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Pays Du Soleil - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 202
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 7
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:
Beer added by: corby112 on 09-09-2009

Pays du Soleil is brewed as a saison and not a dubbel, although it has a resemblance to both.
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this 750 ml bottle with my fiance, who loves this breweries bottle artwork.

Bright bronze and copper hue with hardly anyfoam after a quick snap of head after the pour. Good bubbling, but none of the foam I love to see in a saison.

The aroma was sweat, yeasty, fruity, with a little earthy, herbal hop aromas mixed in there. Very inviting aroma.

The taste starts with an intoxicating berry and yeast fruit flavor mixed with delicately toasted white bread. The middle drys and leaves a crackling juicey mouthfeel. The finish has a warm herbal berry flavor that makes this 8% saison deceptively easy to drink. (618 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up in a bottle shop in Gainesville... I'd heard of the brewery but can't get it back home.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet... it's a cloudy amber color with pretty much no head at all. Just a few bubble on top... interesting.

Smells like an amber ale... with just a hint of sour funk. Mostly I'm getting the malt sweetness and just a slight bit of fruit sour. It's not bad, but it's nothing too special.

There are much stronger sour notes on the tongue than on the nose, and the malt is a little in the background. It's tart, has that sour fruit flavor to it and hardly any aftertaste. Much better than the build up to the taste.

All in all it's a good beer... it's not flat so I'm not sure what's up with the lack of head, but it still tastes fresh. I'd go for another. (808 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of BDJake
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (499 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of aepb1
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
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! (399 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of armock
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (448 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (765 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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). (792 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.49/5  rDev -36%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +18%
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. (2,060 characters)

Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.