Saison Athene | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Saison AtheneSaison Athene

Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Athene is a bottle conditioned Saison brewed with chamomile, fresh rosemary and black pepper. A dose of wild yeast at bottling adds to the complexity.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: slightly hazy pale gold color, thick foamy head settles slowly to finger+ thickness, barely visible carbonated spiral in the middle, thick lacing
s: tart lemon / coriander aroma with some hints of spices and definite funk
t: mix of soft malts and coriander flavor to start that tapers off very well so as not to be overdone, mild hoppy undertones, finishes evenly
m: carbonated blast from the start that turns to nearly creamy, then finishes with medium body
d: this is 2nd beer i've had from saint somewhere and like the lectio divina, this is a keeper. the balance of everything just came out much better than most saisons i've tried.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison Athene
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 7.50 %, 750ml bottle>pint glass, 5/20/09

A 4.5 - Impressive head and head retention. Text book lacing. Cloudy golden in color w/ noticeable carbonation.
S 4.5 - SPICY! Complex spice aromas, some clove, ginger, pepper? Hard to describe.
T 4.5 - White pepper and ginger spicyness on palate. Yeast on malt pils/wheat body? Dry on finish with a slight puckering aftertaste.
MF 4.0 - High carbo, medium body.
D 4.5 A solid Saison in IMO, good Fla brewery rep that surprised me with a great Belgian offering.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Opaque straw color with a hint of orange. Thick foamy head stays with it forever...really.
S-Smells citrusy and spicy (which is great because that's what I bought this for..) Lemony smell, with coriander and other spices - may be a bit of clove and cinnamon. You can smell the funky saison yeast, which I love.
T-Tastes quite a bit like a hefewiesen when you start drinking it, which is wierd, but doesn't make me like it any less for it. Lemon, corander and clove come through, and stay through the finish. Also white pepper and the yeastiness. Has a bit of tart soury/stinky flavor like a saison, but this is fairly trace. It gives you a little more hops, bitterness and sour apple as you continue to drink it, which makes it an A+ in my mind - depth of flavor is great, and something I rarely find in non-belgian produced saisons.
M-Smooth. Not light, but not heavy.
D-Great. Definitely tastes stronger than your average bear, but you really don't taste the alcohol very much.

I really liked this - if you're a fan of weiss beers or saisons or both, you should check this out if you can find it. I read about the brewery in the local paper, and soon after found it in 750ml and snatched some up. I will definitely be getting more!

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Photo of goatgoat
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks PEBKAC for the opportunity.

Pours a hazy sunshine gold. A thin white cap bubbles up but doesn't stay. No lace. Good color, but not much else.
Aroma is a nice balance of fruit, tart, gentle musty character with a big kick of spice. Lemon, squishy bread, peppery.
Flavor is very spicy, peppery. Then moves to a fruity, tropical character with a slightly musty undertone. Finishes up gently bitter with just a hint of tartness.
Light, dry and refreshing. Carbonation is a little low for the style but very smooth.

An intriguing saison. Leans towards a bitterness that's reminiscent of Dupont's Vielle Provision. Definitely the most peppery/spicy saison I've had. It's different, unique, yet undoubtedly saison.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml 2009 bottle courtesy of Fogdog, thanks man! Nice cloudy orange color, decent head, looks good (they all do). The smell was quite spicy and also had a citrus zest type aroma. the taste was quite complex, more orange peel or maybe lemon peel, spice, pepper, really nice flavor. The mouthfeel was fine the only thing I did not like was the drinkability. This upset my stomach a little bit so I had to really take my time drinking it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking bottle. No exp date.

Hazy, golden custard color with a large white head. Lace aplenty and thick never say die retention.

Smells like sour yeasty Lemonheads candy and fruit (apricots, pear, and granny smith apples) with coriander and pepper.

Sweet lemon poppy cake malt ending in peppery dryness. Not too fizzy, not too dry, not too sour, just right albiet very sweet for a saison. I wished some of the fruity aroma transferred over to the taste.

via jyounger30

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Photo of yourefragile
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle poured into a snifter.

