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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:
#15,367
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
213
pDev:
14.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of pat61
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +12.9%
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 +12.9%
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 +12.3%
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 +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 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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ambiguousfigures
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jivex5k
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of soulcougher
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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 reg1214
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flannelman808
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +10.2%
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 +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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Photo of brap
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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 nickfl
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Pays Du Soleil from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 213 ratings
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