Stone / Evil Twin / Stillwater "The Perfect Crime"
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Stone / Evil Twin / Stillwater  "The Perfect Crime"Stone / Evil Twin / Stillwater  "The Perfect Crime"
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
80
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 13.88%
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
649
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  47
SCORE
80
Good
Stone / Evil Twin / Stillwater  "The Perfect Crime"Stone / Evil Twin / Stillwater  "The Perfect Crime"
Notes: In a masterfully orchestrated collaboration of the minds, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Denmark's Evil Twin Brewing, Brian Strumke from Baltimore's Stillwater Artisanal Ales, and Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele crafted a beer that cleverly exploits the definition of a saison.
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Just a few shades shy of black with a head that's disappointing in terms of volume, but is tightly formed and leaves a fair amount of lacing up top.

The nose on this is like Exhibit A of why I haven't been a huge fan of the black saisons I've run into so far. It's pleasant enough but roast and light chocolate notes blunt any notions of the typical saison stuff. Dark fruit, mild spicing, bready. I dunno, pleasant but not what I'm expecting. It has to warm up plenty before the smoky notes begin to amount to much

The smoky flavor is more pronounced, and there's a sharp roast bite to this stuff. Oddly it's kinda thickish and creamy. It's yeasty, but without the crisp and bright spicy/fruity/lively goodness you want in a saison. A rare dud from Escondido.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small/medium, off-white head. Scent is smokey and meaty. Smells like smoked meat with a bit of saison spice. Some grassy hop aromas. Taste is just like it smells, but with more depth. This beer starts of with the smoke and rich flavors. Slowly blends into spicy, saison-like flavors. Not funky at all, which unfortunately takes away from my favorite aspect of a good saison. For what this beer lacks in funk, it makes up for in smokey goodness. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and refreshing...probably the most refreshing smoked beer I've had. Guess that's the saison side of it. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer sure is strange. It definitely doesn't play by the rules. I wouldn't say it's a good saison/farmhouse ale. But I'd for sure call it a good smoked beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a finger wide tan head that dispersed into thin lacing rather quickly. The scent was of licorice and black coffee, with a slight smokey character. Decent, but lacking any complex aromas. The flavor was where the beer captured my senses. It began with sour notes and slight citrus flavors, these remained throughout the sip. The taste than picked up notes of licorice and black coffee as the sip finished. Each sip left a smokey aftertaste that was present, but not overpowering. Quite a good beer in flavor profile. The mouthfeel was quite carbonated, though not enough that the beer was difficult to drink, and the carbonation seemed to compliment the flavors. Overall this is an excellent beer that provided a nice set of flavors that meld quite well together.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: The Perfect Crime is a deep, dark reddish-brown. It looks like a lot like a Porter with it's light brown head that slips away within a minute or two of the pour. The lacing is thin, but gets good coverage.

SMELL: Oddly enough, mint is the first thing that stands out to me in the nose here. And no, I did not just finish up a glass of Mint Stout. The mint isn't the most dominant smell, but aside from your other typical Saison smells; citrus, earthy hops and a little grass, that is what seems to set this apart from other Saisons.

TASTE: Wow, this is a grassy beer. Funky too. Funky and grassy. Some roasted malty flavors dance around with orange and other citrus flavors and they become more apparent with some warmth. The citrus becomes more pronounced towards the back end as the finish tastes strongly like bitter grapefruit. The backbone, however, is still the grass.

MOUTHFEEL: Given the color, this is a relatively light-bodied beer. The carbonation is also strong, providing a cleansing feel and it is very dry. Quite nice in this department.

OVERALL: Obviously this is not your typical Saison, but many characteristics of a farmhouse ale come through, particularly the fruity funkiness. The twist here is with the roasted malt and the more intense grapefruity bitterness (and maybe the mint?) This is a nice change of pace from the run-of-the-mill Saison.

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Photo of PopnLoads
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep black color with a creamy beige head. The head initially stands at an inch an a half in height, but settles shortly into a half inch cap. Lacing is thin and web-like.

S: Spicy and perfumey Belgian yeast. Cinnamon, pepper, subtle hints of clove. Bread crust, black cocoa powder, charcoal and soot. Very slight whiff of smoked malts.

T: Soot and charcoal malt tastes are cut by a strong hit of clove. Pepper and spicy Belgian yeast tastes are quickly followed by a touch of acrid smoked malts. Light fruitiness. Slight oily hop presence in the background. Finishes with clove, smoke, and fleeting oily hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Airy, fluffy, and creamy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation.

