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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chugalug06 on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
645
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
26.44%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
47
For Trade:
5
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, herbs, adhesive bandages, and some smoked wood aromas. Taste is slightly sour with some dark roasted malt, char, and smoke flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and a tart twang with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with some odd aromas and flavors that don't meld together very well. Unfortunately, this will go down as another miss in the Stone collaboration series in my book.

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Photo of rudzud
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark clear brown though when filled i na glass its too dark to see through, with a good one finger light tan/subtle mocha head that faded to a light, thin blanket with a nice foamy halo. Some light side lacing as well.

S - Some light smoke, very light, hints of roasted malts, some barnyard funk. Some light alcohol as well.

T - Flavors dont quite jive, but, alright. So you have the smoked malt thing going on here, light smoke up front that clashes with belgian yeasts. Peppery, funky saison belgian yeasts. And then some random pine hop bitterness thrown in at the end.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, decent carbonation for a saison. Should be higher up (number wise) but the clashing flavors makes this sit a bit odd.

O - Overall, this is one heck of a clashing beer. Smoked malts and belgian yeasts werent really meant to go together, not like this atleast. Unfortunate.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am not one to crap on Stone's collabos, but this one was subpar. Not a bad beer, but as I review my notes I find a beer that looked black w/ lace rings and mostly a malty aroma w/ very lil in the hop or yeast department. Taste is more of the same as the beer's malts of weet and dryness overpower the noticeable hops and the not at all noticeable saison qualities. I wouldn't call this a black saison at al but more like a porter or stou w/ some belgian characteristics. Not bad, but not worth trying if you haven't already.

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Photo of JRed
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep black with reddish edges and an off-white head. Saison aroma of apple skins, pepper, sauerkraut. Sweet and tangy mustard. Tastes of apple skins, sauerkraut, tangy with spicy mustard powder. Almost no smoke, thin beer. Light body with light carbonation. A Perfect Crime against the public at $7.99 for a 12 oz. bottle. It's allright but not worth the money.

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Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass jet black with a nice looking large fluffy tannish colored head that stuck like glue leaving multiple globs of lace as it settled slowly.Aromas were dry and very earthy...almost dirty,light spiced phenols and mild smoke rounded out the nose.The palate was dry as well with earthy notes and phenols mainly,the earthiness was to big for my lining,the smoke comes into play more in the aftertaste.Not overly impressed with this offering sad to say.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip
A – Fine 3 finger light tan head, very good retention with decent coarse lacing settled to a lumpy pillow, near black brew. Good looking brew 4
S – Saison/farmhouse character & yeast, roast malty sweetness, with pepper/spice notes 3
T – Lots to figure out here, peppery, roasted malts with a mild smoke/spice character, a mild sweetness and rind bitterness, not very comparable to a standard saison, a very unique style and flavor profile, notes of unsweetened chocolate, drawn-out after taste 3.5
M – Light to moderate body, easy drinking, thinner than preferred 3
O – A curious beer that is a unique blend of saison lightness and some clumsy darkness, I liked the flavors but did not sincerely enjoy them 3

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Photo of scottfrie
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a billowing dark brown head that faded into a lasting thin film. A complex network of lace was left down the glass.
S: Smokey with sweeter notes of caramel. Mild nose, pretty straightforward. Maybe a hint of yeast.
T: Follows the nose. Smokey and sweet with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and raisins. Smokey sweet finish, mildly bitter aftertaste. Belgian yeast maybe pokes through in the finish but other than that this tastes like a full on porter.
M: Full carbonation, airy and frothy. Medium-full body, sweet and slick mouthfeel.
O: A porter if I’ve ever had one, and a pretty solid one at that. As a saison, even a knowingly “dark” saison, I’m just not feeling it. Worth a try but not their greatest.

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Photo of cvm4
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours pretty black, like a dark porter. Tan one finger head with a little lacing.

S - Pepper, grass, funk, smokey... Pretty unique.

T - Smoked porter meets a saison. Roasted malts, white pepper & yeast. Some hoppiness peaks through.

M - Lighter body, high carbonation.

O - I'm not wild about the mixing of these two styles. I love a black IPA, just not a black saison. The only perfect crime is that they stole my money.

