Lectio Divina | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

very good
226 Reviews
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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Photo of dstc
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with very nice off-white head. head falls very slowly to a small head that remains. Nice thin lacing.

Full aroma. Fruity and spicy.

The taste has everything. Mimics the aroma with the spiciness and fruit flavors. Apple, pear and maybe citrus. Small alcohol taste and slight sweet malt taste as well.

Smooth and medium bodied in the mouth with fairly low carbonation.

Was a bit surprised. Nice easy drinking beer, much enjoyed.

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Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a rather small cream colored head that dissipated into a sparse cap. Kind of looks like cherry juice. The aroma is full of berries; raspberry and cherry. Some light musty yeast that gives the brew some spice. The taste is of cherry and honey, candi sugar, and light raisin. Different and interesting. The feel is light and quite fizzy, finishes sweet and a tad sticky. Drinks fine and is tasty but it is a bit one sided. A sweet berry flavored Belgian brew. Nice sweet berry flavors but no balancing flavors. Still worth a purchase as this is unique.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at The Belgian Room in NYC.

Pours a cloudy amber. Topped by a thick, beige head that fades to a patchy ring. The aroma is fruity wit notes of grape, citrus and berry. There's also a light peppery note.

Toasty upfront, builds to a sweet, berry fruitiness. The finish is a light peppery spice. Highly carbonated, medium-bodied, dry.

Tasty, not terribly complex, but I'd definitely try more beer from this brewery.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Careful how you open this one!! The cork blew off before i had completely uncaged it. Starts a clear dark orange amber color with a stiff two finger light amber head that fades slowly because of the significant carbonation. Sheets of 3D Belgian lacing to be enjoyed. Becomes purely hazy the deeper you go with chunks of goodness remaining at the bottom. The smell has the earthy Belgian yeast over a very berry fruit mix. Light-medium bodied, the tiny effervescent bubbles lend a creamy texture. The taste is light and creamy also. A mild apple cherry strawberry character that finishes dry and a little spicy. The 8.0% ABV warms some on the way down, but its not distracting. A real unique beverage. Really glad to find this at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upgrading my score based on this 2009 bottle Beetracker traded with me, cheers Jeff. Smell taste & drinkability bumped up, the cork is still NAUGHTY! Mouch sour cherry & oakyness propping this up...

Cheers to Jw347 for throwing this in on a trade! Classically beautiful/timeless label on this bottle!

Cork blew off as soon as I uncaged this, ain't seen that in a long time

Decanted into a Duvel tulip, pours a bubbly orange/amber with bubbles singing& a finger of tan head. Somewhat viscous, whoops wasn't so careful with the bottom quarter of the bottle, murks up a bit! Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Apple skins & caramel, plus a bit of lemony hops when warm

T: Apples, pears, citric hops, a bit of caramel & dryness, plus slight boozeyness up front. Loads of green apples, some grapefruit hops, much dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty & with a bit of booze burn

MF: Medium bodied & effervescent, good, not great balance

Drinks pretty good, but the tartness would get old a after a few glasses, hides the ABV fairly nice, until the finish. Of style a bit, not a bad beer, but I look for more fruittyness in my Belgian Strong Pale Ales. No slouch, but better examples out there by far

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Photo of RidleyBrewery
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did I become "one with God" after this beer? No. But it was a good spiritual experience anyway. The color was a bit darker than I expected, but I am not a BJCP judge, so screw it. Tasted great, had an apricot? aroma with many other fruity flavors. Light carbonation and strong mouthfeel. The alcohol was well hidden behind the fruity flavors. Overall, I think this is a fine beer from a newer brewery.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle:

A: Poured a reddish brown with a highly carbonated off white head. The head dissipated very quickly. Light but constant carbonation streaming to the top.

S: Good fruity aroma, I noted cherries and apples

T: Very good flavor, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Malty with an ever so slight hint of alcohol and fruit noted in the aroma.

M/D: The beer was rich and I am not sure that I could drink a lot, but probably good to share. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a four inch head of beige. Several minutes is needed for the mass to subside, leaving behind a smeared webwork of lace.
A mix of porous and dense foam has admirable retention throughout.

Aromatics lead off with caramel, raisins, toffee, tart cherries, dark rum, and clovey phenols.
Traces of vanilla, pepper-studded lemons, and
brown sugar follow through.

Medium bodied and creamy. A slight chew to it, and tacky.

Caramel-laced fruit and cocoa start the pallet. A warming spiciness steps forward along with a trace of tartness and more raisins.
A firm vineous note becomes apparent as the brew warms, as well as warming alcohol.

Finishes slightly rummy, with traces of citrus and spice underneath.

Nice beer..Drinks like a small quad, as long as the slight tartness doesn't turn the brew lactic.

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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 gonzo46and2
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is ruby red. Huge combersome head.

Smell is fruity and balanced with hops and brown sugar.

Taste is very well balanced. There's big malt, hops, and sugar. Very drinkable

Very drinkable. Low detection of the high ABV. Just wait a bit because the head is massive.

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Photo of JDV
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting. Pours cloudy and a dark caramel color with a big lasting creamy beige head. Smell is mild and dusty malt. Too mild in fact. Taste is similarly tame, and slightly sweet with not much going on flavorwise. Hints of dusty sweet spice which become almost a touch cloying in the end. Not something I'd be crazy about having again.

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Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At biegamans summer saison tasting, biegamans bottle.

Pours a cloudy bronze/copper, huge light brown head forms, drops a ton of lace on the glass, good retention. Smell is neat, sweet and caramelized, alcohol, cloves - very spicy, tons of fruit, some sherry, quite yeasty, I like. Taste is nice, cherries, spices, strawberries, very fruity, bit of tartness, lots of yeast, alcohol, some more spice, caramel finish, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very nice tartness in the finish, some warmth, goes down nicely. Great brewery. Thanks Jan!

