Serge | Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black saison / farmhouse ale brewed with all Belgian and noble hops. Slightly roasty with dry finish.

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Photo of Dr-Baltar
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look - Big foamy head, pretty good retention. Dark. Dark and so beautiful.

Smell- Brett funk and leather. A touch of roasted cherry pits.

Taste - Great tartness of cherry and green apple. I agree with others who noticed some grape notes, as well. I was surprised I had a noticeable amount of hoppiness. It is just a little bitterness that I think really helped the sweetness and tartness.

Feel- Great farmhouse carbonation. Champagne like lacing. Its like a cloud in your mouth.

Overall - It is a very well balanced funky beer. It is truly exceptional. I was going to share this bottle, butttttt...

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Photo of Budlum
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark cherry shade of red topped with a tan head. Aromas of a tart sour ale represented by sour cherries and green apples mix with a toasted sweetness. The flavors change quite a bit as the beer warms in the glass and tartness seems to build. There is a strong resemblance to a Flanders red, but with only a fraction of the tart - cherries again, black pepper, and an almost spicy feel. Saint Somewhere produces some very high quality saisons and this is no exception.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with roasted malt, dark fruit, earth, char, skunk, and subtle rubber like aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour dark fruit, cocoa powder, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with tasty flavors, but the skunk and rubber aromas I am getting are a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle corked and caged that uncorks itself as you loosen the cage. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears dark brown almost black with khaki head. A huge surge of bubbles overtake most of the glass and it takes multiple pours to get half the glass filled with beer instead of bubbles.

This smells like cola or licorice with chocolate and some roast with citrus towards the back. Really like a rootbeer version of a farmhouse, not sure if thats what they were going for here but its unique and inviting.

The taste is earthy with roast and some of the aforementioned cola/anise/root beer qualities. Some hints of coffee and dark fruit like raison. As it breathes it has some mineral qualities, carbonics and vegetative yeastiness.

This is a light bodied brew that gets exaggerated in the feel with its excessive carbonation. Some pleasant aspects but not cohesive at all. Worth a try at $8 a 750ml but not enjoyable enough that I want it again despite the reasonable price.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i have just been in love with all of these saint somewhere beers, but this might be my favorite of the lot, one of them at least, its amazing. a charry black saison with a ton of dry ashy roast to the grain base in both smell and taste, none of the chocolate notes, none of the dried fruit, just a barren dry blackness, unlike very many other malt bases i can recall. the yeast, as usual with these guys, is what makes the beer so special. coming form the frothy murky grey head on this i smell brett, a mild strain that is just getting up and running, and i smell a saison strain that has none of the belgian estery properties we have come to expect from them. its way different, more of a dry spice, a white pepper sort of complexion, and its pretty darn impressive. plenty of hops in it too to fill in where malt sweetness or fruited character might usually be on the palate. its grassy and clean, and gives some leafy life to the static malt character (not a negative). the beer is so dry, and so well carbonated, this is bottle conditioning to perfection in my book. light for its color, drinkable forever, and entirely unique in terms of the yeast flavors. i would love to age one of these and see how it changes, but its already so good why risk it. if you find one of these, buy it, you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of MarioM
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml cork top bottle poured into a SN snifter.

A: Nice and dark mahogany with deep ruby red colors shining through wen put up against a light source. Light tan head quickly dissipated to a thin film of tiny bubbles and slight lacing around the rim.

S: A little bit of dark fruit, light acid and slight ashyness from de-bittered dark malt. Also, I get a slight acrid aroma to it from some sort of acidity and clashing of aromas.

T: Nice earthiness, light dark fruits, slightly tart and dry. Nice farmhouse yeast character with a quite pleasant dark malt ashyness. Usually this doesn't work well but I'm actually enjoying these flavors.

F: The beer is nice and dry. Carbonation makes for a great mouth feel that also helps break the acridness from the black malt and makes it interesting and enjoyable. There's also a slight tartness along with a light and gentle tartness from it being so dry. Also getting a mineral bitterness that lingers long after taking a sip. Not a bad thing just not common. Its very baking soda like... An interesting beer.

