Lectio Divina | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

very good
369 Ratings
Lectio DivinaLectio Divina

Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have bottled this beer multiple times and I love it! The beer has a nice dry finish to it with appropriate levels of carbonation. What is more important is that this beer ages well. I still have bottles from 2009/2010 that are just as lively as the ones bottled last week. Hints raisin in this beer goes well with the slightly dry finish. This is a great beer for a holiday meal as it is not too heavy in flavor and alcohol.

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Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Explodes from the bottle and pours a murky butterscotch color with a huge head that sticks incredibly well

Smell: Candi sugar provides the base, but there are all sorts of fruit and spice aromas wafting around here - peach, banana, starfruit, citrus peel, cardamom and clove

Taste: Opens with a fruity, malty balance that incorporates the ingredients listed above and grows in an herbal, tart but sweet direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors build in intensity and provide a lingering finish; extraordinary blend between the tart and sweet fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: My second stab at this beer and the carbonation problems that plagued the first release have been corrected; in fact, with the explosion of the cap, perhaps it needs to go back to somewhere in the middle; still, a great beer

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Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks JW347 for this large corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Hazy, amber colored beer with a reddish tinge, with an off-white head that starts quite large but disappears rather quickly.
Very nice aroma with a combination of sweet fruitiness and an unexpected funkiness and tartness that really adds to the complexity.
Medium bodied yet refreshing, the taste also starts sweet and fruity, evolves into a solid tartness, but not puckering, with yeastiness and a nice spiciness thrown in the mix.
As you go through the beer, multiple interchanging fruits, grains, yeast and the all encompassing tartness that keeps things interesting.
An amazing beer, and I can only wish I had a few more.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lectio Divina was one of the many beers I sampled at the Ybor Beer Fest a few months ago. Even in my semi drunken haze and 40 some odd beer flavors on my palate, this one really stood out to me. My husband and I went back to the booth and picked up their card, eager to buy a bottle of our own to try under more auspicious circumstances. Thankfully they just started carrying St. Somewhere at our local Total Wine store, so we were able to snag two bottles this weekend.

First off I have to say the appearance of this beer in the bottle is really beautiful. My husband was especially taken by the attractive, whimsical label. In the glass it has a cream soda appearance with a floral, fruity sweet nose. Although the beer has a very Belgian flavor, it also has a unique sweetness and a complex combination of fruit notes. Some reviewers have noted the lack of carbonation however, this was not an issue with our bottle. Great twist on a Belgian style beer and a wonderful initial experience with St. Somewhere Brewing Company.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to tpd975 for the chance to try some Florida offerings :)

Pours an orange/reddish hue, very cloudy and murky looking, a thin head and no noticeable lacing. My first impression was that it looks like unpasteurized apple cider.

Smell is quite floral (the cork kind of smelled like roses). Strong fruity aromas accompany the floral scent.

The taste is predominately sweet, not so much a malty sweet as a fruity sweet. Strong citrus flavoring, I think I can even make out apples, quite interesting. The taste is followed up by a slight tartness, makes me pucker a bit, but still pleasant. Goes down so smoothly that I didn't realize how quickly I was drinking it.

This is definitely worth the trade.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- This beer poured a nice murky, amber color with a HUGE fluffy off white head which stay around awhile. Lacing is present throughout the life of this beer.

Smell- Tons of fruit smells are present such as cherry, strawberry, plums and hints of apple. Nice malty breadiness is present as well.

Taste- Taste and smell are very similar here with the fruits coming through. The sweet and tart fruit flavors are well balanced. Nice maltiness in the middle which leaves a nice sweetness in the mouth leaving you wanting more.

Mouthfeel- This is a nice medium body brew with medium carbonation.

Overall- Overall this is a great beer made by a small brewery. It's an easy drinking beer with an ABV that leaves you with a warm feeling. The size of the beer(750ml)means you're drinking a fair amount of beer so you need to be in the mood to drink or share with a friend or two.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby/Orange - egg white head

Smell: Elderberries - mango, honey, citrus, coriander

Taste: elderberries, mango, peach, cream, mild grapefruit

Mouthfeel: smooth tannins with mild carbonation - drinks like wine.

Drinkability: This beer is over the top. A state of the art belgian strong pale ale. I thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it!

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4.56/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Ozone34
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Support Local Brews! Cage broke and cork almost broke up but I uncorked this monster having to use a wine key get it out. Cork has fresh look and smell.

Hard pour into Chimay chalice renders a very fine lace around the edges. Has the murky amber color of a real apple cider.

Very fine carbonation around the edges of the glass. Smell has a little alcohol edge followed by a faint rose/ floral bouquet; And some sort of grapes.

Intial taste is a dry mild carbonation followed by a sweet grape and fruit burst. Alcohol is hidden very well and only for a short burst is it present. I'm tasting a nice spiced kick that is hard to pinpoint exactly and leaves you staring at the wall trying to figure it out. A nice warming of the throat and clean finish follows.

I noticed previous reviewers commented on the lack of carbonation. I think this bottle was perfectly balanced; carbonation held the entire glass.

Overall, I think another very good selection from our local breweries. I will always try and have a bottle of this in my selection.


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Photo of jworkman
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of orock25
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky me, a local restaurant was selling these bottles at a deep discount because they couldn't "move them". Much to my surprise the bottle was from 2009.
It had a nice orange amber look to it, not much of a head. The floral and fruity aroma could be picked up from a mile away. crisp and clean taste.
A fantastic offering, lucky me.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
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