Lectio Divina
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.9 | pDev: 14.1%
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Lectio Divina is a cross between an abbey double and a saison. Open fermentation with a saison strain and a dose of wild yeast at bottling add to the complexity.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

When did Belgium go to Florida ?
In a week-long binge in which I found 30 new brewers in Florida, I had one good and one decent Belgian style ales. (Like the terrain, there is a whole lot of sameness in Florida's beers... but, they are just starting their craft revolution.) So to my question.... I come back and am greeted by a polar vortex and I find "Lectio Divina" and this "Divine Reading" saves me (or at least reminds me how much Latin I've forgotten.) Monk-inspired, Lectio Divina is a

Big pop on the cork that reveals a date of 2015. But it all stayed in the bottle, until I gave it a gentle pour to produce a generous head that revealed an amber body and, most important, lots of swirling protein (my first sign that Belgium is here.) Smells are a bit more pedestrian for a Belgian, but the trademark yeast working the malt is there. Tastes offer that fruit (mostly from a tree), but then this gets dry quickly. Lacking transition, I think that I should eat some food (since that is my big test of a quality saison.) So I have my garlicky vegetable soup and focaccia and suddenly the dryness makes sense. Lectio Divina is telling my buds to eat. Not only does the beer serve as an appetizer, but then its bubbles scrub my tongue for more food. Big OA points for knowing what a saison is supposed to be about.

My first from this mystery Somewhere, I went on their website which is interesting but cryptic. They position themselves as traditional, which explains their quality in part. But they never answer my question either: how does Belgium get to Florida. I was going to find out where in Florida they are located, but I decided that it doesn't matter if I visit them. What they got is bottled fine enough and, I hope, it can be found any good store. Somewhere must be down there.

I'm still looking for their saison Athene. In my next hunting expedition to Florida, I will stick closer to my knitting.

Feb 22, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden brown pour with massive foamy white head. Lasts forever and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Tart and funky... mild Belgian yeast, fruit, and deliciousness.

T/F: Tartness up front... plum and raisin... some Belgian yeast character mixed with grass and funk. It almost tastes like it's been in oak for a bit. A little sweetness seeps through mid-sip, and then more fruit at the finish. A bit overcarbonated but it does give a certain creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O: A really super beer. Nice mix between the fruit character of a dubbel and some tart funkyness of a Saison. Delicious beer, and better than its rating. This is one to seek out if you enjoy the style.

Jul 06, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a tulip. I don't see a date on it. Not sure how long it's been hanging out in my fridge. This is the first time I remember seeing a beer nearly push its cork out after the cage was removed. This listing shows it as 8% ABV, but my bottle lists it as 10.0%.

Pours a pretty reddish-brown with a large head (surprise!) and lots of fine, active carbonation. Head is noisy and seems to be fading moderately quickly, but continually getting refreshed with the carbonation. Smell is yeasty belgian, slight hint of lemon, kind of doughy. Definitely some spicy/funky stuff going on.

Taste is sour/funk, a hint of cherry, maybe more than a hint. Very dry, a little woody.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, very effervescent. Overall, interesting and good beer.

Feb 15, 2017
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descobar from Florida

2.62/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Tried aging this one with lousy results: Appearance: amber/brown with a nice tan head that disappears quickly. its hazy and looks more like a Belgian Dubbel would than a saison. Aroma: the expected plums and raisins and brown sugars and yeasty fruityness but combined with wet cardboard, horse blanket oxidation. Palate: its has oily texture, medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste: carries from aromas. No bitterness from hops. Honey-like sweetness is to the point of harshness. Dark fruits and brown sugar. Barnyardy off-flavors are all over along with soy saucy umami thing going on. Finishes with alcohol warming and lasting harsh sweet flavors

Nov 05, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle served cold in a wine glass.

Appearance: dark amber with a fluffy white head. The bottle had a significant amount of sediment. The beer was cloudy.

Nose: caramel sweetness, malty backbone, Noble hops, spicy, a bit funky

Taste: follows the nose but with a tart beginning and a nice sweet finish that lingers. Mildly funky and the tart finish is nice.

Overall: this is fantastic. I'm really loving the hybrid between a Dubbel and a saison. Funk leads to malty sweetness to spicy complexity to a delicious beer. Wildly affordable too at $12 for a 750ml.

Feb 06, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Lectio Divina pours a hazy amber with a cream colored one to two finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Caramel sugars and over ripe fruit.
T: Lectio Divina has a pleasant fruitiness in the aroma and taste that balances well with the alcohol and the malt. There is a hint of tart cidery or winey character that complements the touch of toffee taste.
F: Medium body to a little less with above average carbonation.
O: This is an interesting cross between a dubbel and a saison that works.

