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Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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85
very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%
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 Marty30
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Marty30, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of mcss
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mcss, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of WynnO
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lots of love for Saint Somewhere but...ehh...this really isn't a Saison folks.

It's too dark---yes, throw a 100 watt bulb behind it and you might see some gold if you squint, but that doesn't make it so.

The nose is quite good. Put a blindfold on and you might say it's got that familiar barnyard quality.

Tastewise I get an underpinning of cherry juice. It just won't go away. Nothing wrong here but I just don't get much "farmhouse".

Overall? If you are a SS fan you must try it. The brewer has worked very hard to create a great catalog of Florida-eqse brews. If you are a stickler for details though prepare yourself for a "urban" version of Saison.

No disrespect intended here. It's a nice beer. I would drink another one.

WynnO, May 24, 2013
Photo of mmapes
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought on recommendation of local publican. Sours are not my style but I really liked St. Somewhere's Lectio du Chene.

Other reviews of funk, diaper, and other weird smells make me suspicious of this one.

Had to take cage off with pliers because the twister broke off. Cork started coming out of its own accord. Careful! Cork says 2013, and we are tasting in April of 2014.

Smells of tart apples, tart fruit -- not rotten, and only a hint of funk. Big head subsides fairly quickly. Color is as red as brown, and fairly clear, maybe a little cloudy.

First sip is bright, quickly turning astringent, with a long earthy finish. Next sips reveal more of the belgian "dubbel" character, but the dryness is still primary. Funkier on the tongue (in the finish) than in the nose.

Even later tastes are more malty, round, complex in the mouth, but the finish always reveals the drying character of the brett, which I don't like so well.

Not as good as Lectio in my book, though I admit this isn't my favorite style.

mmapes, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 oz bottle poured into a tulip at refrigerator temperature. I had this beer before at Brewvival and loved it. Finally getting around to actually reviewing it.

L - Amber-brown color with a 1-finger bubbly white head. Average retention, no lacing. Tons of carbonation bubbles. A little darker than I expected from a Saison.

S - There is the telltale barnyard funk of Brettanomyces up front, followed by aromas of caramel, brown sugar, sour grapes and apples, orange zest, and spicy Belgian yeast. Smells great and very complex.

T - Not nearly as tasty as I thought it would be considering the aroma. Still complex but not necessarily the good, “wow this has so many delicious layers” complex; more like the “I can’t figure out what’s going on and I don’t like it” complex. The funky Brett is still definitely apparent followed by a somewhat burnt sugar sweetness, a Belgian yeast spiciness, and a subtle bitter earthy hop finish. Not nearly as fruity or sour as the nose suggested.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, tons of carbonation, and a dry and slightly bitter finish.

O - I’ve got to say I was disappointed by this one. I remember this beer being a lot better, and the aroma suggested that I was going to be in for a treat. That simply was not the case. I had another Saint Somewhere beer at Brewvival (Athene C) that I loved, so I’ll have to try some more of their beers soon before I write them off.

BlackBelt5112203, May 07, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

prototypic, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of brockdidntslide
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle had a nice "pop" like a bottle of bubby might. the beer is light, somewhat fruity and sparkling wine-like with a quickly dissipating head. it has saison characteristics and develops into a semi-interesting, if not remarkable, combination of flavors. if it's really 8% ABV as the label says, it does an amazing job of hiding it.

on the downside, it's very thin (almost see through) and not especially memorable. glad i tried it but not one that i would necessarily seek out again. it's more bartles and james than i want in my beer.

brockdidntslide, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JasonSiedman, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Gonzoillini, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Danny1217, Feb 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

fisherbray, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Oakenator, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of chocosushi
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

chocosushi, May 31, 2012
Photo of grover37
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

grover37, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

LambicKing, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of seans86
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

seans86, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of KevinDixonBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

KevinDixonBeer, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

biegaman, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

OtherShoe2, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of danedelman
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

danedelman, Jan 20, 2012
Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.