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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 1,106
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 198 | 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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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.63 overall rating is accurate.

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 - 3.88)

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 - 3.88)

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 - 3.63)

This was just an OK Saison. It could have been so much better. (Overall - 3.63)

3.63 | 82 | B (1,159 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (165 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of Chef74
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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). (629 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (245 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy, golden straw, thin head. nose; vegetable, peppers and light florals. taste; earthy belgian yeast, slight lavender, sweet fruit and a hot pepper sting on the end. leave it to stone brewing to replace the traditional slight peppercorn notes with a bit of an habanero hammer that builds and really starts to show up midway through the glass, but never feels overdone. a very interesting punctuation mark on the style. (421 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A fruity and wheaty aroma. A good but not great combination of both in the flavor. It leaves an iffy aftertaste that hurts it a little, but not too much. (155 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clear golden yellow in color. One finger of creamy white head dissipates super fast. Light carbonation.

Smell: Slight banana esters and super spicy.

Taste: Spicy. Pepper, nutmeg, and other baking spices. A little banana on the back end.

Feel: Pretty creamy with a surprisingly dry finish. Spicy tingles linger.

Overall: Love this saison. Its definitely out there and different. Really focuses on the spice and is unapologetic. Fantastically different. (470 characters)

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe my tastebuds are off but I smell and taste Belgian style yeast and a hint of bubble gum in the taste. Definitely a hot pepper aftertaste on the back of the roof of my mouth. An interesting beer. (201 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden, good initial head with a ring of lace at the top of the glass.

Smells crisp - green pepper, lavender.

Quite peppery, with lemon, green pepper, and coriander in the mix.

Bubbly mouthfeel.

I like this. It's quite peppery, but comes of as really light and crisp. (277 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No head? Unsure what's going on there. Tried a few in a few different glasses, so seems to be an issue with the beer. Nose and flavors are surprisingly straight-forward. Your standard earthiness, but then a significant candy sweetness that overwhelms most of the rest of the flavors. Maybe a bit more hop kick than is common in the style? Not a lot going on besides that sweetness; surprising for a Stone beer. Body is appropriate. Underwhelming but not undrinkable. (466 characters)

Photo of GrahamDN
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

"Bottled on 05/20/15"; drunk 06/22/15.

Lovely medium gold and exceptionally clear. Medium head dissipates to leave some lacing along the walls of the glass.

A bouquet of citrus and herbs backed by flowers and spice stands out over top a faint sour note and some sweet, subdued grainy malt.

Much of the same on the palate, but differently ordered. Pale malt with an exciting peppery tingle, followed by a bright green herbal flavor. Lemon peel is there too, but so delicately wrapped up in the floral and herbal character that they seem inseparable. The light sweetness on the palate disappears on the finish, leaving a dry lemon-pepper aftertaste with bright lemony-herbal bitterness that is as the same time satisfying in itself and dying to be washed away with another sip.

Medium-light body. Fine carbonation and pepper spice make the mouthfeel. The peppery character might be overdone for some, but I really enjoy its center-stage presence.

Considering that saisons at their origin were likely seasoned with more than just hops, Stone's seemingly non-traditional saison may be more traditional than one thinks at first. Either way--it's delicious, and I'll buy it again whenever it's on shelves. (1,213 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone balloon glass.

Look: A clear light copper (almost golden) body that has slowly rising bubbles holds up a white head that leaves a wisp after receding. Very little lacing.

Aroma: Lemon zest and lavender come out really strong up front. There's a lovely soft spiciness of black pepper on the back end.

Taste: The beers starts off with a taste not unlike coriander but quickly moves into the spice rack with more peppery heat coming through dressed in bits of lemon peel and lemon thyme. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Not my favorite style by a long way, but I appreciate what they did with this. You can really pick out the individual flavors. Well done. (709 characters)

Photo of Chickenshack
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Want to like this beer but here's the thing...

So, saisons are quite popular these days and as a seasonal spring summer beer this is a good one. Stone is one of the better brewers around. They didn't decide to gratuitously over hop this one and kick up the abv for no reason at all but they did decide to help the naturally occurring citrus, floral, herbal and spice notes of what is probably an already good beer along by adding a touch of this and a pinch of that and I think they might have overdone it. Like adding strawberry syrup to a naturally processed Ethiopian coffee. With the great yeasty carbonation of this beer I couldn't help but make the unfortunate comparison to a beer poured into a glass with residue of lemon verbena dish soap. Actually I ruined this beer for my friend when I told him that; I tried to convince him it wasn't that bad afterwards. Still had a nice yeasty taste and decent body and as we proceeded to cook it was crisp and refreshing with dinner.

All in all better than it tastes but would not buy it again. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Brew_Betty
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spices used - lemon zest, lemon thyme, lavender, grains of paradise and habanero peppers.

Aroma - thyme, lavender, crackers, spicy notes and mild esters from the Belgian yeast

Taste - lemon and pepper with some heat in the finish from the habaneros

Overall - the use of habaneros is unexpected for the style, but it seems to work well. This is more of a "spice beer" than an authentic Belgian saison with spices. (417 characters)

Photo of NickSMpls
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 5/9/15, consumed on a warm Sunday PM on the deck. Pours a bit cloudy and quickly fading head. Smell the spices which dominate the taste, almost overpowers the rest. Bought as part of their summer 24-pack. Will drink the six but won't seek it out on its own. (272 characters)

Photo of Flip_Smash
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hint of farmhouse funk, lighter in carbonation that I'd expect or want, lemon, hint of pepperiness, light bodied and slightly astringent. It'd be set up to be a great summery saison-like offering but somewhere the spices go a bit off the rails and wind up being a bit harsh, maybe because there's more hops than would be typical (except that it's from Stone). Very close to excellent, but a bit offputting. (408 characters)

Photo of Caj1
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light gold with slight haze, not a huge head and it doesn't last too long but has okay lacing.

Smell is equal parts lemon and spice; the lavender, thyme and cloves are readily apparent and it becomes a peppery mix. There is a little bit of malt warmth and some yeast spice.

Taste has a big old wallop of spice, with thyme at the front, and also some black pepper spice on the tongue. Lavender and citrus floral notes predominate the nose, and the flowery aroma of thyme follows behind while the hops add slight bitterness. Sweetness from malt is an afterthought with all the herbs and spice, though it is still noticeable and helps cut a small amount of the spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some nice crispness from the citrus, plus a nice peppery tingle on the tongue, also a little bit drying.

I am finding that I don't care a great deal for this style but I did warm to this iteration slightly. The big dealbreaker is the overwhelming herb flavor of this style, but that is a matter of preference as well. The beer iteelf is good and the spices balance nicely, but it is just too much to enjoy thoroughly. If you are a fan of saisons, then you may well enjoy this, but I am content to leave this on the shelf next go-round.

To good health and good beer. (1,286 characters)

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.