O: The combination of flavors at play just don't work. Smoked malts and Belgian yeast don't really seem to jive. The phenol tastes are sharp and pronounced too, and it starts to wear on the palate.

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Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mbs11
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Justin_Neff
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark, dark brown color with a 1-2 finger head that fades fast and doesn't lace the glass much.

S: Tons of Funk smell. A little smoke. There's a little fruit, a little pine, and a hint of farmhouse. Definitely not what I expect or want from the description of a "Smoked Black Saison".

T: Almost exactly what you expect from the nose - only difference is that you get a little more smoke than smell would suggest, which is a good thing. The funky, wild yeast smell tastes very diluted and doesn't mesh well with the smoke. As a whole, the beer tastes diluted.

M: Very light body, could be thicker, but has a good level of carbonation.

O: I'll give it a 3, for the sheer creativity of the idea, but overall my least favorite of the Stone Collaborations - by a long shot.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Sam21
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Purchased for $3.99. Bottled on 10/26/12. 

A- Dark brown liquor that takes on an opaqueness in the glass. Black. Creamy tan foam caps it off with decent retention and lacing. 

S- Not much at first. A bit of smoke, Belgian fruit esters, and a touch of toasted malt. Bubblegum and a touch of banana add sweetness to the aroma. 

T- This is a really intriguing beer. There is definitely a disconnect between my eyes and what my taste buds expect. I'm expecting the rich roast flavors and deep malt sweetness of an American stout, but am left hanging, as I should be. Sweet juicy fruit notes open up on the palate first. Bits of pineapple, lemon zest, and orange. The sweetness is very sugary and candied, but has a balancing roasty edge to it. The sweetness and fruit profile is exactly what I would expect from a quality Saison or other Belgian golden. Within the roasty edge, which appears behind the fruit, there is a light smoky backdrop. It's a mysterious turn for my taste buds. You really have to abandon all expectations and sit with this one. It finishes with a nice balanced hop bitterness that is both citrusy and slightly medicinal. Overall, this is not an extreme beer, as the flavors are all really nicely integrated and balanced. 

MF- The body is light with a juicy quality to it. It's a bit lighter than I would like for a beer with Belgian roots. My preference would be for more of that soft effervescent quality of some bigger Belgians, but it definitely does not detract from the flavors. It carries the beer as it should - it's just not a standout aspect. 

O- Here is my disclaimer: I love Belgian/Belgian-style beers. These brewers knew what they were doing and really crafted something special with this beer. You can taste the thought that went into it. The components are nicely structured in the flavor profile and each layer is easily peeled back. The aroma was a bit mild for me and the body could have used a boost, but neither detracted from the flavor. 6.8%? Wish my glass would refill itself. It went down far too fast. 

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of albertjr21
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter, brew pours a solid roasted brown color (black) under a light beige head. Interesting sweet and tart herbal aroma that hints at spicy pungent lemon peel up front over earthy notes of cocoa. Certainly carries the aroma of a saison. This may be the brightest/herbal/spiciest flavor I've ever had to so dark of an appearance. Voila! Black Saison it is...Sweet and tart citrus spice takes a sharp ride in the mouth feel at an enjoyable level. Roasted malt subtly but significantly lends itself to the palate in a dry fruity finish. Very interested to pair this with food next time...

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Photo of beersdmf17
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of JonBarley
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Eastside151
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of AdamBear
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a nice stable tan head

S-dark belgian spices, a certain mustiness, cooked vegetables. some spicy peppers. a lot going on here. medium strength. very odd.

T-comes in with a spicy and creamy taste of mellow belgian grains and cooked peppers. all very mild. the after-taste comes in with a deep smokey cocoa flavor. its not as complex as the nose lets on. overall a good flavor though.

M-chalky medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is no saison, it doesn't even taste like the other dark saisons i've tried. it really tastes like an odd stout, more than anything else. its really just okay, whatever it is. i wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, or get it for anyone else.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance- Beautiful black with 2 finger off white fluffy head that shows no sign of leaving. Good lacing

Smell- Belgian bready yeast, apple, cherry, vanilla, very light smoke, light hops.

Taste- Funky yeast up front, roasted malts, very light smoke. Mostly hops. Hoppier than expected.

Mouthfeel- Light, ample carbonation, clean finish.

Overall- Not bad at all. I wouldnt call this a saison. Reasonably hoppy.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Sazz9
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Stone / Evil Twin / Stillwater "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 649 ratings