Session # 135 | Saint Somehwere | Pays du Soleil | 8% ABV
Saison/Farmhouse Ale | Tarpon Springs, Florida | Rating: 86/100 One year ago:21st Amendment Monk’s Blood
Saint Somewhere is a small brewery out of Tarpon Springs, Florida that releases several Saisons and other Belgian-inspired ales. Of the two Saisons we’ve had on The Hopry so far, both have been very good surprises. While Tim and I believe their Saison Athene (reviewed here) is the better of the two, the Pays du Soleil was also very enjoyable. Upon opening the 750ml caged-n-corked bottle, the carbonation pressure pushed the beer right up out of the top. Luckily I had my glass ready in case. It poured quite nice with its rich ruby color, but soon was clouded by the yeast sediment that had been incorporated in the bottle. The head, which was light and white, was very soapy and it settled very quickly. The aroma started with a touch of brettanomyces and a soft sourness from the addition of hibiscus. The mouthfeel was immediately dry and it tasted of raspberries, hibiscus, and the light brettanomyces funk that we’d hoped would show itself. In the end, there was something missing; maybe it was mouthfeel, maybe it was more flavors, maybe it was a stronger effervescence. Regardless this was still very enjoyable for both of us. Add another good beer to the list for Saint Somewhere…
Boy do I have a very special week lined up for you all this week. For the first time in quite a while, I have a co-host (Mr. Tim Pratt) joining me to get us through a week’s worth of sessions. We may even do something a little above and beyond for you – so stay tuned. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, though, we’ll be focusing solely on the Saison. This is a style that is quickly becoming one of my top three favorites. Really? Top three? Yes. Here are only a couple reasons: (a) they just taste really great and can be quite refreshing, and (b) you will find through the course of this week’s sessions that these beers are about as different from each other as they can be. Now, don’t get me wrong…all share the basic foundation, which is a slightly funky yeast component that is Belgian tasting through and through. With this first beer, the Saint SomewhereSaison Athene, you get the traditional vibrant (yet surprisingly clear) straw color. You’re also able to pull out a very good amount of effervescence and soft soapy head. But the real joy in this bottle comes in the taste. There is a great deal of spice (black peppercorns and chamomile) that accompanies the always lovable brettanomyces funk; again, very similar in taste to the Boulevard Saison Brett. Overall, this very small brewery from Tarpon Springs, Florida has created one of the more pleasurable Saisons I’ve had so far. Up next: Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux.
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Brewery: Saint Somewhere
Beer: Saison Athene
Location: Tarpon Springs, Florida
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