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Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

Pays Du SoleilPays Du Soleil

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BA SCORE
86
very good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 178
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.22%


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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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:22:38 | More by bruachan
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GallowsThief

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber marked 2009 on cork into my Duvel.

A - Cloudy, amber orange color with big frothy head.

S - Nice tart smelling fruity overtones. Apples and berries for sure.

T - Nice tasty yeast to start. Follows up nicely with the fruity flavors. Tartness comes along as well. Complex taste all together but good.

M - Good bit of carbonation with a light to medium mouthfeel.

D - Definitely. Well hidden ABV here makes this drinkable but a couple with smack you in the face. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 15:36:51 | More by GallowsThief
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aepb1

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 19:12:47 | More by aepb1
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 21:01:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 12/17/10

Murky in appearance it is brownish red, like a murky iced tea. I am guessing this is bottle conditioned. The white head crowning the brew regenerates very well with a lot of carbonation. The lacing is not very sticky, but it does its best at creating nice art along the edges of the glass.

There is a lot of fruit in the smell; Sour apple, lemon, strawberry, banana, and cherry. I can also detect some funkiness.

The tart brew has yeasty notes with some granny smith apple, cherry, banana, and funk. The wild fermentation has brought about a mild sourness that is well placed. When I lick my lips, some of the residual sourness remains providing a treat for later.

Every once in a while I come across a beer that is too carbonated like this. It is distracting from the taste. Aside from this, it is light in the mouth with a good deal of drying.

This is refreshing and a good summer time companion. It is very drinkable for the ABV and could likely be tolerated by a non-beer liking person.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:22:45 | More by TCgoalie
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armock

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:31:26 | More by armock
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 00:15:12 | More by alpinebryant
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:11:04 | More by OtherShoe2
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hinging dangerously and delightfully towards Flanders Red flavor and feel, this Double Ale shares what's best about Beglian Double Ales and advanced Sour Reds.

The pour delives a rusty brownish red color with froathy-fizzy first head character but with a follow of fleeting and still appearance soon after. Odd how the beer shows promise early but dull late.

Aromas of acidic cherries and apple blend (red apples, granny smith, and crabapples) show up front and with a rounded amber malt character with cider and light vinegar.

Sharp green apple, lime, under ripe berries, and cherry taste rise early. Rounded flavors of malty bread crusts and scorched toffee round out the acidic fruit notes, while contributing a buffering sweetness and richness. Still, the cider/vinegar acidity proves a bit too much.

Moderate for a sour ale, but light for a Dubbel, the acidity plays a big role in the feel of the beer by preventing a creamy-smooth upstart. But the fleeting dry/acidic finish is superb.

As a Dubbel, the beer is way too acidic and tart. But as a Flander's Red, the beer is moderate, safe, and lacks gusto. At any rate, the beer is a delight to drink for any Sour Ale fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 06:39:34 | More by BEERchitect
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Brad007

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber/light burgundy color into my wine glass (don't ask me why I'm using a wine glass). Just a hint of head as well.

A tart aroma greets my nose as if it were an old friend that hadn't been seen in years. Aromas of hibiscus and saw palmetto greet the nose. On a more pedestrian level, think of a cross between cherry and grape.

Mildly tart with an emphasis on the ingredients used. Flowery, "earthy" taste that's just right. Very unique for the style. Hard to describe (in a good way!) but oh-so inviting. And again, definitely a "berry" taste (to simplify it).

Mouthfeel has a lingering, flowery, powdery malt feeling with just enough sourness to spark the taste buds.

This is certainly worth what I paid for it. It's a different take on a saison/farmhouse ale and it attempts to push the style envelope by incorporating ingredients that are non-typical (whole Hibiscus and saw palmetto berries).

I like it and I will definitely be buying other offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:06:04 | More by Brad007
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a bit of an off white head with a decent amount of staying power. Nose brings funk, sour, flowers, and a bit of light fruit. The taste brings on a bit more funk with some nice floral notes and some light stone fruits. Feel is a bit light with some good funk. Drinks quite well; really nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 20:11:57 | More by Thorpe429
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babaracas

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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). Given the big flavors, this one merits a head to head with CCB Sea Bass and Guava Grove to determine the king of Tart Tampa Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 06:06:44 | More by babaracas
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into glass chalice.
55°F

$12.99 / ea.

A: Cloudy oxidized copper body with not so much a head, as strong fizz. The sides of the glass are covered in small bubbles, not unlike Sprite.

S: A bit funky, which is different from the first bottle I tried, but not unpleasant. Sour aroma indicates a possible lacto infection, but it fits with the style. Belgian yeast pokes through a bit, but it was definitely more noticeable in the previous bottle.

T: Definitely lactic sour and a bit of fusel alcohol, but nothing serious. Red fruit notes and a bit of caramel. Much different beer this time around but awesome in its own way.

M: Very dry, and highly carbonated. Exceptionally crisp.

D: I'm not normally a fan of sour beers, but this one really works for me. Very crisp, not much aftertaste, and interesting (to say the least). 1.5L? Easy!

O: Saint Somewhere only brews 250-bbl. per year, so I'll have to try a few more bottles to get an idea of how this one ranges. In any case, I have enjoyed both bottles in completely different ways.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:19:34 | More by dpnelson1978
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:29:06 | More by kingcrowing
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wethorseblanket

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle. Duck and cover on this one! Once the cage is loosed the cork exploded out, hit the ceiling and ricocheted across the room. Don't point this at anyone unless you intend to do them harm.