Jul 24, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10% ABV version as part of a beer club. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, this one is a gusher. The cork pushed itself right out of the bottle once the cage was off, hands free. Pours with a tall, chunky, bubbly, off-white head atop a hazy, muddled, copper coloring. Aromas of funky esters engulf your nostrils, with an underlying sugary caramel base, toffee sweetness, subtle rich fruit sweetness of berries and citrus, dried fruit notes of raisins and apricots, hints of basil and pepper, and some banana bread notes. Flavors are much more tart and lively, with a blast of citrus tart and sweet forward, with a solid undertone of candi sugar. Jesus, this might make me diabetic, but it is tasty. Lots of herbal accents throughout, with orange rind, lemon zest, pepper, basil, grass, and dandelion. There is a rich and bready backbone to support all of this, as well as some funky and slightly sour notes throughout. The body is robust, but remains light with the carbonation, and the citrus notes provide a dryness that keeps this drinkable. The aftertaste is a tangy blend of citrus notes, with a tart and dry linger into the smooth, slick finish. Some funk lingers around after each sip, too. Solid brew!

Mar 14, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Interesting label art. Pours cloudy and dark yellow. White, thick head. Smell is interesting for sure. Funk and hints of tartness with a still-standing Belgian backbone. Sweet, spicy, funky, fruity, tart. The flavor was not as exciting but it was still pleasing. Less funky and tart. Reverts back to its basic Belgian blueprints. Phenols, pale fruits, spice, lighter funk and barn with just a tickle of tartness. Medium bodied. Slight creaminess. Softer bubbles. I actually liked this one more than my review would indicate. Interesting.

Mar 14, 2015
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DelMontiac from Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very turbid but vibrant orange hue topped off by a white froth that quickly dwindled to a ring leaving scant lace. Reminds me of Tang instant drink which I have not had or seen in many years.

Nose it mostly sweet and citrus fruits - apple, orange, peach, lime. A little bread dough as well.

Flavors mirror the aroma. Mostly that of apples, peaches, limes, and bisquit dough.

Slick, oily, medium body with a milder variety of carbonation.

Enjoyable overall. Would be interested in other beers from Saint Somewhere.

Mar 09, 2015
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A: dark copper color, head very strong but at the expense of carbonation
S: cider and vinegar
T: oak on front, hint of flander, sour flavors strong, nor much hops, lingering bitterness

An OK beer

Sep 08, 2014
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

A: lots of bubbly carbonation atop a orange/ruby body. nice retention.

S: tart, dark fruits, horse banket, funk.

T: starts with a tart fruity finish. strawberries. very dry finish. slightly oak.

M: very highly carbonated. too much for my liking.

O: pretty good. I couldnt get through a bottle by myself due to the high carbonation. but tastes good. funky/horse blanket becomes more obvious as it warms.

Sep 05, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013. Pours a slightly hazy copper with huge fluffy cream colored head, patchy lace down the glass. Smell: mildly sweet and fruity - notes of date and ripe plum, hay, pepper, herbal notes. Taste: tart peach, herbal, sweet fruit.. pear, white grape, and plum; then a grainy hit, and finishing with grape skin. Finish is dry but slightly gritty. Really tasty.

Aug 12, 2014
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the cork says this beer is from 2013

A: poured into a tulip to a nice deep golden brown topped by a monstrous dense and rocky off white head with excellent staying power and lacing
S: smells of spicy yeast, lactic sourness and a bit of barnyard
T: taste is spicy yeast, sourness, barnyard and funk swallow is bready malt, slight fruitiness, spice, funk and sourness
M: this beer is lighter on the palate with very active carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: A little heavy on the carbonation mutes a lot of the flavors. the cork almost shot off when I removed the cage. After shaking out the carbonation it's a very good beer and the flavors play very well together.

Jul 08, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. If there was a date somewhere on the bottle, I missed it.

A-An aggressive pour produces a huge, towering head of tan foam, like three-plus fingers. The retention is pretty good, too, with a thick cap hanging around for a long time as I drink. No lacing. The beer is very murky and honey in color. I can see some carbonation through the murk.

S-The aroma is fruity and cider-like at first, but it opens up after a minute in the glass to reveal a nice mixture of plum, golden raisin, spice, and brown sugar aromas like you would get it a Belgian dubbel. There are also, however, some lighter flavors, like sugary bread dough and Belgian yeast that suggest a saison or Belgian blonde.

T-The taste tracks the smell. I detect some dough and yeast up front with a touch of earthy, musty funk. The finish is sweeter and more fruit forward with plum, golden raisin, pepper, red apple, and a bit of alcohol burn on the palate.

