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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

Whew. When I undid the cage on this puppy, the cork immediately exploded out of the bottle but the liquid stayed in the bottle.

A huge head developed while pouring...the colour is a clear yellow gold and, not surprisingly, there's plenty of lacing and head retention appears to be excellent. Each subsequent pour also produced a huge head of foam...

The smell is fruity and spicy. I get notes of apple and some citrus with pepper, clove, and a strong nose of yeast. Nice smells all around.

The taste is a big mix of fruit and spice as well. I taste the yeasty goodness along with the apple tartness and some orange peel, then there's the spice with good notes of clove and lots of pepper and spices I have trouble identifying. There's also an underlining sweetness, mostly near the finish, that tastes very honey like. The finish itself leans toward the sour side.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of light and the carbonation, though rather frisky at the start of the session, is overall on the light side.

The alcohol is not a factor here so the drinkability, seeing as the flavours and mouthfeel are very good, should be excellent but...I think it will take me a while to finish the bottle. That may be due to the spice becoming more dominant as the beer warms up leaving the delightful fruitness behind. Still, this is a solid Saison and one certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in a goblet.

It pours a somewhat hazy golden with a steady flow of carbonation and a one finger thick white head.

Smells like light sweet malt, peppery spice, and some leather.

Initial carbonation pop mellows into a peppery malt with a slight fruit finish.

Great carbonation mouthfeel would be great with heavy fatty food, as it would lift anything away.

smooth taste and nothing overpowering makes this the king of FL saisons.

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Photo of number1bum
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this while in Orlando from Knightly Spirits.

Pours a somewhat murky pale golden color with two fingers or so of white head. Looks a bit like a wit. With the first glass the head settled and disappeared pretty quickly leaving only a bit of lace around the edges of the glass. Subsequent pours, however, kept a much better lace and left some stick, too.

Smells of lemongrass and some spice, with a bit of sweetness and also a tart aroma. I'm getting some ginger, as well, as well as other herbs and just a bit of earthy yeast. This has a number of complex subtleties in the smell.

There is a lot of ginger and lemongrass in the taste, as well, with a refreshing, cooling sort of menthol quality, too. Very herbal quality to the flavor here overall, but it's not overdone. Bunch of spicing going on, too; some pepper, bit of clove, coriander. Also some chamomile. Malt is not contributing a lot here, with just a hint of cracker-like and honey sweetness. Floral, grassy and herbal flavors round out the finish as it begins to dry a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite crisp and very smooth. On the dry side through the finish. Very clean and drinkable.

I really like this. I'm not a huge herbal fan but the herbal qualities here are done beautifully. They are subtle enough not to get bothersome, and the ginger and chamomile in particular really shine. The deeper I got into this bottle the more it became apparent just how incredibly drinkable this is. This is a must get for any fan of saisons. Now that Shelton is distributing I hope I can pick up another bottle of this sometime soon back home in PA.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Killer looking bottle and great label art. Pours with a huge four finger white head that drops to about an inch. Straw gold hue.

S: Certainly an intriguing nose. Spice is all over the place here. Cinnamon, ginger, chamomile. Honey like sweet, soft malt aroma. Some apple and citrus. Funk comes through a bit as the beer warms.

T: Soft chamomile and lavender all over the place here. Honey like sweetness. Ginger flavor is noticeable - same spice flavors as in aroma - just all more subtle. Very little bitterness. Farmhouse funk is also noticeable yet subtle.

MF: Creamy yet light mouthfeel. Spritzy carbonation. Dry.

D, notes: I thought spiciness would be out of control but it was not. Would have liked a touch more bitterness. Beyond that this a a hell of a good saison. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a lovely peach-yellow color, nicely cloudy, plenty of sediment and wonderful carbonation. The head was white and about a half inch tall and held for the 15 minutes I was able to control myself drinking this yummy.

There was plent of earty yeast, citrus, fresh grass and banana on the bouquet. The taste was wonderful with the yeast and fruit shinning through.

The mouthfeel is excellent and the body seems to be bang on for the style. Drinkability is excellent!

This is one of two breweries in Florida that make we wonder what made them finally wake up and start making nice beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged into Cab glass. Like the ballgame, started to open this Monday and put it back. Now into Ommegang chalice with BIG pop of the cork...

Natural lemon-honey translucence with sparse carbonation. First pour has 1/2 finger head that dissipates to yeast bubbles very quickly; second pours top off a little more nicely.

LOTS of spice. Mostly cloves. Even some cedar. A lot of cedar. Sour notes emerge with warmth, which helps to absorb the potpourri scent, which is a good thing. Over time the sourness dampens the spice and takes over with yeast electricity and carbonation.