Pours a redish amber. Cloudy and hazy. Huge vigorous carbonation yields a frothy head which fades slowly. Smell of bready yeast, flowers, some citrus, and a trace of bret funk. Taste is tart with a strong metallic tang which is somewhat unpleasant at first. As this warms a bit the metallic notes ebb and the palmetto berry and hibiscus begin to become established (not that I'm very familiar with either of these elements). Mouthfeel is astringent, dry, and acrid. Overall, don't drink this cold. As it warms the more traditional saison spices emerge and make it more interesting. Probably one and done for me, but appreciated nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 19:38:55 | More by wethorseblanket
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 01:57:01 | More by drpimento
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2010 19:58:58 | More by Proteus93
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Halcyondays

California

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, be careful, once the beer is uncaged the cork has a mind of its own, 2009 Edition, bought at Hi-Times,

A: Pours a ruddy dark red/brown colour. Fizzy off-white head as I expected with what happened to Lectio Devina, solid retention. No gushing. No lace.

S: Fragrant orange blossoms and clear notes of hibiscus. Very flowery. Has an herbal tea quality about it. Citrus and flowers, red berries, and mild notes of Brett.

T: Red fruit/currants (palmetto berries?) hit immediately almost a wild ale taste, overall there's enough acidity to make me think this is an AWA tasted double blind. Some dark malt flavours, but fruit and the yeast really drive the beer. Blood orange and kumquat form a mid-palate which dries out towards the finish. The Brett is everywhere, the life of the party if you will. It's intermingling, making its presence known at all times, but is never the dominant taste at any point of the flavour experience. For me kind of an imaginary blend of Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza and La Roja, it has the clear Brett flavour, with a lot of Flanders Red characteristics possibly from the adjuncts - palmetto and hibiscus with the Brett and the base yeast telling you the whole time this is still a saison at heart. Just a really cool beer.

M: Moderate acidity, drying Brett finish. Musty, medium-bodied, fairly clean on the end with all this going on. Just a tad overcarbonated, but is not fizz-tastic like I found with the Lectio Divina.

D: This is fun beer to delve into and just to drink. Great flavour, lots of complexity. Saison fits it because there is a lot of leeway and different brewing techniques in that style. The beer is not acidic or Bretty enough to warrant an American Wild Ale label though it kind of wants to go there at times. Really good, if it's available go try this immediately, on the short list for best beer in 2010. It's still weird seeing St. Somewhere in CA, I still remember when they got super-hyped a couple years back, and I thought I'd never get to try their stuff; good to see them out here.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 03:06:52 | More by Halcyondays
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil

BOOM! POP! Holy Crap! Once the cage is off, the cork can't be contained, and off it goes! Now, we have nothing to do but drink. Wait, first pour, look, and smell...

Hazy, crimson coloring, solid, 1/2" beige head.

Aroma: funktastic! Sour cherries and barnyard musk, tart fruit, sweet and sour. Really rustic. I like.

Taste: Hmmmm. Earthy mouthfeel, utterly unique. Funky yeast meets fruity malt. No hops hanging around. Very...well, middling, no real spark here, unless I'm not supposed to expect one? Seriously lacks in satisfying flavor. It's okay, but I do want more than I'm getting. Is that bad?

Lots of carbonation, bubbling over with wild yeast...not a normal beer experience, very close to authentic Belgian...sour, fruity, dry...it's a fairly nice beverage, easily enjoyable, sure to be a hit with some, but lacks that wow thing. I want a wow thing. That can't be too much to ask.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:57:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork came off with a loud pop and the extreme carbonation level witnessed on the pour explained this. The head is very active and short-lived. The color is dark orange to copper.

The aroma is surprising...this is a Belgian style that they're emulating. I'm getting some sour from this and fruit esters ...perhaps cherry

Ever get a pint of strawberries and most are sweet, but then there's that one tart one? That's what I got right away from this. The alcohol is not very well masked and makes a presence on the palate, supplanting any hops signature. There's an acridness in the aftertaste that I'm not fond of.

The aftertaste is a little off-putting, but otherwise this is not a bad representation of the style. There are not a lot of saisons from the states that are actually saisons. This one is. Nice job guys!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:15:57 | More by Naugros
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 23:52:58 | More by bonkers
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prototypic

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 00:51:54 | More by prototypic
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really sure at all what to make of this one, so I brought it over to split among the family. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/20/2010.

The pour was very nicely done, rich dark amber in color, almost garnet on the sides and the bottom with a nice two finger head of white foam that came up and over the to, settling down nicely and evenly across the sides of the glass.

Aroma was full, nice tart notes of fruit, plums, grape skins, an earthy, full fruity aroma. Nice touches of bitterness sprinkled in throughout as well. Warming brings out some more caramel, touches of earthy, grainy hops and a nice balance of earthy tones. Nice full bodied feel as the lush carbonation rolls across the tongue and really gets going. Smooth, even finish with a nice tart bite that really served to dry out the palate quite nicely.

Overall I am not sure what this one was but I really did enjoy it. It ended up being a hit that day.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:14:11 | More by mikesgroove
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:26:37 | More by SFLpunk
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged, cork dated 2009 on top.

Ok, after uncaging, but before uncorking, I set down the bottle to type for a minute, and then out of nowhere the cork blew of it' own volition. Scared the sh*t out of me...

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1" tan head above the cloudy coppery red brew. Head is fizzing away and being rejuvenated at the same pace for a long time, with loud fizzing. Lacing is slow-falling when it starts to show up late in the experience. Aroma is a bit funky, maybe off fruits and sweetness.

Taste is fruity from the start, perhaps tangerine, that same off musty flavor in the middle, tartness at the close. Mouthfeel is sort of slickery and small bubbled, with drinkability being alright. Cannot get by that flavor that seems to be everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:24:11 | More by ppoitras
Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.