Pleasant hazed, golden color with a bone white light frothy head. Zesty lemon aroma with a spicy background. Not overly complex and a little overly sweet for me, but still nice. Like the nose, leans heavily towards the zesty, tangy sweet flavors with the spice and funk taking a backseat. Also strong Belgian yeast flavors. Medium body, but slightly thicker than I expect from the style and strongly carbonated makes this a little heavier than it is refreshing. A very nice and enjoyable beer, thought doesn't necessarily nail the style for me. For me this beer comes down to price. When I'm in Florida and it's 8.50 it's great, at home for 12, not so much (but maybe I'm just shopping in the wrong places for it).

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Riley's

served during bulls-celtics game 7

appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice, clear well-carbonated body with a frothy white cap

smell: very pronounced nose - funky yeast, high sweetness levels, corriander, white pepper

taste: cool beer. sweet and cyrupy, peppery alcohol burn (feels hotter than 7.5%), active yeast, corriander, apricot sweetness, white pepper...just another interpretation of the saison style

mouthfeel: syrupy, spicy, alcohol warming

drinkability: average-ish for the style

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Athene initially pours a bright crystal clear yellow with a nice if unremarkable head; the classic beer look. As you bring the glass to your nose you get a big bouquet of white pepper with an undercurrent that's champagne-like. It's intriguing. With the first sip that white pepper makes itself known right away and gradually gives way to the lively zest of coriander and delicate floral notes. Hints of grape and bubblegum even sneak in before everything disappears into a dry finish. There's a bit of hop to it, but the bitterness of Athene is more herbal and spicy. The mouthfeel is crisp and lively with its sharp carbonation heightening the overall zing of the flavors. The alcohol is generally well hidden.

Since this is a bottle conditioned brew there's a fair amount of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle and it's down to personal preference if you want to decant it carefully or if you want to agitate things. I went half & half pouring the first glass off clear and careful, but I gave the bottle a big old swirl before pouring the second glass. The addition of the sediment gave Athene a fuller mouthfeel, helped to mute the sharp edges of the peppery/herbal bitterness, and generally imbued it with a nice touch of richness. Next time I get my hands on a bottle I'll probably go with the agitation straight from the start.

when I think of a saison Athene's is the taste I prefer: crisp and floral. Athene is delicate, but punchy and well worth the searching it might take to find it.

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Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jw347 for this 750 mL bottle.

A: As soon as I loosened the cage, the cork exploded out of the bottle, followed by a stream of yeast-mixed head. Several pours were required to fill my goblet. The ale is cloudy, gelatinous-looking and still. Best as I can ascertain, it is an egg yolk and milk mixture (appealling, huh?) with a thick coating of foam atop it.

S: Lots of coriander, laden with pepper zest. A funky yeast aroma offers up citrus fruits with a tart presence. The nose is very earthy.

T: Very tart. Sharp citrus flavors, lemon primarily, start the sip off. Pepper and cinnamon follow the tart beginning. The spice is rather concentrated as it passes over the palate. Behind the spices, a caramel biscuit sits base. That is the result of a big drop-off from the citrus and yeast to, well, very little. The yeast rears its head again after the malt, drying things out and reinforcing the spice profile. The saison is very gamey like the Fantôme family of ales.

M: The cinnamon and pepper is an odd touch. The general funky presence that permeates the ale is a little to natural for me.

D: If you like the funkier Belgian saisons, go with this one. Me? I'm more of a neo=saison man.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, cork says 2008. Pours a clear golden yellow with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is funky yeast, floral hops and a little leather and pepper.

The flavor is a little sweet malts and fruit and some spicy yeast with a dry lightly bitter floral hop finish. As it warms, sweet fruits start to dominate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, it's decent but not one of the better saisons I've had.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5/27/09 - Second try, and things looks much more normal this time. Big pop from the cork and an excellent thick foamy head. Good retention. Smell is still an odd mix of cinnamon and fruit. A stronger floral aroma is present as well that I did not pick up in the first bottle. The taste is still are far too spiced for my liking with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. A light sourness is present that I did not notice in the first bottle which helps to cut the spiciness a bit.