Bugger. Way too much cedar on the palate. This shouldn't remind me of another friggin' potpourri Saison but it does, so I'll give this about 5 minutes and come back to it...

...OK, warmth helped. There's still too much cedar and clove but the sourness and austere funk capture my attention...sort of like sour balsa wood splinters? Carbonation accentuates the spice a little too much.

I have tried this colder and well into room temperature. There's the tight pucker and the raw spice. Cedar notes still dominate but in spite of them it's still enjoyable.

I am hoping age will temper down the spice of this one but am worried it will only be accentuated. It's a sipper, it's complex, it changes speeds, and as aggravating as it is, it's enjoyable. It's like watching Dice-K the end, the dude still wins more often than not.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
2008 stamped on the cork
A- This beer pours a pale straw yellow body that is a bit hazy with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a lumpy white head that sticks to the glass in places, but soon fades to a thin film.

S- The bright tartness has a soft white mushroom note that gives way to a big dry spice note with cinnamon bark, and coriander bursting through. There is a little note of cat pee in the dry slices and that fades to a funk hint in the finish that is almost musty but not quite. As the beer warms the aroma of dry spices really comes over the top and is to much, so that it smells a bit chemical.

T- The soft taste of cherry cough syrup turns into apple cough syrup flavor as the beer warms and it continues to grow. There is a soft tart cider note that is a bit dry at the finish. For as crazy and complex as the smell is there isn't much in the taste. There is a lemon tartness that comes through in the middle of the taste as the beer warms along with yeasty flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or big astringency and a dry finish.

D- I think this beer is to young and might do better over time. All the aromas are strong and almost offensive while they don't seem to work together. The flavor didn't have much depth and was the exact opposite of the aroma. This beer has a bit to many obnoxious spices with no support to really be enjoyed.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my Duvel glass, pours a cloudy gold with a nice inch plus white head, nice lacing in fluffy tuffs and blotchy messes, stringers, all kinds of stuff. Pretty much what I expect a saison to look like. The aroma is quite interesting, apples, light lemon citrus, honey, cinnamon, white pepper, nice yeasty spice, clove, coriander and cardamon perhaps, a bit of an earthy funk to it too. Very nice, I love it.

The taste is also very nice, again the apples are first noticeable, a similar swath of spices as the smell, again some light lemon citrus give way to a honey sweetness that dashes in and out, and gives way to a slight tart but mostly dry, citrus finish. I think the finish is a little too dry, but otherwise the body, feel and soul of this sucker is spot on. I can't say that any aspect of this beer is perfect, but it comes close in every aspect. Love it. Thanks go to either RustyDiamond or tpd975 for this one.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a beautiful beer: cloudy peach-orange with a super-creamy head that lasts and lasts. Lovely, thick honeycombs of lace coat the glass as the liquid disappears, but the head continues to last a long time. Can't think of any way this could look better.

Aroma is subtle but wonderful. Light fruits like apple, pear and peach spring to mind, draped over with a nuttiness that I'll assume is from the yeast.

Nuttiness continues through to the flavor, with the aforementioned fruits making themselves felt, while a more citrus-y aspect politely pushes its way in. A little funky, even more tart, quite a classy quencher all around. Touches of anise and coriander come in with warming, asserting themselves strongest in the finish.

Well-carbonated; a sizzling, fizzy mouthfeel, although there's a rolling smoothness to it at the same time. Well-balanced and even-handed in the texture department.

Solid offering from this Florida brewery who apparently know very well what they're doing (the other S.S. beer I've had was Lectio Divina, which was even better than this). Maybe a more distinctive, daring yeast character could've made this stand out further from the Saison crowd (a popular style with U.S. brewers all of a sudden), but there's hardly room for real complaint here. Kudos to tpd975 for the bottle!

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost witte like cloudiness with a solid half inch of head (albeit with poor retention) and a muddy orange color. Aromas are just spice city; lots of cinnamon, coriander, orange peel, black pepper. Very floral, but also lacking some signature saison funk that Dupont has mastered. On the palate, this beer comes across almost like a Belgian pumpkin ale. The spices are just overbearing. The mouthfeel is really smooth and easy drinking, but the flavors are just all wrong for style. These guys need to read up on what a saison should taste like.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gonzo46and2 for the opportunity to try this one. 750ml bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a semi-translucent honey gold with a bright white 1.5 inch frothy head that eventually settled into a pretty solid cap. Strands of light lacing decorate the glass as the brew is consumed. Nose is citrus, grass, clove and a robust spice profile (maybe even a hint of mint in the mix) and perhaps some phenols; didn't pick up the funk on this one. Taste follows nose with some citrus astringency pronounced at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and extremely effervescent with a nice dry finish. Great drinkability; perhaps a touch sweet for the style, but an exceptional offering nonetheless.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't say I am an expert at Saison Ales, but I tried this one and really liked it. Amber brown body with a two-finger head that died quickly but left lace bubbles. A spicy, warming smell, like the alcohol is poking out with some pepper and sweet malts. Also hints of citric hops with a floralness to it. This beer prickled my tongue and warmed my mouth up; has a sharp, spicy, peppery taste that is mixed nicely with some sugary malts (caramel, honey?) and has a faint tart taste of orange and lemon. Light-bodied, passes over a little slick and faint but still retains a nice taste and leaves a good backbite thanks to the ABV being hidden well. I'd like to compare it to other farmhouse ales, but this was a beer I couldn't fully grasp yet I'd love to have it again.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Gillard. As the previous reviewer said, this is my first FL beer. I've been drinking a lot of bombers/750's lately and was a little hesitant about opening this one for the night.

