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Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an auburn brown with a large head and left a lace ring. A tart, yeasty smell w/ a floral aroma plus some berries and cherry in there. A light, tart, citric and flowery berry taste comes across. Also a plus sweetness that is a nice addition and adds balance; comes from the yeast and some soft sugars. Goes down easy and finishes with some sour/tart flavors of berry and cherry, even a tad vinous like light grape skin, pear and/or apple. Overall I found this saison somewhat simple but a great drinker that hit on all notes - sweet and tart fruits, some sweet malt tastes, a touch of hops...def glad I tried it when down in Florida.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW77 for getting this one for me. Funny we live in Florida, hell I have helped Bob bottle, yet we got it via New York.

A: Pours a cloudy amber hue with a nice tall tanish white head. Okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Lots of tartness here. Funky and musty for sure. Strong notes of berries and apple.

T: Musty for sure. Lots of very tart berry. Herbal notes with some mild spice. Mild candy sugar like sweetness hides behind the tartness.

M: Medium in body, funky, tart, dry finish.

D: Pretty good I drank an entire bottle. This one is coming to a bottle soon. The Saint Somewhere beers always seem better from the bottle than on draft.

I have seen mixed reviews of this one, but I really liked it.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of PeterOrlando92
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 750ml bottle. Color was dark, dark amber, almost brown with minimal head but decent carbonation. Smell was sour grapes, apples, smelled nice. the flavor gad a bit of sour, apples, flowers, spice, weird but very good. I am already contemplating going back for another bottle.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CLanda
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of KVNBGRY
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of armock
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of BDJake
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent muddy brownish copper with very foamy off-white head that retained for a very long time. Tart, like apple cider, plums and cherries- slightly spicy as well. Fruity esters dominate the tongue, even more so than many saisons, but the yeast strains add a nice touch of clove, allspice, and other complexities. Medium body, with sharp carbonation, and a tart aftertaste leading into a boozy finish. I was once skeptical of trying this style, but this and a select few others have helped me broaden my beer palate and be able to enjoy things I never would've dared to try before.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of pitasoup
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Naugros
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.