ttoadee (1110) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2015. Light gold pour, a small white head with some coaxing, Nose is muddled spice and malt. Bittersweet. Middle is some smooth Pils malt, citrus and herbs. Finish is hint of sweet malt gently stepped over by some subtle drying hop flavors. Nice.
OldMrCrow (2243) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at the Watershed.
Five years after suffering through the liquid sack of shit that was the first iteration of this beer, I both forgot the experience and was paying insufficient attention at the bar and failed to notice that DFH was involved in this one. Either would have stopped me short. But since some of the other Stone collaborations have been tolerable and the Watershed was having a special event around this beer, I ordered a glass. Terrible mistake. It brought back memories from the first time around, when I surmised
Now we know that DFH only needs a 1/3 share in the making to f*** up a beer with their wannabe-edgy "creativity".
Yep, five years later the order of the brewers and location is different but essentially nothing changed. The recipe is still awful, still some great aunt’s bathroom potpourri atop which might be something like a sticky saison, but who knows.
It was all predictable. I really wonder why Stone and Victory let themselves be dragged down like this. Even more, I wonder how Isabelle Proximus managed not to suck, let alone how it managed to be one of the best beers I’ve had. (Actually, I know the answer to that, but I probably shouldn’t say it here.) This may not be as horrible as the stone version but 2.4 I was too generous to it. I’m going 2.1 today.
portableparty (2257) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a very quick white soapy head that fades to a wispy film and collar. Aroma is big spice flowers like lavender and coriander. Taste is more the same with a nice farmyard saison coming through the end. Palate is thin crisp and fizzy. Not bad at all!
tennisjoel (1271) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden pour with minimal head. Aroma of vegatables, lemon, citrus, herbal. Off flavor that detracts. Somewhat dry palate. The one thing that I don’t like is there is an artificial component to this beer, perhaps it is the spices used. While not overpowering, it is still present. Lower tier in the saison style, for me at least.
GenDV138 (4591) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Clear light golden yellow with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of herbs, spice, light citrus and funk. Tastes of herbs including rosemary and thyme, spice, light funk, some citrus fruit and peel. Medium body with a dry finish. Tasty herbaceous saison.
radio_nowhere (1287) - Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into tulip glass, hazy darker golden color with white head. Aroma notes of farmhouse yeast, pale malt sweetness, parsley, citrus and light spices. Taste adds bread, sage, rosemary, lemon zest, mild fruit, somewhat tangy, grass and light pine/earthy bitterness. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, soft with herbal sweet finish. Can’t compare to other variants but this is nice complex saison.
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Finally decided to taste the third version of the collab beer, after having not liked the other two. Indeed, these beers were a large part of why I initially shied away from saisons as a whole style, which was stupid of me but still.
Bottle->tulip. Bright gold with big frothy white head. A: tons of herbal spice, grains. T: herbs and spices. Too much spice cabinet buffet in here for me. Yuck.
Stuu666 (8356) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours golden yellow, nose is lemon, herbal, vanilla, taste is similar, floral, dry.
OneHotPepper (84) - - OCT 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle, medium gold in color. Smells tangy and herbal. Tart and fresh at first sip with strong rosemary notes. Refreshing and perfect herbal saison.
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slowrunner77 (8395) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
same base recipe as the Stone and DFH versions, but the aroma was all skunk...and in a brown bottle nonetheless. flavor much better, but definitely different. not sure what they did different in the process, but easily the weakest of the three. 2012 release an improvement...still my least favorite of the 3, but better