O: I'm enjoying this beer and definitely on the edge of being too harsh/acrid. Any more black malt bitterness or acidity and this beer would be offensive. However, it is on the friendly side and I'm genuinely enjoying this brew. I would recommend and or buy again to share with other people if easily available in CA. Now I'm curious about their other brews...

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That's why you put a cage over a cork... This one was ready to pop open all on its own... A fairly standard pour yields a voluminous densely packed light cherry colored active froth... Audibly fizzy... Awesome head retention... The color is a flat black inky aubergine... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there... Subtle Belgian yeast notes... A very light roasted malt aroma... The aroma also displays some light currant and black raspberry notes... This is a light but unassertive funkiness that permeates as well... A hint of floral aromas as well... All the aromas are light and subtle, but they work very well together and weave a fairly complex nose... Much more deliberate on the palate... The Belgian yeast notes and funkiness seem to clash with the roasted malt presence... The rest of the subtleties alluded to by the nose get lost in the collateral damage... The mouthfeel is dry and rather direct... Sharp carbonation... A little rough around the edges... A bit of chalkiness... A unique offering that challenges the senses, but isn't a brew that I would indulge in with any regularity... The appearance and aroma are outstanding, but the flavor profile and mouthfeel are a bit less than desirable... The end result is a challenging and slightly enjoyable offering from the fine folks at Saint Somewhere that proves to be a bit less than the sum of its parts...

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle poured into Fantome tulip. Like most Saint Somewhere brews, the cork is lively! 2012 marked on the bottom of the cork! Nice surprise :)
Poured a deep black color with tan head...huuge 3 finger head.
Aroma is fantastic! Big funky, sour, cherry, leathery, with a roasty note. Flavor is chocolatey cherry, leather, funky, sour...its just so good.
Its dry but crisp...all around balanced yet chaotic.
I absolutely love this beer!

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Photo of GPHarris
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan, bubbly and fluffy head into a tulip glass that left a nice ring and sheet throughout. the body was dark brown, near black.
s - cherry tartness, some green apple, slight leather funkiness.
t - same as the aroma with a little more breadiness.
m - medium mouthfeel.
o - good beer but didn't wow me.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark muddy brown, and sits in the glass as nearly black chocolate with massive tightly packed slightly creamy, khaki colored head. The beer’s body is impenetrable to the eye, but the head does leave a lacing of fat thick sheets of sticky bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells of funky leather with a soft green apple/pear tartness to the nose and a touch of bitter grass and a touch of pineapple. The malt is practically non-existent in the nose except for a lingering sense of caramel and toffee on the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with light roasted sweetness and a faint touch of bitters. In flavors this beer begins as of tart green apple which flows into light roasty malt with smooth caramel sweetness. As the tart green apple tastes moves into the caramel malt tastes it brings some funky cheese flavors to the mouth reminiscent of a light brie mixed with a smoked Gouda. The finish is tart but marries in some light roast and caramel flavors. The aftertaste returns to the tart flavors and a nice roasty chocolate but it also gets slightly chemical-like though this is quickly remedied by another sip of beer. These flavors are all light and subdued, but blend together beautifully. In the mouth the beer feels on the light side of medium with a slightly prickly carbonation that peppers over the taste buds. The mouth is left clean but puckering from the tartness of the beer, and slightly burned on the tongue from carbonation. Overall, this is a deliciously weird sipper. The flavors are all light but blend together beautifully into an interesting sipper. This is not my favorite of the dark saisons, but it is actually different from any other dark saison I’ve tried. Its tartness moves it towards the funky saisons, while still carrying some roasted and caramel malts. This beer actually reminds me slightly of the Stingo by Boulevard and Pretty Things, as well as the Descendant by Mystic Brewery (Review for Descendant is coming soon) with its dark flavors and tart/funkiness, and such a comparison is a good thing since I love both those beers. This is not the best beer in the world, but it has some nice complexity and actually opens up into more roasty flavors as the beer warms. It has a funk and tartness that are under control and functional in the flavor, and overall it is a great beer. Try it.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chose Serge for my second Saint Somehwere exploration, apparently this Black Saison is named after Serge A. Storms, the character in Tim Dorsey's Florida crime novels. Poured from a 750ml into a Riedel stemless goblet.

