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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 12-14-2017

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3
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
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Photo of monkist
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing Saison or Farmhouse Ale, whatchamacallit. It is just the type that I love so much, almost like what Prairie makes, maybe the spices used or the yeast, or the balance of both but it's just simply amazing. That remarkable yeast/spice flavor is overwhelming but in a way that the (wild?) yeast supports the spices 100%, you don't even notice it but feel that there is some serious funk going on. It's also has enough sour and zesty feeling - and thank goodness, no Belgian toothpaste yeast (after)taste! Perfect finish!
I could go on drinking this day and night, I simply can't get tired of this taste, so exciting, so refreshing, so unusual!
You might think I exaggerate but then try it for yourself! I was knocked out, point blank, hats off to these three amazing breweries!
The only pity was that it was only a pint...

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Photo of doktorhops
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone, I love Stone [not getting stoned - not into that, sorry!]. Damn their beers can be expensive though - this corked and caged 500ml bottle cost me around $36, that’s halfway to the most expensive beer I’ve ever bought ($60 for a 330ml bottle of Westvleteren XII), anyway you get what you paid for, and Barrel-Aged beers are expensive in general. The main drawcard for me with this brew was this: rosemary. I’ve been wanting to try a beer brewed with rosemary for ages. Also parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme “remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine” - who doesn’t love Simon and Garfunkel? Probably people born this century, but really what do they know? Yeah!

Poured from a 500ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fairly hazed pale orange body with a rather active white head that fizzles out pretty quickly leaving a thin lace ring. It’s no contender for best looking beer, but it looks drinkable nonetheless. 7/10.

S: Dry and musty Brettanomyces yeast upfront provides a decent barnyard funky hay-bale Saison credentials - this is definitely a farmhouse ale, there’s no disputing that. The rest of the aroma is dedicated to herbal and floral notes, with a bit of bubble-gum thrown into the mix. Yep, this is one of those beers I could sit in the corner and sniff for ages [as long as no one sees me acting like some sort of beer-sniffing lunatic]. “Sensational aroma!” is what I could have said more aptly. 10/10.

T: Flavour is a complex mix of the above: dry/musty and spicy Brett yeast, dry herbal centre with hints of sage and thyme, white wine grapes, hints of floral notes and bubble-gum, capped off with a looooong dry herbal finish. Flavours overall of a crazy complex and exceptional brew that is a little too yeast-driven and missing the rosemary, parsley and red wine barrel characters, however this was going to be a hectic brew and those flavours have no doubt been drowned out in the sheer cacophony of ingredients. 9/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a dense and prickly carbonation. 8/10.

D: This brew more than anything reminds me of Trappist brews like Orval - herbal rich, dry and spicy - and apart from the above noted flavours being pushed out by other flavours it is bang on what I was expecting. Oh yeah, and 9.3% ABV - doesn’t taste anything near that! Another admirable effort from Stone, though a bit too many Brett strains, go easy on the yeast next time Stone. 8/10.

Food match: Roast chicken with a herb salad and roasted veggies.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red apple, white grape, red/white wine, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, peppercorn, clove, oak, wheat, cracker, white bread, spicy rye, hay, straw, and grass; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, wine barrels, and moderate pale/rye malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red apple, white grape, red/white wine, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, peppercorn, clove, oak, wheat, cracker, white bread, spicy rye, hay, straw, and grass; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness; light herbal bitterness, and wine/oak tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, melon, red apple, white grape, red/white wine, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, peppercorn, clove, oak, wheat, cracker, white bread, spicy rye, hay, straw, grass, vanilla, funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, wine barrels, and moderate pale/rye malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance; and minimal wine/oak/spice astringency. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast spiciness and wine/oak tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Slight slick/silky notes from the barrel aging. Alcohol is very well hidden; a slightly increasing warmth of 9.3% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged spiced saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, herbal spices, wine barrels, and moderate pale/rye malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on, with the modestly spicy/tannic/drying finish. Liked this just as much as the base beer. The barrels mellow out a lot of the spice intensity, especially in the aromas; but you still get a nice hit of all 4 on the flavors. Great well rounded saison yeast complexity, with perfect balance of wine barrels and pale/rye malts. A really enjoyable offering.

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Stone / Dogfish Head / Victory - Saison Du BUFF - Red & White Wine Barrel-A from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 3 ratings