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of armock
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (448 characters)

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

corked and caged 750ml bottle 2010 vintage

A- pours amber orange color with a 2 finger off white head a touch of lacing

S- was tart fruit with barnyard musty funk some sour apple with some sweet toffee

T- unique for a saison as i got some dark fruit tastes with some sweet toffee then some sour apple notes and musty funk

M- mine was nicely carbonated it had a tart and fruit sour mix with a dose of sweetness

O- another great brew from tarpon springs, these brews seem to age excellent thier taste is outsanding (517 characters)

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

I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I'm reviewing this by memory on this I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I have had most of CC's regular beers but I have not tried this yet. one of their best. love this beer. lots of floral, red berry flavors balanced with some funky yeast and slight sour. wonderful beer. (358 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half way thru twisting of the cage this one blew taking the cork, cage, and a towel ceiling high, then gushing a quarter of the bottle out on to the countertop. Annoyance factor is high, but it looks great...

Huge foamy head settles to big clumps of meringue over a very hazy tawny colored liquid. Smell: faint acidic tartness, light tropical fruit, notes of clove, tobacco, and spice.

Taste: unfiltered apple juice, a little tropical fruit, tart but not super sour, the brett funk grows towards the end of the sip, but the fun is some nice dunkelweizen characteristics (caramel, bready, clove) in here too. This one is highly carbonated yet very chill on the tongue. A little tobacco in the burp (yep, still highly carbonated).

2010 bottling according to the cork (once it was recovered). (792 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 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 bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. This is highly carbonated, the cork popped after I removed the cage. It pours a golden orange with a big fizzy head and big chunks of lacing.
The aroma has a barn yard funk and lots of spiciness. The flavor is sharp, spicy, fruity and funky. It has a light, dry finish. It is medium in body and highly carbonated. IMO more of a belgian pale ale than a saison. The yeast strain is a little more spicy than I would like, but a solid beer. (483 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this from the brewery on their first tour night.

Poured into my st. somewhere wine glass. Color is a hazy amber color with a slight orange tint to it. Heading rises fast and disappears quickly. Very little lacing left behind.

Some light fruits and citrus in the nose as well as a slight touch of sour and perfume.

Taste is a bit of the same nice tropical like fruits with a citrus touch. Slightly spicey and peppery and finishes with a nice alcohol kick but not too overwhelming.

Mouth is slightly slick and buttery. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Very enjoyable drink. One of the best American made Dubbel's. (639 characters)

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

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. (339 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another old archive review, this one from 10.9.09

Brewery to Bierkraft in Brooklyn, in keg, which was dispensed into 22 oz. Bombers at a growler fill station. It then made a trek to Ohio before ending up in dkachur's hands here in VA. Thanks, Dan

A: Reddish body, with ever so slightly off-white head. Retention isn't that great, but it tries.

S: Floral and fruity are the two dominant aromas. Almost a hint of sourness to it, very mild.

T: Slightly tart, yet curiously malty at the same time. A pleasant tasting brew, notes of cookie and a nice, yet mellow fruit ester taste.

M + D: Softer carbonation, but the beer has been on quite a trek. Medium bodied, smooth finish. Easy drinking, and any alcohol content is well hidden. (733 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly cloudy light ice tea with 5 fingers of suds. This thing is the king of bubbles. Looks like a tornado inside the glass.
Smell is oaky sour with some spice notes and a little malt sugar.
Taste is sweeter than the smell implies. The oak sour is there in the back but this is mostly raisin and spice with a nice bready blavor.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the effervescence is overpowering and keeps the palate clean and awaiting the next sip.
Overall I would have to give this a B+. It just needs a little more sour or flavor. (548 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First full review in quite a while, it seems. Starting back up with something special: a 2009 bottle of Pays du Soleil from a recent LIF with Stankonia. Thanks for the beer, man!

Brewed about two years ago – the cork is emblazoned with 2009. A Belgian-style beer with age? Yes please.

A: Love the head – stark white and incredibly fluffy-smooth. It’s meringue on top of a light pumpkin-orange. Lacing is sparse, but the head remains at about an inch for a while. Looks thick and Belgian, with enough glimmer to catch the eye.

