trevor211 (1529) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is one crazy brew. If the handwritten note from Sam Calagione silkscreened on the back wasnít enough, an ale brewed with all four of the Scarborough Fair herbs was bound to pique interest. And pique it did. Pours a light, transparent honey amber with a pillowy head. Those herbs are right up front on the nose, adding a kick to an already hoppy saison. Thereís a lot of sweetness in the flavor that wasnít apparent in the aroma - a mild honey/caramel note under the pungent herbs. Really intriguing, and very well executed (no surprise, given the three collaborators). Not something Iíd seek out often, but Iím certainly glad I tried it.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden pour with a decent sized white head. Aroma holds great citrus hop, herbal notes including heavy thyme and rosemary, and that awesome spicy yeast characteristic of a good saison. Flavor is very heavy on the herb, particularly rosemary, along with citrus and more yeast. Great palate, tasty but drinkable. Awesome brew.
notalush (5625) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was hoping that, since Victory had a hand in making this beer, that there would at least be a little respect for the style here - and even if it didnít turn out to be "traditional," I was hoping I would like it none-the-less, considering the fact that I live a lot of saisons that diverge drastically from the style, such as NG Saison, and anything Fantome makes (as long as there was something I like out of a saison within the beer to admire) - sadly, neither of these turned out to be the case - this beer is a god damned travesty - Iím not even sure they used an appropriate yeast here, but it doesnít really matter, because all I can taste is a mouthful of muddled herbal character and harsh, aspirin-like bitterness - it tastes like I am chugging a lotion tester at Bath and Body Works at times - rough, crackery malts - characteristic Stone hop flavor actually saves this beer somewhat near the end - take me back to Scarborough Fair.
jb (2750) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít know much about this style and those that claim to seem quite passionate about the style and doing it right. In any event, I found this intriguing, and original. Apricot, bubblegum and pineapple in the nose. Bubbly appearance, thick small bubbled head. Bubble gum body but a rush of hops that surely is not characteristic of saison but of Stone. I liked it for its originality.
jazz88 (2645) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A golden color with a white head. An inviting floral and spiced aroma. A somewhat sweet, herbal, citrus, and spiced flavor with only a touch of the saison barnyard at the finish. Quite nice. Thanks Karen and Thaddeus.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy herbs and spicy hops evolve into a surprisingly biting finish in this Łber-clean and polished New World Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the misty golden.
-The mouthfeel is too slick and clean to be an authentic Saison; there is no rusticity to be found. Then again, I donít think this was an objective for them.
-The herbal spiciness is multifaceted and could also impersonate coriander, lemongrass, etc.
-The body is relatively light and the flavours are well organized throughout.
-This is redolent of Del Ducatoís New Morning Saison, but even that Italian brew has more rusticity to it. This Stone/Victory/DFH collaboration is extremely clean and almost spells out stainless steel, which is awkward for the style.
On tap at Toronado San Diego.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stone bottle (but with Billís spiel on the back). Pours with a nearly clear golden body and a small white head. Aroma of herbs and dryness. A decent amount of grapefruit/herbal hops as well.Thyme and rosemary stand out. Some citrus zest. Taste is bitter and dry. Very bitter. Nice grain and toast aspect. Herbal. Grape skins. Some grassy aspects. Light body, lively, bitter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent bright golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of fresh floral hops and spices with a touch of biscuity pale malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and light sweet malty body well-balanced with fresh citrusy hops and rosemary spice finishing drier and crisp with a touch of warmth. Very true to style and enjoyable.
Ernest (7114) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), with strong notes of lavender, womenís perfume, rosemary, scented soap, lesser notes of lime zest and metal.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Ugh...not even remotely close to a saison in either spirit or body. A grossly overspiced and clumsy train wreck of a beer that smells more like something a woman who wears too much makeup would pour into her bath. None of the three brewers involved do Belgian styles well, so I suppose I shouldnít have expected much, but sheesh, I didnít expect it to be this bad. For shame, calling this a saison...
Slipstream (2348) - USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow - another Stone and DH plus another brewer collaboration! I just had to try this out. The girl at the beer store said this batch was brewed by Stone, but that there will be another batch brewed by Victory, and she wants to compare the two. Cool-looking bottle with a handwritten note from the brewers on it. Honey sweet aroma. Dark gold pour. S du B is a hoppy saison with plenty of herby bite. As the label (and the song) says, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme - so this contains plenty of grassy, herbal flavors. And why not puts lots of fresh parsley and rosemary in a beer? A very impressive creation, and one that tastes very good as well.