I am now confident that my first bottle was somewhat off, but I am still not a huge fan here. Far too much in the way of spices to keep this one real drinkable.

Initial 4/4/09 Review:
A - Hazy golden orange with almost no head at all. Makes me a little nervous that this could be flat. No pop from the cork when it was pulled either.

S - Cinnamon Toast Crunch? A weird, strongly cinnamon aroma with hints of tart fruits, namely lemon.

T - Interesting mix of spices initially with lots of cinnamon, pepper, and a little nutmeg. Not getting the sour tartness that you get in alot of saisons. A little bready as well. A mild hop presence at the end. Very odd tasting saison.

M/D - Lively beer in the mouth, very light and crisp. The spices in this one are just too much of a turn off. Not the refreshing saison I want when I go the saison route.

I hesitated to review this one as the flavors just seem odd and the lack of foam from the pour. As I drank it, it did not taste off though. Just seems like an odd combo of flavors. I will look for this one one more time before passing final judgement, but this just wasnt that great of beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whitish body with lots of white foam on top. Yeast and lightly spicy aroma. Easy drinking medium mouthfeel, the taste is a light bitterness integrated with the spicy yeast, a little boozy but most drinkable. Drying finish. Bottle picked up in Brandon, Florida. A very good saison, although not the greatest I have ever had.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at Kingdom Spirits in Brandon, Florida. Enjoyed on a recent vacation in Florida.

A: Slightly hazy, golden body. Tall, fluffy, white head dissipated after a few minutes. Plenty of carbonation rising in the glass.

S: Zesty lemon and citrus flavors. Some florals as well. Slight hint of yeast.

T: Notes of lemon and spice. Some yeasty funk. A dry finish.

M: Lively and crisp. Medium bodied.

D: Very refreshing. 7.5% alcohol was no problem. I would like to have it again on a hot, summer day.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super bubbly clear yellow with a huge white creamy head that actually stays on as a one-inch head for the entire session and leaves sheets of lacing. A great looking brew.

The aroma had plenty of yeast along with some citrus hints, especially lemons. Spices are in there as well plus a hint of some sourness, maybe funk.

The taste is a bit spicier than the aroma with lots of pepper and coriander. The sweet yeasty backbone supports some semi-sour lemons and a bit of funk in the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and dry in the finish with lots of spiciness in the taste.

This is a decent representation of a saison and I'm always happy to see a decent Belgian-style brew here in the Southeast.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sebletitje for this one.

Poured a 750 into my Boulevard chalice. This beer pours an extremely hazy golden straw with a huge white effervescent head, which leaves just a slight bit of lacing as it recedes down the glass. The aroma is subtle. There is a slight biscuity aroma from what I assume is some pilsner malt. Around that base is a spiciness dominated by white pepper, a slice of spicy hops, and a bit of lemon zest. The flavor is essentially the same with a couple added nuances. Lime comes through, a bit of brown sugar, with mustiness and a slight citric tartness that combined with the base flavors creates an explosion of flavor. Absolutely amazing. The mouthfeel has a burst of bright carbonation but finishes extremely dry. This is a fantastic beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jw347 for this generous extra.

BANG! That was scary, I couldn't even remove the cage without the cork and this thing blasted like a firecracker! Pours a pale orange color with a thick 2 inch head formed with large bubbles. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Very herbal on the nose, mint, oregano, coriander, lemon, white pepper, and plastic funkiness. Notes of orange, grapefruit, pale and caramel malt in the background. Powdery strawberry aroma. Very floral as well. It seems like the herbal profile tones down after a few moments and the beer seems a little more balanced.

Toasted and caramel malts with spicy and herbal yeast flavors. A little heat is apparent in the finish. Almost feels like I'm eating flowers, not sure how much I like it. There's a weird silkiness in the finish. I'm detecting some type of fruit in the finish that I can't pinpoint...some kind of orange and sweet lemon flavor. Maybe a bit of salted apricot.

