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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 1,197
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 32.32%
Wants: 19
Gots: 237 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 04-13-2014

A modern take on a Belgian classic
First Release: April 2014

In spring 2011, Stone bought the farm, literally, taking over 19 acres of fertile Southern California soil where we now grow pristine fruits, vegetables, herbs and more for our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurants. A taste of our homespun farm-to-tableism is provided in this farmhouse ale. Lemon zest, grains of paradise, lemon thyme and lavender harvested in Southern California fields, including our own at Stone Farms, provide citrus and floral character along with a subtle, tantalizing spice. Thanks to the infusion of fresh West Coast ingredients, this isn’t your everyday saison. It’s our saison—100% Stone.
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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear, this beer is pale gold/dark straw in color. The head is fluffy. It settles with lumps slowly. Surprisingly, there are only a few spots for lace.

The smell starts off musty. I also smell olives and mushrooms on the second whiff (really?). There's also a complex potpourri of spices on the third smell: oregano, lavender and rose pedals.

Smooth start that is mostly pale malt. The swallow and finish is biting but not quite bitter. The aftertaste has a strong fresh flower component along with a dry, bitter bite. Fuller body with a slightly above average carbonation. The taste of the beer is complex. There is an element that reminds me of EATING flower pedals on a whim--it isn't what the smell promises.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- a hazy beige and light golden color, big thumbnail length bubbly head, sudsy lace that skims across 3/4 of the top and ne dr subsides.
Smell- fruity and pear like, some alcohol, hints of tea and sweet malts.
Taste- very yeasty, bready and peppery. The fruit aroma is not present in the taste, in fact, the palate and finish are pretty dry. The hops presence is also bold. There is also a hint of lemon on the backend.
Feel- medium bodied. A prickly and tight carbonation eventually mellows out and help bring out the complexity of the flavors and smooth out the feel.
A very good dry saison. I'm rarely if ever disappointed by Stone.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on Oct. 31, 2015.

Mostly yellow color with a short-lived head. Some haze.

Aroma: vibrant aromas to say the least. Rosemary, thyme, perfume, citrus, grass, and a little grain under it all.

Light to medium body.

Same herbal qualities in the taste with a peppery bite at the finish. That pepper bite lingers like hot sauce. It is pretty decent.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color. Smells of lemon, herbs, spices, and definitely lavender. The taste is slightly yeasty and earthy, with prominent lemon, lavender, grass, mild spice and herbs. It feels light and thin with mild carbonation. I'm not very experienced with saisons so I wasn't sure what to expect or compare it to, but as a lover of nature and good food, I can say the ingredients added in here are natural straight from the farm, and freshly delicious. This is a good pairing with mild white fish, like halibut or haddock. Overall a fresh, unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 05/15/15

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden yellowish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves a huge thick/creamy island and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some very nice banana/coriander notes, nice little spice note. The taste is malty, yeasty, banana/coriander notes, slightly spicy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Never thought that I would see a Saison from Stone. Nice job!

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ahh a Saison. A simple Farmhouse brew? This is Stone. Grab something and hold on. Yes, it's a Saison - turned up.

The look is enticing. It's a medium amber color. The head is nothing remarkable - neither strong nor weak - but it is an inviting eggshell color above the amber brew. The head retains and laces well to the bottom of the glass, arrogantly displaying the high quality of the malt.

The smell is delicious. Stone has calibrated their bold hops with spices and lemon peel here, creating one of the most refreshing scents on the market. This beer is perfect for our hot Southern California late summer and early autumn season. It's a spicy aroma. Yes.

The taste is delicious and challenging simultaneously. Stone isn't going to just churn out a light ale with a malt that barely can lace a glass. Stone has its own, arrogant way. The spice and lemon citrus and hops form a unique, uneasy alliance. This beer is beautifully dry, as it should be. The taste is refreshing and delicious, but has weight. This is not a spring beer. It carries the heaviness of later summer into early fall. It's fantastic, in short.

