On a lazy Saturday afternoon at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, I had the chance to sip on a bottle of the brewery's newest beer, Pays du Soleil. Our waiter warned us that it was unfiltered, a taste not all people enjoy. Unfiltered beers contain more yeast, more barley malt, and some say they are healthier for you. The B vitamins in the yeast have been said to tone down hangovers, and I am all for that. Pays du Soleil is fermented in a bottle so each bottle is literally handcrafted.
Pays du Soleil is a halfway between a dubbel (a stronger brown ale with a little bitterness) and a saison (pale ale traditionally brewed in farmhouses). I'm told they brew it as a saison, even though it's a darker ale. It comes in a 750 ml bottle adorned with a glistening summer fairy wonderland on the label (someone soon is going to get one of St. Somewhere's labels tattooed on them, mark my words).
It pours a dark reddish brown, with a subtle smell of citrus fruit. I thoroughly enjoyed the yeastiness of this one. It's a little bitter, but balanced well against other flavors. If you're a fan of Belgian ale, chances are you will take a strong liking to Pays du Soleil. After one sip, you'll find yourself thinking, "This was brewed in Tarpon Springs?" Just another testament to Tampa Bay and Florida's incredible craft brewing trend.