Pays Du Soleil
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,103
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,927
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 14.25%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
215
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Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  7
Gots
  14
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Pays du Soleil is brewed as a saison and not a dubbel, although it has a resemblance to both.
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. 750 mL bottle, purchased May, 2012 locally. Reviewed on 1/13/18. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel Aged glass.

A: Dark gold to almost bronze, with a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly. This has a good amount of carbonation. Quite hazy, but it stops short of what I would call turbid.

S: Sweet malts, barnyard funk, and grassy hay. Mild caramel sweetness, and a mild oxidation. Some spicy and grassy hops remain. There is a fair amount of yeastiness – fruity esters (pears and a touch bubblegum) and somewhat bready. Nice, but not what I expected for a saison – I definitely get some dubbel characteristics here.

T: Sweet yeasty esters up front – fruit with apples and pears and bubblegum – and some Belgian dark candi as well. Malt sweetness, that is bready with just a touch of caramel. A bit of grassiness and a mild barnyard funk with some slight hop bitterness (grassy and noble). More sweet malts and yeast at the swallow, and some candied apple on the exhale.

M: A medium heft to the body. Carbonation sensation is somewhat low, but seems pretty good for the age on the bottle. The alcohol flavors are integrated.

O: Ummm..this was interesting. Weird. It does drink like a saison/dubbel cross – though I don’t think I understand this beer particularly well. I’m just not sure I get it. But it’s not offensive…just interesting.

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Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

L: Hazy medium copper amber pour with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and super lacing.

S: Tart and mild funk... lemon/citrus, spice, and grains. A bit musty and yeasty.

T/F: Crackery grains and funk... nice tartness without being sour. Slightly under-ripe stone fruits and lemon zest. Mild spice, barnyard, and grass clippings. Mild fruit sweetness later in the swig. Creamy carbonation... delicate mouthfeel. ABV very well hidden. The finish is tart saison and fruit.

O: An outstanding tart saison. Great flavor and complexity. An impressive beer.

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Photo of chinchill
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From a large bottle at the 2017 Decatur Beer Festival.
Hazy pale copper body with a fine off-white head.
Moderately tart and strong flavor for style. Higher ABV not obvious. Too funky for my taste but an interesting and well crafted version of the style.
Lively carbonation.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

September 2011 bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: like always, beautiful artwork on the bottle, a significant amount of dust on the bottle. I went to release the cage and the bottle exploded open from the excess carbonation. The beer is extremely carbonated and poured out a very thin and murky brown with orange tint throughout. The head is massive with a murky khaki color.

Nose: funk for bays, bitter orange peel, citrus pith, barnyard funk, earthy and organic. Smells very much alive.

Taste: follows the nose but with even more funk funk and funk. Very thin mouthfeel and prickly carbonation to start but it moves into a soft and creamy carbonation when you get halfway through the bottle. Lactic acid is very soft and nice. There is a great tart quality to this beer that is classic to all Saint Somewhere beers. Lemony, citrus, hints of malt in there as well. It has an astringent and bitter finish (maybe from bitter orange peel or Curaçao??)

Overall: The fact that the bottle blew up on me is certainly a detractor however the beer that lepth forth was delicious and very complex. I continue to be impressed with Saint Somewhere, this being the 4th beer from them that I've tried. This is a great hybrid of a classic Belgian Dubbel and a funky Saison.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was weird, but it worked for me. Looks was dark for saison, but understandably. Smell features caramel, funk, belgian yeast, sweet biscuit malt, apple, booze, hibiscus, and brown sugar. Taste has all of those, but balances better than one would think, I believe carbonation helps with that. Feel is weird, but as a hybrid beer it makes sense. Not sure I need to have again, but a fun experiment to try

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Photo of David63Olson
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well done. Nice funky aroma on the initial sniff. Then followed by a sour and sweet fruity taste with a bubbly finish. Strong head retention with a light brown and very appealing color. I would buy this again.