The feel of this beer is not feather weight like a Ballast Point Wahoo. Feather weight works fine for Ballast Point, but this is Stone. It has a substantial feel to it, but is never too much. Saison is a refreshing beer that is perfect for the season.

This is another excellent Stone beer. It's just great. That's all.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely not my favorite Saison. I don't get any of that tasty belgian yeast coming through. Too much clove and cardamom with not enough malt backbone to subdue them. I found the flavors a bit off-putting. This is one of my favorite styles and this one just didn't come through for me

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Saison brewed by Stone Brewing Co., with an ABV 6.00% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. Saison has a nice look to it, it looks like most brews on the market. The smell of Stone Saison is spices , malts. grains.and hops. You can really pick up on the spices in the smell of this brew. I like the smell of this brew, it is real inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up grains, malts, and a hit of spices. The spices in this brew is a nice touch. Stone Saison has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. You also really can't pick up on the 6.0% ABV in this brew. The mouthfeel of Stone Saison is bold smooth and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Stone Saison a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Stone Brewing Co., did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance : A hazy peach glow with 80% opacity. The head starts off at 2 fingers and then quickly recedes to a creamy, smokey ring. A few bubbles of lace are left here and there on the sides.

Aroma : Very beery, with sour components. Peach pit, clove, and cinnamon, with dried moldy hay, some old barn wood, and a touch of onion from the hop. I actually really like the aroma of this beer.

Taste : Kind of like licking the outside of a peach? With salt, club soda, ginger, and martini onions. These flavors orbit around an absent nucleus...there's nothing there. The fruit that I should be tasting is washed out skins. The club soda crackles that away, too. And the martini onions? Did you guys get stifled for creativity and in a panic threw in hop? The whole profile is paper thin and two dimensional. Not impressed.

Feel : A refreshing feel just like a saison should be, and the only thing that saves the beer from being an instant drain pour. I probably will be pouring this one, but I want to take a few more sips to get my $1.79 out of the beer. A slight antiseptic pasty feel starts coating the mouth after a few minutes of drinking this beer.

Overall : Stone once again disappoints me. This is one sad farmhouse ale. I dumped half of it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours cloudy yellow with a thinly laced, big white head. The aroma is a lemon juice with spiciness to it. Taste of spiced orange, lemon and lime and a little pepper. Not to bad.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice. Hits all the regular notes of a Saison, but has a subtle yet noticeable hop bite in the background. Not apparent enough to make this a hoppy brew by any means, but enough to give it a pleasant crisp finish.

Worth a revisit.

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Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Cambridge House: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was no head or lacing to it. It has a good nose. Earthy, wheat and citrus predominate. Some spiciness also. The taste is very good. Bready, yeasty, wheat, earthy and citrus. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong herbs and spices, sweet malt, yeast, wheat, pale malt, slight hop, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong herbal and spice flavors, hint of hop, wheat, pale malt, and strong yeast. This is an especially tasty Saison, with the herbs and spice dominating both body and aroma.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden in color with a white head. Smells of fruity esters with cloves, possibly cardamom or other spices. Some banana, orange, and yeast are picked up in the flavor, and none really overpower any of the other. The mouthfeel is just a hair shy of medium-bodied, and it is very well carbonated.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, straw, some spice. Taste is lemons, peppery, spices, a touch of yeast. Feels light in the mouth and overall a bit different from other saisons, but a decent beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours gold with a light haze with a thin cream colored foam collar. S: Banana, spice and fruit on the nose with traces of orange peel. T: Fresh and spicy with a hint of rosemary, banana, citrus, and orange. Medium high bitterness for the style. F: Light and refreshing with medium low carbonation. O: A drinkable saison that might shine with a little more carbonation to balance some of the bitterness.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Jolla (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.59
Purchased: July 25, 2015
Consumed: July 29, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on June 6, 2015

Poured a golden, orange, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of rocky, white head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled sour fruit up front with some plum, melon, mandarin, red grape and red apple. Also got lemon, caramel, light wet socks, apple juice, light cherry, honey and cloves. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted fairly average compared to the nose. First thing I noticed was the high carbonation. Got apple, grape, peppery cloves, lemon, honey, banana and sour plum. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Fizzy carbonation. Astringent, peppery finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK Saison. It could have been so much better. (Overall - 3.50)

3.58 | 81 | B

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Photo of Beejay
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow in color, hazy, with a white head on top.

