Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 16
Gots: 115 | 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: 900 | Reviews: 151
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A zesty and pretty spicy farmhouse style aroma with big hints of citrus and floral spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, farmhouse funk, peppers, and a quite noticeable scent of lavender spicing. Fruit hints of lemon, banana, orange, white grape, and apple. Floral and earthy hop hints with some grass. Pale malt with some hints of grains, straw, and cracker. The lavender stands out. An interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an interesting mix of spices and fruit esters with notes of citrus and lavender. Belgian yeast with upfront notes of clove, peppers, farmhouse funk, and lots of lavender spice. Fruit notes of banana, lemons, orange, white grapes, and green apple. Earthy and floral hop presence with some notes of grass. Soft pale malt with notes of straw, grains, cracker, and biscuit. Some candied sugar sweetness as well. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A really interesting and good twist on a Saison. Solid fruit notes with a bigger hop presence than typical for the style. The lavender adds a really interesting and nice kick. I haven't had such a lavender heavy beer since Indeed's LSD.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rangerred
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a huge billowy white head. Like a good Saison, the head is rocky and has awesome staying power. It hangs on for a long time with huge clumps clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma really throws me for a loop. The spices are really in your face and seem a bit overdone. A Saison should have some yeasty spice but this just seems a bit artificial. Too much lemon and ginger. Maybe just a slight hint of actual yeast esters coming through.

The flavor lets up on the spices a little bit but not much. Still a huge hit of lemon with ginger figuring in prominently. The ginger really stands out to me and overpowers the yeast esters which are there but buried in the background. There is a good deal of heat on the back of the throat after the finish from the ginger. Mouthfeel is a little too sweet and sticky for the style.

Overall, I absolutely love Saisons and they are one of my favorite style; Stone has not done it justice. Making a good Saison basically involves using the right yeast and the right temperatures. It seems like Stone just through a ton of spices in the brew to cover up any imperfections. Not really worth seeking out.

Photo of churchillps
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

Not a saison. Not remotely close to a saison. Not even a good beer.

Photo of RexBanner
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Served from a 12 ounce bottle in a Pilsner glass.

Its appearance was golden with an off white colored one finger head that had some retention. The lacing on the glass was present throughout the session.
Not quite clear as it was somewhat hazy. Nice carbonation bubbles rising to the top. A few sediments playfully dancing in the glass as well.

The nose was of lavender, very faint citrus, maybe lemon, Pilsner hops and what I'm only assuming to be adjunct grains.
Unfortunately the taste is where this beer lost me. It tasted as if I was drinking cold bath water. I picked up the citrus, albeit very subtly. It was the taste of everything else that did me in. The lavender was very prominent, as was the Pilsner hops. Not very "hoppy" but the combination of Pilsner and lavender just didn't do it for me.
Sad to say that the rest of this one found its way down the drain of the kitchen sink.

Not the best Saison in my humble opinion, but if you've had it and enjoyed it then that's all that really matters.

Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap today at Sticks and Stones.Came to the table ina snifter a light lemon yellow with a half finger white head that left some froth.Lemon oils in the nose along with some yeasty spice.Tart lemon flavors with the sage just faintly is detected,mild white pepper in the finish.Not but it's not overly complex,basic but drinkable.

Photo of Beaver13
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, lemon peel, soapy spices (lavender and chamomile) and some musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready cereal malts, lemon, soapy spices, and a fairly bitter peppery finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, kind of odd with the sweet lemon, soapy spices and a bitter peppery finish.

Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Burnished gold with decent, stark white head of fine bubbles.

Smell: Lemon, banana, clove, fleshy fruit, citrus and pepper. A little funky.

Taste: Stromg lemon taste, along with a wide mix of fruits, including tropical & fleshy fruits, citrus and banana. Clove, pepper and general spiciness on the finish. Overall, it is both tropical and funky, which is an odd but tasty mix.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mostly dry finish. A little more syrupy than I prefer for the style.