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Photo of Amalak
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got it at the Beer Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
A. And extremely dark brown, almost black. Some light comes through at the bottom. It has a thick, foamy, tan head that leaves some good lacing.

S. It has an alcohol, metallic and malt scent.

T. It has a roasted taste followed by an intense smokey malt flavor. A slight bitterness. Some dark fruit characteristics. It has a bit of a metallic taste. Some alcohol heaviness.

M. Crisp with a medium to full body.

O. It definitely has a complex array of flavors. I find it to be nice, but it has a bit too much of a metallic taste to it to make it exceptional.

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Photo of gpogo
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Black body small tan ring of head.

A- Clean malt aroma. Not really much going on here, pretty plain. Slight roast and dark sweet malts.

T- Very clean dry flavor. Some roasted malt upfront with a sweetness and finishes dry and spicy. The simplicity is nice, but I expected something more complex from this. Smoke isn't pronounced at all. Warming alcohol.

M- Medium-light body clean and dry contributed to with the moderate carbonation.

D- Enjoyable beer. A bit on the pricey side though. It is a very clean simple saison. I did expect more though.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 1.9.13.

A - Pours a dark brown with amber hilights, a one inch light tan head, fizzy, and fades slowly.

S - Hoppy grass, then roasted malts, slight coffee.

T - Hoppy grass and dull coffee, slight bitter finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Mild and weak, some hops, some coffee, nothing special.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small head for the style. Smell is smoke, yeast funk, black currant, bit of spice, and some candy sweet smell. Medium mouthfeel and flat for a saison. Fruity flavor, spice, not a lot of smoke. A little funky with some oaky taste and a strange musty bitterness. Finishes dry. Pretty unique, but not blown away by this. Not a bad beer, but not one I would order again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)

Pours black and opaque, with a very good head.

Flavor: very floral, a bit 'wild', with Belgian yeast and light and medium roast malts. Medium+ strength. A bit sweet up front; clightly funky and slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: interesting and moderately complex but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm just slightly before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

The Perfect Crime pours not quite solid black, with some ruby highlights. The dark khaki foam rises up and spills out of the glass a little bit, but eventually settles at two fingers in height. Head retention is decent, and more of the glass is left covered in lacing than not. The nose is alright, but there's not much of anything to suggest that the beer's a saison. There's some dark, roasty aromas, along with smoke that's definitely secondary in nature, but still present. The flavor has a bit more "saison" to it. The coffee like roasted malts lead things off, but they aren't too intense or overwhelming. A spicy yeast character that's very subtle comes in next, bridging the beer to a soft, smoky there's still not enough in the way of an ester and/or phenol profile from the yeast, but at least there actually is some here. The mouthfeel is just a miss from the style. It's noticeably too heavy body-wise, and the carbonation just doesn't have much life to it. I think there's a great beer in this idea, and some aspects of it are already dialed in (particularly the subtle smoke presence). However, this has to be one of the more disappointing Stone collaborations I've had.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A slightly strange aroma of chocolate (not something you expect from a saison), malt, fruit, and the funkiness typical of the style.

T: Tasted of dark fruits, a little bit of malt, light hops, a hint of chocolate, and the aforementioned funkiness. There's something a bit out of whack here. The flavors don't seem to gel very well. Not bad, but not as good as others.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't as well-formed as other Stone collaborations. Not necessarily undrinkable, but not something I would buy twice.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light, and a good sized tan head that slowly recedes before leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. The aroma holds a bit of smoke with a moderate amount of spice and a bit of chocolate caramel, and roast. The flavor is bready with a bit of spicy wheat, a hint of chocolate, smoke, and a heavy hand of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation ans a spicy tart bubbly mouthfeel. This beer was ok, but not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger tan head that leaves a good deal of lace down the glass.

S: Smell is definitely a bit faint until this thing warms up a bit. Some faint barnyard, toasted malt, a bit of smoke and something that smells a bit herbal.

