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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212
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107
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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 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 biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Pays du Soleil' sounded like a summer drink and indeed it looks it; the combination of palmetto berries and hibiscus flower has tinted the beer a deep, glistening amber that looks like sherry when held against the bright, August afternoon sun. Never before have I seen such a big head fizzle out so fast; still, the clear beer is best described as sparkling.

As a Belgian-inspired beer, for better or for worse, it has inherited a mustiness, not all of which is exactly appealing. The "cellar"-like character is boosted by a perceivable alcohol strength and is unencumbered by anything fruity or floral (except the alcohol esters). I imagined something brewed with berries and flowers to be more pleasant than this.

The bubbles are so lively that, at the right angle, a fine vapour actually appears over the surface where they fizzle out. (Off the pour, you can literally hold your hand over the glass and feel the bubbles mist your skin.) I've seen this in soda-pop many times but never in a beer. Indeed, it is as the Italians say 'spumante', bringing a pin-prick sensation to the palate.

This kind of effervescence might have made for a refreshing beer, if only it had more flavour; like the appearance, this has has at least a superficial resemblance to sherry: it is sweet, with fortified strength and vivid vestiges of macerated fruit. There's no hops, as to be expected, and so the taste succumbs to notes of bruised, over-ripened fruits, some of which is the berries, most of which is fig and crab-apple. Hibiscus shows up only in the aftertaste.

The neat thing about wild yeasts is that each of them contributes a unique flavor profile that can't entirely be predicted; the beauty of this style is the element of the unknown. Unfortunately with this bottle none of them ever developed - and I've given them a year to do so! All the yeast contributes is bubbles, fruit and phenols - no sourness. This does have (cider) vinegar-like qualities, but is a let down where funk is concerned.

I suppose even the best-intentioned breweries can produce their own Snakes on a Plane - that is, a fancifully billed project that turns up a dud. Saint Somewhere has always shown a lot of integrity, and the sound of a Belgian saison brewed with berries, hibiscus and wild yeasts is right up my alley, but I couldn't help but feel disappointed (especially considering how much I paid) for this simplistic, amateur-ish, only menially enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First full review in quite a while, it seems. Starting back up with something special: a 2009 bottle of Pays du Soleil from a recent LIF with Stankonia. Thanks for the beer, man!

Brewed about two years ago – the cork is emblazoned with 2009. A Belgian-style beer with age? Yes please.

A: Love the head – stark white and incredibly fluffy-smooth. It’s meringue on top of a light pumpkin-orange. Lacing is sparse, but the head remains at about an inch for a while. Looks thick and Belgian, with enough glimmer to catch the eye.

S: Fruity, smooth dubbel aromas abound: fig, mango, peach, and other sweet vinous fruits, on a bed of hay and toffee. The palate evolves into a yeasty, cinnamon treat, big on a baked apple and candied almonds. Finishes with a bitter, medicinal booziness.

T: An interesting take on Belgian style; starts off with a metallic lemon pang, sweet with fruit and bitter with rind. Next is rich pineapple and cherry glaze over a foundation of woodiness, a dry, fruity pine-cone flavor. Belgian yeast is strong and bready: a powerful taste. Finishes dry like most Belgians, with a bread-crust and ginger root aftertaste.

M: This one has a bubbliness that just won’t let up; it might be just a product of this one’s age, though. Still smooth and, indeed, rich.

O: A drinkable, smooth Belgian. Good flavors all around, making me wonder what was there originally and what ended up coming out with age. Whatever the case, it's easy to tell that the brewers at Saint Somewhere have their heads in the right place.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish orange with a cream colored foamy head. No lacing, but the skim of the head stays nicely throughout the pint, some foam clinging to the glass.

Big yeast and sour grain scent. Some bitter/metallic notes. Smells like a Farmhouse/Flanders Red cross.

Up front, tart berry flavor, then nice dusty malt/grain, with a yeastiness that is very pleasant with a balance of alcohol punch. Here's where I have a problem. Instantly, those wonderful flavors convert to aspirin-like bitterness that coats your mouth and lingers. Not burnt husk, not hoppy notes, but chemical bitter. Bummer. It gets 3.5 for all of the best, but this comes very close to getting a 3.0 here.

Medium bodied and quite carbonated. I pulled the cage off of the cork and good thing I had my hand on it, because it popped on its own (with no foam-over).