A: Pours a very very deep dark brown with 4 fingers of light cola head. Dissipates relatively quickly with very slight lacing. The beer is nearly opaque letting only a bit of light through, appears quite clear, though it's unfiltered, but definitely some yeast turbidity in the bottom of the bottle.

N: Smells like a sour, with tartness of cherries and some grapey vinous notes. But some roasted malty breadiness is there. You do not forget that this is a St Somewhere spontaneously fermented ale, as the 4-EP from the Brett is pretty prominent in the nose, but not to an off-putting level.

T: I was somewhat let down by the flavor which was nowhere near as complex as I would have guessed from the nose. Mostly tart cherries and sour apples well integrated with yeasty malty roasted breadiness. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think a Saison needs this roastiness.

MF: Relatively light bodied with durable carbonation which sticks with the beer long after the head has subsided. Lacking the peppery crispness in the finish. I found the finish to be somewhat chalky and muddled, not leaving me with a pucker which makes me crave the next swig.

O: A decent hybrid style beer but probably not one I would buy again. I think I really have a style bias against these dark farmhouse ales. Interesting and definitely unique, but not a world class beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a full inch of dark tan head that doesn't retain long before soon dying down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Effervescent carbonation with a saison yeast kick and some roasty malt. Also an alcohol fume that's too apparent for a beer of this ABV. Semi-astringent.

T- Odd yeast flavor clashes with roasted malt creating a duality of light and dark that's not very pleasant. Tangy, especially in the aftertaste. I'd like to say it's complex, but that would be giving it too much credit since all that's really on display here is a typical saison done with a lot of roasted malt. Slightly smokey. The alcohol is also apparent and in the way.

M- Chalky and dry. Medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- The first beer by Saint Somewhere to truly disappoint me. I figured if anyone could nail the latest "black saison" craze it'd be them, but I was mistaken. Drinkable, but it's kind of a chore.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: two finger off white head on a deep clear amber body with nice lacing.

S: lemon pepper, tart citrus, belgian yeast, coriander, funk and herbal hops. Not getting much roasted malt but the darkness gives some caramel and dark fruit.

T: as my friend points out this one has a basalmic character. also has tart citrus, hint of roasted malt,

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall: interesting beer. Not as much of the dark character as I wanted. It's definitely good and worth having but sort of not descript and although the saison character is there it seems like it can't be categorized.

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Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, ruby highlights. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - Musty yeast, some dark caramel, and fairly pungent acid.

T - Soft malt, light molasses, toffee, and red apple up front. Some light sourness in the middle and a finish of cola, balsamic vinegar, and pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, it has the aroma and some of the flavor of a hard core sour brew but almost no actual sourness. Kind of comes off like a "session sour", all the flavor and only a fraction of the intensity. Once again, St Somewhere makes some damn, damn good beer.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, darker than I was expecting. About an inch of tan, airy head that quickly recedes, leaving a surface layer with moderate lacing.

Aromas of molasses and tart cherries and a musty, earthy background.

Flavors follow through from the aromas along with some hints of straw and leather.

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation to give it a crisp dry finish. Surprisingly little lingering aftertaste.

A very interesting beer that grew on me with each follow up sip. Not something I would drink all the time but will definitely keep a couple on hand for when I'm in the mood for something different.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dsauter for this awesome beer as an extra for our trade! Thanks Danny!

Nice loud pop when uncorking this 750 C&C bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken 01/01/13.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of tan head. Sticky head that lives some spotty lace.

Smell: dark malts, fruity, peppery and a touch of smoke.

Taste: a hint of pepper on the front end of this beer. transitions into an abundance of dark fruits like grapes, red apple and cherry. I get a little toasted bready flavor in there too. Little bit yeasty and spicy too like a begian beer. over the top complexity and unique elements found in this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel that dries out a little at the end.

Overall: I am really loving this beer. Havent had the pleasure of trying many Saint Somewhere beers before, but if Serge is an indication of how they brew most of there beers... i am going to have to look into more of those beer! I will not hesitate to drink Serge again!

