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Pays Du Soleil | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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213 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#15,412
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
213
pDev:
14.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of barleywinefiend
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 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 Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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 DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 bylerteck
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ppoitras
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged, cork dated 2009 on top.

Ok, after uncaging, but before uncorking, I set down the bottle to type for a minute, and then out of nowhere the cork blew of it' own volition. Scared the sh*t out of me...

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1" tan head above the cloudy coppery red brew. Head is fizzing away and being rejuvenated at the same pace for a long time, with loud fizzing. Lacing is slow-falling when it starts to show up late in the experience. Aroma is a bit funky, maybe off fruits and sweetness.

Taste is fruity from the start, perhaps tangerine, that same off musty flavor in the middle, tartness at the close. Mouthfeel is sort of slickery and small bubbled, with drinkability being alright. Cannot get by that flavor that seems to be everywhere.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this 750 ml bottle with my fiance, who loves this breweries bottle artwork.

Bright bronze and copper hue with hardly anyfoam after a quick snap of head after the pour. Good bubbling, but none of the foam I love to see in a saison.

The aroma was sweat, yeasty, fruity, with a little earthy, herbal hop aromas mixed in there. Very inviting aroma.

The taste starts with an intoxicating berry and yeast fruit flavor mixed with delicately toasted white bread. The middle drys and leaves a crackling juicey mouthfeel. The finish has a warm herbal berry flavor that makes this 8% saison deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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 champ103
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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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 750ml bottle. Color was dark, dark amber, almost brown with minimal head but decent carbonation. Smell was sour grapes, apples, smelled nice. the flavor gad a bit of sour, apples, flowers, spice, weird but very good. I am already contemplating going back for another bottle.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of drpimento
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hmpf. Trying to remain objective here after the cork blasted out on its own and startled me causing me to break my old Schlafly ( the brewpub not the psychobitchfromhell) coffee mug. So. Poured with a huge head that quickly faded to none and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is very yeasty, malt, spice, cider, shellac. Flavor is similar but with an intrusive chemical thing. I have not the faintest idea of what a Palmetto Berry tastes like. The body is ok and ditto carbonation. the chemical thing lingers much to long. I'm dumping this.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle picked up last week in Orlando, brought back to OH to try along with Saison Athene.

First, some notes on style. The Saint Somewhere website calls this a Dubbel, the label states "Belgian style ale brewed with spices", and BA lists this as a saison. I'm not sure why there's so much discrepancy on beer from Saint Somewhere, I first encountered this while reviewing Lectio Divina. My own opinion is that this is a Belgian Pale Ale, and I guess my review is made against that broad style.

The beer pours somewhat dark, a deep copper color that is definitely lighter than a dubbel but darker than most saisons I've had. Unfiltered with a fine haze and a thick rocky solid-looking foam.

The aroma bothered me at first, in that I searched for and found a slight medicinal note (cough syrup). But upon longer exposure and warmer temperature I started to convert. This is a complex beverage aroma-wise, I suspect due to heavy sugars and yeast by-products as much as it is due to the spices noted on the label. It brings to mind patchouli incense, very floral and perfumy. Maybe there's some honey in this too, at least this smells like a small amount was used. Moreover, this smells authentically Belgian, I'm guessing the yeast strain is from Belgium and is similar (or the same) as used on Lectio Divina.

The beer tastes as complex as it smells, somewhat sweet upfront with lingering spices and yeasty breadiness in the aftertaste. As usual I find it too challenging to identify actual spices in the recipe, but in this case I'll say I don't think there's any coriander. In any case it's really tasty.

The body is on the thicker side, not quite syrupy but getting there. I think that with a little more time and exposure Saint Somewhere can approach Unibroue-like status, if they can keep the common thematic elements between their offerings.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, hazy brownish amber with a thin, lingering white mousse.

S: Aromas of clotted cream and oak from the brettnomyces are immediately evident on the nose, but are quickly followed by scents of candy sugar, milk chocolate, and caramel.

T: Notes of milk chocolate, earthy hops, leather, candy sugar, caramel, dried fruit, oak, herbs, and clotted cream fill the mouth. The finish is tart and funky with brettanomyces flavors completely taking over.

M: Medium in body, smooth, creamy, milky, and silky. Carbonation is present, but is not distracting. There is no alcohol burn whatsoever.

O: An earlier reviewer noted that this tastes almost like a cross between a dubbel and a saison, and I have to say that his analysis is spot on. With all of the toasty malt character of a dubbel and all of the earthy, yeasty funk of a saison, this is beer is an interesting and fantastically executed hybrid. Try it if you're a fan of quirky Wallonian ales.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of glid02
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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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - riley's

split and served with market trout and asparagus

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip, bright amber body, nice beige ring

smell: tart grape juice, apricot, sweet candied sugar, belgian yeast

taste: quite sweet - white grape juice, sugary apricot, sugary yeast, tangerine, white pepper, floral, bubblegum. a mixed bag of bold flavors -a little big for a saison, but nice, and well spiced

mouthfeel: nicely spiced, peppery hot finish

drinkability: good

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Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pays du Soleil is a dark copper or amber color. It's full of haze, but light gives it nice orange highlights. A tan head covers the top and stands about one and a half fingers tall. Carbonation appears very active, but retention was still quite good. Lacing was definitely light and somewhat sparse.

The nose is definitely spicy up front. I'm getting pepper, clove, and some other ancillary varieties. I'm pleased to report that Belgian yeast is in the mix and smells nice. I wouldn't complain if it was a little stronger, but at least it's here. Light dark fruit is noted. Smells like plum to me. Apple and pear are also present to a lesser extent. Earthy and musky notes round it out. Alcohol is held in check pretty well.

The flavor's alright, but isn't great. It's nice and fruity up front. Apple and pear flavors kick it off. It has a nice malty flavor. Earthy notes and musk are prominent throughout. Belgian yeast is certainly tasty. Spices emerge and really take over the flavor. Tastes a little too spicy to me. Pepper and clove add a nice flavor, but there's something here that is out of place and hurts the overall flavor quite a bit. It really is off-putting, but I don't quite know what it is. Alcohol is more noticeable here and is perhaps a little too prominent. Finishes with a spicy blast.

Pays du Soleil has a medium body. Carbonation is active and quite buzzy. It's not smooth, but isn't bad by any stretch. Drinkability's pretty average. The spicy flavor is intense and gets old quick. Couple that with the weird spicy flavor and it's downright exhausting to get through a bottle. I don't hate it, but I didn't really enjoy it.

Saint Somewhere needs to tweak Pays du Soleil a bit. There's definitely something here to improve. The spices need to be toned down. One seems to throw the flavor, but I have no idea what it is. Less alcohol taste and bubbles would also help. It's not a total disaster, and is probably worth a try. Here's hoping Saint Somewhere tweaks this one just a little. It has potential.

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Photo of justintcoons
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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Photo of ncelauro
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW77 for getting this one for me. Funny we live in Florida, hell I have helped Bob bottle, yet we got it via New York.

A: Pours a cloudy amber hue with a nice tall tanish white head. Okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Lots of tartness here. Funky and musty for sure. Strong notes of berries and apple.

T: Musty for sure. Lots of very tart berry. Herbal notes with some mild spice. Mild candy sugar like sweetness hides behind the tartness.

M: Medium in body, funky, tart, dry finish.

D: Pretty good I drank an entire bottle. This one is coming to a bottle soon. The Saint Somewhere beers always seem better from the bottle than on draft.

I have seen mixed reviews of this one, but I really liked it.

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Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 213 ratings
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