hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Lightly hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head that never fully dissipates. The nose is big-time herbal Ė rosemary, sage, fresh basil and white pepperÖ smells like my wifeís herb garden. Medium-bodied with a mildly oily mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The flavor offers sweet pale malts, freshly boiled herbs and ballsy hop bitterness. Herbal, bitter, drying finish. Refreshing and unique. Kick ass saison. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr!
adnielsen (10484) - 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 didnít like the idea of over hopping a saison but itís truly not as bad as I rated it.
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden with a medium off white head. Fruity nose with malt, yeast and hoppy notes. Flavour had malt, lemons, ginger, yeast and spicy notes. Finished dry and slightly bitter.
slowrunner77 (10118) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i thought this would be a cool beer given these are three of the top american brewers by most rational standards, but i did not expect this. huge aroma of spices and grassy hops. sage and rosemary dominate with the others playing a minor role. more a spiced ale than a saison, really, but damn if it ainít awesome. this will be the summer staple if i can find some more. Wow!"
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poursva cloudy golden with a small frothy off white head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a floral hop and honey. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet hop and caramel with nice lingering bitter finish. A very impressive saison.
DocLock (9998) - 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 Caponeís. 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 isnít a saison at all, and they may be right, but I canít say I give a shit either way. All I know is that Iíd drink this any day of the week.
deyholla (9997) - 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.
GT (9982) - 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 (9836) - 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
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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 Iíve loved the other 2 versions that Iíve tried so far. Happy to finally try the Stone edition. Holy shit, itís as awesome as ever. More herby than the other versions, from what I remember! More thyme (I freakiní 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