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Stone Saison - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 16
Gots: 112 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 891 | Reviews: 151
Reviews by valdieu2:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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 mkrass
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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Stone Saison from Stone Brewing Co.
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