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leaves a low lying cream colored head, some lacing. Brown body.

Dry funky dark fruit.

Has a fruitiness that pops tight at the end that I am really digging on. Cherry, grape fruit flavor.

Not as dry as one would think. Medium mouthfeel.

Wow, caught by surprise on this one. Big fan. Would love to try this one again. Fruit pops...near top tier saison.

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Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to try a beer named after a Tim Dorsey character and featuring a ghost orchid on the label. I thought I hadn't had a black Saison before until I remembered Cigar City's Sea Bass.

A deep, deep ruby in color. Almost no light gets through. Big tan head that reduces to a thin layer.

Big sour aroma of grape and earthiness.

Roasted malt flavors (coffee, toast) combine with tart fruit (grape, cherry) to make a very interesting beer. It's tart, but not extremely so. There is earthiness too, but restrained.

Nice body, almost chewy.

Overall it's above average. I like St. Somewhere's other Saisons better. Not a barn burner.

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Photo of babaracas
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy very dark brown with two fingers thick fast-fading khaki colored head. Thin ring left behind, spotty lacing. Smell: barnyard funk, lemon, light roast and milk chocolate. Taste: roast hits with lemon rind, then into soft pear, herbal, grassy, toasted dark (molasses) bread, finishing mildy tart, lemony, with residual funk... slightly acetic. By the end of the bottle there's an accumulated mild black pepper flavor as well. Carbonation is pretty high... cork almost popped on its own after removing the cage... but it's perfect here, giving it a luxurious but light-ish feel. Win.

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Photo of cvm4
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black and seems thin like coffee. Caramel color 2 finger head.

S - Somewhat muted lemon sour note, belgian yeast, funk & roasted malts.

T - The taste and nose don't even mesh. I'm getting more stout like flavors, ie - Roasted malts and light coffee. But, it does develop into a funky belgian character with spices.

M - Carbonation level one expects from a farmhouse with a light, refreshing body.

O - My first black saison. It's different, but in a good way. The only knock is that I wish it were a tad bit more tart/sour.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking pure black colour, with a medium mocha coloured head of a couple fingers, decent retention and slight lacing. The aroma has a slight acidic/sour note, somewhat lemony, with a roasted malt character and phenolic Belgian spicy yeast esters. Tastes more roasty than the nose with some hints of coffee, raisins, earthy yeast notes, touch of spiciness, and a much milder acidic note. Its got nice carbonation, somewhat crisp and refreshing on the palate, with an upper light body.

This is likely my most favourite black Saison. Could be a touch more tart, but it's well put together and complex.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Unique dark brown body looks like root beer soda. Thin head, mocha color, dissipates after seconds.

S: Some funk, sour, hint of brown sugar.

T/M: Slight roast with lingering burntness, mellow body, great funk.

O: Had this a couple months ago and did not pick up any funk. The beer has aged nicely and meets my high expectations for St.S. After drinking this it is hard to drink any other style as I do not want the lingering taste of sour brown sugar to go away.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.

A: An opaque dark brown beer, with light visible carbonation and a good medium brown head.

S: Light coffee aroma, spices, and fruity Belgian yeast.

T: Follows the nose. A bit of a biting bitter presence here (not sure if it's a hop or coffee bitterness), but some fruity yeast esters come through as well.

M: Medium body with a nice round mouthfeel. Alcohol presence very well-hidden.

O: Tasty but very different. The coffee and the Belgian sweetness both come through well, and the combination is certainly unusual. I'll be drinking more.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Beige head, moderate retention, tiny, tiny bubbles, slick, soapy lacing. Body is deep brown. Aroma is leathery, musty, overripe green apples, touch of candy sugar and pear. Taste is very light and refreshing despite its dark color, lightly acidic, mildly bitter, slight touch of champagne, some dark malt and a bit of raisin. Wow. Very interesting, certainly unique and delicious as usual from Saint Somewhere.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was called Verge

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice citrus herbal nose, barnyard, dirty larundry funk, nice...

taste: funky and hoppy, amazing

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: really enjoyed this beer

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