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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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883 Ratings
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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 14
Gots: 109 | 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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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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%

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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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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.