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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,148
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 31.58%
Wants: 17
Gots: 219 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 1,148
Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of RexBanner
1/5  rDev -72.3%

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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, brewed 5/15/15

Pours light and near clear, off white head stays around nicely.

Coriander and lime on the sniff

More of the same on the palate biting lime, tonic, pepper, coriander again...oh yeah and crisp hops....aggressive - surprise - saison from Stone

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Webbey
1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

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.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of churchillps
1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

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

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Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Madschwaper
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chip26
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
2.67/5  rDev -26%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
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