Purchased through Rare Beer Club and poured into tulip glasses.
This “Belgian-style Amber” was brewed by Florida-based Saint Somewhere Brewing Company with their own house yeast, and open fermentation techniques were employed. It pours an opaque chestnut brown with a cumulus cloud of a dirty blonde head. Lecto Divina boasts a lovely nose of fruity Belgian yeast, dates, dark fruits, and tropical nuts. Despite the quad-like color and nose, the beer is actually quite tart on the first swallow, heavy on green apples and other sour fruits. With its peppery yeast and tongue-coating flavor, Lectio Divina is almost saison-like, and while it’s a fine beer now, Saint Somewhere expects it to mellow and ripen with age.
Daniel Barnes and Darcey Self-Barnes have been blogging about craft beer at His & Hers Beer Notes since January 2012. Darcey is a freelance designer and illustrator, and Daniel is a film critic for the Sacramento News and Review and a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.