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Serge - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 15.35%


Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black saison / farmhouse ale brewed with all Belgian and noble hops. Slightly roasty with dry finish.

(Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 06-22-2011)
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan, bubbly and fluffy head into a tulip glass that left a nice ring and sheet throughout. the body was dark brown, near black.
s - cherry tartness, some green apple, slight leather funkiness.
t - same as the aroma with a little more breadiness.
m - medium mouthfeel.
o - good beer but didn't wow me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 22:08:11 | More by GPHarris
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark muddy brown, and sits in the glass as nearly black chocolate with massive tightly packed slightly creamy, khaki colored head. The beer’s body is impenetrable to the eye, but the head does leave a lacing of fat thick sheets of sticky bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells of funky leather with a soft green apple/pear tartness to the nose and a touch of bitter grass and a touch of pineapple. The malt is practically non-existent in the nose except for a lingering sense of caramel and toffee on the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with light roasted sweetness and a faint touch of bitters. In flavors this beer begins as of tart green apple which flows into light roasty malt with smooth caramel sweetness. As the tart green apple tastes moves into the caramel malt tastes it brings some funky cheese flavors to the mouth reminiscent of a light brie mixed with a smoked Gouda. The finish is tart but marries in some light roast and caramel flavors. The aftertaste returns to the tart flavors and a nice roasty chocolate but it also gets slightly chemical-like though this is quickly remedied by another sip of beer. These flavors are all light and subdued, but blend together beautifully. In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium with a slightly prickly carbonation that peppers over the taste buds. The mouth is left clean but puckering from the tartness of the beer, and slightly burned on the tongue from carbonation. Overall, this is a deliciously weird sipper. The flavors are all light but blend together beautifully into an interesting sipper. This is not my favorite of the dark saisons, but it is actually different from any other dark saison I’ve tried. Its tartness moves it towards the funky saisons, while still carrying some roasted and caramel malts. This beer actually reminds me slightly of the Stingo by Boulevard and Pretty Things, as well as the Descendant by Mystic Brewery (Review for Descendant is coming soon) with its dark flavors and tart/funkiness, and such a comparison is a good thing since I love both those beers. This is not the best beer in the world, but it has some nice complexity and actually opens up into more roasty flavors as the beer warms. It has a funk and tartness that are under control and functional in the flavor, and overall it is a great beer. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:33:14 | More by Maxwell
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chose Serge for my second Saint Somehwere exploration, apparently this Black Saison is named after Serge A. Storms, the character in Tim Dorsey's Florida crime novels. Poured from a 750ml into a Riedel stemless goblet.

A: Pours a very very deep dark brown with 4 fingers of light cola head. Dissipates relatively quickly with very slight lacing. The beer is nearly opaque letting only a bit of light through, appears quite clear, though it's unfiltered, but definitely some yeast turbidity in the bottom of the bottle.

N: Smells like a sour, with tartness of cherries and some grapey vinous notes. But some roasted malty breadiness is there. You do not forget that this is a St Somewhere spontaneously fermented ale, as the 4-EP from the Brett is pretty prominent in the nose, but not to an off-putting level.

T: I was somewhat let down by the flavor which was nowhere near as complex as I would have guessed from the nose. Mostly tart cherries and sour apples well integrated with yeasty malty roasted breadiness. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think a Saison needs this roastiness.

MF: Relatively light bodied with durable carbonation which sticks with the beer long after the head has subsided. Lacking the peppery crispness in the finish. I found the finish to be somewhat chalky and muddled, not leaving me with a pucker which makes me crave the next swig.

O: A decent hybrid style beer but probably not one I would buy again. I think I really have a style bias against these dark farmhouse ales. Interesting and definitely unique, but not a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 14:44:48 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a full inch of dark tan head that doesn't retain long before soon dying down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Effervescent carbonation with a saison yeast kick and some roasty malt. Also an alcohol fume that's too apparent for a beer of this ABV. Semi-astringent.

