BobbyAnalog (300) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Here I am, super excited to taste this beer. The last time I was this excited about a collaborative project was when my girlfriend and I first made out. Whatís the verdict? Smells of wildflower honey and - surprise - a bombardment of herbs (was this what Simon and Garfunkelís album "Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" wouldíve smelled like?). The taste isnít dazzling, as one would expect from the trinity of beer aficionados, but it is pretty good. I can see the three of them, winking at each other, as they toiled over this saison - and that for me is enough to smile over. There is some apple cider vinegar hovering about, in the first initial taste, that eventually gives way to pepper and cranberry. There is some bite, at the very tail-end of the aftertaste, that spells of IPA. But the crisp brouhaha brought about by the tartness overtakes it. A fun, enjoyable brew from the masters.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Mr. Liquor in El Cajon. Bright golden amber with a white champagne head. Nose is pineapple and high citrus. High spiciness hiding in the yeast. Clove? Taste is sharp and wet fruity. Wet meaning itís not dry. It coats and flows and leaves a big sloppy mouthfeel. Sharp hoppiness and yeasy. Some aspirin in the afters. High fresh spiciness. Nice beer.
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine ($2.49). Poured a very clear golden color with tiny white head. As many others have said already (extremely light for a Stone beer). Aroma was sweet, medicinal with a hint of grass. Taste was fruity, dry, bitter sharpness and lots of herbal characteristics. Medium carbonation. Overall refreshing but weird. Not what I was expecting from the three Big Dogs. It is pretty unique though.
HonkeyBra (3113) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden pour, thin white head that tends to rim the glass. Aroma is dominated by spice. I get a weak yeast characteristic too somewhere beneath the mountains of spice. Mint, spruce. Flavor is similarly dominated by spice. It comes across dry with a lot of spruce. Similar to a gin note. Light wheat malt flavor combined with some subdued yeast notes. Three great breweries, but itís only pretty good.
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured a golden color with a fair amount of head. Strong spicy malty flavor with a lingering finish.
tmoreau (2127) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle shared at Lunar Brewing Co.. Poured a fairly clear, golden hue, with a frothy, off white head, and curtainy, web-like lacing. In the aroma as well as the flavor, any yeast and lightly tart characteristics usually present in this style, where definitely masked by the complexity. Floral, grassy, herbal, spice, with light clove coming forward, lemon zest, and a hint of sweetness, were all there. The flavor added to these distinct, dry/bitterness coupled with lively carbonation, that lasted well into the finish. An interesting, enjoyably crisp brew.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz from Best Damn Beer Shop at the Super Jr. Pours a yellow-gold with a one finger white, sudsy head. Aroma is all herbs and spices. Expected more hoppiness b/c of the breweries involved, but maybe thatís not appropriate for a saison. Perfect for a one-time collaboration, but nothing Iíd want to drink more than one of. Spruce goose. "Jah make the herb for man" - P. Tosh
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Stone. Pours hazy, bright orange with a thin white head and specks of lace. Smells yeasty and lightly citrusy with some spice and breadiness. Tastes light and bright, yeast and bread, light spice flavors linger. Light citrus as well. Weird twang on the finish. Light body, vibrant carbonation.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 So Greg, I thought you said that "Fizzy Yellow beer is for wussies" or something like that...
Well, this is fizzy, itís a clear yellow color and itís certainly far beyond what any wussy would drink. I thought that it was really nice. Itís an excellent food beer (I had it with a mixed greens salad w/ mozzarella and sundried tomatoes). I hope that this becomes a regular
daleharshman (856) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shouldnít this beer be called "Scarborough Fair" or something like that? 12 ounce bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($3.29). Pours a clear light golden yellow -- could this be Stoneís lightest colored beer to date? Big three fingers of bright white foam with good retention. Herbs are very noticeable in the aroma with sage standing out the most, though I do detect the rosemary and thyme. Besides the herbs, there is also a citrusy/lemony element in the nose. Pretty much everything in the nose also is found in the taste. The herbs really stand out right away (again, the sage seems to have the edge) followed by some more fruity tones. Hops emerge toward the end leading to a lightly bitter/medicinal finish. Very good and quaffable though I donít find it as refreshing as some other saisons. This easily could have been a disaster, so hats off to Stone and their collaborators once again for giving us something unique and good. (15, 288)