S: Lemon zest, and spices with a definite yeast character.

T: The lemon zest and spice notes are lovely, notes of clove and citrus.

M: Medium in body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: Overall a pretty good interpretation of a classic style.. I'd like a little more complexity.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep yellow with a small tight head
S: Belgian yeast fruitiness
T: clean, some fruit, peppery finish
F: coats the back of my tongue
O: a nice medium body saison

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Photo of IronLover
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with light haze. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam. Medium-low head retention. Medium- high spicy aromas with medium low malt aromas and medium fruity notes and phenolics. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with high, assertive, yet soft carbonation. Medium high peppery spicyness. phenolic flavors are high followed by medium citrus hop flavors through the middle and medium low bitterness toward the end. Finished semi-dryly with a light hop bite and lingering astringency. The balance certainly leaned toward the spicy side which seemed to overwhelm the hop aromas and flavor. The lingering astringency at the finish hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of Chef74
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first review but this one seems easy so here goes....look-clear, golden orange. About a half inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Smell-sweet, citric and peppery with some bananas and bubble gum. Taste- about the same as the smell but the aftertaste is all black pepper. Feel-very very light. No mouthfeel at all. Might be right for the style. Not exactly sure. Overall- as an ipa drinker that's just getting into Belgium's...this beer is decent. Would like a bit more creaminess (if that's a word) on the feel but again I'm not sure if that's the way saisons are supposed to be.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden with a light fluffy head. Head receded to a stably thin layer of whit foam constantly fed by the high carbonation. Smells of Brett, wild yeast, straw, orange and lemon rind, sweet brown sugar and a carbon graphite mineral quality. Tastes smoothe rich and earthy again with straw and birch. Then explodes with a funky lively gaminess. Tingly and tart through the finish with citrus and passion fruit and a warm long spicy peppery finish. Almost spicy to the point of some heat. It feels rich and refreshing and oddly clean for a saison. I like thi beer. Would recommend and would buy again (and I rarely repeat buy).

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden yellow color, fizzy looking head with plenty of bubbles constantly rising from the bottom.

Smell is mostly sweet malt but there is a peppery spice that hits the nose.

Taste drinks like a blonde ale with a heavy dose of black pepper added, sweet malt up front that's nothing too complex, aftertaste has a spicy peppery flavor which seems a bit odd without a heavy dose of coriander or wheat to offset it, high carbonation with a dry finish.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Aroma of bananas, spicy phenols, soft farmhouse notes, herbal hops, hints of cardamon. Somewhat hefe- and wit-like.
Spicy, lightly hoppy and yeast flavours, reasonably dry though. Some earthy Saison notes.

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Photo of mchegash
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 8/18/15

Appearance - 4/5
Clear orange/dark yellow. A little bit of haze, can see small particls throughout. Many fingers of very light tan head. Ample amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
Slight spiciness, very strong herbal/floral hops. Some citrus as well.

Taste - 3.5/5
Lemon, along with a varity of spices, including the thyme and lavender listed on the bottle. The taste is definitely extremely floral and moderately herbal. Probably the most so of any beer I've had. Overall, I'm not sure I like the way the lavender florality overpowers the beer, it kinda tastes like I'm drinking flowers. This may appear to some though. It is definitely a refreshing and interesting take on the style.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body. Carbonation is slightly less than average. Mild spiciness. Moderately crisp.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was definitely an interesting beer, however the lavender was just way too overpowering for me.

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.