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In spring 2011, Stone bought the farm, literally, taking over 19 acres of fertile Southern California soil where we now grow pristine fruits, vegetables, herbs and more for our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurants. A taste of our homespun farm-to-tableism is provided in this farmhouse ale stoked with lemon zest, plus lemon thyme and lavender straight from Stone Farms. This spring-to-summer saison is citric and herbal on the palate with a dry, peppery finish. Thanks to the infusion of fresh West Coast ingredients, this isnít your everyday saison. Itís our saisonó100% Stone. Celebrate the sunny season with an authentic taste of our farm and, with it, our commitment to quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Superstar - Huntington, 11/16/14

Aroma: The nose is full of peppery and other spices with some lemon zest as well
Appearance: This one is clear and gold in color with a large, frothy, white head, and plenty of lace
Flavor: The pepper definitely dominates the flavor as well, zesty, lightly sweet, and light-mid bitter
Palate: The body is medium, it has a lively carbonation, and a long, peppery finish
Overall Impression: I canít think of a more peppery saison (or any style of beer for that matter) that isnít described as a pepper beer. Itís really pepper-forward and pepper-finished, but the zest/rind flavors come out in the mid-palate. Not my favorite. For me, a guy who almost always loves Stone, and for whom Arrogant Bastard is he beer that made me realize stuff more flavorful than Boston Lager exists, this is a rare (near) misfire from them. (I intentionally avoided crime and punishment, so I canít speak for those.) I didnít hate it or anything, but my Stone expectations are higher than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6333) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Naamaís place. Thanks zvikar. Hazy golden with a white head. Spicy aroma with thyme, other spices and a lemony note. Flavor has mild malt sweetness, yeast, spices and citric note. Finishes bitter and spicy. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1347) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are lemons, spices, and herbs - with a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
razzanof (34) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - NOV 10, 2014
From a bottle...I love Stone but this isn't one of their best efforts...extremely over-spiced. Aroma is indistinguishable. Taste is an abundance of pepper, nothing else comes through; the spice remains on the palate. A decent "beer" just not a good saison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zymurgeist2 (1107) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
On draught at Harryís Hofbrau. I love Stone....and I love Saison.....but this does not work well together. Spice, fruit, a little funk and pepper do not marry well. Hazy yellow with full white head. Flavor ends with a hop kick that does not really work for this, but lots of spice and pepper beyond that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenDV138 (1789) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Hazy yellow with 4 fingers of off-white head. Aromas of herbs, spices, floral and grassy notes. Tastes of floral and grassy notes, lemon, cough drops, some bitter notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1613) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014
Pours a lovely cloudy orange with a large frothy white head. Aromas of citrus, orange rinds, honey, coriander, lemongrass. Taste is citrus, coriander, orange rinds, lemongrass, honey. Mouthfeel is sprightly and lively with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
loubar (83) - Los Gatos, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
The "strange" or should I say "unique" after taste seems easy to explain although Iím sure the reasons are more complicated. This is what happens when hops overpowers a traditional, delicate flavor base like saison. A traditional spice blend becomes something completely different in the presence of too much bitterness. It tastes medicinal, way out of balance and, in my opinion, is a failure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2069) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Poured from bottle. Clear, golden yellow with a 3-finger off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of orange, lemon, lavender, and malt. Taste of lemon, lavender, spices (mainly cloves, black pepper and cardamon), grass, orange, malt and floral hops. Finishes with a spicy, cloves and pepper, bite. Medium body medium/high carbonization. Plenty of flavor in this one, but it is a bit spicy for a saison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Draft. From notes. Spicy with Belgian yeast and clove. Some light hints of citrus in there too. Pretty good.

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