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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Its a saison of sorts; hellaciously herbaceous and hopefully contagious. This was not a ready made ale. But it is a ready made collaboration. Meaning Stone and Victory are 2 breweries that are exactly like Dogfish in that they do/brew exactly what they love and they do/brew it exactly like no other brewery out there. (Love - lots of it in this bottle)

-Samuel A Calagione

Ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1514) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours slightly on the pale side of gold with a large white head. Aroma has a very interesting herbal aroma that I cant quite place; checking the description it makes sense as rosemary and parsley. The aroma also includes some citrus zest, a bit of yeasty aroma, and pepper. Flavor is also rather herbal and mildly peppery, again with lots of lemon zest leading into malty biscuit with some yeasty elements. If youre going to add herbs and spices to a saison, this is how to do it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
12 oz bottle. For starters, this bottle poured out one beautiful beer. The rich, creamy, cloud-like, milky white head was retained exquisitely, leaving a frothy lacing down the sides. The body of the beer was big and bright, though completely opaque, and gold in color. With that said, the actual beer wasnt too bad either. Not so unexpectedly, the aroma was like opening a spice cabinet with a Belgian golden ale sitting in it as well. Notes of mixed spices, obviously, and bread, light cashew nuts, butter, and herbal hop. The spices thankfully do not overpower the palate though as they blend nicely to make for a well balanced, flavorful beer. Aside from the minor kick the spices give to it, this is has nice creamy texture overall. The parsley is readily apparent to me, and though the others are not, it is obvious that there are several unique spices added here. Also, bread, herbal grass, light earth, a mellow nuttiness, and some mixed fruits, peaches, and cherries as well in the mostly herbal spiced finish. Even with the quality of brewers involved, I wasnt really expecting too much here, but in the end, I was really impressed. This was a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle that John shared. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a thin white head. Lemon and citrus, rosemary. Nice lemony notes, crisp musk. Medium bodied and smooth, light sweetness to it. More lemony sweet flavors on the finish. Surprisingly well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13892) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle poured a clear golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of sage, rosemary, thyme and light straw. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, rosemary, sage and thyme with as crisp dry lingering spiced finish. Would be much better with a little restraint on the herbs. Can you say "test batchs"?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
hazy golden with huge white head. mild hop bitterness before a ton of citrus fruit hop notes and some subtle spiciness. bone dry finish. the overwhelming citrus note isnt classic for the style, but its an enjoyable brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3172) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle, much thanks to Ed. Pours out a somewhat cloudy orangy golden color with a well carbonated white head. Aroma is of spices, definitely rosemary, grass and some earthy notes in there too. Taste is very complex, I taste the rosemary and parsley as suggested, there is also some grassy notes, slight yeast, and a lingering pepery/spicy earthy note. Definitely awesome. Initially I had no idea what to think of this one, but Im now definitely a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of sage, pepper, grass, rosemary, florals, and parsley. Flavor of citrus, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and grass. Nicely balanced and spicy. Excellent use of herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured yellow with a white head. nose is sage, oregano, earth, more spices. nice on the palate, very spicy and herbally, clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle... Poured golden/yellow/orange with a thick, foamy white head. Rosemary and parsley screamed in the aroma. Lettuce, leafy, with yeast tartness. Also notes of basil, italian seasoning. It felt refreshing, but a little unbalanced and over the top with the spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
nose smells floral, sweet, spicy, perfumed, soapy, fruity like orange/apricot, but mostly soapy from a combination of the yeast Im predicting Im about to hate and all those herbs added to the beer, though the nose did not have any indications of any of particular herb, per se. Pours a see-through yellow color with thin, bright-white head. Yep, yeast and spice-dominated flavors and spicy, but not necessary any one of the particular herbs added... more perfumed soapy characteristics and some hints of orange and apricot, maybe even kumquat (because it kind of tastes like a kumquat saison iceman and I brewed back in the day...it was a failure of a homebrew in my opinion)...whether this beer is a failure is up to you...the more I think about it, the more I realize that although i dont like overly estery belgian/saison yeast profiles nor do I like spices in beer...this beer, as strong as it is in both of those components, is surprisingly less offensive than it should be. Its very homebrew-esque though as I have found a lot of stones belgian-style attempts to be...but really, its not all that bad and I should really hate this, but I dont know if i do.

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