Overall: This is a nice hoppy Saison, with a complex mix of flavors that mostly works. Definitely off-style, but I don't care about strict guidelines.

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

It's a deep, dark gold that's pretty close to clear but for a bit of haze in the body. The head is purely white, not quite one finger tall with good retention and better than average lacing.
Floral hops, a strong note of wildflower, honey and earthy spices make for a nice aroma that exhibits both delicacy and strength. The malts are pale and almost wheat-like but firm, hops balancing just right without taking over. Lemon adds a fresh, juicy zest to it while the lavender is very soft.
It's equally firm and every bit as spicy and earthy while floral and leafy hops present themselves earlier and more forcefully but, again, without pushing anything else aside. Honey and breads lie underneath, while a lot of grapefruit peel pith and a bit of tart bitterness is strong as well. Lavender works itself in very easily, working together with the other elements from start to finish.
Semi-dry from start to finish, the body feels light while maintaining closer to medium, but bright, zesty, crisp and refreshing enough that it's far from heavy. Dryness and spiciness work on the palate gently but convincingly.

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 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 dacrza1
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 16, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hennepin footed pokal... OCCASION: "coerced" by a free sample at Bottle King--oh well... APPEARANCE: a central bubble of life awakens the clear, golden body; thick, cascading white lacing that creates a lasting horizon... AROMA: immediate Cali citrus with a yeasty funk that melds well with the airy floral scents that evoke lavender or lilac--definitely a farmhouse concoction... PALATE: soft, active body--palate cleansing and refreshing; pleasant,, lengthy aftertaste...TASTE: funky, almost spicy yeast that finds the teeth as hops might; a complete profile, far beyond the hay and decay one usually encounters in this genre, with pepper sprucing up the yeast...OVERALLL: first off, I love saisons --not much needed to give this a thumbs up, but add Stone to the mix, and we have a new possibility: a refreshing yet boldly spicy, floral take....

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours hazy and a light golden yellow in color with a white head that peaks at a finger's width. Exhibits fair retention, then settles to a broken layer of surface suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty with decent stick.

Smell - A fragrant aroma that hits on lemon zing sourness, backed by notes of leafy herbs and moderate spice.

Taste - Less intense than the nose lead on. Fair lemon undertone from start to finish. Thyme and light hints of oregano that peak by mid-taste. Moderate levels of black pepper spice and lemon sourness can be found in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp, bitey carbonation. Smooth, dry finish.

Overall - Good, solid saison. Safe might be the most apt word to describe it. I'm not usually one to suggest a beer / food pairing, but I think this would go awesome with a salmon and wild rice dinner.

Photo of GilGarp
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Stone Saison is a pale golden color with unusually good clarity for the style. The head is thick at first but settles fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is full of floral hoppiness. Much more hoppy than a traditional saison.

Flavor is much the same. Big floral hops and surprisingly bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Not very well balanced and too bitter but then again this is Stone and that's what they do.

Overall a decent beer but really doesn't follow the style parameters. As a hoppy Belgian ale, not too bad.

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours a hazy golden, with a rich head of fine white foam. Beautiful and ornate drifty-cloud lacing.

Nose is interesting! I get a mustard spice, some fruit, herbal, floral, and more spice. Really unique and pleasant to behold!

Now for the taste..wow! I get tons of herbal notes, a touch of sour, spicy, funky, complex, wood esters, botanicals, flowers, and a peppery finish. Yikes, this is a very complex and excellent take on the saison style.

A superlative example of the style, and probably the best saison I’ve ever had. Really.

Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by 08/13/14. 12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours bright yellow and hazy, with a giant pillowy white head. Pervasive and pleasant aroma of lemon verbena and lavender. Flavor brings some immediate acidity. Sourness is accentuated by a heftly load of carbon dioxide. Past that, there's a little bit of fruit on the tongue, and a pleasant almost-dry finish. But really the sourness just isn't my thing. This is clearly a well executed Belgian Saison, but I'm not feeling it.

