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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1682) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Poured from a 750. Golden orange color, settled and clear. Predictable but intricately woven aroma of red apple, honey, and dry ground cinnamon. Pears, nutmeg and olive oil fill in the back. Dense flavor of a richly spiced Chardonnay; white grapes, pears, bubblegum and a touch of very old cherry pit. Clean and spicy with mild acidity. Finishes with a warm rush of banana sugar, smacking fully of the fruit. Solid. Medium and somewhat slick palate. It could be incredibly lovely with either a more forceful drying sourness or a fuller richness of malt to balance all the light fruit tones, but it sits comfortably in between. Very close. Thanks for sharing, Ryan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2661) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Apricots and bananas glazed in brown sugar, with violets added to the syrup, served on a warm plate of the color of desaturated orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3083) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Really more like an apple cider than a Belgian Strong ale. The taste is of crisp apples, light spices and malts. The hops are very floral. Quite a treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
The aroma is cider like with yeast, fruit, flowers, spice, and corn malt. The appearance is hazy amber. The flavor is like the aroma and light. The palate is thin but OK. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyQ (3) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2007 does not count
Nice color, not overly carbonated like many American beers tend to be. Cork fought to the end, but once started came out with a large pop. At 8%, it won’t be a lunch beer, but we enjoyed it with a plate of fruit and cheese for supper. Looking forward to the second brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Thanks go to hopscotch for the bottle! After almost needing the jaws of life to extract the cork, this poured hazy coppery-orange with not much head sticking around. The aroma picked up sweet fruits and candi sugar.. softer with a bit of an orange twist to it. The flavor had sweet candi sugar, darker fruits, and orange zesty accents with dry, bready and spicy yeast notes and some alcohol warmth tailing off the sides.. felt just a tad empty at times, but otherwise very tasty. About medium-bodied with very good balance between the spicy yeast, sweet fruits, and alcohol warmth. Really well-made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: September 29, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: opaque orange, wispy dirty white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: spicy fruity malt aroma with a nice bready character that comes out stronger as it warms
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor with a lot of bready character, nice fruity sweetness mixes well with the spicyness, bread and fruit character grows with the yeast shot
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Pours a hazy copper orange with a thin-lacing ring of white head. Aroma of sweet doughy yeast and Belgian malt with a touch of ginger. Starts fairly full and malty sweet with a nice yeasty complexity and some mild spice for balance. A nice and fairly authentic Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3295) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
This lacks the amazing aroma of the other Saint Somewhere, but there’s a little more beer to it. A bit of green apple in the finish. Not as good as the other one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
The label of my "Lectio Divina" has the words "Amber Ale" in place of "Dark" on the banner. Not sure if this is the same beer. Anyway, this beer doesn’t cut it as a Belgian Ale for me. There is a lot of sweetness here, but no bite, and the beer is nearly flat as well. A sticky, bleh afteraste is also unpleasant.

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