Pays Du Soleil | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

Pays Du SoleilPays Du Soleil
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Pays Du SoleilPays Du Soleil

Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pays du Soleil is brewed as a saison and not a dubbel, although it has a resemblance to both.

Added by corby112 on 09-09-2009

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a ruby red with amber highlights with 1 finger of head that vanishes instantly. Champagne-like carbonation rushes from the center of the glass. Excellent clarity. A thick film clings to the side with hardly any lacing. Very inviting.

Second pour is a murky orange/mahogany with yeast sediment.

N: Very funky with notes of rich caramel, tropical and citrus fruits and hints of clove.

T: WOW! This is absolutely delicious! Upfront are some of the best yeast notes I've ever tasted along with rose petals (hibiscus), plum, pear, delicate earthy hops, hints of citrus and tropical fruits and perhaps a speckle of coriander. Mid-palette has more pear, more barnyard, red grapes, honeydew melon, caramel, bright lemony citrus and herbal tea. Finishes with leftover funk, plums, juicy lemon, earthy hops, hints of clove and a note of leather in the throat. I honestly don't feel I can do justice describing how good this tastes!

M: Light-medium bodied, juicy, crisp, clean, delicate and 100% refreshing.

O: Insanely balanced, delicate, subtle, complex and completely delicious! The combination of flavors are perfection. Easy drinking with an ever so slight alcohol presence. A+

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4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, warm copper.

S: Fresh, green apples and raspberries. Crisp, tart, and bright.

T: Fruit forward with a building tartness. The slight sour flavor dissipates and gives way to yeast and malts, like fresh, whole wheat bread.

M: Carbonation gives the initial impression of lightness and crispness but, as the bubbles settle, this gives way to a full bodied mouthfeel.

O: Another exemplary Belgian inspired ale from St. Somewhere. Great balance in flavor; a clear, sunny spring day distilled into a bottle.

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4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
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 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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4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, be careful, once the beer is uncaged the cork has a mind of its own, 2009 Edition, bought at Hi-Times,

A: Pours a ruddy dark red/brown colour. Fizzy off-white head as I expected with what happened to Lectio Devina, solid retention. No gushing. No lace.

S: Fragrant orange blossoms and clear notes of hibiscus. Very flowery. Has an herbal tea quality about it. Citrus and flowers, red berries, and mild notes of Brett.

T: Red fruit/currants (palmetto berries?) hit immediately almost a wild ale taste, overall there's enough acidity to make me think this is an AWA tasted double blind. Some dark malt flavours, but fruit and the yeast really drive the beer. Blood orange and kumquat form a mid-palate which dries out towards the finish. The Brett is everywhere, the life of the party if you will. It's intermingling, making its presence known at all times, but is never the dominant taste at any point of the flavour experience. For me kind of an imaginary blend of Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza and La Roja, it has the clear Brett flavour, with a lot of Flanders Red characteristics possibly from the adjuncts - palmetto and hibiscus with the Brett and the base yeast telling you the whole time this is still a saison at heart. Just a really cool beer.

M: Moderate acidity, drying Brett finish. Musty, medium-bodied, fairly clean on the end with all this going on. Just a tad overcarbonated, but is not fizz-tastic like I found with the Lectio Divina.

D: This is fun beer to delve into and just to drink. Great flavour, lots of complexity. Saison fits it because there is a lot of leeway and different brewing techniques in that style. The beer is not acidic or Bretty enough to warrant an American Wild Ale label though it kind of wants to go there at times. Really good, if it's available go try this immediately, on the short list for best beer in 2010. It's still weird seeing St. Somewhere in CA, I still remember when they got super-hyped a couple years back, and I thought I'd never get to try their stuff; good to see them out here.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking with the owner and staff of the brewery at the brewery. Does it get any better? No, it doesn't unless you are the brewer. This beer can't get any fresher, it hasn't even left the building yet!
Arrives a beautiful coppery orange with a nice white head. Retention is minimal, dropping to a thin film in a few moments. Clear and bright.
Smell is full of malt, yeast, orange and a wee bit of spice (light).
Taste is tart with malt, yeast and orange and grapefruit notes.
Medium-light body, effervescence is sharp to start but falls off nicely. Slightly drying with a light coating. A nice grapefruit/yeast aftertaste. A really nice, tart brew.

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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a 12 oz tulip. Filled the growler today, heard a good amount of carbonation come out upon initial opening.

A: Thick, dirty white, bubbly head that settles down to a thin line on top of beer. Carbonation looks excellent. Color of the foam reminds me of a red ale. Body is a cloudy, dark ruby red color, yet at the same time is glowing, trying to invite me in.

S: Not the biggest sour beer drinker (a handful at most) but I can tell that is the style. A mild alcohol presence that is subdued with a pleasant sour fruit (raspberry) aroma.