A-The color of apple cider. Yellowish and cloudy. Strong pour gave a heavy, off-white head that rose and then fell just as quickly. Lacing is light around the edges.

S-Very fruity and slightly hoppy. Typical saison spice aroma is present as well.

T-Much more mild than I expected based on the smell. The peppery spice is subtle and slightly sweet. No overbearing alcohol here.

M-Smooth. Not much lingers on the tongue or in the back of the mouth.

D-Well built saison, but 2 would probably be enough.

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

This is my first Florida brewed craft beer, and it's a pretty authentic Belgian Saison taboot

A: a careful pour leaves a quickly receding off white head. with some good lacing. hazy, amber/orange.

S: predominantly peppery aroma, spices rosemary, chamomile, flowers with a slight orangy citrus and some sweet malt in the background, very faint musty barnyard smell

T: very spicy. black pepper, rosemary, coriander, some orange zest, honey sweetness, not really sour but slightly tart just barely funky I think with some age the brett will become much more present

M: fairly light bodied, creamy, not as carbonated as I would expect in a saison but I did notice a bit of a tingle on the front of my tounge

D: the alcohol is well hidden behind the complex spicyness, making this beer very drinkable

This is a very tasty saison, I was impressed at how authentic this tasted compared to some domestic versions, and I think that in 6 months or so the Brett will become much more noticable and I can't wait to try this with some age on it.

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

Florida craft brewed Belgian style ale -- gotta love it. This brew pours a very pale yellow with a big fluffy white head; lots of bubbled flowing from the bottom feeding the head on this brew. Champagne and cherries in the aroma, mixed with sugars, very aromatic brew that comes through in the taste. Taste hits the saison style right on. Lightly fruity with a slight bit of tartness, candied cherries. Finishes clean and sweet.

Wow, a realy surprising and balanced brew here. Definitely stands up to the style. A must try for saison drinkers.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking cloudy orange yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains very well and leaves good lace. Nose has subtle funk (brett?) some belgian yeast. Taste follows with good belgian yeast flavor, barnyard funk, black pepper, some serious spice profile. Very slight tartness. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel, is very nice, although ever so slightly undercarbonated for the style. Drinkability is good for the amount of spice in here, but there are certainly more drinkable saisons out there. Overall this was a very pleasant and unique saison. The spice profile is strong for my taste, but it is a complex spice profile which makes things interesting. There is a slight tartness in here, the bottle doesnt say anything, but i think there is some wild yeast in here, but it is quite subtle. (This is not bam biere revisited) Certainly a refreshing beverage and one Im excited to try again after it sits in the cellar for a year or two. Good beer, recommended.

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

Pours a bright lightly hazy straw color with a dense snow white head. The head is quite persistent with sheeting lace down the side of the glass. Smells spicy and lightly fruity with just hint of funk.

Sweet spice in the mouth and more hops apparent on the tongue than hinted at in the nose. It has a dry, light citrusy sweetness. Sweet spices shine through as well. Hints of cinnamon and black pepper. Earthy. Smooth mouthfeel but with enough heft for a significant sweet and spicy aftertaste to linger. Tasty. The only criticism would be that the spice is a tad heavy-handed but that's really nitpicking.

It is shocking to me that this beer comes from Florida! Very ambitious and a very good saison. Recommended.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden color. Off-white head is thick and frothy with alot of staying power. A pretty beer.

Smells pretty funky. Brett? Smells like gruyere cheese, rotting wood and smokey malts.

Spicy and hoppy flavors dominate this one. Tastes like funky yeast, cloves, white pepper, baked yams, floral hops, fresh cut grass and kiwi! I know...very strange, but true. A ton of different flavors going on here, but they dont really work together all that well. Don't be afraid to throw this one in the cellar for a while, as a year or so might help meld the flavors together better.

