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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Orangish brown color with thin head atop. Fruity and yeasty nose (apple/pear) with touches of light spice. Nice, crisp apple pie like flavors with some malty sweetness and a unique and refreshing apple cider like yeast profile. Very enjoyable flavors going on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of cinnamon, apple, peppery spices, lightly-sugared biscuit/toffee malt. Flavor keeps the apple-cinnamon going for me with a huge nougat character and finishes on the spice notes. Pretty dry, very smooth and drinkable. A unique, tasty treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Whoever said getting older wasn’t any fun, obviously never really tried to enjoy getting older because I tell you what, life just keeps getting better day after day, year after year. Know what else also gets better with age? Beer. Well, ok. Let me clarify a bit. Many beers improve with age, but that isn’t to say that all beers improve with age, though as one learns more about beer, the more one realizes how much potential there is for beer and age to work together in heavenly harmony. One fine example of this is the Lectio Divinia from Saint Somewhere Brewing in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

I’ll never claim them to be my favorite colors, but the gorgeous oranges and ambers that are filling my glass under a pithy head spark a flutter of lust in my heart which aches just enough to send a chill down my spine. A gentle stream of bubbles laze their way to the top of her brew to join her pithy brethren who have settled into a thin blanket of soft cottons. A touch of haze prevents her depths from being crystal clear, but in turn, they add an aura of mystery which serves to only enhance my lustful desires for her body. I waxed poetic on age up above and there is a reason; the bottle of Lectio Divinia that I am taking in, heart, body, and soul, is a good 8 months old now and from the looks of things, ageing with enviable ease of grace. Cupping my glass, I dip my nose deep into her heady aroma and am transported via golden chariot to lands of sensual delights that could only be Valhalla, or any other heavenly sanctuary. Spice and alcohol sweetness make sweet love to oranges, peaches, mangos, apricots, and pineapples, to name a few. They stew, simmer, and steep in a boozy blend of dry brown spices; whole cinnamon sticks and nutmeg are used generously. The presence of wood steeped in warm juices, spice, and the finest of rums and brandies meld beautifully into her nose while a touch of marmalade joins her juicy tropical cousins. Maple and treacle are gentle whispers, offering a silken sweetness that invites me to dive even deeper into her depths, and so I oblige, this time not with my nose but eager lips. Smooth, slightly sticky, and pleasantly effervescent, bubbles gently burble and burst atop my tongue without interfering with her unfolding bounty of riches. Apples and spice stewed over a slow heat with wood-aged rum and a touch of brandy warms both heart and body. Dry and sweet at the same time, maple coats my lips while her warm embrace continues to spread throughout my being; dry spice, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and wood. Exquisitely rich and highly quaffable at the same time, each sup continues the heavenly ascension with steeped red apples, peaches, apricots, mangoes, and oranges of the marmalade variety. Dry spice and wood lingers in my breath while maple continues to cling to my lips long after my glass is empty. Heavenly.

While I enjoyed Lectio Divinia fresh, the difference that some age does is phenomenal. Grab a bottle or two, one to drink fresh and one to age, and enjoy the gift of time and age. An important aside: do not buy the thin see-through green and thin see-through brown 750ml bottles. They are earlier batches and not of the same quality, fresh and aged, as the perfected final recipe which comes in the thick-walled dark brown 750ml bottles. The aside aside, enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the 750 mL corked bottle from Total Wine Tampa. Pours dark amber with a thick beige head. Rich fruity aroma. Peaches. This is absolutely delicious. Has a nice hefty level of carbonation without being fizzy. Delicate golden fruits of the white wine nature. Still a fragile residual oakiness emerges at the finish. This is infinitely drinkable, yet retains the unique complexities of a fairly thick beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2011
Thanks to jtclockwork- rarely does a commercial description nail down what one will encounter in the bottle, but this was spot on. A perfect marriage of dubbel and saison. Creamy yet dry, this was a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750mL Bottle. Finally got around to this beer. Thanks for the trade, Jason. Aroma is a nice soft banana, malt, belgian yeast, and slight cork. Interestingly tinted head. Foamy, fresh, bubbly texture delivers an airy subtle malt sugar. This really has the awesome softness, delicate quality of many Belgian examples, with malt expression, yeast deftness, and refinement. A solid Amber Belgian. Didn’t get much funk off of it, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3793) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
6/29/2009 I’ve had this bottle in my cellar for a year or more. Pours a deep dark copper color with beautiful ruby hues when held to light, Huge bubbly white head sticks around forever. Smells of sweet fruit and malts, I pick up cherries and plums mostly. Slight alcohol in the nose, but not overbearing. Taste is sweet with malt, touch of alcohol and slight phenolic barely cut down the malt sweetness. Honey, dark fruits, a bit of funk, some alcohol and a bitter finish. Carbonation is naturally high, mouthfeel is sticky/syrupy, body is medium. There’s a lot going on here, I really enjoyed this one. If I had to fault it I would say it was a touch sweet, but that could be me sitting on this bottle to long. Great Brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Caramel brown....big, fluffy head. Aroma is funky....and fruity. The flavor is dark fruit followed by a nice sour bite. Great mouthfeel.....crisp, but full. My only complaint is the alcohol presence. A few years in a cellar would be nice.

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