Saint Somewhere may be based out of Tarpon Springs, Florida, but head brewer and founder Bob Sylvester makes some exceptional Belgian-style ales. Using only malt and wheat from Belgium and noble hops, Saint Somewhere sticks to traditional brewing techniques employing open fermentation.
Because of the exposure to local microflora, each ale is partially fermented with local wild yeast, bringing a little bit of Florida to each bottle - a style Sylvester has dubbed "Florida Saison." Each beer is then re-fermented in the bottle with the addition of new yeast at the corking stage. And the yeast certainly were still busy doing their jobs when we opened these bottles - each saying hello with a resounding pop.
Saison Athene pours a slightly hazy straw color with a large, pillowy head and fine carbonation. The nose is yeasty with a hint of peppery lemon. Sharp carbonation makes for a very pleasant mouth-feel. Floral notes are present in the taste along with a tart, camomile flavor and hints of rosemary.
Pays de Soleil, translating to "The Sunshine State," pours a hazy amber, almost caramel color, with a large head that quickly dissipates. Aromas are of tart dried fruit, figs and raisins, and sweet toffee. The taste on this one is quite pleasant, with a softer, fuller mouth-feel and some tart hibiscus at the finish.
Lectio Divina pours a cloudy teak with subtle orange hues. The nose is almost all alcohol, smelling strongly of Brandy and maraschino cherries. The taste follows the nose with strong alcohol, cherry and cantaloupe flavors and is thrown off slightly by it's high carbonation. We wanted to be drinking it out of a snifter, wearing a robe, in a very gentlemanly study - and recommend you decant it briefly and do exactly that.
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