T- Odd yeast flavor clashes with roasted malt creating a duality of light and dark that's not very pleasant. Tangy, especially in the aftertaste. I'd like to say it's complex, but that would be giving it too much credit since all that's really on display here is a typical saison done with a lot of roasted malt. Slightly smokey. The alcohol is also apparent and in the way.

M- Chalky and dry. Medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- The first beer by Saint Somewhere to truly disappoint me. I figured if anyone could nail the latest "black saison" craze it'd be them, but I was mistaken. Drinkable, but it's kind of a chore.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:28:11 | More by Immortale25
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: two finger off white head on a deep clear amber body with nice lacing.

S: lemon pepper, tart citrus, belgian yeast, coriander, funk and herbal hops. Not getting much roasted malt but the darkness gives some caramel and dark fruit.

T: as my friend points out this one has a basalmic character. also has tart citrus, hint of roasted malt,

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall: interesting beer. Not as much of the dark character as I wanted. It's definitely good and worth having but sort of not descript and although the saison character is there it seems like it can't be categorized.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:53:32 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, ruby highlights. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - Musty yeast, some dark caramel, and fairly pungent acid.

T - Soft malt, light molasses, toffee, and red apple up front. Some light sourness in the middle and a finish of cola, balsamic vinegar, and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, it has the aroma and some of the flavor of a hard core sour brew but almost no actual sourness. Kind of comes off like a "session sour", all the flavor and only a fraction of the intensity. Once again, St Somewhere makes some damn, damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:51:26 | More by nickfl
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, darker than I was expecting. About an inch of tan, airy head that quickly recedes, leaving a surface layer with moderate lacing.

Aromas of molasses and tart cherries and a musty, earthy background.

Flavors follow through from the aromas along with some hints of straw and leather.

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation to give it a crisp dry finish. Surprisingly little lingering aftertaste.

A very interesting beer that grew on me with each follow up sip. Not something I would drink all the time but will definitely keep a couple on hand for when I'm in the mood for something different.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:33:48 | More by srhoadsy
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dsauter for this awesome beer as an extra for our trade! Thanks Danny!

Nice loud pop when uncorking this 750 C&C bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken 01/01/13.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of tan head. Sticky head that lives some spotty lace.

Smell: dark malts, fruity, peppery and a touch of smoke.

Taste: a hint of pepper on the front end of this beer. transitions into an abundance of dark fruits like grapes, red apple and cherry. I get a little toasted bready flavor in there too. Little bit yeasty and spicy too like a begian beer. over the top complexity and unique elements found in this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel that dries out a little at the end.

Overall: I am really loving this beer. Havent had the pleasure of trying many Saint Somewhere beers before, but if Serge is an indication of how they brew most of there beers... i am going to have to look into more of those beer! I will not hesitate to drink Serge again!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 20:58:51 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leaves a low lying cream colored head, some lacing. Brown body.

Dry funky dark fruit.

Has a fruitiness that pops tight at the end that I am really digging on. Cherry, grape fruit flavor.

Not as dry as one would think. Medium mouthfeel.

Wow, caught by surprise on this one. Big fan. Would love to try this one again. Fruit pops...near top tier saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:10:35 | More by Duff27
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Shaw

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to try a beer named after a Tim Dorsey character and featuring a ghost orchid on the label. I thought I hadn't had a black Saison before until I remembered Cigar City's Sea Bass.

A deep, deep ruby in color. Almost no light gets through. Big tan head that reduces to a thin layer.

Big sour aroma of grape and earthiness.

Roasted malt flavors (coffee, toast) combine with tart fruit (grape, cherry) to make a very interesting beer. It's tart, but not extremely so. There is earthiness too, but restrained.

Nice body, almost chewy.