I dig where the brewers were going with this, but they didn't play to the strengths of the brew. The negative points shine, and that effects the drinkability. I will enjoy the rest of this bomber, but I have a feeling the lasts sips will be a bit of a chore. Worth a try for something different. Nice choice of ingredients to make this a quite unique beer.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up in a bottle shop in Gainesville... I'd heard of the brewery but can't get it back home.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet... it's a cloudy amber color with pretty much no head at all. Just a few bubble on top... interesting.

Smells like an amber ale... with just a hint of sour funk. Mostly I'm getting the malt sweetness and just a slight bit of fruit sour. It's not bad, but it's nothing too special.

There are much stronger sour notes on the tongue than on the nose, and the malt is a little in the background. It's tart, has that sour fruit flavor to it and hardly any aftertaste. Much better than the build up to the taste.

All in all it's a good beer... it's not flat so I'm not sure what's up with the lack of head, but it still tastes fresh. I'd go for another.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 corby112
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber/coppery chestnut brown color with dark ruby hues when held to a light source and a frothy one finger beige head that fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic lacing.

Spicy peppery aroma that is slightly floral with hints of dark fruit, hops and malt backbone.

Slightly tart, medium body that's slightly syrupy with spicy peppery notes. Pretty sweet from the addition of berries(blackberry and blueberry) with a faint floral presence from the addition of hibiscus petals. Nice balance of subtle hops and caramel malt backbone. Dry finish that's slightly tart and puckering but not acidic.

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Photo of danedelman
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-copper color with little head.

S-smells great with a nice funk smell, slight sourness too.

T-I get a sour kick at first that turns into a maltyness with some off flavors that I cannot pinpoint. After the smell, I was hoping for much more. smell did not dictate at all the flavor.

M-light and bubbly. not much going on in this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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 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 TCgoalie
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 12/17/10

Murky in appearance it is brownish red, like a murky iced tea. I am guessing this is bottle conditioned. The white head crowning the brew regenerates very well with a lot of carbonation. The lacing is not very sticky, but it does its best at creating nice art along the edges of the glass.

There is a lot of fruit in the smell; Sour apple, lemon, strawberry, banana, and cherry. I can also detect some funkiness.

The tart brew has yeasty notes with some granny smith apple, cherry, banana, and funk. The wild fermentation has brought about a mild sourness that is well placed. When I lick my lips, some of the residual sourness remains providing a treat for later.

Every once in a while I come across a beer that is too carbonated like this. It is distracting from the taste. Aside from this, it is light in the mouth with a good deal of drying.

This is refreshing and a good summer time companion. It is very drinkable for the ABV and could likely be tolerated by a non-beer liking person.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/23/2010. Bottle thanks to HonusWagner. Pours a cloudy tawny brown with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet flowers, yeast, a mild touch of funk. Flavor of mint, fruit (Palmetto berries I guess), watermelon, yeast. Pretty tasty and quite drinkable. Another nice saison from St. Somewhere.

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Photo of peabody
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly cloudy light ice tea with 5 fingers of suds. This thing is the king of bubbles. Looks like a tornado inside the glass.
Smell is oaky sour with some spice notes and a little malt sugar.
Taste is sweeter than the smell implies. The oak sour is there in the back but this is mostly raisin and spice with a nice bready blavor.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the effervescence is overpowering and keeps the palate clean and awaiting the next sip.
Overall I would have to give this a B+. It just needs a little more sour or flavor.

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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 philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - A mammoth five finger's worth of audibly fizzy very active head that is equal parts dirty khaki and rose in terms of color... The head quickly fizzes away before showing modest retention at two fingers... Once the head ultimately fades there is a veil rich slightly veil of lacing... The color is an intriguing mix of light muddy brown and a faint ruby red... A modest bit of quickly paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - A very interesting aroma... Candied apples... Fresh cut grass... Some floral notes... A hint of brown sugar... A mix of over ripened fruit... Wonderful depth and complexity as each individual component compliments the others exquisitely...

T - The flavors that materialize on the palate our not what I expected based on the nose... A grainy alcohol presence permeates... A definite funk presence emerges next... A hint of bananas... Some burnt sugars... There is a slight medicinal presence as well... The flavor profile is not quite as well put together as the aroma...

M - Medium bodied... A bit sleek... A bit sticky... Dry throughout... A bit gritty on the finish...

D - A tale of two beers... Very nice appearance and aroma gives way to a slightly disappointing flavor profile and mouth feel... A few minor tweaks could make this one excellent, but in its current form it lacking in several areas...

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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