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RATINGS: 659   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent bright golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of fresh floral hops and spices with a touch of biscuity pale malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and light sweet malty body well-balanced with fresh citrusy hops and rosemary spice finishing drier and crisp with a touch of warmth. Very true to style and enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (7601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), with strong notes of lavender, womens perfume, rosemary, scented soap, lesser notes of lime zest and metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Ugh...not even remotely close to a saison in either spirit or body. A grossly overspiced and clumsy train wreck of a beer that smells more like something a woman who wears too much makeup would pour into her bath. None of the three brewers involved do Belgian styles well, so I suppose I shouldnt have expected much, but sheesh, I didnt expect it to be this bad. For shame, calling this a saison...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2571) - USA - JUN 13, 2010
Wow - another Stone and DH plus another brewer collaboration! I just had to try this out. The girl at the beer store said this batch was brewed by Stone, but that there will be another batch brewed by Victory, and she wants to compare the two. Cool-looking bottle with a handwritten note from the brewers on it. Honey sweet aroma. Dark gold pour. S du B is a hoppy saison with plenty of herby bite. As the label (and the song) says, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme - so this contains plenty of grassy, herbal flavors. And why not puts lots of fresh parsley and rosemary in a beer? A very impressive creation, and one that tastes very good as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3588) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle at Maltzillas World Cup 2010 tasting. Pours light yellow gold color with white head. The herbal aroma is amazing. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are all there as well as some spiciness from the yeast. Similar flavors. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. A really unique beer. Thank Josh.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Poured a light golden with a bit of cloudiness and little head. Wow the aroma just blows you away with how much herbal scents there are. There is also a bit of belgian sweetness. Taste is a big mixture of sweet belgian wheat but mixed in with some very strong thyme and rosemary. This is almost like a sweet herbal tea that also gets you tipsy. Certainly not a mainstay of any saison drinker but a very interesting combination of ingredients. A hell of a collaboration!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Rosemary, citrus and a hint of Anise. Very Fresh Aromas. Clear, golden straw in color. the head is very fluffy. Not overly heavy , but i dont believe it was suppose to be. Very orangy in the finish. Easy drinking and very refreshing. Citrus notes stay long on the palate. somewhat dry in texture. Wonderful Debut!! Gonna be tough to beat next year. Good luck Victory Or Dogfish Head, whoever is next!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2010
20100612 12oz bottle from Friendship in Abingdon. Light golden color with medium sized, fading white head. First whiff is a bunch of sage and parsley, something about it reminds me of pale, leafy celery hearts, and theres a bit of orangey citrus. Palate isnt very saison-like to me, more sticky and hoppy with prickly large eff. While the herbs are present throughout, I wouldnt say they dominate. In fact, it just comes across mostly as a Belgian IPA to me. Some lingering rosemary woodiness. Eh, alright. The story is more interesting than the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
The delicous aroma of an earthy, spicy saison like I like. The appearance is light straw clear with not much of a head. The flavor starts out a bit bitter funk and then the earthy spices come in. The palate settles with that farmhouse smooth funk flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2010
12oz bottle 6/12/10 (Binnys Plainfield)-46 in Snifter-Pours a hazy orangish amber with a decent fluufy white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, and spices. Taste of yeast, rosemary, citrus, and other spices. This light to medium bodied brew is pretty well balanced and quite tasy. Different saison. Nice job..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Poured out a golden color with a slight haze and tight white head. The nose is a pantry full of herbs, spice, and pepper. This is a highly complex beer packed with pockets of microflavors. The body is light medium and quenching. This is a perfect beer to dissect after a nice summer day. Much of the same notes on nose are found on mouth along with a balanced feel.

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