S: Fruity, smooth dubbel aromas abound: fig, mango, peach, and other sweet vinous fruits, on a bed of hay and toffee. The palate evolves into a yeasty, cinnamon treat, big on a baked apple and candied almonds. Finishes with a bitter, medicinal booziness.

T: An interesting take on Belgian style; starts off with a metallic lemon pang, sweet with fruit and bitter with rind. Next is rich pineapple and cherry glaze over a foundation of woodiness, a dry, fruity pine-cone flavor. Belgian yeast is strong and bready: a powerful taste. Finishes dry like most Belgians, with a bread-crust and ginger root aftertaste.

M: This one has a bubbliness that just won’t let up; it might be just a product of this one’s age, though. Still smooth and, indeed, rich.

O: A drinkable, smooth Belgian. Good flavors all around, making me wonder what was there originally and what ended up coming out with age. Whatever the case, it's easy to tell that the brewers at Saint Somewhere have their heads in the right place. (1,541 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 bruachan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

patchy cream-colored froth. i can see through at some spots and others are nicely opaque (with time, a nice bird's-eye marblng effect appears). nice reddish amber color, but hazy

nicely tart aroma. tart cherries

excellent interplay between sweet and tart. the sweetness is generally light and fruity, although with some caramel and even a little of breadcrust. a touch of sherry and good hop flavor. nice spritz really delivered the nice funky sourness. a little alcohol heat there on the back end (499 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The third beer from Saint Somewhere has been a long time coming. I was thrilled to see it in stores.

Pours a copper in color with a tight head.

The aroma is fruity and sweet with notes of Belgian yeast.

The taste is crisp and tangy and refreshing, with citrus and spice flavors. This is a dry beer. There's no note of the 8 percent alcohol.

The body is light and very bubbly.

Overall a good beer that tastes light and refreshing, but weighs in at 8 percent so be careful with this one. (490 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 Beertracker
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Trader's Note: Many thanks to BierGartenOK for sharing this bottle! (1,216 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 SFLpunk
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork & caged brown glass bottle. Cork says 2009.

Appearance: Pours a hazy beautiful orange-amber with some sudsy tan head that sits up nice and fluffy with big bubbles and leaves no spotting.

Nose: Some alcohol esters right off the bat, followed by some banana-orange smoothie notes. These quickly lead to milk chocolate ganache and something like rotting orange.

Palate: Bright and somewhat sharp with alcohol and carbonation. Reminds me immediately of Spanish Cava! Flavors too: green apple, toast, some smoke notes and peach/nectarine. But what's this? Some sourness creeps through, leaning oud bruin all of the sudden. Acidity level screams up once the alcohol and carbonation shock subsides. Like a Cava/oud bruin blend.

Notes: Love it. Didn't think I was going to based on the "Dubbel" category and the previous reviews. Glad I bought it. Like I said, somewhere between Cava (think champagne) and a sour brown ale. Highly recommend! (948 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked caged bottle poured into a Tulip. Very strong pop from the cork and a magnificent belgian spice sour flavor coming out of the bottle. No gushing but a strong healthy head that lasted and left heavy lacing. A dark orange / amber in color with visible carbonation coming off of the bottom of the glass.

Taste of a minty belgian with citrus, some brett flavors and a refreshing overall flavor build. This is a nice belgian, one that is more complex than some of the more recent that I have had. The spices come together mostly with spearmint flavors which I have others refer to as hibiscus. Nice caramelized sugar flavors and an overrall win which I was not expecting, perhaps because it has been in my fridge for a few months. Different and worth trying (765 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. Had this at the Bradenton Beer Fest, my first beer of the day and the only one I took notes on. Brewed with Palmetto berries and Hibiscus flowers.

A: Somewhat cloudy, orangish brown color. A quarter of off white head appears, then leaves behind some nice lace.

A: Berries and flowers. The Hibiscus flowers give this a pungent floral earthiness that I really like. I don't get too much funk or barnyard aroma. It may be just a little young still.

T: Taste is orange peel, berries, and flowers. Really unique flavor profile. The brett doesn't really show up, again, too young.

M: Medium body with aggressive carbonation. A little sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty good. The floral earthiness will be a little much for some people, but I really like it. Overall, I think this is Bob's best. I can't wait to buy a couple bottles of this and sit on them, to let the Brett develop. This could turn out to be one great sour. Pick it up. Skal. (999 characters)

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