TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Pours a lively well carbonated gold with a touch of darkness to it, thick offwhite head bubbles and stays moderate sized, soapy cream, laces ok. Aromas are piney and of herbs, honey and cereal grains, a light floral hopping, dusty, with a touch of fruity ester appeal. Initial is lighter bodied with a touch of pine and spriggy mint up front, moving into cereal grains, vanilla, florals, a touch of herby spice, rosemary is more noticeable with sage coming in behind. A touch of mint, pine, florals, grainy malts, a bit of fruity ester that dies out. Dry, herbs, light florals in the finish with some lemon and grapefruit making an entrance and sticking around a bit. Interesting, but not what Iíd personally like in my Saisons. An interesting experiment, dry and herb-ridden, a lighter hopping
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Pours nearly clear medium gold with a loose scattering of off white foamy goodness on top. You certainly canít help but notice the super herbaliciousness of the nose, itís almost floral in its intensity, very much like a freshly mortared heap of just-picked herbs in between your palms. Together the four herbs give off an almost lavender-like perfume, very appealing, but takes a moment to figure out whatís going on (in a good way). Rich, prickly carb all over the place right from the attack--got a creamy medium body in there but itís being dragged around by all the lively bubbles. Toasty, slightly nutty mid-palate, but mostly a bunch of herbals kicking up again. Almost resinous finish, kind of piney and even seems to have a bit of basil to it, but when you focus and taste into it, itís the four herbs in question showing their faces all over again. An interesting and fun tweak of the saison tradition.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden pour with a big white head. Awesome complex spice aroma, smells like a spice rack... in a good way. Initial flavor is slightly sweet, followed by a nice bitter and spicy finish. Medium body, a really unique canít miss collaboration from 3 top notch breweries.
bluejacket74 (1797) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and thereís also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is herbs, citrus (grapefruit, lemon peel), and peppery spice. The herbal flavors in this brew overpower the citrusy and grassy hops flavors, but thatís not a bad thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy. I think itís a good overall brew, the mix of herbs used in it work great. Iíve had mixed experiences with beers brewed with herbs, but luckily this one turned out good.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It seems like these collaborations are the only Stone beers I buy anymore and maybe there is a reason for that. Bright golden yellow with a yeasty smell to it like a saison should. I like dteh flavor even if it was very heavy on the thyme. It almost seemed like it had some hops going on but that may have been the herbs. Overall, a good saison.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-29-2010 21:39:21
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 (2224) - 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.