Pays Du Soleil | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky bold tastes.750 ml. Bottle from Village Merchant. Pours light coffee brown with no lasting head. Aggressively carbonated, but much of this affect may be derived from the hibiscus. Wild strong bitter aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Tasty, funky stuff that's sweet and sour, bretty and yeasty. Very drinkable and unique.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark for a saison. This one was a murky amber. single finger head.

S: alcohol esters are strong here. Mostly fig and apricot with apple notes.

T: Not the yeast character I like in my saison. Lot of apple in the flavor.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This is a good beer but not so much a good saison. The apple is just strong enough to take over the alcohol dominance.

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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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a big hazy yellow beer with a thick foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer has some traditional saison funk to it, with some grains and a light herbal note too. The flavors are mostly herbal, the hibiscus really shines through on this beer. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and keep a light refreshing feeling from start to finish. Overall this is a good beer, I really like this brewery quite a bit. Always looking forward to having more from them.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high tan head that took a very long time to fade away, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sweet berries in the nose along with some notes of hibiscus flowers.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and has lots of flavors of saw palmetto berries along with hints of sourness from the brettanomyces yeast and sweetness from the powdered sugar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and a bit tart on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer tastes like a hybrid between a dubbel and a saison. It’s not that difficult to drink because there’s only light amount of sourness and a bit of sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hinging dangerously and delightfully towards Flanders Red flavor and feel, this Double Ale shares what's best about Beglian Double Ales and advanced Sour Reds.

The pour delives a rusty brownish red color with froathy-fizzy first head character but with a follow of fleeting and still appearance soon after. Odd how the beer shows promise early but dull late.

Aromas of acidic cherries and apple blend (red apples, granny smith, and crabapples) show up front and with a rounded amber malt character with cider and light vinegar.

Sharp green apple, lime, under ripe berries, and cherry taste rise early. Rounded flavors of malty bread crusts and scorched toffee round out the acidic fruit notes, while contributing a buffering sweetness and richness. Still, the cider/vinegar acidity proves a bit too much.

Moderate for a sour ale, but light for a Dubbel, the acidity plays a big role in the feel of the beer by preventing a creamy-smooth upstart. But the fleeting dry/acidic finish is superb.

As a Dubbel, the beer is way too acidic and tart. But as a Flander's Red, the beer is moderate, safe, and lacks gusto. At any rate, the beer is a delight to drink for any Sour Ale fan.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a bit of an off white head with a decent amount of staying power. Nose brings funk, sour, flowers, and a bit of light fruit. The taste brings on a bit more funk with some nice floral notes and some light stone fruits. Feel is a bit light with some good funk. Drinks quite well; really nice overall.

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Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that rests on top of an amber-brown body with good clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves excellent lace. This is an unusually good looking beer, the color is exceptional and the clarity allows the intense carbonation to show through in the form of countless columns of tiny bubbles streaming upwards through the beer to replenish the tenacious half finger of foam that refuses to dissipate.

S - Spicy yeast aromas of pepper and clove with lots of fruit. Notes of pineapple, hibiscus and mango with some earthy brett in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with earthy spice notes of pepper and allspice as well as a bit of medicinal bitterness. Some dry, toasty caramel in the middle along with juicy, but dry floral/fruity notes. Finishes with dry toast and a slightly funky sourness as well as a surprising note of moderate bitterness. Lingering floral notes along with some pineapple/vanilla and slightly astringent pepper and clove.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish with a touch of astringency.

D - Well, it seems like I've been hearing rumors of this new St. Somewhere beer for about two years now and am quite happy to have finally gotten ahold of one. I rarely find myself moved by the appearance of a beer, for most it is just a pass/fail kind of thing, but this beer is one of those rarities that is truly beautiful. The clarity is perfect (although it got a bit cloudy on the second pour) and the head is big, rocky and tenacious, but what really sets is apart is the color; there is just something about this particular shade of amber that really does it for me. Moving on, the aroma is equally spectacular with all the requisite fruity Saison notes that St. Somewhere hits like few others. This is enhanced by a juicy floral quality as well as very nice note of brett that is strong enough to make and impact but not so powerful that it turns the beer into a true wild ale. The flavor echos the aroma, but is sadly not quite as engrossing. There is a good bit of malt in the beer, which is something I didn't really expect, and while this could help to balance out the sharpness of the spice and yeast, it mostly fails to do so because of the dryness. I have generally found that toasted malt character doesn't come across well in very dry beers and this is no exception. There is also an herbal bitterness that is present at the beginning of the flavor impression and in the finish and while it does manage a certain refreshing quality, it is has a somewhat unpleasant astringency that makes me assume that it comes from spicing at least as much as hops. Overall, this would seem to be a worthy addition to St. Somewhere's lineup. As with all of their beers, this one likely changes significantly with time and I believe that I caught it near, but not quite at, its best.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Institute. Philadelphia, PA. 12 September 2009.

