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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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876 Ratings
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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 14
Gots: 104 | 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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Stone Saison
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "2014 RELEASE"

For some reason I expected Stone's Saison to be bigger than it is, or maybe I should say "aggressive". I guess I have to get that perception out of my mind though as they've made a few more less-agressive beers lately. However, it does still have an edgy character to it!

It's fruity upfront with apple, peach, and lemon zest backed by sweetish malt, but then it begins to dry quickly. Firstly there's a touch of mustiness which is quite charming, followed by a sprinkling of white pepper, and then herbs. Fresh rosemary is used, and it comes through clearly. Some black pepper comes in, and then some chalky dryness from the yeast follows. To bring us back to the start of the dryness, there's more spicy pepper that very slowly fades in the long-lingering finish. The bitterness is kept in check, leaving it nicely balanced despite the spiciness.

I find it interesting in that the dryness at the end prompts you to go back to the beginning where you found that juicy fruitiness, making it almost compellingly drinkable. What it lacks is something that I find kind of intangible, or at least hard to explain in many cases, and that has to do with the complexity of the yeast. This is fairly straightforward, and essentially "clean", which is usually a great thing but this time around I'm missing a little bit more of the funkiness or unusual yeasty character that you sometimes find in a saison. On the other hand, they do state that it's "A MODERN TAKE ON A BELGIAN CLASSIC", so I can hardly complain - and as I look at an empty glass I really can't complain! If you can handle the spicy pepperiness that'll build on your palate I'd recommend you give it a shot.

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Very yeast forward with some slight Cyrus but heavy on the spice. Very creamy with lots of carbonation. Big big big head

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cloudy gold with a nice thick creamy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves little soapy specks of lacing. The aroma is great, with big fruity esters and spices. The taste, though, is kind of off. And hard to describe. It's not bad, but it doesn't match the aroma or the style completely. I'm guessing it's the different herbs used in the brewing process. It's light-bodied and pretty effervescent. The flavors may work for you. They don't do it for me.

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Although there is a "enjoy by" date, I will break that rule with this saison. Saison's age well, right? Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The color is lighter than sunshine yellow, topped with a airy white head which retains well. Spots of whipped lace cling to the glass. It has an aroma which is more than adequate, with lemon peel being the most notable. Leather and lavender are noted as well.

This saison is a very dry beer. Very dry with a white pepper note at the beginning , then a dusting of lemon and a wave of lavender come in to flavor it up. Just as those flavors arrive, the beer dries up. A kiss of bubblegum lingers with a shake of white pepper. One aspect done well is the mouthfeel, which is light bodied and uplifting carbonation.

Stone's own attempt at a saison does no harm. A fair changeup from their hopped-up lineup.

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.