Lectio Divina | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

Lectio DivinaLectio Divina
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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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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 226
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a murky brownish-red body. Aroma is very yeasty with fruity notes, mostly plum and dark fruits with brown sugar. Tangy and tart notes in the flavor are of cherry and orange which are musty however leave a lingering aftertaste which is more than I liked which affects the drinkability. Nice caramel malt profile.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I started untwisting the cage the cork decided it was goin to blow itself out of the bottle and hit the roof of my friends kitchen. Being thankful I still had both my eyes I proceeded with pouring the beer out. The beer poured with a nice brownish amber color with a white foamy head. The smell of the beer was earthy and had a sourness on the nose. The taste of the beer was on the tart side and had some nice earthy saison flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and has a big amount of carbonation to it. Overall this is a pretty tasty brew. I enjoy Saint Somewhere's techniques and what they're making. Very cool stuff all around.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very active and spicy Belgian amber ale that shows fruity sweet balance along with peppery dryness.

Medium aromas of malt, caramelized sugars, and fruits of white grapes, plumbs, and apples fill the nose while spicy black and white pepper create a zesty counterpart to the sweet and fruity base.

All this is explored after the very aggressive pop of the cork and subsequent errupting bottle. The beer eventually pours a medium amber color with moderate haze. A rocky eggshell white head forms on the beer, retains well, and leaves a fair ammount of lacing behind. A good look but that initial head formation is very promising.

Flavors are a fleeting peppery taste of white and black pepper. Dominating spice up front but with a secondary set of flavors consisting of plumbs, grapes, dates, and cherries- all of the candied or confectioner's variety. Hop bitterness rises to balance the beer's sweetness and to amplify the dry spiciness. Moderately complex in taste but that's not what the beer's overwhelming impression is.

...and that would be the mouthfeel. Expansive early because of the high carbonation. But then the beer turns spicy, peppery, and dry in a big 'ole hurry. Very little transition, the beer goes dry early and continues the powdery hot texture deep into the finish and aftertaste. Sometimes hot and over-attenuated, not allowing the malts from offering any creaminess or structure to the beer.

I very much appreciate a truely dry Belgian Ale, but the attempt here seems a bit forced and overbearing. I like the dry finish but I need something malty and comples to attach to before an effortless transition to the fleeting dryness that many of the greats have.

Thanks RomaniIteDomum.

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Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
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 oline73
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber color with just under a finger of off white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Very mild. Malt and banana with a few herbal notes.

Taste: Malty banana. A bit tart with some herbs and a sweet malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was just ok. The sour hints made it more interesting, but the flavor combination just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of oranges and other fruits. Slightly funky and a touch of mustiness.

T - It tasted somewhat sour and also funky. Some black cherry flavors with a touch of orange zest. It had a sweet malty backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp without an pucker from the sourness. A medium bodied ale with a good deal of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

O - This is very unique and very tasty. I've only had two brews from Saint Somewhere and have loved both.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pale clear orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice medium sweet caramel malt with some light funky notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some nice caramel medium sweet malt with some subtle funky notes. Nice creamy body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol but lacking spices and character to makes this truly interesting. I am glad I got the chance to try this and looking forward to try their other offerings.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with mildly sweet and tart flavors of fruit and caramel that are quickly followed by breadiness from a hearty malt character and wild Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good hybrid of styles, this is a decent complex beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of nickfl
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/03/09 Update - The carbonation problems from the early batches have been resolved with a vengeance. The high carbonation and accompanying funk/ sourness has turned this into a very nice sour-brown.

A - 1.5 fingers of off white foam settles down quickly on top of a hazey amber-brown body.

S - Sour and malty. Fruity aroma with pepper and some other spices.

T - Roasty malt and earthy hop flavor with some alcohol warmth. Slight sourness and a good bit of earthy funk. Smooth hop flavor lingers long into the finish along with a sweet/sour/funky interplay that compliments the aroma nicely.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - Like the saison from St. Somewhere the only major flaw in this beer is the low carbonation, although this bottle is closer to what I would expect. The aroma is reminicent of a flemish red beer and the flavor is closer to that of a saison. The combination is a bit strange, but it could work well if the carbonation problems are resolved.

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.9% out of 100 with 369 ratings
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