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
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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 Swim424
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a palm tulip

A-pours an amberish orange. Sort of glows up to the light. Fat bubbly head that falls instantly.

S-Smells very fruity. Sort of a yeasty fruitiness to it. No hops. More fruity than malty. Has sort of a clean, crisp, carbonation scent.

T-very fruity. Again sort of a yeasty fruitiness to it. Has some apricot and tart apple flavors. More fruity than malty. No hops.

MF-very carbonation. Very thin feel. Could use more body and a bit less carbonation.

O-Pretty good. Nothing exceptional. Wouldn't mind having this again though. Tastes like a mix between a dubbel, tripel, saison, and sour. Pretty good still. Decent price as well. (661 characters)

Photo of Marty30
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle served cold and allowed to warm up. Cork says 2010. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A. Body is a clear ruby red when held up to the light. Off-white two finger head that disapated extremely quickly. Very well carbonated.

S. Slight acidic funkiness, sour grapes,green apples,wet grass. There is an almost astringent alchohol smell.

T. I kind of wasn't expecting this, I get some fig and caramel and toffee and a slight fruitiness like you would find in a tripel. I get a touch of rye spiciness. I can really taste the booze.

M. Very light bodied and extremely carbonated. A slight tart dry finish.

Overall the aroma didn't match the taste,which wasn't bad but I felt it was kind of all over the place. I am certainly glad I got to try this, but this will probably be my last. (789 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 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 Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (514 characters)

Photo of danedelman
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-copper color with little head.

S-smells great with a nice funk smell, slight sourness too.

T-I get a sour kick at first that turns into a maltyness with some off flavors that I cannot pinpoint. After the smell, I was hoping for much more. smell did not dictate at all the flavor.

M-light and bubbly. not much going on in this one. (335 characters)

Photo of Lakes
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 01/04/2012. Bottled 2009

Lovely color and a pretty off white head that faded rapidly. Nothing but a tiny ring remained less than a minute after a brisk pour. It appears still.

Lively aroma. Tart fruit and sweet malt. Not orange blossom but close. Less sweet and more fruity.

Taste is slightly boozy and mildly tart. Faintly earthy and very subtle hop bitterness on the back. Some sweetness of the malt comes through but sweet is not how I'd describe this beer at all. My daughter said it was quiet. I'd call it subtle.
I like it.

The carbonation I thought was missing hits you right up front. It's not quite campaign like but close.

Overall I'm happy with this beer and will likely buy another.

EDIT: This beer is decidedly NOT a dubbel. It's an American wild. (778 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 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 justintcoons
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
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+ (1,209 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to beerdy for the generous extra bottle.

A: pours hazy amber that turns to murky as more of the dregs are stirred up. A fair color but not that would be expected from a belgian saison.

S: belgian yeasts, funk/brett, raspberries, cherries, lemon/lime tartness, apricot. A hint of foot-stink in the glass. Am I preparing for a lambic?

T: slightly: wheat, metallic, and tart - similar to the sells but a young lambic harshness, lots of yeast and phenols...minus the sweaty-sock-ness. Subtle peach and plum flavors once you get over the yeasts.

M: cloying yeasts, traditionally belgiany, and lingering in a manner that disrupts the significant floral and fruity smells. There are a lot of lambic/brett-aged aspects to this bottle. Rose, lavender, blueberry, and raspberry flavors persist, on nose, tongue and taste, despite the somewhat harsh yeasts. I'd compare this very favorably to CdF - and might ask for more. (925 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high tan head that took a very long time to fade away, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sweet berries in the nose along with some notes of hibiscus flowers.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and has lots of flavors of saw palmetto berries along with hints of sourness from the brettanomyces yeast and sweetness from the powdered sugar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and a bit tart on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer tastes like a hybrid between a dubbel and a saison. It’s not that difficult to drink because there’s only light amount of sourness and a bit of sweetness. (832 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 kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark for a saison. This one was a murky amber. single finger head.

S: alcohol esters are strong here. Mostly fig and apricot with apple notes.

T: Not the yeast character I like in my saison. Lot of apple in the flavor.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This is a good beer but not so much a good saison. The apple is just strong enough to take over the alcohol dominance. (399 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a big hazy yellow beer with a thick foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer has some traditional saison funk to it, with some grains and a light herbal note too. The flavors are mostly herbal, the hibiscus really shines through on this beer. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and keep a light refreshing feeling from start to finish. Overall this is a good beer, I really like this brewery quite a bit. Always looking forward to having more from them. (494 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a 12 oz tulip. Filled the growler today, heard a good amount of carbonation come out upon initial opening.

A: Thick, dirty white, bubbly head that settles down to a thin line on top of beer. Carbonation looks excellent. Color of the foam reminds me of a red ale. Body is a cloudy, dark ruby red color, yet at the same time is glowing, trying to invite me in.

S: Not the biggest sour beer drinker (a handful at most) but I can tell that is the style. A mild alcohol presence that is subdued with a pleasant sour fruit (raspberry) aroma.

T: Taste like a juice made from dark fruits. Lingers with a beautiful combination of sweet malts and funky yeast. First time I've actually enjoyed this type of style to the extent of sticking with it and not reverting back to an IPA.

