Tuesday, June 30, 2009

IN EXCELSIS DEO: SAINT SOMEWHERE’S “LECTIO DIVINA”

About a year ago I started seeing references to a Tarpon Springs, Florida-based brewer called SAINT SOMEWHERE who were crafting outstanding small-batch Belgian-styled beers in the tropical heat. I recall Beer Advocate magazine giving this one an A or A+, and that definitely got my attention. I found LECTIO DIVINA at a store in Atlanta called Hop City, yet it looks like it has exploded distribution-wise, and can be found just about anywhere Shelton Brothers distributes (including Northern California). Let’s pick it apart, shall we?

Comes in a corked 22-ounce bottle. It looks and tastes like a rich Belgian-styled amber beer. Highly carbonated, and with a spicy bite in the aftertaste. A very hoppy, almost fizzy taste. LECTIO DIVINA is the case study for a beer that changes character as it warms; it started tasting a lot like a caramel candy apple as the fridge cold wore off, albeit one with a little bit of that farmhouse funk going on. No doubt this is a highly “authentic” Belgian beer – and did I mention it was made in Florida? I’m not quite willing to say I saw the four horsemen ride as I was drinking it, but I’d tag it with a respectable 7/10 for sure.

4 comments:

Bryan Kolesar said...

A very, very good beer indeed. And to think that they produced only 162 bbls last year and have capacity for just 256. And you're getting it in CA, me in PA, and a couple other states as well. next time in Tampa, it's worth making a drive north to their little oasis on the Gulf.

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HomeBrewHawk said...

I've been meaning to try their Saison which just arrived in KC, but there have been too many things to try lately!

Cépage said...

Soon to be in Northern Nevada too!