Lectio Divina | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Lectio DivinaLectio Divina

Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Florida, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007

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Reviews by mverity:
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

In Latin, "Lectio Divina" means "divine reading," the obvious tie-in of monastic practices to an abbey-style beer. Lets try some "divine drinking."

Good pop to the cork, carbonation seemed modest during the beginning of the pour so we went heavy the rest of the way. Good head formation that drops down to a ring of lace. Slightly hazy orange-amber color. Quick to a mild tartness off of the nose, with suggestions of lemon and orange zest and a sweet fruitiness of peaches and raspberries. Fully creamy-slick body with a very modest carbonation that just gets by. Light blanket of tartness cover the palate up front. Malty rich with a sweetness throughout; Portuguese sweet bread comes to mind. Minimal hops. Alcoholic esters are present but not domineering, fruity with peach-apricot and apple skin undertones. Faint herbal phenolic action going on, just enough to notice. A very tasty fruity finish that leans hard on the sweet side.

Wow. Remarkable and impressive is not saying enough. Some may comment about the lower level of carbonation but if you have been to Belgium not every beer is sparkling and bubbly with effervescence. We closed our eyes and sipped this beer, our taste buds said that we were in Belgium. Seek this beer and brewery out.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of merlin48
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged bottle was a gusher after the cork exploded into the ceiling after the cage was removed. A dark amber body was eventually revealed under a huge beige head after some of the massive carbonation subsided. The head quickly vanished without significant lace.

Aroma was interesting. Malty toffee, dark fruits, peppery spices, yeast,and some fusel alcohol notes are present. I'm starting to wonder if they mislabeled their Belgian dark ale as this saison.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with overcarbonation issues.

Taste is quite different from the aroma. A lot dryer to taste, still with a solid toffee malt base. Dark fruits, yeast, peppery spices, and a sour funky note. Seems muddled and confused.

I've had this brewery's Saison Athene and enjoyed it, although that bottle was also a gusher. This one just doesn't work for me as a saison.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large brown bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness indication, decent looking beer from Florida...hmmmm, lets see what this is all about...pours quite cloudy darker apricot/medium amber, under a quickly departing loose bubble dark tan head. No lacing to be seen. Ripe melon, honey and a dash of light pepper in the nose. Tasty creation, some sour, some sweet, lots of character and interest here. Coriander, more pepper, more ripe fruits. My second try of the SS line, I like em, go get some, support new brewers, brewing in strange lands

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend.

The cork comes out with a huge pop and pours a pretty clear ruby/brown color with a half-finger creamy off-white head. The head sticks around forever, as a steady tube of bubbles stream from the bottom of the goblet. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells good. Dark fruits - figs and raisins - along with Belgian sweetness and yeast.

Tastes good. There's a good amount of Belgian sugar sweetness up front, followed by a mild dark fruit flavor. There's a slightly yeasty aftertaste as well. It's certainly good, but I'd like a bit more nuance.

Mouthfeel is good. I haven't felt this much carbonation since Delirium Tremens, but that's probably a result of my pour. After it settles down a bit it's very smooth, with a good thickness.

Drinkability is good. Once the carbonation dies down this slides down very easily. I didn't have any problem running through the bottle.

Overall I'm glad I had the opportunity to try another Saint Somewhere brew. It's very solid, though not great. That being said, if you see it around, it's certainly still worth a shot.

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Photo of JohnW
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in the "champagne" style bottle (courtesy Mr Dunderbaks Tampa) I had stored the bottle in chiller for about an hour before drinking, so was chilled but not ice cold. Poured medium dark bronze, slightly clouded, with very thick dense off while head, which faded over time to lighter texture. Initial aroma malted, slightly sweet, hints of fruit and spices, but not overpowering. Had I not known the source of the beer, would have said Belgium immediately. Taste is rich, smooth and sweet to start, but a darker finish with hints of bitterness and toasted caramels afterwards, making a happy combination. I really enjoyed this, found it easy to drink, and really in the Belgium style, even if not the depth or complexity of the best that comes from Belgium. Being slightly lighter in texture and character than some Belgium beers, makes it easier to drink than some. Would give top marks to the Brewer for giving us this, and wish him all the best in his new venture as a brewer in Florida! Hope to try more from Saint Somewhere, if I ever see them again!

B'ham UK (written while in Tampa FL May 2008)

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque light brown with about a finger of head. The aroma is funky with a sourness similar to a white wine. In fact, throughout I find that the beer is probably more similar to a wine in flavor than a lot of beers. Slightly fruity and slightly dry to the taste. Fantastically drinkable and refreshing. Goes down very easily with no hint of alcohol burn at all. I'm probably going to have to stock up on this when I'm in Pennsylvania next.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of LordofTime25
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber brown with a thin off white head.

Smell's sweet, musty, funky malt and has a yeastiness to it.

Tastes malty, yeasty, fruity, and a little tangy or sour.

Well carbinated and full bodied.

A decent brew, but you need to like this style to drink alot of it.

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Photo of FleeVT
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked green bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: This Florida brew pours a beautiful amber that glows yellow towards the tapered bottom of the goblet and culminates in an amber hue with a thin white lace. The only thing lacking was a billowy head that is a Belgian tell.

S: Sweet fruits on the nose, predominately pears and berries. Complex with caramel malts and faint hops dominating the alcohol backing.

T/M: More fruits on the palate with pear, again, leading the march. This has a real jammy taste that is fantastic, and hints of clove keep this complex. Not overly done, as the balance is great, a great example of the style. The is a heavier bodied brew that sticks to the sides of the mouth. Mild on the carbonation side.

