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Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 5
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:
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, citrus, slight hops, and yeast. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness associated with this beer. Tastes of tart malt, alcohol, yeast, slight earthy malt, citrus, and slight hop. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma, but lacking in appearance.

Tone, May 03, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

GallowsThief, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Gtreid, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of frlrv1020
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

frlrv1020, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Beertracker, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Proteus93, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

TheFightfan1, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer purs a darkish amber color with very good head retention and excellent lacing. This beer certainly looks very attractive. On the nose I get plenty of spice and rootbeer, with this beer smelling very much like well made Belgian style beer. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I get some chocolate aroma as well. The description of this beer indicates that it was made with hibiscus, something that is prominent both on the nose and on the palate. This adds complexity to the beer and blends in very nicely with the other flavors and aromas. Mouthfeel is fairly light for the abv., but with a fairly long finish. The beer is moderately sweet, but the finish is almost on the dry side. Alcohol is very well disguised in this interesting beer.

A very intriguing effort from St. Somewhere, and one I'm glad to have had the oppportunity to try.

John_M, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of PubRider
4/5  rDev +5.3%

PubRider, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +5.3%

wesley14, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Magery, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jsanford, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
4/5  rDev +5.3%

LiquidDegenerate, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jsurfs82, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mychalg9, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

avalon07, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

wonothesane42, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap in a tulip glass.

A- Pays Du Soleil, A Belgian Dark Ale that boasts a deep mix of light brown and wine like red. Some ruby red. This looks like wine for some reason. A nice off white/ beige head stayed on top but became a cap. No legs on the foam in terms of stickage.

S- The dark fruits are the main scent with berries galore. The blackberry beats out the blueberry a bit. Belgian scents and some flower scent from the hibiscus. This smells great with no trace of the 8%. Some malt backlay with burnt caramel. Very light brett scents towards the end.

T- Soleil is a great BSDA, St. Somewhere does not do many styles, but the ones bob does really nail it basically. The berries are up front and are not cloying or large but rather tasty. They dont taste artifical either unlike some beers from unnamed breweries. Hibiscus flower blends nicely with the berries while the rest is small earthy hops, malt sweetness, and some Belgian yeast maybe. I guess there is some brett in here but im not really getting it.

M- There is some slight tartness when this warms though but this is not sour or puckering in any way, this is a BSDA after all. Medium bodied with a big fruity blast on the mouth and a slightly dry finish. Carbonation, not a problem. The 8% does not show up.

D- I would of gladly had more if I was not driving. Im looking for more of these new st. somewhere beers, I'll admit I've been kind of not paying attention to this brewery, but they are no joke. Pays Du Soleil shows that.

BARFLYB, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jwat, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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

alpinebryant, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of tpaetow
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tpaetow, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of ThreeFishes
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ThreeFishes, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.3%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-red with a thin white head that remains. Good lacing.
Smell is tart, fruity funk with some spicey notes. Grapes, cherry, figs, and other fruity notes. Curious metallic note in there as well.
Taste is strong Belgian yeast and malts, with more tart funkiness, though less so than on the nose. Peach, banana, figs, as well as green grapes are some of the fruits I can discern. Peppery finish from the wild yeast.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish. Nice bite on the tonue. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Parrotbeak, May 03, 2010
Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.