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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1925) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle. This is a solid saison with lots of underlying flavors that set it off a little from others in the style. Ok but no DuPont.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonmac (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Tap pour in a 23 oz glass. Light golden. Lacing is solid. Aroma is not all that impressive but in the wheelhouse of a saison. Slight bitterness with an undertone of lemon and flowery hops. I feel like the brewery is restricted by the style as Stone really nails the IPA realm. Finish leaves a bit to be desired. Overall, probably smack dab in the middle of the saisons available.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emacgee (4203) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours a soft bright lemon rind yellow with one finger of white head. Nose is Ö..weird, itís like a blend of too much/many spices and mothballs or some cleaning chemical. A lightly earthy yeasty note shows as well. Flavor is pretty similar, very dry and overly spicy with some weird phenolics. Almost bandaid-yÖ Light bodied and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1443) - Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Floral and herbal aroma, pours a slightly hazy light straw with a thin white head. Lemon and floral flavors blend well together, with the dryness that is typical in a saison. Light on the palate, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not a bad saison, and a nice lighter beer to drink as the weather turns hot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2014
12 ounce bottle in to tulip glass, best before 7/30/2014. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, black pepper, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, bread, lavender, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, black pepper, lavender, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy bitterness/spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, lavender, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and complexity of pale malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and spice flavors; with a decent spice/yeast/malt flavor balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly intense on the spices in the taste, but not horrible. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice spiced saison style. Good complexity and robustness of pale malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Pours a clear light amber with a foamy head. The aroma has spices, root beer, lemon among others. The taste has the spice and fruit. Very dry and extremely refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1472) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2014
12oz bottle shared. Classical saison nose. Huge lavender nose with the thyme on the back end. Flavor isore if the same, nice lavender flavor, this is wonderful all the way around. Solid stone saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (952) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Okay Stone, Iím sort of buying into this. Using many of herbs and spices I would expect in a chicken dish, they combine to make a intriguing treat: zesty , earthy, and herbaceous. Like it, but not blown away. 12oz bottle pour.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfp13jr (152) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Nice and rustic with a bit of sweetness. Not bad but would be better without the sweetness. Smells grainy and pours a light clear yellow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dansac (107) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Wonderful saison by Stone. It is a Stone beer, with a high degree of hop bitterness, though not much in the way of aroma. Aroma is mostly belgian yeast, with the usual banana, clove, etc. Mouthful is surprisingly dry, slight sweetness cut by the tartness of lemon peel, and hop bitterness. It is a very refreshing, delicious brew, and a total winner from Stone.


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