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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 10
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 04-13-2014)
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Photo of rangerred
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a huge billowy white head. Like a good Saison, the head is rocky and has awesome staying power. It hangs on for a long time with huge clumps clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma really throws me for a loop. The spices are really in your face and seem a bit overdone. A Saison should have some yeasty spice but this just seems a bit artificial. Too much lemon and ginger. Maybe just a slight hint of actual yeast esters coming through.

The flavor lets up on the spices a little bit but not much. Still a huge hit of lemon with ginger figuring in prominently. The ginger really stands out to me and overpowers the yeast esters which are there but buried in the background. There is a good deal of heat on the back of the throat after the finish from the ginger. Mouthfeel is a little too sweet and sticky for the style.

Overall, I absolutely love Saisons and they are one of my favorite style; Stone has not done it justice. Making a good Saison basically involves using the right yeast and the right temperatures. It seems like Stone just through a ton of spices in the brew to cover up any imperfections. Not really worth seeking out.

rangerred, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

450ml glass, at Craft Beer Market, whilst enjoying the dregs of last night's Stone tap takeover, the next day.

This beer appears a clear, bright golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, melted marshmallow head, which leaves some loosely webbed lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of bitter orange and white grapefruit rind, musty florals (in the vein of perfume), spicy yeast, a hint of banana chips, and mildly grainy pale malt. The taste is bready, crackery pale malt, muddled citrus pith, baked apples, black pepper and clove spice, banana peel, still edgy yeast, and a purple floral, and somewhat perfumed bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly light and innocuous for the style (yay!), the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, just a small yeasty intransigence presiding. It finishes a smidge off-dry, the malt and fruitiness thankfully re-asserting themselves.

Leave it to Stone to take a complex, complicated style, and put its own stamp on it. However, this time it's a subtle, yet firm touch, rather than the usual slow-swinging sledgehammer - a pleasant, enjoyable warm fall day sipper.

biboergosum, Today at 12:07 AM
Photo of Nugganooch
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to my Lost Abbey Stemware
Notes taken from 09/26/2014

A: Lightly burnished goldenrod hue with near perfect clarity. Soapy three finger lather of quick fleeting ivory suds settles down to just a few chunky swirls within mere moments. Mostly clean on the glass minus a few dots and light swaths of lace left behind.

S: Banana with clove spice laid over grainy bread followed with some subtle lemony coriander and bubblegum. Has that real grainy malt character to it like corn husk would produce. Not all that bad but not incredibly impressive either.

T: Twangy yeast full of fruity bubblegum, dried banana, clove, and a few harsh smoky phenols. It’s a bit aggressive and sharp actually with an upper moderate amount of bitterness for a Saison. Bready grains and light biscuit midway. Finishes with more of that spicy kick and some restrained lemony coriander. Dry, frothy, and decently balanced but just a bit too harsh for me.

M: Light to moderate body with an upper amount of crisp carbonation. Moderate levels of perceived bitterness. Bone dry finish.

D: Not really a big fan with this one at all. I find Stone’s Saison to be just too aggressive for the style. Has a sharp bitterness with some harsh smoky phenol components that really stand out. I typically look for a more delicate and balanced approach here.

Nugganooch, Yesterday at 12:07 AM
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured for a bottle with an enjoy by 10/4/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - light, clear golden with tiny champagne bubbles. Big, soapy white head that leaves thick, sticky lacing behind.
Smell - sweet and sour; almost cider-like. There is a blend of spice, pear and grass that I kind of dig!
Taste - flavors from the nose are noticeable with each sip; this is a lot like a cider, but far less sweet and very refreshing!
Feel - where I really enjoy the refreshing cider nature of this beer, I would rather do with out the over-carbonated and peppery feel of a cider, and this is what I get with this saison.
Overall - something different, but enjoyable...if I'm looking for a change of pace beer during the Summer, it's great!

DenverHopHead, Sunday at 08:03 PM
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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

moutai703, Sunday at 02:57 PM
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FlyingKneeStrike, Oct 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Rbodacious, Oct 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of white foam covers the vast majority of the top of this beer. Faint Brussels lacing. Aroma is comprised of light bready malt and a whiff of lemon zest. The flavor features the Belgian saison yeast and a nice lemon zest fade. The mouth is slightly carbonated and the lemon zest provides a refreshing angle.

Franziskaner, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Aggressive spice nose and flavor. Complex. An enjoyable diversion from my usual corners of the world, but not conducive to session drinking.

rjs246, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

Gotti311, Sep 30, 2014
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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.