Lectio Divina 2012 edition by Saint Somewhere brewing is an 8% ABV Amber Saison/Farmhouse ale
Lectio Divina is a cross between an abbey double and a saison. Open fermentation with a saison strain and a dose of wild yeast at bottling add to the complexity.
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company is a brewer of traditional Belgian style
ales. We are a small batch brewery, using only the finest ingredients available. Belgian malt and wheat, whole noble hops and open fermentation add to the complexity of their ales. Our beers are unfiltered
and re-fermented in the bottle, not engineered, but truly hand crafted. We brew simply and authentically, the way beer was brewed 100 years ago.
I got this beer a while back at Ramirez Liquor of Boyle Heights California. I am not sure if they still sell this one, but they may still sell it. Whittier Liquor has this one I think. I would need to recheck with them. Lectio Divina or Divine Reading in Latin is a beer I had way back in my beginnings with craft beer. It was a beer that I have not reviewed since 2011 on Facebook back in the day. You can see the original review below. Back then, my complexity in finding flavors of beers wasn’t that great although I loved having them. Today I bring you the re-review to see how much I can pick from the last time I tried this beer. Not to mention the fact that this is a Dubbel/Saison hybrid.
Stone and Dark fruit aromas of Apples, peaches, pears, plums, mild raisin notes, dulce de leche caramel, biscuit bread, peppercorns, Banana bread, bubble gum hints, earthy notes, coriander spice, grapes, cider, apple butter, wine grapes and very mild earthy funk.
Definitely getting the peppercorns, wine grapes, apples, apricot peaches, pears, plums, raisins, caramel, bicuit bread, bubble gum, rye, earthy hop notes, mushroom notes, coriander spice, cider, dulce de leche caramel notes, barnyard hay and dark and tart cherry notes.
Finishing with with dark fruit and sour notes leaving some nice stone fruit, bubble gum and sour grape notes in the taste. A sipper of a beer with full mouth feel and mild alcohol in the taste but possibly in the form of peppercorns or the wine grape taste.
A very good but a very different beer at that. The fusion of Dark and Light is very interesting. A twilight beer (No not that fucking vampire series but light and dark aspect). If love Belgian beers and would like to see how just a touch of mild funky sour notes are with no overwhelming sourness but to the point of a saison then you will love this one. Especially since it has some Belgian Dubbel aspects to it as well.
Vocaloid Yowane Haku and Snyp fairy wallpaper design was used in this pairing to show many aspects of the beer like the label, mainly the flavors and possibly beer style as well. Yowane is a character that is supposed to represent the negative or darker side of Hatsune Miku’s songs that ended up sounding bad. Her name means: to say negative thoughts or to show white feather. Aside from representing the leaping angel/fairy in the label, she represents the mixture of dark aspects of the beer like the fact that it is a dubbel and the bad songs meaning the sourness that the beer brings. The light aspect of the beer is in her white hair and joyous attitude. The Fairy in the second picture on the other hand represents a fairy/angel showing off her different colorful spectrum of flavors encompassing every color/flavor between the light/sweet and dark/bitter or sour.
This Holy beer has a couple sides to it. Belgian yeast and malt are combined with spices in this abbey double like, wild saison ale. Mixture of sweetness from the malts but the sourness finish of the wild yeast. Over all this beer is very good. Fancy wine like notes which make this beer close to the Stateside Saison but with hints of fruits like the raisins brewed in the Lost Abbey Judgement Ale.