M-The feel is medium in body with a slightly crisp carbonation that is higher than average in volume.

O-This is a pretty interesting beer. Hybrids like this one don't always work out, but I found myself enjoying this blend of dubbel and saison. I tasted more dubbel flavors here, but the feel tended towards the saison side of things. All in all, this was a pleasant first beer from Saint Somewhere and I am looking forward to trying more.

Jun 16, 2014
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml, cork dated 2007, poured into a tulip

A- A cloudy deep red with a big four finger off white head.

S- Sour, some barnyard funk, brett, some dark fruits, some sweet malts.

T- Sour dark fruits, somewhat funky, earthy finish, brett, hints of peppercorns. Reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- I haven't tried this fresh, but I feel this has aged nicely. Enjoyable, looking forward to trying other beers from Saint Somewhere.

Jun 04, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of sweet malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is slightly sour and has faint bits of dark fruits in the flavors. Neither sweetness nor spices are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a faint amount of tartness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting, as it tasted like a hybrid between an American Wild Ale, a Dubbel, and a Saison/Farmhouse Ale—you definitely get some characteristics of each of these three styles of beer. While you don't get much of the saison in the smell or taste, it drinks like one and goes down easily.

Note: 2012 vintage

May 21, 2014
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks very similar to the other saison from Saint Somewhere I had last night. Actually smells like it too. Anyway, it's a medium brown color, murky/hazy, rich looking. The head really does resemble their Saison Athene, extremely thick, retains for a crazy long time, with a dirty yellow color. This head produces a bit more lace than the other.

Very tart scent with some white pepper. This brewer loves spices. White grape and pear like other Belgian saisons. You can almost smell the funky you're likely getting ready to taste.

You never know what you're going to get with funky wild yeast and I'm not sure this is what they're going for. There's plenty of fruitiness, but it's all of the tart or sour variety. Reminds me of a kriek, with its vinegar. I don't really care for that style so this takes a hit because of that. The white pepper and the yeast give it a white wine or champagne-like taste. Again, it's not something I prefer. So, while I wouldn't consider it bad, I'll go with just okay.

The mouthfeel doesn't work for me either. High carbonation gives it an unwelcome bite. The vinegar feel does my palate no favors, as once it hits the sides of my palate, they're ruined for a while. There's a warming feeling in the swallow either from the alcohol or the white pepper, not sure which. It's exceptionally tart and sourish.

Same as their saison I had last night, I don't care for it. I do enjoy saisons and usually the funkier the better, but this has too many qualities I associate with a kriek for me to really enjoy.

May 13, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

one of the more interesting saisons I've ever had. its a copper colored beer, and once its in the glass, it has a big puffy white head light as air, huge bubbles bursting and reforming like mad, very alive look to it. the cork blew off as soon as the cage was loosened, and i almost lost an eye, it gushed right up, but i had a glass ready. tickles my nose as i sniff it, soda level carbonation, lots of funk, not bretty, but beyond the conventional saison yeasts we always see. some native florida stuff here from what i understand. brassy mineral smell, with dry red grains, maybe some rye, or at least the yeast has that white pepper spice to it. a musty wood aroma too, composty, don't know where that comes from, but its new to me and i like it. the flavor is equally dynamic, with the yeast being the prime flavor agent but the mouthfeel being impossible to overlook. it has so much carbonation, huge bubbles, that as soon as its in my mouth, it basically dissipates. theres not much to swallow because the bubbles make it disappear, its insane. the only other beer to ever do that for me was the architecture brew from tool. i love that liveliness of feel, and its so well suited to the richer malt of this beer. top tier stuff.

May 04, 2014
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mmapes from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good thing we read about the pressure. Once we took the cage off the cork started coming out by itself!

Is copper/amber, a little hazy, not perfectly clear.

Smells tart, more like cherry than apple or apricot. Smells a little bready too.

Bright, acidic, tart (?) cherry (?) up front. Not sweet. Rich. Full bodied.

Later sips reveal the full-bodied, round mouthfeel and the dry, champagne-y astringent finish, part cherry, part mineral.

A very good beer. Maybe more subtle than many, maybe less approachable than some, but very good, complex, interesting, delicious all around.

Apr 05, 2014
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GPHarris from Alabama

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly, tan head into a tulip glass that left thick sheeting throughout. the body was a bright and clear amber color.
s - musty apples dominate.
t - green apples, some graininess, horse blanket.
m - crisp and bubbly.
o - solid saison and prob the best i've had from st. somewhere.