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Photo of pat61
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a dark, hazy amber crowned by a 1” cream colored head that hisses as it recedes.
S: Releases aromas of fruit, spice, wine, and mustiness.
T: Light malt is in the background to lemony tartness, fruit, spice and herbs. Some white wine notes.
F: Medium light body and highly carbonated.
O: A funky well crafted saison that is perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of brap
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one was cocked and loaded! When I opened it the cork almost went through my wall. After an exciting start the beer really didn't do much for me. The fireworks, head, and scents had me really expecting more than the beer delivered.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a large, corked bottle (pop!), it has a fizzy, short-lived head. The aroma is of spice, mixed with yeast and a fruity zest. Some alcohol in there as well....and rich dark malt. The taste has a notable funk, which is interesting. I like it. Very Belgian. Spicy on the tongue and a little more sweet than expected. The fruit characteristic comes out notably in the taste. Medium in body.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Rich mahogany color with a 1+ finger head that settles very slowly
S: Caramel, cherry, green apple, brown sugar, generic herbs/spices. Actually surprisingly complex
T: Also a bit of cherry/apple/brown sugar though not as complex as the aromas and there's a strong yeast note that overshadows everything else
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet
O: A decent beer though not one I'd seek out again- one of those beers where the appearance/aromas are fantastic but then tasting it is a slight letdown given the intro. Still worth a try

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Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +3.6%

really interesting beer, earthiness, cherries, some funk, a bit boozy and over carbonated, a little more balance and touch and this beer is phenomenal. I enjoyed it for sure, the flavors are there, just needs some minor tweaks.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - A mammoth five finger's worth of audibly fizzy very active head that is equal parts dirty khaki and rose in terms of color... The head quickly fizzes away before showing modest retention at two fingers... Once the head ultimately fades there is a veil rich slightly veil of lacing... The color is an intriguing mix of light muddy brown and a faint ruby red... A modest bit of quickly paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - A very interesting aroma... Candied apples... Fresh cut grass... Some floral notes... A hint of brown sugar... A mix of over ripened fruit... Wonderful depth and complexity as each individual component compliments the others exquisitely...

T - The flavors that materialize on the palate our not what I expected based on the nose... A grainy alcohol presence permeates... A definite funk presence emerges next... A hint of bananas... Some burnt sugars... There is a slight medicinal presence as well... The flavor profile is not quite as well put together as the aroma...

M - Medium bodied... A bit sleek... A bit sticky... Dry throughout... A bit gritty on the finish...

D - A tale of two beers... Very nice appearance and aroma gives way to a slightly disappointing flavor profile and mouth feel... A few minor tweaks could make this one excellent, but in its current form it lacking in several areas...

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Photo of mmapes
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought on recommendation of local publican. Sours are not my style but I really liked St. Somewhere's Lectio du Chene.

Other reviews of funk, diaper, and other weird smells make me suspicious of this one.

Had to take cage off with pliers because the twister broke off. Cork started coming out of its own accord. Careful! Cork says 2013, and we are tasting in April of 2014.

Smells of tart apples, tart fruit -- not rotten, and only a hint of funk. Big head subsides fairly quickly. Color is as red as brown, and fairly clear, maybe a little cloudy.

First sip is bright, quickly turning astringent, with a long earthy finish. Next sips reveal more of the belgian "dubbel" character, but the dryness is still primary. Funkier on the tongue (in the finish) than in the nose.

Even later tastes are more malty, round, complex in the mouth, but the finish always reveals the drying character of the brett, which I don't like so well.

Not as good as Lectio in my book, though I admit this isn't my favorite style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fusion of styles i have not encountered before, a saison and a dubbel, and it does indeed have elements of each, although the saison funk trumps the sweeter darker malt a la dubbel. rather clear on the first pour, but gets cloudy as the bottle works down. tall off white airy lasting head. smells curious, rotten apples and saison yeast over a much richer and sweeter malt bill, raisins too. the flavor is less dominating than the nose, things are subtle here, with a definitely bigger grain bill, some sweetness but not a ton, it comes back after the swallow like some richer red wines, but is still moved forward primarily by its yeast, an interesting strain somewhere between saison and bretty, its funky enough to fit both profiles, but hangs on to the fruitiness just long enough to lean to saison. a strange beer, apples at the end too, red over ripe ones. i like it not because of its flavor specifically, but because of how different it is. well carbonated and a dry at first, then long and sweet finish that perplexes me. first from saint somewhere already has me desperate for more.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle as a Christmas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Light brown or copperish colour. Hazy with a touch of cloud. Two fingers of fluffy off white head and mild carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention. Became in sanely cloudy with the yeast added.

