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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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887 Ratings
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 14
Gots: 108 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 04-13-2014

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Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy gold color with very fast carbonation bubbles racing up the top to a massive 3 finger snow white cloudy head that faded slowly and left very goof spotty foam lacing and rings as it went down. The head was incredible and did not budge for well over a minute; I stuck my finger in it and caused a sinkhole and it still held strong with it’s massive array of bubbles of all sizes – a great looking beer.

Smells of lemon, yeast, coriander, lemongrass, honey, a light funk, chamomile, dry hay, flower petals, light clove, white pepper, and a crazy mix of spices like potpourri. A lot of grassy and earthy tones mix in with the spices and yeast, so this was a pretty good take on the style.

Tastes very similar to the smell but with more fruit like grapefruit, tart apple, orange peel and white grapes; the rest of the flavor is a mix of the lemon, funky yeast, lemongrass, honey, coriander, chamomile, dry hay, flower petals or very dry floral hops, cracker, spices like pepper, clove, ginger and others spices I can’t distinguish, which is followed by a tangy powder-like taste that leaves this very dry. The spices are so mixed up and aggressive that like the nose comes off like potpourri and detracts from the nice fruity flavors that started this off. It’s almost a little soapy like bath water too.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with mild, zesty carbonation that’s like ginger ale, a light to medium body and a dry spicy finish. There is less funk as the flavor fades to a very dry state.

This was good, and I will have it again to see if each batch brings something different to the table, but it was only above average for the style and almost like a Stone book report since the brew was very non-aggressive. Worth a try for sure, but those who fancy themselves as saison purists will be a little let down.

Photo of soulcougher
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ZaxGhost
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tommy5
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, golden copper/orange color with a full finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of English muffins and sourdough bread, mingled with tons of orange-like citrus, ginger, coriander, saffron, honey, clover, honeysuckle, a touch of sage and thyme, and lots of Belgian yeast. Very nice!

Taste: Pretty good, but not as nice as the aroma. A lot of the same flavors as the aromas are present, specifically, toasted malt, orange-like citrus, ginger, coriander, saffron, honey, clover, honeysuckle, a touch of sage and thyme, and lots of Belgian yeast, however, there’s also a lot of piney, bitter hops, which makes it the bitterest, hoppiest saison I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good saison, but to my palate, not great. I like the flavors of toasted malt, orange-like citrus and the spices, but for my taste, there is way too much hops and bitterness. It really doesn’t even come off as a saison, in my mind, just a very spicy American pale ale or IPA. I shouldn’t have been surprised, this is a beer brewed by Stone Brewery, however, I am disappointed.

Photo of stwok21
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Look: Cloudy gold color, fluffy white head

Smell: Fruity and spicy

Taste: Fruity up front, floral, a little spicy, with a dry finish

Feel: Light body with good carbonation

Overall: I enjoy saisons, and I enjoy Stone, but this was disappointing. Didn't taste too much like a Stone take on the style, and the differences between this and a traditional saison don't bring anything to the table

Photo of bismarksays
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of the_encinitan
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of informaticsDoc
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Testosterownd
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Naniamania
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Gravesnyper
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.