D: Excellent sipper. Finally, Florida can be proud of more than just its orange juice!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Somewhere- Lectio Divina

Thanks to tpd975(Greg) for this bomber!

A- Hazy murky reddish brown with a huge,too huge, of a head. Thick chunky lacing!
S- Dried cherries, cinnimon, slight graham cracker, vanilla, alcohol, dates, and almonds.
T- Thick sweet fruits like prune, cherry, and dates. Good wheaty funky hay straw flavors with more fruit in the end. Grape and cherry very prominant.
M- Sweet and thick with a touch of alc. and a mildly dry slightly tangy finish.

Overall- Very good! This is 1 to savor! Big flavors, complex, top notch! (Big thanks Greg!)

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd795 for this awesome LIF!

750ml corked bottle pops with authority and pours slowly in a globe with lots of active head. It's surprisingly dark, the color of a dubbel, when I was expecting something more like Duvel. After reading the label, I see it's called a Belgian amber ale.

Aromas are similar to that of a dubbel too. Malty and sweet with dark fruits and spice. A very enjoyable sniffer.

Flavors are somewhere between the strong pale I was expecting and the dubbel this beer seems look and smell like. It has that sweet figs, raisins, and banana of a dubbel with a crisp dryness to the finish that is more like the strong pale.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with high levels of carbonation. Both suitable to the style but slightly to heavy on the bubbles for my taste.

Drinkability is good but hindered by high carbonation and ABV.

Very impressive American Belgian from such a small young brewery. I would love to try their other offerings and wish them success.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insane pressure, as the cork blew off with such force that it literally put a dent in my ceiling and very well could have bruised or put an eye out if it connected. Careful!

So, I'm pretty sure this is incorrectly classified on this site, as there's nothing "pale" about the color, and even the label reads "amber ale". It's a gorgeous beer, with a hypnotic ruby-brown body looking quite sexy underneath an inch-thick head of super-tiny, ultra-creamy bubbles. Lace stickage is thick lick moss. Hot damn.

Aroma is all kinds of toffee, real butter, caramel, chocolate, all of that given a helluva twist by the yeast which that quality unique to so many Belgian classics.

Flavor is so...damn...good. So close to a 5 it's scary. A reprise of what's offered in the aroma--toffee, butter, caramel, chocolate, yeast--but on the tongue a nice layer of fruit comes into play: fig, raisin, grape, date. Also some anise, cinammon, cocoa and white pepper--yet only the anise is up front. Obviously there's a lot here to enjoy. Even the alcohol shows up, but very much in a supporting role.

Mouthfeel is just as impressive as the flavor. Wonderfully creamy, but not thick. Ample carbonation--which supports a never-dying head--helps give it some activity, yet it remains incredibly smooth and lush.

Boy oh boy...this is remarkable. I'll have to look over my reviews, but this has got to be among my Top 10 for best Belgian-style brew by a non-Belgian brewer. Thanks a zil to tpd975 for the chance to try it.

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4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/ruby color with a huge head. Nose is nice belgian yeast with some thick malt, a good bit of spice. Taste follows. Belgian yeast, dark fruit, some raisin, caramel. Very kwakish. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side. Drinkability is good, but nothing to be marveled at. Overall a very good, and very belgian like brew from st. somewhere. a pleasant beverage, and one i would revisit if it were local. a good beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one had a cuvee aroma and sour apples taste mostly with big malting. Saison-like with Spices that go easy, nutmeg, cardemon, Pineapple, Some honey sweetness in there. A sipper, a degree of funky but it works. Copper with some head.Understated carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A mostly clear, ruby-hued deep-copper body with orange highlights rests gently beneath a creamy khaki head that drops slowly to a thin surface coating and thicker (but almost average) collar, and leaves only a few thick splashes and splatters of lace behind.

Aroma: Dried fruits, apricots, tangerines, cherries and hints of cola dominate the aroma, backed by a restrained dark-caramel maltiness.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma, and the only downside to that is that it's not really that much more complex - (which is really quite OK as it's pretty tasty as is). The apricot and cherry and cola (and some other spice as well) are there along with a hint of acidity, and the dark, sugary caramel. Some minor leafy and floral hops also come into play, and they come off almost as gently piney at times (most likely due more to the rest of the beer than the hops themselves) which is interesting. It's balanced towards softness, and rightly so, as it accentuates the soft malt and allows the fruitiness and spice to come through. Besides, bitterness is not the norm for the style - yeast character is, and this one's go it! But it's also unique. The alcohol is always kept in check. A low level bitterness backs it, simply keeping the malt in check, and to a certain extent it's sweetish. Malt lingers in the finish. But there's also some tart fruit. ... I find it balanced, and also really rounded.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy and smooth with a medium-full body that's got a dextrinous edge to it. Soft and supple with just enough of a tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: There's a suggestion of tartness to it that really works well against the notes of cherry and cola, and I'm not sure if that's the perfect edge to it, or if it need a little more. It's almost as if it just keeps you right on the edge, teetering... desiring... but not yet demanding a fuller spritz of fruity tartness. It keeps you wanting more, and that's "drinkability". Kudos!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of cjgator3
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a orangish amber color with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. Not much carbonation in this bottle. The aroma features a good bit of malt with some dark fruit, spices and yeast. The taste is more malt and spices with a rather dry and slightly herbal finish. The mouthfeel is thin and very lightly carbonated. Overall, this is a very good attempt at a Belgian style beer brewed here in the "Sunshine State". I am quite impressed with it. I think the only thing that detracts from it is the lack of carbonation.

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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 371 ratings