Feb 13, 2014
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VincentFrey from Maryland

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour / Appearance: The cork almost took out my eye, but thankfully I know better than to uncage a beer towards me. Cork shot right off and scared the hell out of my cat, with beer getting all over my recliner. Ah well. Shame to lose the beer but bad prep on their part. Most of the glass for the first few pours is solid foam, although there is some pretty lacing as it dissipates. Hard to not have lacing with that much carb though. A very hazy brownish gold.

Aroma: The aroma is actually pretty delightful, hints of caramel and darker malts right along with saison pepper and heat. Takes really putting your nose in the glass to get it, but it's a great aroma when it presents. As it warms up, gets a bit of wort scent in there. It's impossible to believe this isn't fully fermented, but hey.

Taste: An odd combination yields a funky taste, and I do mean funky. I wonder if brett is in here to any capacity. The dubbel really takes a backseat to the yeast characteristics, presenting mostly as caramel, pale chocolate, and some bitterness. Saint Somewhere says they use noble hops, which would explain the lack of bittering and hop aromas. That's fine by my here but otherwise this feels like a saison someone threw too many dark malts into? Is that the point? If so, Saint Somewhere needs some work at recipe formulation, or to just stick to calling everything saisons with a malt addendum of sorts.

Overall: Eh. The price wasn't terrible, but I had to have it shipped. I'm a big saison fan, so it's worth it to me. Other folks may hate it, and quite a few more will just be confused.

Bottom Line: Only worth it to saison fans or you live near the brewery. It's not a bad beer; it's just more of a trial run rather than a refined recipe.

Dec 17, 2013
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. 2008 bottle. Into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a woody brown color with a nice light beige head.

S: Aroma brings thick vinous notes, raisin, fig, mild oxidation.

T: Taste brings light sherry-like oxidation, raisiny, mild lactic tartness, plum, brown bread, vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with springy carbonation.

O: With a bottle aged this long I was hoping it would be a little more acidic and funky, but really all that age has done to this is brought out the dubbel elements more with some oxidation. Not bad, but not what it could have been.

Oct 12, 2013
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml split between me and Kevin.

Cork reveals a 2012 date and was super tough to get out, but once it was, super nice pop and no gushing. Pour is dark amber with orange highlights, some haze and lots of bubbles. Off-white head becomes a thin ring. Nose is good but a bit muddled maybe. Lots of yeast, dark bread, raisin, some light earthy funk and spicy tones.

Taste steps it up nicely, great dark fruit tastes, raisins and cherries with light tartness. Toasted bread, spices, good mix of wheat, farmy and wild yeasts, but light on the wild side overall. Good mouthfeel with good foaminess, carbonation a bit on the lower side, and some alcohol warmth.

If this is meant to be a saison/dubbel hybrid, mission accomplished. Unique and a pleasure to drink. Really nice dark fruit tastes, good spice, restrained wild yeasts.

Sep 19, 2013
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Bung from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml. 2010. Gusher, immediately upon opening. Upon pouring into the glass not as bad, but there is a ton of underlying carbonation. Head disappears completely, not much remaining on the glass.

Aroma, cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, pretty strong. Maybe a little brown sugar and prune.

Taste, A little toffee, caramel, prune up front. Super earthy, leather and tobacco. Horseblanket is there. Some pumpernickel type bread with raisin.

About medium body, but high carbonation/liveliness keeps it drinking quite easily. No alcohol presence to speak of. Could be considered a bit watery though.

Undoubtably one of the strangest nose to taste deviations I have ever encountered. Obviously at 3 years a Brett component has really taken over the flavor profile. I just can't believe how none of that very sour scent equates to any taste.
Got this for $9, worth a try if you see it for under double digits.

Sep 15, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer is served a darker amber reddish color with a small off white head. The head fades rather quickly to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is fruity and tart with a good level of funk. The fruity smells are mainly of a lighter fruit nature with apple, pear and some peach. Along with these aromas however is a tart and vinegary aroma with some hints of a sour cherry and yeast. Rounding out these smells is a funky haylike grassy smell producing an overall fruity and funked aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with the fruit that was detected in the nose. Apple, peach and pear flavors are complimented with a sour cherry taste and a bit of yeast. As the taste advances, some spices flavors as well as a bit of haylike funk nature. While these flavors persist to the end, the funk and sour cherry grow stronger and are accompanied by some boozy tastes. In the end, with an apple cider vinegar flavor getting more intense, a quite sour and fruity funked taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to above average. The slightly higher carbonation is rather nice for the fruity and funky flavors of the brew creating an overall mouthfeel that is very appropriate.

Overall – A decent saison that is worth a try if you get a chance, but is likely nothing that will totally blow you out of the water.

Aug 10, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 372 ratings