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Pays Du Soleil | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Florida, United States
saintsomewherebrewing.com

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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3.86
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Photo of justintcoons
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Photo of 01001111
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
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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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 Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of PorterLambic
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of One2Remeber
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of CampusCrew
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of Lukafer
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of sccala
4.36/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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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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 alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked bottle. Thanks to Luke (Lukafer) for sharing this! Review from notes...

A- Pours a slight hazy amber brown color. Two finger off white head comes into play and stays for a short while. Clumpy ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice funky brett overtones in the front of this clash with yeasty clove and light pepper. Lots of fruits in the backing of the aroma. Some mango along with pineapple and tropical fruits. Light bready malts faintly in the nose.

T- Bready malts with some light yeasty and peppery notes. More toward the middle of the beer there is more of a caramel malt with some tropical fruits. Funky barnyard bretts bring a nice sour note to the entire beer. Very light floral hops in the very back end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good for the style. Drying on the palate with each sip. Some sourness left on the palate with some light alcohol and floral hops in the aftertaste. Nice puckering sourness throughout the entire sip.

D- A very very drinkable beer. I was excited about trying this beer and this one held up to what I wanted it to be like. I am excited to try this again when I can get a chance. This is a must try beer if you want something that has the perfect sourness to it.

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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 SFLpunk
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork & caged brown glass bottle. Cork says 2009.

Appearance: Pours a hazy beautiful orange-amber with some sudsy tan head that sits up nice and fluffy with big bubbles and leaves no spotting.

Nose: Some alcohol esters right off the bat, followed by some banana-orange smoothie notes. These quickly lead to milk chocolate ganache and something like rotting orange.

Palate: Bright and somewhat sharp with alcohol and carbonation. Reminds me immediately of Spanish Cava! Flavors too: green apple, toast, some smoke notes and peach/nectarine. But what's this? Some sourness creeps through, leaning oud bruin all of the sudden. Acidity level screams up once the alcohol and carbonation shock subsides. Like a Cava/oud bruin blend.

Notes: Love it. Didn't think I was going to based on the "Dubbel" category and the previous reviews. Glad I bought it. Like I said, somewhere between Cava (think champagne) and a sour brown ale. Highly recommend!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date...wait a minute. After removing the cage, the top of the cork says 2009. Hopefully they just had an overabundance of corks that year and still use them to this day.

A- Pours a medium brown color with more than two fingers worth of off-white head (from a slow pour) that retains a good while, yet surprisingly leaves little lace behind it.

S- Funky yeast smells that border on medicinal but bear enough sweet fruitiness to not indicate a full-on sour. Some alcohol fume.

T- A powerful glass taste at first that mellows out after a few sips to let in the rest of the flavors which include a restrained tartness, barnyard-type yeast and some faint malt tones. Also some cinnamon and clove spice.

M- High carbonation and a slight drying from the tartness.

O- A very easygoing sour that's not that sour. Seamless combination of flavors. One of my new favorite breweries.

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber/light burgundy color into my wine glass (don't ask me why I'm using a wine glass). Just a hint of head as well.

A tart aroma greets my nose as if it were an old friend that hadn't been seen in years. Aromas of hibiscus and saw palmetto greet the nose. On a more pedestrian level, think of a cross between cherry and grape.

Mildly tart with an emphasis on the ingredients used. Flowery, "earthy" taste that's just right. Very unique for the style. Hard to describe (in a good way!) but oh-so inviting. And again, definitely a "berry" taste (to simplify it).

Mouthfeel has a lingering, flowery, powdery malt feeling with just enough sourness to spark the taste buds.

This is certainly worth what I paid for it. It's a different take on a saison/farmhouse ale and it attempts to push the style envelope by incorporating ingredients that are non-typical (whole Hibiscus and saw palmetto berries).

I like it and I will definitely be buying other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my De Dolle large tulip snifter glass. Pours an amber color with a slight reddish tinge. A huge frothy head emerges with semi-decent retention. Looks like this beer would leave loads of lacing, but unfortunatelt that's not the case. Leaves a frothy lace but slides quickly back down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is awesome! Tons of sweet fruits! Mild malts, big Belgian yeasts and candi sugars. Fruits are all over the map, from raisins to apples to cranberry. Booze isn't really a factor in the nose. Smells like a solid Belgian style dark ale.

Flavor is very decent. Lots of fruits again. Raisins and grapefruit believe it or not. Carbonation is very high, with a medium body. Flavors are slightly complex, the Belgian yeast really is noticable. This isn't bad at all, this was a random pickup from a local store.

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Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half way thru twisting of the cage this one blew taking the cork, cage, and a towel ceiling high, then gushing a quarter of the bottle out on to the countertop. Annoyance factor is high, but it looks great...

Huge foamy head settles to big clumps of meringue over a very hazy tawny colored liquid. Smell: faint acidic tartness, light tropical fruit, notes of clove, tobacco, and spice.

Taste: unfiltered apple juice, a little tropical fruit, tart but not super sour, the brett funk grows towards the end of the sip, but the fun is some nice dunkelweizen characteristics (caramel, bready, clove) in here too. This one is highly carbonated yet very chill on the tongue. A little tobacco in the burp (yep, still highly carbonated).

2010 bottling according to the cork (once it was recovered).

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Photo of flannelman808
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off I have to say holy hell, this is the first time I have opened a bottle which seriously needed the cage around the cork. The second I finished untwisting the cage I the cork EXPLODED out of the bottle and shot 15 feet straight up smashing into the ceiling (thankfully not my eyeball)

A: Pours a muddy amber color with hints of yellow. Head literally fizzles like soda pop and disappears almost completely (like soda pop).

S: Ripe Date's and Fig along with Apricot brulée.

T: Wow this stuff is awesome! Another good saison from Saint Somewhere! Are these guys going to be the American Fantome? This is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests... Dried Apricot and spice (earthy, Black pepper) emerge first. Darker fruits follow up along with a Brett spicy finish. Slightly tart and spicy this beer finishes pretty dry (lots of carbonation doesn't hurt!).

M: carbonic tang

O: Saint Somewhere lists this as this as their Dubbel but its as much a Dubble as Uncommon's siamese twin (ie its unique and hardly a Dubble). That said I think this is a fantastic beer with lots of complexity. Tastes far better than it looks.

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

corked and caged 750ml bottle 2010 vintage

A- pours amber orange color with a 2 finger off white head a touch of lacing

S- was tart fruit with barnyard musty funk some sour apple with some sweet toffee

T- unique for a saison as i got some dark fruit tastes with some sweet toffee then some sour apple notes and musty funk

M- mine was nicely carbonated it had a tart and fruit sour mix with a dose of sweetness

O- another great brew from tarpon springs, these brews seem to age excellent thier taste is outsanding

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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 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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Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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