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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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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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pitasoup

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 06:15:32 | More by pitasoup
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 13:15:26 | More by mrfrancis
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KajII

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 16:13:01 | More by KajII
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-12-2009 22:34:19 | More by ffejherb
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - riley's

split and served with market trout and asparagus

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip, bright amber body, nice beige ring

smell: tart grape juice, apricot, sweet candied sugar, belgian yeast

taste: quite sweet - white grape juice, sugary apricot, sugary yeast, tangerine, white pepper, floral, bubblegum. a mixed bag of bold flavors -a little big for a saison, but nice, and well spiced

mouthfeel: nicely spiced, peppery hot finish

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 00:00:25 | More by dirtylou
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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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy copper to garnet red to medium brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy light tan head that reduces to just the tiniest of rings at the edge of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet berries and lighter floral notes, light fruits (apple, pear, grape), hints of brett, and some brown sugar sweetness. Light hints of barnyard funk and some vinous/vinegary notes.

T: The beer tastes similar to the smell though the vinous/vinegary notes are quite a bit stronger. There is a definite upfront sweet funkiness that seems to include brown sugar, light fruit, and brett. Additionally there is a strong presence of berries.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer feels like a hybrid of a Belgian Dubbel and a Saison... Very interesting with the sweetness from the dubbel and the light sourness/funkiness from the saison and brett. Easy to drink since it is not overly sweet or sour/funky and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 21:22:22 | More by dbrauneis
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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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cjgator3

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The year 2009 is printed on the cork. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a huge off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very floral and fruity with a nice tartness along with some spices and some yeast as well.

T- The taste starts out with some fruity notes and spices that is mildly tart. The finish is dry and yeasty.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, another solid beer from Saint Somewhere. Hopefully they will continue to expand their lineup with new beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 04:38:17 | More by cjgator3
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky bold tastes.750 ml. Bottle from Village Merchant. Pours light coffee brown with no lasting head. Aggressively carbonated, but much of this affect may be derived from the hibiscus. Wild strong bitter aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Tasty, funky stuff that's sweet and sour, bretty and yeasty. Very drinkable and unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 03:32:17 | More by Sammy
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:12:32 | More by metter98
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isaiahcutright

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red-orange almost coffee color no head high carb but not very lasting. 2010 vintage.

Smell of sour, yeast apple cherry.

Taste is full of the sweet and sour flavor green apple and tart cherries a nice malt back bone dry finish very nice, very drinkable.

Overall a nice unique sour ale very refreshing and dry and nice after supper beverage.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:47:03 | More by isaiahcutright
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morimech

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 17:58:25 | More by morimech
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capra12

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at The Gingerman NYC

Appearance: Maple/orange with little head.

Smell: Slightly sour grapes and earthy

Taste: Opens with unripened grapes and apples as a distinct alcohol comes in the middle to end leaving an alcohol and tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: I would have this again despite the booziness and recommend this to someone who enjoys sours with an alcohol finish and mildly malty open.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 03:17:44 | More by capra12
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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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mactrail

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little on the flat side without much in the mouthfeel. However, carbonation is good for a few sips. Plain amber in the glass. Not much lacing.

Interesting fruity aroma with a touch of fermenting apples. Warm and rich. Nice sweetness with tart underpinnings. Way less sour than other Saisons I've tasted lately. Nice touch of bitterness, kind of a woodsy vegetable bitter.

Pleasant and drinkable, complex with changing flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 04:00:23 | More by mactrail
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Shaw

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:17:02 | More by Shaw
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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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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Riedel Stemless Goblet. 2012 vintage purchased in Florida, I think it's pretty fresh.

A: Doesn't really look like a Saison at all, deep copper orange color, mildly turbid, very expressive head which subsides very quickly with a residual carbonation stream.

N: Lovely nose, plenty of funk up front with floral, apple and sweet berry scents. Smells pretty complex and inviting.

T: Slightly disappointing based on the nose. I get the funk and the sweet citric fruitiness, but it doesn't really have a lot of complexity. Malt emphasis is stronger than would be expected for a farmhouse ale. Not bad in any way, but not quite as involved as a top shelp Saison. No Peppery finish, etc.

MF: Very light and refreshing, I would classify the body as light to thin. Strong carbonation which keeps the palate clean. Very little clinging at the tail of the sip. Not as crisp as a full on Saison but no lingering coating feeling either.

O: My first Saint Somewhere, and I'm not disappointed. Not world class in any way, but nicely done. I'm anxious to explore their range more fully.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:02:38 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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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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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fusion of styles i have not encountered before, a saison and a dubbel, and it does indeed have elements of each, although the saison funk trumps the sweeter darker malt a la dubbel. rather clear on the first pour, but gets cloudy as the bottle works down. tall off white airy lasting head. smells curious, rotten apples and saison yeast over a much richer and sweeter malt bill, raisins too. the flavor is less dominating than the nose, things are subtle here, with a definitely bigger grain bill, some sweetness but not a ton, it comes back after the swallow like some richer red wines, but is still moved forward primarily by its yeast, an interesting strain somewhere between saison and bretty, its funky enough to fit both profiles, but hangs on to the fruitiness just long enough to lean to saison. a strange beer, apples at the end too, red over ripe ones. i like it not because of its flavor specifically, but because of how different it is. well carbonated and a dry at first, then long and sweet finish that perplexes me. first from saint somewhere already has me desperate for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:53:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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peabody

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 23:48:41 | More by peabody
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Welcome to Sun Country! It pours a hazy russet-straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, mandarin oranges, and orange peel. The taste does not deviate far from this, though some light green apple flavor makes an appearance as well. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, nothing spectacular, but a nice little saison-style diversion from the norm.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 23:30:40 | More by TMoney2591
Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.