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 tempest
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cracked open a fresh bottle. It poured a clear gold with a white head. Overall it's a dry and spicy saison, but with hits of citrus you won't find in traditional Belgians. The aroma is more grassy lemon, while the flavor matches juicy hops with coriander and peppercorns. There is an astringent touch in the mouthfeel that knocks the beer, but otherwise this is a very solid American take on the style. Definitely give it a shot.

Photo of Shade1951
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is strange. My local beer garden sold this to me at "clearance" for a buck. I didn't realize it until I got home, as I had also purchased 5 other different beers. So, I'm thinking - maybe it was an expired beer? I couldn't find any date on the bottle, so I just poured it and gave it a shot.

Well, if it is indeed expired, it is still pretty impressive. I've always thought that making a big deal about the "nose" of a beer was kind of... pretentious. But the smell of this beer is really something different - and special. Another reviewer had commented that it smelled like lavender soap - and I can definitely smell why. The smell truly is "perfumy" and lavender. Kind of sweet, but quite pleasant.

The taste is very refreshing - a nice summer libation. I taste the lavender, primarily. And other vaguely sweet, but not cloyingly so, flavors.

I found the mouthfeel to be on the thin side But I don't think that's a bad thing for drinking for refreshment on a warm summer's evening.

If this is an "expired" beer, then I can only imagine that a fresher version would be even better. I can see that this beer would not be for everyone - but for an unusual, spicy, refreshing summer brew, it does the trick quite nicely.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin head on a hazy light straw colored body.
The aroma has a spicy pepper smell, dry grain and honeysuckle.
The taste starts with a raw sweetness, moves to some off-lemon bitterness. It's a bit disjointed.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's going in too many different places at once with the flavor profile.

Photo of PRLRetailDrone
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Vigorously poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Half an inch of foamy white head sitting on a slightly hazy amber beer.Head dissipated quickly into small islands. Lots of malt and spices on the nose some hop, but mostly spice. Tastes like it smells. Decent beer, but there are better brews to be had.

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

Ah yes a Stone Saison, that and Session IPA's seem all the rage, well that and Black IPA's. This 'San Diego' Saison pours clear golden with a light white cap. Aroma of some Belgian style yeasts is the extent of Saison in this glass however, lacking spice, added spice(thank you), and much yeast nuance as well(boo). OK a bit of coriander and lemon/pepper is in there. Light hop aroma after things settle a bit.

Taste carries on the concept with a light body and perhaps sensing some wheat in the mix. Smooth aftter a spin yet perhaps a bit thin without. Carbonation is there but not quite as firm as I would prefer. Interesting finish and a bit cloaking. Not very yeast/spice driven but yet not so in a negative/additive sense either. Starts off as a BPA but finishes differently but yet not to style as a Saison. Good but a bit chalky in the end for the style.

Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Enjoy by date 8/13/2014 so I'm assuming it is reasonably fresh.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with small one finger head that settled quickly and left some minimal lacing.

S: Lemon, grassy funk, lavender, and perhaps a hint of pepper.

T: A nice citrus punch of lemon offset with lavender, thyme, and a peppery spice which seems to get stronger as it warms. Lots of grassy funk and yeast notes in the back. Maybe a hint of orange peel.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Fairly light drinking.

O: An interesting twist on a farmhouse ale. Not sure I would put in the Saison category, but still a very enjoyable farmhouse style ale.

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 gillagorilla
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (didn't feel like washing my Burley Oak snifter)

A: Straw color with single finger head and a nice collar. Good effervescence.

S: Fruity yeast with a lot of herbal notes like clove and black pepper.

T: Weird tasting, but coincides with how it smells. Very funky. I know a lot of people hate saying farmhouse, but this really is. Dry, floral and with a lot of herbs. Slight citrus twist to it. It grows on you the more you drink.

M: Good carbonation and nice overall feel with the flow of bubbles across your palate.

O: Not what I was expecting at all from them for a saison. I feel like saisons are quite varied and have a whole spectrum unto themselves.

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.