Overall it's above average. I like St. Somewhere's other Saisons better. Not a barn burner.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 04:27:19 | More by Shaw
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babaracas

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy very dark brown with two fingers thick fast-fading khaki colored head. Thin ring left behind, spotty lacing. Smell: barnyard funk, lemon, light roast and milk chocolate. Taste: roast hits with lemon rind, then into soft pear, herbal, grassy, toasted dark (molasses) bread, finishing mildy tart, lemony, with residual funk... slightly acetic. By the end of the bottle there's an accumulated mild black pepper flavor as well. Carbonation is pretty high... cork almost popped on its own after removing the cage... but it's perfect here, giving it a luxurious but light-ish feel. Win.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:54:03 | More by babaracas
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black and seems thin like coffee. Caramel color 2 finger head.

S - Somewhat muted lemon sour note, belgian yeast, funk & roasted malts.

T - The taste and nose don't even mesh. I'm getting more stout like flavors, ie - Roasted malts and light coffee. But, it does develop into a funky belgian character with spices.

M - Carbonation level one expects from a farmhouse with a light, refreshing body.

O - My first black saison. It's different, but in a good way. The only knock is that I wish it were a tad bit more tart/sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 00:28:28 | More by cvm4
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking pure black colour, with a medium mocha coloured head of a couple fingers, decent retention and slight lacing. The aroma has a slight acidic/sour note, somewhat lemony, with a roasted malt character and phenolic Belgian spicy yeast esters. Tastes more roasty than the nose with some hints of coffee, raisins, earthy yeast notes, touch of spiciness, and a much milder acidic note. Its got nice carbonation, somewhat crisp and refreshing on the palate, with an upper light body.

This is likely my most favourite black Saison. Could be a touch more tart, but it's well put together and complex.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 21:38:49 | More by EgadBananas
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One2Remeber

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Unique dark brown body looks like root beer soda. Thin head, mocha color, dissipates after seconds.

S: Some funk, sour, hint of brown sugar.

T/M: Slight roast with lingering burntness, mellow body, great funk.

O: Had this a couple months ago and did not pick up any funk. The beer has aged nicely and meets my high expectations for St.S. After drinking this it is hard to drink any other style as I do not want the lingering taste of sour brown sugar to go away.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2012 03:52:42 | More by One2Remeber
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.

A: An opaque dark brown beer, with light visible carbonation and a good medium brown head.

S: Light coffee aroma, spices, and fruity Belgian yeast.

T: Follows the nose. A bit of a biting bitter presence here (not sure if it's a hop or coffee bitterness), but some fruity yeast esters come through as well.

M: Medium body with a nice round mouthfeel. Alcohol presence very well-hidden.

O: Tasty but very different. The coffee and the Belgian sweetness both come through well, and the combination is certainly unusual. I'll be drinking more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 18:28:54 | More by macrosmatic
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Beige head, moderate retention, tiny, tiny bubbles, slick, soapy lacing. Body is deep brown. Aroma is leathery, musty, overripe green apples, touch of candy sugar and pear. Taste is very light and refreshing despite its dark color, lightly acidic, mildly bitter, slight touch of champagne, some dark malt and a bit of raisin. Wow. Very interesting, certainly unique and delicious as usual from Saint Somewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 05:18:19 | More by KickbacksSteve
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was called Verge

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice citrus herbal nose, barnyard, dirty larundry funk, nice...

taste: funky and hoppy, amazing

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: really enjoyed this beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 02:05:32 | More by CampusCrew
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hoptomic. This is apparently a farmhouse brew dry-hopped with Citra. The brew pours a bright golden hue, somewhat hazy, and has a small cap of bubbles atop. The nose is citric, pert, and floral, with small acetic notes arising. The flavor offers a lot of tannic oak flavor, and a suggestion of super-concentrated orange blossom water, in addition to vinous, musty and lemon-rindy notes. Very complex; I'd like to have it again.

Serving type: cask

06-22-2011 00:58:38 | More by ktrillionaire
Serge from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.