smaynard6000 (822) - Apopka, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Spicy and somewhat fruity aroma. Bit of citrusy flavor along with some spiciness. Dry finish. Pretty good.
jc1762 (314) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Into a taster showing whiskey brown.
The nose shows a lot of sweet ginger with some lime.
The palate is well carbonated, medium bodied, slight mint in the background. Very similar to a fresh Orval. Slightly sweet malts with a medicinal-like bitterness
juffage (136) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from work. Lemon, thyme, pepper. Kind of astringent. Clean, clear, yellow, zesty and light. Not sure why, but I wouldn’t even really consider this a saison. More like a light herb-d up not very nice Belgian blond. It’s kind of like their Saison du Buff in that it tastes quite a lot like stuffing. If you like lemony thyme stuffing, put it in a turkey.
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled 6/11/15, drunk 9/6/15.
Well, I had really high hopes for this being a sub 1.0 beer, but sadly it greatly disappointed and was only just bad-to-awful. The thyme and lavender in the nose were only just dominant without being obnoxiously so and while there was absolutely no saison character, there was also no real beer character either, leaving me wanting more flaw or mess. As well, I found the metallic notes to be only light at best, with no raw alcohol (I know, it’s only 6%abv, but I really thought they had it in them).
In the mouth, I was disappointed to find fizzy but not horribly-so carbonation lightening an already grainy, nearly beer-free flavor full of astringent, but mostly just stale/faded herbs and spices. Bready, lemony, spongey and vaguely unclean, but ultimately pretty watery, bland and harmless. Oh well, with every new Stone beer I try, the hope remains that I’ll get a new sub 1 rating. Even if this wasn’t their day, I know they’ve got it in ’em!
weordie (415) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy yellow with a thinly laced, big white head. The aroma is a lemon juice number with a spicyness to it. A little over carbonated but a nice flavour of spiced orange, lemon and lime.
hopbag (144) - - SEP 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrus prevails in the nose and palate. Toast with honey. Some Belgian clove with a black pepper finish. Not a super yeasty or funky beer. Fruity and pleasant, fairly drinkable, just a little bland for the style. The pepper is interesting though.
boto (1969) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Cambridge House: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was no head or lacing to it. It has a good nose. Earthy, wheat and citrus predominate. Some spiciness also. The taste is very good. Bready, yeasty, wheat, earthy and citrus. A very nice beer.
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, orange-gold with a small white head.
Peppery, spiced fruit.....lemon, yeast scent....
Flavour is sweet, coriander, thyme, fruit.
Very easy drinking and soft.
Quite nice....a bit different, but a great taste.
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Beer Revolution, Calgary. I didn’t take notes on this, but my recalled impressions are mediocre. I recall saying that Stone should stick to what it knows best: hoppy, malty brews. Just ok.
PotjeBier (2077) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Beer Temple (sample size). Clear pale golden blonde color. Dense/stiff white head, good lacing. Aroma’s: fruit, caramel, rather Belgian. Retronasal it’s caramel, aniseed, ginger, fruity. Flavor is light sweet, herbal spicy, light fruit. The beer is warming which seems to be from ginger rather than alcohol. Medium bodied. Rather dry and bitter finish.