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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 1,239
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 32.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 252 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 edward_boumil
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Golden yellow, excellent head, plenty of lace. Looks enticing
S: A little bit of yeasty ester, some hints of fresh grain/dough. Spice and citrus are also present as well. Aroma is very light though.
T: Somewhat bland. Definately a bit crisp and bitter. Has a peppery sort of finish. HInts of citrus as well again.
F: Body is smooth, however it is a bit bitter which sort of takes away from the freshing aspects of this beer. Almost makes you more thirsty.
O: Somewhat meh for a saison. Misses a couple of key notes, and drinks kind of odd for what is supposed to be a light refreshing beer. Has promise though.

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Photo of doseblokes
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Most disgusting saison I've ever tried. Tastes medicinal is the best way to describe. Missing the funk and instead overburdened with the random crap they decided to put in from the garden. I am no impressed. Stick to what you know..... Overdone IPA.

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Photo of Myotus
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 01Jul15) into a tulip. Consumed on 17Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of dense, white foam. At 35 seconds, the foam head becomes rocky and poruous. At 2 minutes and 45 seconds, the foam head has dissipated into a quarter fingers worth, leaving behind a subtle amount of very thick foam. Gold in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are subtle in quantity and medium in size. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of herbal/minty/citrusy lemon thyme and lavender (I honestly expected for these to be in the background, but I love it!) are backed by subtle aromas of bananas and black pepper.
TASTE: Very strong lemon thyme flavors are perceived firstly and are immediately followed by strong lavender flavors. Strong black pepper flavors along with mild banana flavors enter lastly as previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes very dry.
NOTE: This smelled incredible, but tunred out to just taste good. Nothing mind-blowing. This was too peppery for me to rate it any higher. The lemon thyme flavors could have also been turned down a bit. This was a good first from Stone in the Saison department.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw/light golden color with a wispy head of large bubbles.

Noticing lemon the most on the aroma and I love lemon! Yeasty as well, perhaps some bread.

Taste is light and bubbly, a bit dry on the end. Nothing jumps out at me but its very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with 1 finger worth of fluffy white head.

Aroma is citrusy, yeasty, and very spicy. Perhaps a hint of a honey-like sweetness. A bouquet of different spices -- so many it's almost hard to pick each one out.

Taste is very nice! Not overly sweet (a common complaint I have with these style interpretations), yet it's not overly dry. Citrus and spice rapidly cycle. A primarily dominant lemony-citrus flavor emerges, but it is then quickly cut by a varietal of different spices. Lavender and clove are the most prominent, but others are definitely present. A bit of spicy raw ginger finishes the sip.

Overall, this is a good example of a saison. While nicely flavored, it perhaps has a bit too many spices added. The simplicity and true flavor of the Belgian yeast is overshadowed by all the different spice additives. I see this pairing well with deep fried sweet breads with a fennel and orange salad. It gets a 85.5/100.

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Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with lemon zest as well as lemon thyme, it's only appropriate Stone Saison have a lemon peel yellow colour and a 'sunny, clear and warm weather day' complexion. The extra little pep in its carbonation not only creates for impressive lacing but also makes it appear visually quite refreshing.

Historically farmhouse ales, it's not uncommon for Saisons to have funky barnyard notes. And while this is promoted as a literal expression of the farm (the 19 acre one owned by the brewery from which the herbs in this recipe have been sourced), it smells fresh and elegant, as if the bottle was plucked from a perfume shop. Notions of a cream soda-like vanilla are conjured by that fragrant lavender.

It's a profile that few could find anything to complain about, especially if they're familiar with the style. The taste of wholesome cereal grains is mildly honeyed, lending a sweetness that plays right into the calming floral sensation of the lavender, while the thyme echoes its subtle similarities to rosemary and mint. The acidity of the citrus provides dimension as well as a relaxing tropical fruit air.

Though a clever concoction, Stone Saison has its critics. Internet reviews, while decent, aren't overly generous. Partly this is because it doesn't resemble the sour, funky farmhouse ales made popular by the likes of Hill Farmstead and Logsdon. But also it deviates from the time-honored Saison Dupont mold. Regardless, know this modern interpretation is crafted to old-world standards of quality.

Where it doesn't quite stand up, however, is the mouthfeel. Obviously things aren't as "fun" without bacterial tartness. And while its light body, gentle warming sensation and prickly acidity fit the traditional style description on paper, it doesn't offer the same heartiness and finishes on a surprisingly peppery bitterness - lavender is actually quite spicy! That piquancy is subtle but, arising in the finish, does stick.

The fact that California pioneered the craft beer renaissance and continues to offers many of the best beers in the world is an extension of its prime agricultural output, fastidious food scene, and entrepreneurial minds. Arguably no beer better represents all this than Stone Saison - a product of the physical land itself, conceived by a ridiculously discriminating artisan who continues to act as pioneer within the industry. It's a laudable creation that's been well executed.

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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
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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. 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.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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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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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.