tmoreau (2739) - 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 (1432) - 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 (3004) - 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 (960) - 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)
TomDecapolis (4591) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mostly translucent golden with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of thyme, hints of Rosemary and the sage. Saison spicy yeast profile. Was a little concerned when I read about the spices used but it works. As far as the flavor goes it very much matches the aroma. Well made saison, nice and dry and the "cooking" spices are not overdone.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a golden orange. Very effervescent. Aroma reminds me of an herb garden. Flavors ofginger Rosemary with a hit of mint at the end. Some clove,
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into chalice. Pours a clear straw yellow with medium white head. Spicy aroma. Fruity and spicy flavors. Maybe my favorite stone collaboration beer.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head. Tons of spice in the nose, picked up the thyme the most. Fairly dry on the palate.
JohnnyJ (4732) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone Bistro. Bright gold pour, white head. Sweet malt, light bread, herbal, sage, rosemary, and thyme all noticeable, some floral hops in he finish. Quite nice and enjoyable. Refreshing, I really like sage beers.