M: Warm and exciting on my pallet, a lot of flavors I am not accustomed too. Taking a sip is like eating one raspberry, taste good but I want more. Take a big gulp and the flavor explodes on your pallet.

O: Body of a light malty red ale, alcohol feel of a mead, carbonation presence of wine, and lingering sour taste throughout. Pays Du Soleil is a PERFECT introduction beer for one looking to appreciate the sour-Belgian style. I am hooked and am looking forward to trying Jolly Pumpkin again when back home in Ann Arbor, MI. Great work from Saint Somewhere and I will definitely be a huge supporter of these guys from here and out. (1,440 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, rocky, fizzy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of hops, malt, light fruit, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of light hops, some malt, light fruit (lemon, apricot) and the floral quality (presumably the advertised hibiscus). Also, that typical funkiness was evident. An interesting take on the saison - much fruitier than is typical. A vibrant, tasty beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made and flavorful beer. Not a straight saison, but still a solid beer. (672 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Pays du Soleil' sounded like a summer drink and indeed it looks it; the combination of palmetto berries and hibiscus flower has tinted the beer a deep, glistening amber that looks like sherry when held against the bright, August afternoon sun. Never before have I seen such a big head fizzle out so fast; still, the clear beer is best described as sparkling.

As a Belgian-inspired beer, for better or for worse, it has inherited a mustiness, not all of which is exactly appealing. The "cellar"-like character is boosted by a perceivable alcohol strength and is unencumbered by anything fruity or floral (except the alcohol esters). I imagined something brewed with berries and flowers to be more pleasant than this.

The bubbles are so lively that, at the right angle, a fine vapour actually appears over the surface where they fizzle out. (Off the pour, you can literally hold your hand over the glass and feel the bubbles mist your skin.) I've seen this in soda-pop many times but never in a beer. Indeed, it is as the Italians say 'spumante', bringing a pin-prick sensation to the palate.

This kind of effervescence might have made for a refreshing beer, if only it had more flavour; like the appearance, this has has at least a superficial resemblance to sherry: it is sweet, with fortified strength and vivid vestiges of macerated fruit. There's no hops, as to be expected, and so the taste succumbs to notes of bruised, over-ripened fruits, some of which is the berries, most of which is fig and crab-apple. Hibiscus shows up only in the aftertaste.

The neat thing about wild yeasts is that each of them contributes a unique flavor profile that can't entirely be predicted; the beauty of this style is the element of the unknown. Unfortunately with this bottle none of them ever developed - and I've given them a year to do so! All the yeast contributes is bubbles, fruit and phenols - no sourness. This does have (cider) vinegar-like qualities, but is a let down where funk is concerned.

I suppose even the best-intentioned breweries can produce their own Snakes on a Plane - that is, a fancifully billed project that turns up a dud. Saint Somewhere has always shown a lot of integrity, and the sound of a Belgian saison brewed with berries, hibiscus and wild yeasts is right up my alley, but I couldn't help but feel disappointed (especially considering how much I paid) for this simplistic, amateur-ish, only menially enjoyable offering. (2,456 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off I have to say holy hell, this is the first time I have opened a bottle which seriously needed the cage around the cork. The second I finished untwisting the cage I the cork EXPLODED out of the bottle and shot 15 feet straight up smashing into the ceiling (thankfully not my eyeball)

A: Pours a muddy amber color with hints of yellow. Head literally fizzles like soda pop and disappears almost completely (like soda pop).

S: Ripe Date's and Fig along with Apricot brulée.

T: Wow this stuff is awesome! Another good saison from Saint Somewhere! Are these guys going to be the American Fantome? This is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests... Dried Apricot and spice (earthy, Black pepper) emerge first. Darker fruits follow up along with a Brett spicy finish. Slightly tart and spicy this beer finishes pretty dry (lots of carbonation doesn't hurt!).

M: carbonic tang

O: Saint Somewhere lists this as this as their Dubbel but its as much a Dubble as Uncommon's siamese twin (ie its unique and hardly a Dubble). That said I think this is a fantastic beer with lots of complexity. Tastes far better than it looks. (1,129 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 BeerBoss
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 750ML bottle to a tulip glass.

A: A deep hazy amber brown with significant carbination. This one is alive.

S: Wow! Very alcoholic..almost smells like nail polish remover.

T: A very bitter sour start with an upleasant finish. Some sweat notes.

M: Very alive on the tounge.

O: Did I get a bad batch? I usually like this style beer but something is off tonight... Ill try it again from a differnt store at a later point... (440 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 aasher
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this beer as an extra in a recent trade with Avagadro. Thanks Aaron!

When first grabbing the cork it quickly shot off and really didn't require any effort. It pours a dirty dark orange, almost a dull bronze in color with a one finger head which devoured itself within second. The beer continued to bubble from below for several minutes. The aromas consist of sweet berries, interesting almost mint like spice, and red wine notes. I definitely didn't expect that. The flavors are full of sweet, fruity malt with light alcohol. It doesn't have much complexity. It doesn't really feature much yeast or funk and isn't what I'd call "traditional". To me it is over carbonated for the style. Aside from the cork popping off and the self destructive foam, it has the mouthfeel of a Rose Brut or other carbonated wine, yet with a little more body. It's an interesting drink but not something I'd revisit. (908 characters)

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