Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 16
Gots: 121 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 04-13-2014

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Ratings: 907 | Reviews: 153
Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-a little to light for the style but still has good cup lacing
- smell is light, some hops, and alot of floral scents and fresh scents
-the earthy tones complement well with the hops and spices, but the earthy tones are lighter than i would prefer
- feel a less carbonated feel makes for a good beer and all well complement each other
- i liked were they were going with it but it lacks some of the flavor that would make it stand out

Photo of Cih26d
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a traditional saison...a little more citrusy and little less carbonated. More hoppy like you'd expect from a stone.

Photo of EMV
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep hazy amber with a ridiculously thick white head that takes forever and a half to fall.

S: Herbal/floral on the nose... cumin and thyme mixed with orange peel and lemon. Cut grass and yeast.

T/F: Spicy/herbal with some citrus notes. Somewhat unpleasant on the spices. Pretty carbonated and effervescent.

O: In general I love what Stone has to offer, and while this beer is unique and well crafted I think it misses the mark. I snagged a case on the cheap (discount bin at $18) which should have been a tipoff. Not one I'd get again. Probably worth trying once.

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 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 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 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 drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Photo of delta490
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By 10/23/14

A- Pours a light gold with a high clarity, pretty unusual for a saison. Small white head the dissipated quickly, another thing I haven't seen in a saison before. Usually saison have a high carbonation and a high pillowy white head the sticks around.

S- Lots of the lemon and thyme are coming through. A light sweetness and some saison yeast poking through but the spices are pretty overwhelming.

T- Similar to aroma, the spices are the main thing you taste, mostly thyme, some lemon, slight sweetness, the saison character comes through more in the flavor and after drinking it a bit I find it a bit enjoyable, but the spices are still overdone. Also some Saaz hops in there.

M- Lighter side of medium, not as much carbonation as I've had in other saisons.

O- Your opinion of this beers depends on how you like spices in beers. To me they really could have called this a spice beer rather than a regular saison. After a bit I got used to the thyme flavor but it still overwhelms and detracts from what you usually look for in the style. Tone down the spices and don't filter it and Stone might have something.

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%

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!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +13%

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

Photo of mokeefe11
4/5  rDev +13%

Interestingly spicy, tastes special, very drinkable

Photo of angrybabboon
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 9/26/14

A: Pours clear, deep gold with some yellow and tangerine hues - medium-sized white head, fades to a very wispy head, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Forget the farmhouse, this is a flower shop - extremely floral, with a rampant abundance of lavender - the smell of lavender is indeed nice, but it really dominates the aroma - very floral in general, with some floral citrus, and some floral lemon - spicy - maybe some tartness underneath the lavender and lemon - pale malts at its core

T: Flowery and spicy - tastes very floral and also kind of spicy, like a few specs of cayenne powder found its way in here - very flowery and very herbal, with some hints of grass - lemons and pepper - some clove and yeasty flavors, but it's mostly about the spices - some pale malts and some sweetness - leaves an earthy, spicy, peppery aftertaste

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, kind of rough to drink due to its spicy herbal weirdness

O: Still better than drinking lavender and chamomile soap

Every time I review a beer from Stone that I do not particularly enjoy, I say the same thing: I really love Stone and they make great beers... This just isn't one of them. It's somewhere between an interesting experiment and a flop. I really wouldn't call this a saison. It's lacking all the subtlety that the style demands. As a lavender & herb beer, I guess it works.

Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle
A-pours a slight hazed yellow color with a thin white head just a trace of lacing
S-large dose of spice and citrus peel
T-strong spice and a medicinal taste notes of lemon and yeast
M-dry with lower carbonation lemon tart finish
O-to much sprice and citrus rind taste ill avoid this one when wanting a saison

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

(3.60) A: Palest of lemon peel coloring sits as a dense tangering orange in the vessel with a glass consuming pearl white head that was soapy and porous along the edges, pitted and decaying on the surface. Decent rise of carbonation when backlighted. Left a big sloppy mess of lace coating.

(3.40) S: Musky barnyard, damp citrus-orange with a slight funky yeastiness with some damp grains. Light scent over all, not as spicy or pronounced as hoped for.

(3.60) T: Flavor was spicy dry orange, yeasty with a dominant black peppery flair. Dry pear, herbs, parsley, with a spicy bite of musky tangerine. Warm piney rosemary, dry citric hop notes with a hint of anise on the close. Lingering peppery fade.

(3.55) M: Light and creamy mouthful, spicy dry peppery bite, fair amount of co2, but could of used some tightening and more crispness.

(3.60) O: big visual, spicy dry flavor, easy consumption, an everyday saision if that's what you are looking for. Hardcore farmhouse fans may find this a bit of a let down flavor wise.

Photo of Webbey
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

Left a rating but accidentally deleted it.

The beer seems great at first but then a medicinal, powder pill flavor sets in. It was like that feeling you have when you keep medicine in your mouth for too long before you down it. Extremely bitter and did not seem right to me.

I'm sure it is a great beer and that I more than likely had a bad bottle. But, the one I had was DEFINITELY just barely a 1.5.

Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with a big white head. Pretty dense carbonation and fairly heavy lacing.

Aroma: Big spice and lemon presence up front. Fair amount of ginger in there, too.

Taste: This beer brings big spice, lemon, ginger and pepper flavors. It's not lacking for flavor at all. If anything, it's kind of unsubtle. Also has some alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard depth for the style.

Overall: Solid saison, but not my favorite Stone brew. It's slightly more aggressive than I typically prefer in this style. Worth a try.

Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Picked up a couple of singles at Total Wine back in early June for $2.29 each. Can't see a Enjoy By date,

Beer poured gold with not much of a head.

Nose smells medicinal and a bit floral.

Taste is peppery and hot with some lemony floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with no special smoothness/lightness quality.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing to write home about. Worthy of a shot.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Stone's saison pours a hazy yellow with thick rich sudsy white foam and very nice lacing. The
nose is of lemon zest, white pepper, ginger, and light esters mingling with Belgian candy sugar.
The taste is pretty unique for the style. Clove and lemon and coriander just simply overpower
this ale almost burning it into the back of the taste wrecking any palate for a time. Lightly
bitter and little sweetness shine through. It is somewhat all over the board, I have trouble
identifying what it is other than what it is supposed to be by name. Mouthfeel is decent with
nice carbonation. That said, the aftertaste leaves me wanting something other than this. A
saison.....no.....an ode to individuality, yes. Being unique and different is good, being so
unique that you are thrown into oddity is not.

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nice to see Stone offering up something that's ostensibly not a hop-bomb of sorts. This stuff pours a hazy amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, light black pepper, sweet flowers, light grass, light wheat, a hint of lemon zest, and a touch of Belgian candi sugar. The taste continues to bring the spice pain, the lemon, wheat, and yeast tossed on the back burner to languish. Some leafy greens try to peak in from the distant background, but to very little avail. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though not necessarily a bad beer, per se, it's a pretty weak excuse for a saison. Yeah, I'm probably not gonna grab another bottle of this any time soon.

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
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