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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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Lakes
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 01/04/2012. Bottled 2009

Lovely color and a pretty off white head that faded rapidly. Nothing but a tiny ring remained less than a minute after a brisk pour. It appears still.

Lively aroma. Tart fruit and sweet malt. Not orange blossom but close. Less sweet and more fruity.

Taste is slightly boozy and mildly tart. Faintly earthy and very subtle hop bitterness on the back. Some sweetness of the malt comes through but sweet is not how I'd describe this beer at all. My daughter said it was quiet. I'd call it subtle.
I like it.

The carbonation I thought was missing hits you right up front. It's not quite campaign like but close.

Overall I'm happy with this beer and will likely buy another.

EDIT: This beer is decidedly NOT a dubbel. It's an American wild.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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 bruachan
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

patchy cream-colored froth. i can see through at some spots and others are nicely opaque (with time, a nice bird's-eye marblng effect appears). nice reddish amber color, but hazy

nicely tart aroma. tart cherries

excellent interplay between sweet and tart. the sweetness is generally light and fruity, although with some caramel and even a little of breadcrust. a touch of sherry and good hop flavor. nice spritz really delivered the nice funky sourness. a little alcohol heat there on the back end

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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 BrownNut
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.0 - Medium amber, darker than other saisons I've seen. Loudly fizzy off white head that disspiates quickly but then keeps replenishing itself with lots of carbonation to maintain a solid cap for most of the glass.

S - 4.0 - Fruity but mutedly so. Faint funk. There's almost a fabric kind of thing going on as I sip slowly with my nose in the fresh head, inhaling.

T - 4.0 - Funk, refreshing, sharp nectarine initially that teeters on the edge of green apple later, that familiar Belgian candi taste, moderately tart.

M - 4.5 - Medium bodied, just a bit viscous, and pleasantly so. Contrasting that is tiny bit of a citric sting in the back of the throat after you swallow and a bit of carbonation zing on the tongue. Doesn't seem like it should be able to have the properties of thick and thin at the same time but it does. Very interesting. Finishes just at the edge of dry.

O - 4.25 - A very interesting and delicious beer. It's just tart enough to make you keep chasing it with another sip and another sip. But its body makes each of those sips substantial and satisfying. Really a well done beer. I consider it very good for the style and would rate it higher except other styles reach loftier heights.

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

A-

750ml into a tulip, the cork says 2009. As soon as the cage was loosened the cork rocketed away alarmingly. Pours a deep nearly clear orange amber garnet, orange tinged massive head recedes to a cap that lingers, ok lacing.

Aroma is a mosh pit of clanging scents. Sometimes a thing can smell somewhat unpleasant but you can't stop wanting to sniff, this is that. The dubbel and the saison are clearly present but it seems a forced pairing, the dubbel is slightly dominant. Nonetheless I keep returning it to my nose.

Strong dubbel initial flavor, light figs, caramel and date. Tart on the cusp of going sour. Very nicely dry, strong vinous notes. Deep grape cherry mineral aftertaste. Between thin and medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely odd, if this was nearly dead still I would think BFM was the brewer. unique
cheers
jd

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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 GallowsThief
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber marked 2009 on cork into my Duvel.

A - Cloudy, amber orange color with big frothy head.

S - Nice tart smelling fruity overtones. Apples and berries for sure.

T - Nice tasty yeast to start. Follows up nicely with the fruity flavors. Tartness comes along as well. Complex taste all together but good.

M - Good bit of carbonation with a light to medium mouthfeel.

D - Definitely. Well hidden ABV here makes this drinkable but a couple with smack you in the face. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. Had this at the Bradenton Beer Fest, my first beer of the day and the only one I took notes on. Brewed with Palmetto berries and Hibiscus flowers.

A: Somewhat cloudy, orangish brown color. A quarter of off white head appears, then leaves behind some nice lace.

A: Berries and flowers. The Hibiscus flowers give this a pungent floral earthiness that I really like. I don't get too much funk or barnyard aroma. It may be just a little young still.

T: Taste is orange peel, berries, and flowers. Really unique flavor profile. The brett doesn't really show up, again, too young.

M: Medium body with aggressive carbonation. A little sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty good. The floral earthiness will be a little much for some people, but I really like it. Overall, I think this is Bob's best. I can't wait to buy a couple bottles of this and sit on them, to let the Brett develop. This could turn out to be one great sour. Pick it up. Skal.

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

Photo of parris
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brihon
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beertracker
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pays du Soleil (2009) blows the mushroom-style cork out of the bottle before a person can even get the cage off! This one pours up very effervescent similar to a champagne beer leaving a rather frothy, frappé-style head that smothers the cloudy, deep ochre-orangish amber body. The aromatics are a bit muted when chilled, but become more prevalent when it warms to room temperature. The sweet, toasted maltiness dominates followed by some honey (Palmetto), floral (hibiscus) & citric (Clementines, Lemonade, Tangerines) notes, plus some yeast derived acidity & phenolics from the ale & Brettanomyces blend which gives a light funkiness followed by a hint of muskiness adding to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off with a marked caramel sweetness which is subdued by a lingering bitterness & an interesting spiciness (Annatto, Curry Leaf, Hyssop) which lend good balance to the off-dry, cheek warming finish. This medium-slightly full bodied Belgian specialty is atypical for a Dubbel but certainly reminiscant of a Fantôme Saison D'Erezée (Automne). Here's to a small brewery Somewhere in a country under the sun!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Trader's Note: Many thanks to BierGartenOK for sharing this bottle!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another old archive review, this one from 10.9.09

Brewery to Bierkraft in Brooklyn, in keg, which was dispensed into 22 oz. Bombers at a growler fill station. It then made a trek to Ohio before ending up in dkachur's hands here in VA. Thanks, Dan

A: Reddish body, with ever so slightly off-white head. Retention isn't that great, but it tries.

S: Floral and fruity are the two dominant aromas. Almost a hint of sourness to it, very mild.

T: Slightly tart, yet curiously malty at the same time. A pleasant tasting brew, notes of cookie and a nice, yet mellow fruit ester taste.

M + D: Softer carbonation, but the beer has been on quite a trek. Medium bodied, smooth finish. Easy drinking, and any alcohol content is well hidden.

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Photo of frlrv1020
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer purs a darkish amber color with very good head retention and excellent lacing. This beer certainly looks very attractive. On the nose I get plenty of spice and rootbeer, with this beer smelling very much like well made Belgian style beer. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I get some chocolate aroma as well. The description of this beer indicates that it was made with hibiscus, something that is prominent both on the nose and on the palate. This adds complexity to the beer and blends in very nicely with the other flavors and aromas. Mouthfeel is fairly light for the abv., but with a fairly long finish. The beer is moderately sweet, but the finish is almost on the dry side. Alcohol is very well disguised in this interesting beer.

A very intriguing effort from St. Somewhere, and one I'm glad to have had the oppportunity to try.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this from the brewery on their first tour night.

Poured into my st. somewhere wine glass. Color is a hazy amber color with a slight orange tint to it. Heading rises fast and disappears quickly. Very little lacing left behind.

Some light fruits and citrus in the nose as well as a slight touch of sour and perfume.

Taste is a bit of the same nice tropical like fruits with a citrus touch. Slightly spicey and peppery and finishes with a nice alcohol kick but not too overwhelming.

Mouth is slightly slick and buttery. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Very enjoyable drink. One of the best American made Dubbel's.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, citrus, slight hops, and yeast. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness associated with this beer. Tastes of tart malt, alcohol, yeast, slight earthy malt, citrus, and slight hop. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma, but lacking in appearance.

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Photo of PubRider
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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