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
"Hand Crafted Belgian Style Ale" on the artistic front logo sticker...
A slow and steady pour yielded a medium-orange, tawny-colored hue with a modest foamy head that lingered on for a bit before quickly receding...
Aroma replete with a nice balance of malts and hops, some candied sugar, honey, and florals...
Sweet, candied flavor - very rich and thick mouthfeel, a full-bodied beer with hints of spices, cotton candy, pears, and green apples...
Definitely a good representation of an American-made, Belgian-style beer...
Good level of drinkability for an 8% beer as well...

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Photo of garcia2a
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful rusty golden color with plenty of off toned head, light carbnation, nice cloudiness and decent sediment.

The nose was heavy on yeast and graind, with an interesting sweetness cutting the malt. The taste was good for the style, with plenty of yeast and exotic fruit on the initial bite.

The mouthfeel was excellent, as many brewers who attempt belgian style ales run into the problem of high carbonation leading to the drinker experiencing a full sensation.

This is a lovely, drinking beer packed with flavor and body. NICE, NIce, nice!!!

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 ThatWineGuy
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Donated by biegaman at his Saison tasting, poured by Grub, sampled from a Belgian-style goblet, thanks guys.

Murky orange, golden hues with fine bubbles and beige one-to-three finger beige head. The smell of ripe fruit predominates, taste is nicely balanced tart fruitiness with a muted sourness ... like an almost-ripe cherry. Something about this was understated as well, a bitter malt butterscotch, maybe? I wasn't able to quite put my finger on what it was, but it made for a nicely balanced beverage, nicely crafted. A very pleasant, lingering tangerine aftertaste made this a really delightful treat.

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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman contributed this one too. thanks jan!

pours light red, just a hair darker than orange, with a bit of haze. a huge fluffy tan head forms, taking forever to subside and making the pour challenging.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. yeast. bread. grain. bit of cracker. bit of orange peel. light corriander. bit earthy and floral too.

taste is good. light alcohol. fruity - tangerine, date, fig. bread. light caramel and fruity sweetness. yeast. honey. other fruity layers too - cherry, strawberry. not much spice, but lots of fruit to keep things interesting.

mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation level. silky smooth. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. great fruity depth. another solid saint somewhere offering. looking forward to more releases from these guys.

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Photo of DrJay
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Jw347 as part of 80s BIF. Thanks!
A bit hazy, deep reddish amber with a short-lived fluffy beige cap that settled to a collar and a little skim on top of the beer. Fruity aroma of apples and prunes, tropical fruit sweetness and apricots. A bit yeasty with spicy cardamon and cinnamon. Light funk too, particularly once it warmed. Same sort of profile in the flavour, but there's a bit of brown sugar that pairs well with the fruit and apple character, as well as more funk and spice, maybe some nutmeg, plenty of sweetness. Medium bodied, above average carbonation, a bit lively, nice texture. Lots of complexity here, but that didn't detract from drinkability at all. The combination of fruit, spice and a hint of funk really worked.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, slightly hazy ruby amber colour with a medium sized bubbly heath that quickly settles in to a thin lace, leaving scant amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma is fruity, with apple leading the way and perhaps a bit of berry. There's some basic malt in the mix as well as a bit of a wood vibe. Alcohol is detected as well here and there.

Flavour is a bit more subdued than the aroma would lead on, but is still quite nice. Wood notes come through a bit more here, blending with a subtle alcohol presence throughout. There may even be hints of vanilla here and there as well. Fruit flavour is definitely still to be found, but is stuck mostly at the end of each sip, where it mixes with a hint of candy sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a kick but a bit of subtle slickness as well.

A nice beer overall and certainly an unexpectedly bold statement from the state of Florida, which is seemingly always pre-judged to be the land of beach-friendly macros like Bud and Corona. I really liked but did not love this one, and would happy sample it again and look forward to being able to pick up some more Saint Somewhere brews again sometime in the future.

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Photo of tiger88
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned with a cork and wire top. Poured with a great deal of carbonation. Head lingered for several minutes until sinking into the orange brew. The smell was that of sweet citrus fruit. It tasteds really great. A little sweet at first with a sharp bitter back of the tongue finish. The carbonation gave a mouthfeel rather like champaign. It's pretty drinkable as long as you have a friend or two to share it with. A whole bottle might be a bit much.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bluegrassbrew for the bottle.

Pours a murky rusty brown color with a quarter inch head that fades quickly to a thin ring. Due to the lack of head there's really no lacing to speak of.

Smell; plums and green apples really hit right up front, but there's also some floral notes floating around as well. Some ginger and a touch of pepper fade into some caramel and brown sugar.

Taste; as with the nose it starts out fruity with green apples, plums and a hint of lemon zest. Pepper and ginger are present but here the flavor becomes a touch funky, with a touch of vinegar. The caramel and brown sugar malts come out towards the finsh and then once again the apples come through giving this a bit of a cider like flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a very low carbonation, and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW347 for this fine brew. Poured from the green corked bottle into my chimay goblet. Pours a hazy amber color with some sediment from the bottle. Aroma is of tart fruits and a hint of alcohol. Good crisp flavor of sour apples and similar fruits. Nice dry finish with a hint of hoppy bitterness towards the end. Very impressive beer- my first from FLA!

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Photo of JohnW
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with orange notes and a fluffy, off-white head that slowly fades into a cap of fluff. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty, earthy, fruity, citrus, cane sugar, nectarines, apples, peaches, and tropical fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with poached pears, sugary candy, and tropical fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, balanced, spicy, and easy drinking.

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Lectio Divina from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 367 ratings.
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