adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2011 Bottle @ home. Light yellow-orange body with a medium off-white head. Huge floral, lightly piney, slightly soapy hoppy, light belgian yeasty, lemon aroma. Floral, lemon, belgian yeasty flavor with a tangy, soapy finish. The first time I had this series, I really didn’t like the idea of over hopping a saison but it’s truly not as bad as I rated it.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. This year was my first time trying this saison, and I’ve loved the other 2 versions that I’ve tried so far. Happy to finally try the Stone edition. Holy shit, it’s as awesome as ever. More herby than the other versions, from what I remember! More thyme (I freakin’ love thyme) and much more noticeable parsley this time around. Nice half-hazy golden color, thin white head leaving good lace. Mostly a spicy taste, some savory, little bitter in there. Lots of flavor, awesome long spice-filled aftertaste - so long as the spices used here are your thing. Very nice crisp and smooth lighter carbonation, dry finish. Bold brew
deyholla (9636) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Ben! Poured a hazy gold with a white head that lasted. Aroma had notes of pine and citrus with plenty of underlying spice, particularly sage. Flavor was sweet with grain and citrus with a bit of underlying pine and a good amount of rosemary with other spices underlying.
gnoff (9417) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Hazy yellow color, dense white head. Sweet, spicy, acidic, fresh scent, some apricots. Sweet, spicy, minty, herbal taste. Some alcohol notes. Moussy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
When warmed up gives more floral, herbal, citrus smell.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL courtesy of PeteinSD. Pours a clear yellow with a very rocky, lively, off-white head with excellent sheety lace. Aroma is outstanding: fresh citrus hops, potpourri, orange juice, lively summer herbs, the sage really dominates. Taste is very herbal, some medicinal qualities, almost like mint toothpaste (no- I did not brush my teeth before trying this). Dry on the palate. Pretty good. The nose is really the best part and everything else is a little disappointing.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012-12-08. Crisp dark yellow, small beige head that fades. Flavour is oddly tangy/spicey, lots of coriander or similar. Hints at lemon and minerality, mild malt and fruit character. Aroma has a lot of the same thing that registers as coriander for me but I am not entirely sure that that is what it is. Lightly floral, muted malt. Fairly bitter, grassy hops come out as it warms up. Average plus bodied palate is under carbonated. Okay. [Edit: I completely misidentified the herbs and spices which is interesting.] On tap at Coles, Buffalo
DocLock (9242) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear gold w 2f white head. Nose is huge black pepper, hopcit, spicy floral. I question the olfactory prowess of anyone giving this nose less than a 9. This nose kicks your nose up the ass with tons of spice, orange zesty spice, hops, and florals. Tastes pale malty, spicy, floral, on the dry side, extremely complex. No funk here, but tons of spice, hops, citrus, and florals. A very good and one of the most extreme examples of this style I have yet quaffed, although purists are going to bitch that this isn’t a saison at all, and they may be right, but I can’t say I give a shit either way. All I know is that I’d drink this any day of the week.
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally able to try the last of the series. Clear yellow-orange pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of big pizza spice, some thyme, oregano, cilantro and rosemary, some slight biscuit, white fruit, hints of grain and spice. Taste is a mix of rosemary, some slight mint, touch of grain, biscuit, some slight white fruit, hints of parsley, finishing fairly herbal and bitter.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Neighborhood. Very pale golden pour. The nose is very floral. Lots of lavender and elderflower. Bright and lightly lemony with some other bright spicy aromatics. Light wheatiness in addition to the other pale malt. Very fresh and bone dry. A touch of light black peppery spiciness. Some lightly prickly ethanol on the back but it accents the dryness of the finish. Lingering spiciness on the finish. Very floral and spicy – which I happen to like a lot.
Fin (9165) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craig’s, Edinburgh tasting, big thanks to Craig for this beer I think he got this one. Shared in company of Craig, Stella, Jan, Charlotte, Fritz and Loz 30.10.10 This was a bit perfumey on the nose, some lavender, its says parsley, sage rosemary and thyme and I think I do get this a little. Bit like drinking a bottle of perfume but there is a nice dryness. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4