Dont think I would seek this one out again. It is quite pricey and is not a very good representation of the style. It's ok, but there are so many other saisons out there...gimmie a bottle of DuPont over this any day.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Kingdom Spirits & Fine Wines in Brandon, FL. Once we got the cage off (which took a little time since the twisty broke), I poured my share into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange-golden body w/ active carbonation, a really attractive head - foamy, white, fine-bubbled, cloud-like, with above average retention - great lacing,

Aroma: Dry, spicy, and funky, to summarize. Some faint, roasted sweetness, vanilla, clove, white pepper, ginger, bananas, light citrus (and thyme, says dkachur - lemon thyme?), hop spiciness, phenols, and a nice level of yeasty, funky, farmhouse-ness.

Taste: Very similar to the nose - it's very dry and spicy, with cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, tart citrus, hop bitterness and spiciness, and more delicious yeasty funk notes.

Mouthfeel: Big-bodied, fluffy, medium-thickness, active carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a really good beer, in my opinion. Spicy and fruity, dry and complex, with a non-detectable alcohol that, although it's still reasonably high. Recommended.

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Photo of mullenite
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light amber with a thick white head that left very little lacing.

Smelled of sweet fruits, plum stuck out for me but there were others as well. Not much else aside from sweet fruits however.

Tasted very sweet, a little bit of bitterness to balance out the finish would have gone a long way but being as this was my first Saison that may not be true to the style. This beer was sweet from start to finish.

Mouthfeel was clean, carbonation was perfect and the medium body helped with the clean finish.

Drinkability suffered for me because of the sweetness but if that is part of the style or something you like I can't see how it would be a bad thing.

Overall the beer was enjoyable and I will be happy to finish off the 750ml but I'm not sure I'll buy another one.

One thing to note: I am the type to enjoy a beer here and there, I do not often plan to sit and drink a whole 750 in one sitting so when drinking this alone I came across a problem where I could not reclose the bottle with the included cork. It made for a great seal but it was a little frustrating that I had to look around the house for another cork that was still usable.

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Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another fine beer provided to me by my brother and his girlfriend. Poured a light brown/amber color with a thin head that dissipated pretty rapidly. Had a nice fruity aroma to it. Flavor was also of fruit and spice. Alcohol was hidden well. Mouthfeel was pleasant and drinkability was high.

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

A : Pours a nice clear golden color with a one finger head.

S : Mainly a sweet citrus aroma with notes of spice

T : Tastes great. There's some nice fruit flavors with some of the funky yeast flavors. The funky yeast flavors were a lot less noticeable than I was expecting but I really liked that. There's definitely some good spice flavors, especially cinnamon

M : Medium-bodied with good carbonation

D : One of the most drinkable saisons that I've had. I'm going to have to make a trip to Florida to pick more up.

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Photo of Crosling
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange color with a well lasting foam. Interesting aroma, with hints of ginger and other spices, orange and a hint of cork. Flavor is heavily spiced and doesn't have much yeast derived complexity. Dominated by spices, it's almost like a pumpkin ale, not a saison. Poorly balanced. I like it ok as a beer, but it's a poor saison.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Thanks to thaichile for sending this one.

A- Body is an opaque (I kid you not) dense, cloudy, golden yellow. Pours with a 2 finger foamy white head that subsides slowly to 1/2 finger and maintains well after that. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Apples and pears dominate the nose with both sweet and tart characteristics. Spices highlight the fruity presence. A slight dose of floral hops can also be detected.

T-Tart apples and pears up front with a solid sweet bready yeast backbone. A bit of floral hops and funky yeast flavors are added to the finish as the tart fruitiness intensifies. The finish is, however, rather dry and nothing but a slight presence of yeast and tartness linger.

M-Soft carbonation and a smooth yeasty body. Body seems light but upon inspection is dense and rich in yeast.

D- This is a wonderful interpretation of a saison. It's wonderful...but not quite perfect across the board. Not too sweet, bitter, or sour. This one has a nice soft character that most will appreciate.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a nice and cloudy dark yellow/orange color with a one-finger white head. There's a good amount of yeast pouring out at the end of the beer, and the lacing is decent.

Smells very interesting. Sweet, citrusy, but most of all spicy.

Tastes great. There's some light fruit up front with some citrus notes, then comes the spiciness. Very spicy, with a yeasty taste at the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is just right. Goes down smoothly, although it could be a little thicker.

Drinkability is good. The flavors don't change as much as I'd hoped upon first taste, but it's still solid.

Overall, after all the talk I'd heard of St. Somewhere, it didn't disappoint. This isn't the best Saison I've had, but it was certainly in the mix. Worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

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Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 461 ratings