S - Orange, a little funk, burnt sugar, caramel malts, earthy.

T - Nice flavour. Some mild hop, darkness of it shines with breadiness, some dark malts, and some faint funk.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, and a slightly funky finish.

O/D - Not a bad saison. The darkness and added malt depth were cool. Don't think I could tolerate the whole bottle, but it was definitely interesting. Hid the alcohol well, but in the end, it wasn't mind blowing.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a murky amber color with a dirty fizzy head. Nice head retention leaves plenty of bubbles and curtains of lacing in my glass

S: You can definitely tell there is a Dubbel base under all of this Brett. Big dates and figs with a rush of Brett funky, baby diaper and spiceiness. It smells sweet with a dash of heat to sting the nostrils

T: My first sip was delicously good. Big and bretty. That Dubbel base was perfect as I am a huge fan of the style. Loads of dates, figs and raisins with a candy syrup sweetness and pronounced spiciness. The Brett is big on this beer. There is a lot going on here..baby diaper and funk meet dark fruit galore. The finish is a warm stinging presence from the spice and the 8ABV. A bit sweet, lightly sticky with a funky dark fruity finish.

M: Medium-full bodied, well carbonated for a hybrid style. The carbonation did good to preserve the blend of styles. Not overly effervescent. Lots of funky sweetness on the palate provides a very unique and enjoyable mouthfeel

O: My first Saint Somewhere beer was a smash hit!

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Photo of WynnO
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lots of love for Saint Somewhere but...ehh...this really isn't a Saison folks.

It's too dark---yes, throw a 100 watt bulb behind it and you might see some gold if you squint, but that doesn't make it so.

The nose is quite good. Put a blindfold on and you might say it's got that familiar barnyard quality.

Tastewise I get an underpinning of cherry juice. It just won't go away. Nothing wrong here but I just don't get much "farmhouse".

Overall? If you are a SS fan you must try it. The brewer has worked very hard to create a great catalog of Florida-eqse brews. If you are a stickler for details though prepare yourself for a "urban" version of Saison.

No disrespect intended here. It's a nice beer. I would drink another one.

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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-

750ml into a tulip, the cork says 2009. As soon as the cage was loosened the cork rocketed away alarmingly. Pours a deep nearly clear orange amber garnet, orange tinged massive head recedes to a cap that lingers, ok lacing.

Aroma is a mosh pit of clanging scents. Sometimes a thing can smell somewhat unpleasant but you can't stop wanting to sniff, this is that. The dubbel and the saison are clearly present but it seems a forced pairing, the dubbel is slightly dominant. Nonetheless I keep returning it to my nose.

Strong dubbel initial flavor, light figs, caramel and date. Tart on the cusp of going sour. Very nicely dry, strong vinous notes. Deep grape cherry mineral aftertaste. Between thin and medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely odd, if this was nearly dead still I would think BFM was the brewer. unique
cheers
jd

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Riedel Stemless Goblet. 2012 vintage purchased in Florida, I think it's pretty fresh.

A: Doesn't really look like a Saison at all, deep copper orange color, mildly turbid, very expressive head which subsides very quickly with a residual carbonation stream.

N: Lovely nose, plenty of funk up front with floral, apple and sweet berry scents. Smells pretty complex and inviting.

T: Slightly disappointing based on the nose. I get the funk and the sweet citric fruitiness, but it doesn't really have a lot of complexity. Malt emphasis is stronger than would be expected for a farmhouse ale. Not bad in any way, but not quite as involved as a top shelp Saison. No Peppery finish, etc.

MF: Very light and refreshing, I would classify the body as light to thin. Strong carbonation which keeps the palate clean. Very little clinging at the tail of the sip. Not as crisp as a full on Saison but no lingering coating feeling either.

