Chad9976 (1385) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saisons are one of the few styles where you can throw in any assortment of spices without distracting from the traditional style too much. Though there definitely is a line at which it becomes more of a spice/herb/vegetable brew than a true saison. Thatís how Iíd approach Stone Saison as itís certainly got a lot of noticeably zesty/spicy qualities to it, so much so that the base brew may actually be upstaged by them. However, itís still a plenty flavorful and interesting palette, so no harm no foul.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 5/20/15.
Appearance: Mostly clear maize/copper hue. Not much carbonation visible. Pours to a rather small, white, foamy head which almost completely evaporates and leaves no real lacing.
Smell: Citrusy with a strong scent of orangepeel (itís actually lemon zest as itís not made with orangepeel). Clean, bright, floral. Not much yeast esters, though.
Taste: Thereís a certain flavor component found among all to-spec saisons, and itís noticeable here right away. A lightly malty and slightly musty white wheat and pale malt component that create for the classic farmhouse/horseblanket character. That is, until the spices take over and there are many of them: lemon zest, grains of paradise, lemon thyme, lavender and a trace sensation of habanero pepper on the finish. These ingredients make for a spicy, peppery, almost minty sensation (I coulda swore there was cardamom in here, too). The habanero doesnít impart any flavor; it just leaves a gentle warming sensation in the throat after each swig. Iím actually surprised the hop are so restrained, as this is not an especially bitter brew nor one with distinctive hop character (just a general West Coast-style citrus taste). Itís one of the few saisons thatís not bone dry yet not chardonnay-like juicy. Any fan of the style would do well to give this a try.
Drinkability: Considering all those spices that are in this beer, youíd think Stone Saison might be a challenge to drink. Thankfully, itís fairly easy. The mouthfeel is not quite as crisp as most of the style, though itís not completely flat, either. The residual habanero warmth is easily tolerable, though I could see plenty of lightweights finding it annoying. At 6% ABV itís got plenty of body and flavor for its weight.
Padron4KM (645) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Nice foamy head sits atop clear yellow, nice lace.
Aroma is fruity, and herbal.
Flavor is citrus, herbs, and peppery spice. Very dry finish.
Darwenus (634) - Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not a huge fan of the style, saisonís are often too delicate for me. So I love this one for being fairly aggressive. It pours a hazy goldenrod color with a huge amount of foamy head. The aroma is rich malt, grapes, grapefruit, floral notes. The flavor is dry and hoppy. Lemon and spice over the malt, with a bright, crisp finish. This might not be a classic example of the style, but itís a great example of what Stone does well.
Savage_Night (85) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear orange with a white head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: peaches, lomen zest, light peppercorns, yeast funk, citrus, light spices and herbs. TASTE: citrus, lemon zest, yeast funk, peaches, light strawberry tart, light peppercorns, herbal hops, ginger, sweet fruit and caramel. AFTER TASTE: peppercorns, citrus, slight tartness and peach with a crisp dry finish. Pleasantly surprised on the quality of Stones saison but Itís still lacking.
Leafs93 (1858) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy gold with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is spicy, yeast, earthy and citrus. Taste is spicy with mild bitters. Crisp and drying finish. I was surprised as to the amount of bitterness and citrus notes in this saison.
rael (8) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It tastes exactly like youíd expect a Saison from a brewer known for IPAs. Clean, refreshing and tasty.
sawbuck (427) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Faint aroma of citrus, fruits, and some barn aromas. Dark yellow color, clear, with a froth white head. Almost bitter upfront, Sweat fruit and malt hidden beneath a strong pepper and clove bomb. Complexity is hidden by a strong peppery burn, that hangs around on the finish. Dry and carbonated mouth feel, Somewhat refreshing. Overall, a bit over the top for the style by not bad.
Obfuscate (253) - Minneapolis, - MAY 24, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I just donít like Saisonís but thought I would try it since I love Stone. Just not for me, the pepper and clove tastes are just not for me in a beer. Is more citrusy than other Saisonís Iíve tried. Wife thinks itís pretty good and would pair well with certain foods.
brokensail (12852) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. Hazed golden pour with a white head. Smells like lemon, grass, and herbs. Quite tangy and zesty. A little soap and paper...maybe some cracker. The flavor is kind of dry and spicy. A lot of lemon and herbs. Maybe some sage? Coriander, a little cracker, and soap. Weird finish I canít quite describe.
rondphoto (2771) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear medium golden amber, solid white head, sheets of lace. Aroma of malt and hops. Taste is light malt infused with lemon and thyme and graham, adding hops and pepper zest in a medium finish. Not a traditional Saison at all, the thyme provides an edge that doesnít go well with anything else. Not so good.