Medium-high carbonation at first and then low carbonation as the beer warms up.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow, kinda like the color and haze of plastic honeybear honey. You know the stuff. Vigorous pour into a Oregon pinot noir glass (I love this glass: large bowl with tulip lip is perfect for PN and beer) led to a 2 inch pillowy head, which dissipated over a five minute period. Smells of slightly musty but dried cinnamon with a touch of clove and bready yeast. Dry finish (nowhere close to bitter) with some sweetness up front... extremely well balanced in that regard. A tinge of acid (again extremely well balanced with the residual sweetness), but not sour in the least. This is a very enjoyable spiced Saison. Well done Saint Somewhere! I'm a HUGE fan!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold in color with a very nice fluffy white head. Smell has a bit of funk to it and a very nice floral aspect as well.
There's a good amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Decent saison, but far from the top tier of saisons I've had. Not off putting by any means, but Fantome is still the tops and this one's not close to that.

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Photo of soultrain19
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was a difficult one for me to nail down a review on. My girlfriend and I spent 10 minutes sniffing our glass asking each other what that spice was. "Ginger?" "Is this cologne?" So the first thing I noticed was the bright hazy color and soft head. Very nice, very inviting. Then the sniff-a-thon began. It's a strong, spicy scent with almost a hint of muskiness (or sour). Not all together bad but also not quite what I was expecting from a Saison. Then the tasting. Hmmm... Very strong spice presence, not quite as dominant then in the nose, but most assuredly there. "Cloves?" Ok now I am dying to figure this out. I went to the spice rack pulled out Ginger, All Spice, Cinnamon, Coriander and Nutmeg (was out of cloves). Now I'm dipping my nose into individual bowls of different spices to figure this out. After a minute of bloodhound type activity we concluded it was closest to cinnamon. That out of the way there were also hints of vanilla in the taste. It was very well carbonated with sharp tiny bubbles crashing against my tongue. Overall not unpleasant, drinkable but seemed to us more like a Christmas spiced Saison.

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Photo of cvfish
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a hazy golden color that produced a white fluffy head that had decent retention and little lacing effect

S - The aromas produced by this beer were yeast, sour fruits, and a spiciness that I can best describe as a pepper/coriander mix

T - The taste of this beer had a great grainy beginning with a bit of pepper and spice mixed in, lemony citrus and sour cherry mix, and a yeasty quality that you would gather from Belgians

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to moderate body with a moderate amount of carbonation, a little bit of a dry finish, but not Guinness dry (which I hate)

D - This was a wonderfully crafted beer by Saint Somewhere, a great Saison that is very drinkable, to bad they do not come in 6 packs

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow, lustrous, snowy white head. Looking perfect for style.

Fresh and zesty lemony aroma right off, ...light spices, coriander, maybe cardomom, some white pepper?

Tasting, it's right on! Creamy, pulpy mouthfeel, gorgeous malt body, never-ending citric zest. This would be a great food beer, for sure.

A solid saison, I'm liking this one!

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a cloudy, opaque texture. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Had a funky, interesting aroma of spices, light fruit and malt.

T: A nicely done flavor. Malt, coriander, ginger and that funkiness you typically get with saisons.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made version of a saison. It's very light, enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked & caged, with a "2008" on the top of the cork.

Poured into a Chimay glass, formed 1/2" bright white head above the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head holds nicely, with lasting lacing. Aroma is tart and with some earthy funk. Taste is amply sweet upfront, moderately tart in the middle, and closes dry. Mouthfeel is is prickly but pelasing, and drinkability is good. Good stuff to go with the cheese and crackers I'm about to go prep.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6 month old bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a tall white head that shrinks quickly, leaving behind a thin cap and some nice lacing. No sediment. The smell is quite unique--very spicy, with a lot of ginger coming through, as well as some coriander, black pepper, and more. Floral/herbal as well; some anise notes. Nice and tart with some bubblegum in the background. Tastes of spiciness up front, along with some citric tartness and the bubblegum notes. Dry, herbal, almost minty finish. Feel is spot-on for the style: medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very unique, but overspiced, unfortunately.

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Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 459 ratings.
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