Monday, March 1, 2010

Lectio Divina

Does anyone not know that I love the Phillies? World Champs in 2008 and runners-up last year and World Champs again in 2010! Spring training is coming soon and I can't wait! I saw this picture posted recently--how super awesome is that! Anyway, does anyone want to join a low-pressure, trash-talking, limited-time-commitment Fantasy Baseball League with me this year?

Tonight I'm giving Latin lessons. Lectio Divina. Divine Reading. OK, you pass! Let's drink! Seriously though, that is the name of my beer brewed by Saint Somewhere Brewing Company in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The label on wine-sized bottle has a butterfly angel flying amongst some flowers. On the back is some gold writing and explaining "in the spirit of abbey ales of Belgium". Despite this being a Florida beer, I have never had a beer from this brewery. I've heard lots of good things, but this place is mainly undiscovered in my opinion.

There was a huge-ass cork pop. Hold my breath, 2, 3, 4... No overflow. Whew! 2009 on the top and underside of the cork. Big fruity pear aroma, nice. Wow, what terrific fruit flavors. Pear, peach, mango, apple, figs (like Fig Newtons). There is also a big yeast component to the texture and flavors here. The beer starts out on the sweet side, but there are tangy and sour elements in there too. Did I mention yeast and earthy? Oh, and the medium to upper-level carbonation is a very large part of the experience, providing a creamy texture. The 8% alcohol has a job in this guy too: fruit enhancer. This beer is really starting to grow on me. Great drinkability, smooth, refreshing, light and not overly complex, flavorful. Get it and drink it! And that yeasty stuff from the bottom of the bottle, absolutely deliciously fruitilicious!

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Michael Jurewicz said...

I really love this one despite my last time drinking it I was almost killed by the cork. I was undoing the cage when, POP, the cork just shot out with the cage and nailed the ceiling. My heart skipped a beat and I just was happy my head wasn't over the bottle. But needless to say, I love this brew.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, Mike. I learned (for real, was taught) to open the cage with thumb over it. But wow, my 3 year old said "what the hell was that?" when I opened it. OK, he didn't say "the hell" but that made it a better story.

Michael Jurewicz said...

I have learned my lesson and thanks for the note about the thumb over the cage. I honestly never thought of that.

Amie said...

What a delicious beer! I, not meaning to, drank the whole thing in two hours. Fruity, but not super sweet, nice transition from jammy to "basket'o'fruit" to beautifully sour. I'm in love. This beer "Out-Belgians" most Belgian beers. Keep the cork warnings in mind, though! It almost hit me in the face! Love the beer, hate the cork... Though the cats thought it was great. Yummy yum yum!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, Amie. I agree completely. Be careful opening it. Then enjoy. This beer is a real treat, and I'm ashamed it's the only one I've had from home-state Florida brewer Saint Somewhere.

Amie said...

I talked my downstairs neighbor (it wasn't too hard, he's a lonely boy and I'm a fairly attractive woman with decently sized boobs) into bringing me to the store to pick up Saint Somewhere's Pays du Soleil (or "Country of the Sun" for you heathens who don't speak French). Will review it on Twitter tomorrow... I'm excited! This one's 8% too! :-D

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Wow. The drunk hottie upstairs with big boobs. That's a fantasy for me.

I know you were gonna wait for the Tweetup, but feel free to do your post of this new one here if you'd like.