chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So excited to be getting Stone in Illinois now. Pours hazed gold with white head. Heavy aroma of sage and rosemary - really nice. Citrus hops and all the herbs come through really well in the flavor. It is a very interesting beer and I thought well done.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden hue with a thin white head. The aroma on this beer is like opening a spice cabinet and taking a big ole whiff. Beautiful nose to this you definately can smell the parsley, sage roseary and thyme. To go with the nose the taste is just as complex and wonderful. Big herbs and spices through out the entire taste. It also lingers nicely after swallowing. This is truely a very interesting and suprisingly well constructed beer.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a bright golden-yellow color, high clarity, with solid effervescence; creamy, small-bubbled white head with good retention and lacing; attractive pour. Man, thatís a whole lot of spicing in the aroma: rosemary and sage seem the most prominent, both reasonably well-displayed and fresh; some pepperiness either from the spicing or phenols; a painfully insipid malt character that hearkens to stale / cardboard notes and reminds me of some other Dogfish Head offerings; I donít know how they do it; honestly, I can enjoy clearly shown spices, and thatís about all there is here, overpowering anything else, and really diminishing what should be a yeasty, charismatic aroma; but again, like fresh-cut spices, which I canít complain about. Medium-full body; lively carbonation; modest creaminess, but some sharpness and alcohol apparent as well; stupid amounts of spices here, rosemary and sage and thyme, along with some vanilla notes and white pepper from the (oh hey, there you are!) yeast; cloyingly sweet core that diminishes any semblance of drinkability; very much like a Dogfish Head special offering in this case; I dig the fresh presentation of the spices, donít get me wrong, but this is a rubbish saison and a difficult-to-consume beer as is; I should habitually know better, but a new saison at $3 a pop is nothing to shrug off. Overly spiced, cloyingly sweet DFH core, and probably some mineral bitterness that just gets lost in the chaos of spice additions. This would be very disappointing if Iíd had higher hopes. Lasting finish of (you guessed it!) enough spices that I could wear out a toothbrush.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Binnyís Des Plaines. Pours lightly hazed yellowish gold with solid white head. Aroma is heavy with sage and rosemary. Flavors of sage, rosemary, some thyme, and I think some citrus and hops. herbs really dominate the flavor but not in a bad way. Solid mouthfeel. Another solid and interesting Stone collab brew.
kptron (18) - Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Herby aroma, almost belgiany. Golden yellow, light haze. Slightly tangy taste, finishes tart with a mild hop. Light, creamy body with a pleasant carbonation. A much brighter tasting saison than Iíve tasted.
Enjoyed while listening to íScarborough Fairí.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours clear golden color with white head. Aroma is dominated by the sage and rosemary. Maybe a touch of thyme. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is really intense from the herbs. Finishes semi spicy and tastes pretty good for the types of herbs they used. Interesting in a good way.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle capped. Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a smaller flabby white head that fades rather quickly. Nose is somewhat sweet with some estery hints, but mostly floral, herbal and soapy. It is almost like walking through the personal care section of Whole Foods. A bit thin in mouth feel but to the fault of the lack luster carbonation...I prefer more carb feel in my Saison. Light wheat and pepper up front, followed by some banana esters and then a whole potpourri of lightly soaped herbs. I donít know, my gripe about this is it is so far from a Saison and it has no identity with the herbs all over the place. I am going to finish it, but I wouldnít have another.
Iceman82 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great beer! Found it at my local Binnyís and bought a BUNCH! Pours a beautiful golden color with a medium white head too. Aroma is an explosion of herbs. There are also notes of light malt, citrus and Belgian yeast. Upon tasting,there are light citrus notes followed by herbs, predominantly sage. Itís weird but if you know herbs (Iím a chef and use all these herbs regularly) you can get a taste of all at different times. It has clean taste from the parsley and lots of bitterness from the sage which adds to the hoppiness. All in all...a great beer!!! I canít wait to taste the Victory and Dogfish releases of this as well.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
light orange pour with a thick white head. Aroma is, well, weird. kind of like a spice cabinet. taste is herbal in nature, but the finish is overwhelming. i would expect a collaboration between these 3 brewers to produce something amazing, but too many cooks can spoil the soup as evidenced by this
Narnad (1495) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the bottle a clean, golden color with a monstrously tall, foamy, white head that doesnít recede. Aroma has a strong spicy note with sage, thyme and rosemary coming through but not much parsley. Very light malt sweetness at the tail end but as usually seen with hopped up beers, the spice really rules this brews nose. Flavor has an early thyme and sage spiciness, a light leafy hops middle with a saison yeasty, light funk note at the very end. Body is light but the high carbonation makes it feel a bit heavier. Alcohol is a bit warming at the end and the massive head does not go anywhere. I was honestly a bit afraid this would be terrible and smell like my herb garden but it was honestly pretty good. The substitution of these spices for flavor and aroma instead of hops really makes me wonder if they can be experimented with on other styles. The herbs also work extremely well with the slightly funky saison flavor, giving great contrasts in flavors. I think this beer would pair well with a nice pork tenderloin as the flavor of the herbs could come mainly from the brew. Great brew and look forward to picking up some more of this for future dinners.