T: Taste like a juice made from dark fruits. Lingers with a beautiful combination of sweet malts and funky yeast. First time I've actually enjoyed this type of style to the extent of sticking with it and not reverting back to an IPA.

M: Warm and exciting on my pallet, a lot of flavors I am not accustomed too. Taking a sip is like eating one raspberry, taste good but I want more. Take a big gulp and the flavor explodes on your pallet.

O: Body of a light malty red ale, alcohol feel of a mead, carbonation presence of wine, and lingering sour taste throughout. Pays Du Soleil is a PERFECT introduction beer for one looking to appreciate the sour-Belgian style. I am hooked and am looking forward to trying Jolly Pumpkin again when back home in Ann Arbor, MI. Great work from Saint Somewhere and I will definitely be a huge supporter of these guys from here and out.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Aromas in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large-bubbled, one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells very good - mixed fruits, mostly berries, with a good deal of brett that doesn't seem as funky as others. I'm not 100% sure what a hibiscus smells like but perhaps it tempers some of the barnyard aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A good amount of mixed fruit flavors up front are soon overtaken by a delicate tartness that has a good dose of earthiness. As the sip progresses an almost musty taste that isn't as off-putting as it sounds joins in before a crisp and somewhat tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft yet prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass and ended up having a few more samples.

Overall I thought this was a very interesting beer with just the right amount of tartness introduced. I'll be interested to try the bottle version once it's out to see how it compares.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA

A: Pours with a huge white head. Rings of sticky lace. A great bright and vibrant orange/red color.
S: Tartness up front in the nose. Funky yeast. Lots of fruits. Apples, pears, cherries. A big acidic twang as well. I love it.
T: Follows the nose with a tart , acidic twang, and funky yeast. Fruits explode with apples, pears, and cherries again. Again, I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. A great beer to sip on during the hot summer.

Everything I enjoy in a Saison. A great funk, and lots of character. I think this is really well made. Something I would recommend.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, picked up in Chicago last month. With a vigorous cork pop, this then pours a slightly hazy, very effervescent bright gold color with a fluffy, airy head that fades pretty quickly. Very nice aroma: light and tart, with a very peppery, spicy undercurrent. The flavor, likewise, is solidly spicy. Malt plays a pretty minor role, and it is easily balanced by a vigorously grassy hoppiness. Coriander is certainly present, along with a medicinal, anise-like spice that is particularly distinctive and interesting. The finish is dry, tart, and tasty.

What a fantasticly interesting beer. I'm sorry it's not available here, because it would be a wonderful pairing with strong-tasting food, whether from south of the border or from southeast asia.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I'm reviewing this by memory on this I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I have had most of CC's regular beers but I have not tried this yet. one of their best. love this beer. lots of floral, red berry flavors balanced with some funky yeast and slight sour. wonderful beer.

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4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml, thanks Mark!

Pours carmelish red, kind of looks like apple cider, with a finger amount of head. Smells yeasty with a hint of apple. I taste yeast and apples and it's sweet, but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is touch thin and there's a nice dry finish, but not too dry. Drinkability, to me, is very good. I could drink this all night long, just wish I had could find it around where I live.

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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Nikki's Liquors.

Interesting label. A bunch of circa early 1900's women swimming in a lake with another lady dumping flower petals on them. The quality of the lable material tells me that the Saint Somewhere Brewing Company doesn't mess around. It's a thick and semi-glossy label. Poured into a white wine glass from a 750ml bottle.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown, like very old rusty water. A very thin fizzy head rose quickly but just as quickly vanished. Compare to pouring coca-cola very fast into a glass of ice. No lacing.

S- MMnnh MMMM. So many things to smell it's hard to pinpoint, but there was fresh baked bread, fresh flowers, dates, figs, a little spice. A little boozy, but I had to strain to focus on that aspect.

T- The carnival continues. It was like drinking a beer fruit smoothie. A bready and yeasty aftertaste. The beer is bottle conditioned, so you are taking in a good amount of yeast, which I actually enjoy. (save the dirty jokes)

M- Very well rounded I feel. This beer makes you want to hold each sip in your mouth a little bit longer than normal.

D- The ABV isn't crazy high (8%), so it's easy to enjoy the whole bottle while still having complete control of your mental faculties, which is a plus for this superb beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep copper, amber color with a huge light tan head. Head falls very slow. Nice lacing.

Big, spicy clean nose. Floral hops with plenty of spice and a bit of brett.

Taste mimics the aroma. Nice and spicy with a wonderful yet mild brett taste that us very delicious. Tart with a bit of a sour taste and drying on the tongue.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slight bite.

Another awesome beer by Saint Somewhere. I love this little slice if Belgium in Florida. Well done.

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Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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