O: My first Saint Somewhere, and I'm not disappointed. Not world class in any way, but nicely done. I'm anxious to explore their range more fully.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It appears that the version I picked up is the 2010 vintage. Not much to loose since it was 5 bucks for the bomber

A - Very bubbly an lively yet I only get a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes to a constant flow lace ring. Color is quite dark for a farmhouse ale kind of a hazy deep cherry wood oak.

S - Funky with sour dough notes and cherries. Maybe some dark fruits. Might be some Brett and funk too with some hazy. It's not very offending for 2 years old.

T - A tad bit of skunk is delivered from the sour dough like bread body. Notes of apple cider vinegar and tart lemon mixed in with some hay. Earthy and bitter grapefruit yet not from hops. Not bad.

M - Not as bubbly as I figured still quite popping with the carbonation.

Overall I am pretty sure I don't like old farmhouse beers. Still quite a cool label though.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle had a nice "pop" like a bottle of bubby might. the beer is light, somewhat fruity and sparkling wine-like with a quickly dissipating head. it has saison characteristics and develops into a semi-interesting, if not remarkable, combination of flavors. if it's really 8% ABV as the label says, it does an amazing job of hiding it.

on the downside, it's very thin (almost see through) and not especially memorable. glad i tried it but not one that i would necessarily seek out again. it's more bartles and james than i want in my beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper color with a large head that quickly disolves into a thin skim. Acts a lot like a sparkling wine. Not much for lacing either.

Smells very Belgian like. Fruity yeast esters and Belgian quality malt and candied sugar.

Strange combination of flavors but it works in this beer. A lot of yeast esters with the malt profile of a darker Belgian beer. Sweet, fruity flavor with caramel and earthy qualities.

Feels very light and thin for an 8% ABV beer. Carbonation seemed to have lost all its spirit during the pour as it is now relatively flat.

Interesting enough beer. Did not execute in all areas but was good were it really mattered.

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Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750 bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Hazy copper hue with a fizzy, white, solid persistent lace with trail down the glass.

S: Strong sharp fruity aroma.

T: Fruity flavor with a slightly Belgian yeast taste. Dry grapefruit and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Feels like a bubbly Champaign. Medium body and high carbonation

O: Excellent Belgian Ale – great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds, leaving behind very light puddling with a very small collar and light runny lacing.

The aroma was musty and tart with a mild grain malt and a strong funky Brett yeast with notes of green apple, pears and a strong berry odor.

The taste was tart right off the bat, with a big dose of sweet fruit which lasted throughout and had a nice sour ending. The flavor stuck with you for a good while letting the fruity sour taste linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a tad past light in body and dry in texture with an extremely fizzy carbonation.

Overall this brew is right up my alley lately, tons of flavor and a strong sour finish. It is also made in my home town of Tarpon Springs, FL. Guess I will just have to visit this brewery...

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Photo of BrownNut
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.0 - Medium amber, darker than other saisons I've seen. Loudly fizzy off white head that disspiates quickly but then keeps replenishing itself with lots of carbonation to maintain a solid cap for most of the glass.

S - 4.0 - Fruity but mutedly so. Faint funk. There's almost a fabric kind of thing going on as I sip slowly with my nose in the fresh head, inhaling.

T - 4.0 - Funk, refreshing, sharp nectarine initially that teeters on the edge of green apple later, that familiar Belgian candi taste, moderately tart.

M - 4.5 - Medium bodied, just a bit viscous, and pleasantly so. Contrasting that is tiny bit of a citric sting in the back of the throat after you swallow and a bit of carbonation zing on the tongue. Doesn't seem like it should be able to have the properties of thick and thin at the same time but it does. Very interesting. Finishes just at the edge of dry.

O - 4.25 - A very interesting and delicious beer. It's just tart enough to make you keep chasing it with another sip and another sip. But its body makes each of those sips substantial and satisfying. Really a well done beer. I consider it very good for the style and would rate it higher except other styles reach loftier heights.

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Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 215 ratings