spacecube (968) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle, pours light, clear golden brown. Aroma has sweet malt, orange, lemon zest, coriander, allspice,cardomom, a little bit of chilli warmth from the spice, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, average carbonation. Good spicy flavours, nice saison style.
bkurtz (866) - PERU - OCT 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours a hazy golden with 2 fingers of long lasting, creamy head with some lacing. Aromas of lemon and spices. Taste of lemon and coriander with a peppery finish, yum. Well balanced, well made beer.
lamas (1371) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Enjoy by: 09/05/14. A slightly hazy pale straw pour with a thick and fluffy beige head. Tangy oranges, sour lemons, zesty citrus rinds, candi sugar, bubblegum, bananas, cloves, and floral notes dominate the pleasing aroma. Goes down medium-bodied and crisp. Sweet upfront in the taste with plenty of candi sugar and caramel. Bananas follow. Tangy oranges, dried apricots, Golden Delicious apples, and zesty citrus rinds finish things off. Grainier than anticipated. Kinda chalky at the end with a peppery bite. Herbal throughout along with just a hint of funk. Tasty stuff.
Reimer96 (1334) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma of floral lavender, citrus fruits, herbal notes up front with hints of banana esters and clove phenols. Taste is cloves and bananas mixed with some herbal and floral flavors as well as black pepper and red apple. Kind of all over the place for a saison but complex. However again it has a great nose but the body seems to let up. Worth a try though.
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Craft Beer Market, pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is very spicy, with clove, cardamom, and black pepper. Flavour brings out lots of spices, Belgian yeast, apples, and banana. Not authentic at all, but rather very spicy, tangy and peppery. Good attempt for what it is. Decent.
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at craft. Clear gold. Aroma of lemon, thyme, old wooden drawer sweet funk, barnyard. Taste is sweet and softly tart. Deliciously crisp and quenching. Medium dry finish.
Darkmagus82 (1812) - - OCT 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-3-14-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a two finger head of billowy white foam and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles that stream up through the brew. The head holds strong, very slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – A grassy and hay-like aroma mixed with a good yeast cake smell are the heaviest of the aromas. There is also a big spice smell of lemongrass, coriander and thyme as well as some hints of pepper. Some citrus and peach as well as a lots of funk mix within, creating a rather robust and very inviting saison aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet fruity and crisp cracker malt with a bit of coriander and thyme and a light yeast flavor. The fruit is a mix of apricot and tangerine with these two flavors remaining relatively constant throughout most of the taste with them fading just a bit toward the very end. While the taste is rather smooth upfront, quickly some flavors of lemongrass and grain as well as some funk come to the tongue. The lemongrass grows stronger and is joined by some pepper and hay as the flavor advances to the end. A big dose of a herbal flavor comes to the tongue right at the end of the taste, mixing with the now big lemongrass and hay like/grassy flavors to leave a slightly overly spiced funky flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly higher side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a saison with a 6 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The higher carbonation is great for all the funky and spice flavors of the brew, minimizing their potency to some extent but with the rather average to slightly thicker body the higher carbonation is sort of counteracted. Overall just OK.
Overall – An alright saison, but overly spiced and rather unbalanced with too much herb and grass to really make it all that enjoyable.
brewzntunez (12) - - OCT 15, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed On: (5/24/14):
*Serving: 12 oz
*Aroma: lemon, lavender, grassy/floral, with some lemon zest/peel, yeasty
*Appearance: Deep gold color with a finger of head that did not stay around. Left some light lace on glass as well.
*Taste: Lemon upfront, overpowering lavender in the middle, and a spicy peppery/strong yeast at the end.
*Palate: Light bodied, oily slick mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Finishes clean and dry.
*Overall: A poor example of the style by Stone. Stick to the IPAs/Stouts guys. I had the misfortune of buying a six pack of these. It was the first time I ever struggled to finish a pack of beer. It got to the point where I decided to give two of them to my friend, who enjoyed them more than I did. This does not go well on its own. Pairing it with food is a must. When paired with food, it is slightly better. Too much yeast and lavender. Pass on this one.
Butters (3844) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow dull pour with fair one finger layer of white head. Very pleasant citrusy lemongrass and sage and white pepper spiciness. Not overly spicy. Almost creamy on the tongue. A bit of an acidic grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish. Pretty Solid saison, but not quite refreshing.
fattybladdy (613) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a highly carbonated light golden. Aroma of yeast with light lemon. Taste is herbal and floral hops with yeast.