Pays Du Soleil translates to "country of the sun" or "land of the sun", which is pretty much like Terre Du Soleil except that 'terre' refers much more to the actual earth. Are they the same beer? ...

Appearance: Hazy amber-orange body beneath a short head of off-white foam that drops readily to a thin collar. Spotty lace is left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity with soft citrus, tangerine, apricot, berries, green apple, red apple (it's initially a touch tart, and then juicy...), and some unidentified tropical fruits. Floral, and subtly perfumey. Soft spiciness.

Flavor: Follows the aroma. Fruity and gently spicy. The malt is very lightly caramelish, and simply acts as a base for the yeast to perform upon. Gently tart. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms. Finishes dry and peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a limited carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability: Nice. Fairly complex with a great fruity component and a hint of spiciness. Enjoyable. The alcohol is noticeable but not detrimental. Beyond its limited appearance it's actually quite charming!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy copper to garnet red to medium brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy light tan head that reduces to just the tiniest of rings at the edge of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet berries and lighter floral notes, light fruits (apple, pear, grape), hints of brett, and some brown sugar sweetness. Light hints of barnyard funk and some vinous/vinegary notes.

T: The beer tastes similar to the smell though the vinous/vinegary notes are quite a bit stronger. There is a definite upfront sweet funkiness that seems to include brown sugar, light fruit, and brett. Additionally there is a strong presence of berries.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer feels like a hybrid of a Belgian Dubbel and a Saison... Very interesting with the sweetness from the dubbel and the light sourness/funkiness from the saison and brett. Easy to drink since it is not overly sweet or sour/funky and enjoyable.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle. Duck and cover on this one! Once the cage is loosed the cork exploded out, hit the ceiling and ricocheted across the room. Don't point this at anyone unless you intend to do them harm.

Pours a redish amber. Cloudy and hazy. Huge vigorous carbonation yields a frothy head which fades slowly. Smell of bready yeast, flowers, some citrus, and a trace of bret funk. Taste is tart with a strong metallic tang which is somewhat unpleasant at first. As this warms a bit the metallic notes ebb and the palmetto berry and hibiscus begin to become established (not that I'm very familiar with either of these elements). Mouthfeel is astringent, dry, and acrid. Overall, don't drink this cold. As it warms the more traditional saison spices emerge and make it more interesting. Probably one and done for me, but appreciated nevertheless.

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Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little on the flat side without much in the mouthfeel. However, carbonation is good for a few sips. Plain amber in the glass. Not much lacing.

Interesting fruity aroma with a touch of fermenting apples. Warm and rich. Nice sweetness with tart underpinnings. Way less sour than other Saisons I've tasted lately. Nice touch of bitterness, kind of a woodsy vegetable bitter.

Pleasant and drinkable, complex with changing flavors.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Not really sure at all what to make of this one, so I brought it over to split among the family. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/20/2010.

The pour was very nicely done, rich dark amber in color, almost garnet on the sides and the bottom with a nice two finger head of white foam that came up and over the to, settling down nicely and evenly across the sides of the glass.

Aroma was full, nice tart notes of fruit, plums, grape skins, an earthy, full fruity aroma. Nice touches of bitterness sprinkled in throughout as well. Warming brings out some more caramel, touches of earthy, grainy hops and a nice balance of earthy tones. Nice full bodied feel as the lush carbonation rolls across the tongue and really gets going. Smooth, even finish with a nice tart bite that really served to dry out the palate quite nicely.

Overall I am not sure what this one was but I really did enjoy it. It ended up being a hit that day.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Welcome to Sun Country! It pours a hazy russet-straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, mandarin oranges, and orange peel. The taste does not deviate far from this, though some light green apple flavor makes an appearance as well. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, nothing spectacular, but a nice little saison-style diversion from the norm.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil

BOOM! POP! Holy Crap! Once the cage is off, the cork can't be contained, and off it goes! Now, we have nothing to do but drink. Wait, first pour, look, and smell...

Hazy, crimson coloring, solid, 1/2" beige head.

Aroma: funktastic! Sour cherries and barnyard musk, tart fruit, sweet and sour. Really rustic. I like.

Taste: Hmmmm. Earthy mouthfeel, utterly unique. Funky yeast meets fruity malt. No hops hanging around. Very...well, middling, no real spark here, unless I'm not supposed to expect one? Seriously lacks in satisfying flavor. It's okay, but I do want more than I'm getting. Is that bad?

Lots of carbonation, bubbling over with wild yeast...not a normal beer experience, very close to authentic Belgian...sour, fruity, dry...it's a fairly nice beverage, easily enjoyable, sure to be a hit with some, but lacks that wow thing. I want a wow thing. That can't be too much to ask.

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Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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