T: A bit of malty sweetness upfront followed by some toasted malt and smoked wood, herbal and slightly oily hops and a bit of ash. A decent amount of flavors here, but not really ones that work together for the most part.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ah, the perfect crime. I remember it well... ...Wait! No, forget I said anything! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises light hickory smoke, light soy sauce, mild Belgian yeast, light ruby red grapefruit peeking out from the background, and a few pinches of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with the now-even-lighter smoke duking it out with the yeasty spices and the rindy grapefruit, culminating in a slightly muddled and definitely noisy flavor-din. It almost works, but ultimately falls quite short. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though smoked beers are usually my bag, this one just didn't do it for me. The flavors never meshed well at all, and the smoke seems almost like an afterthought in the "Oops, this black saison isn't quite there, so let's add some smoke to try to cover things up" kind of way.

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Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark mahogany brown and topped with a decent, off-white head. Pepper and carob aromas, earthy and grassy. Sweet, dark roasted malt flavors combined with spicy bitterness and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fairly light, crisp and dry.

I certainly can't find the 'smoked' component to this beer, but it's tasty enough for what it is. I'm not sure if I would consider this saison so much either due to a general lack of fruity character. There is a spiciness, and a general dark ale side to it, so there is flavor to be had. I just think it misses its advertised styling.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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12 oz bottle into a Stone "Saison du BUFF" stubby tulip snifter

A - Deep dark brown. Practically black, nearly opaque. Decent amount of dark tan foam. Not your classic saison look.

S - Nice minty yeast esters, coriander. Somewhat faint, but pleasant. Gets smokier as it warms.

T - Like a smoky dunkelweizen. Smoke hits you up front, but fades into the background where it lingers pleasantly. Smoke and dark roasted malts become more prominent as it warms. Get it too warm and the coriander starts to become ham-like. You should keep it on the cold side.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Not unlike a dunkelweizen. Pretty smooth.

O - Enjoyable until it gets warm. Would be best, IMO, for food pairing. i had it with a falafel sandwich and they went great together. i imagine this would be really good with braised lamb shank. Overall impression is that this is a pleasantly smokey dunkelweizen that you should drink cold. Not for saison lovers - not really a saison. But, if you like smoky beers or dunkelweizens, you might enjoy it. As for me, I will probably only have it again if I have a food pairing in mind.

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Photo of Brenden
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The color is a very dark brown, lighter brown creeping in at the edges. A tan head reaches one finger and displays good retention. It sticks around as a tight, creamy foam for as long as there's beer in the glass. Some mixture of patchy and sticky lacing with legs remains.
Smoke is in moderation on the nose, and with it comes a slightly woody note along with a very gently tangy hint, a bit of chalkiness, a spicy nip, and some dark fruits. Not too much changes in the flavor, with the sweetness becoming more distinctive and strong and turning char into a tangy/biting sort of finish. The overall character of this beer makes it impossible to identify as a saison. When a little bit of a yeasty and earthy element is discovered underneath, it at least becomes identifiable as a possibility.
The body is adequate at a solid medium. A crisp bite starts it off and remains strong, though it overtakes the smoothness that comes out a bit. The chalky dryness hits the palate pretty hard. With the tang, the char and the wood, the feel is extremely dry all the way.

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Photo of socon67
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown pour with a thin foam head. Some carbonation is noted.

S - Slight burnt toast smell of roasted malt. There is a little bit of dried fruit smell that gives a sugary smell. Overall my take was that it smelled like a hickory BBQ sauce.

T - Really not sure here. I didn't get anything remotely resembling saison qualities. There was more of a malt presence and dry hop finish than what I expected. Some fig or raisin flavors were noted.

M - Feels relatively light and is easy to dink. Actually leaves a bit of a yeasty funk in the finish. Really a complex and quite odd beer.

O - A bit all over the place and I really don't know what the right classification for this would be. Many of the Stone collabs are out of the box concepts, but in this case I don't think I'd be looking to try this again.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith glass. Thin, dissipating head with minimal lacing. Brownish black in color, almost like a porter.

Not much going on in the smell, some sweet dark fruits, citrus hops. There is a bit of oak, though I don't know if this beer is wood aged.

Taste is decent, but first perception is this doesn't dry out and finish dry enough. Caramel malts are the initial taste with some citrus hops and a bit of resinous bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too thick and sugary. Beer definitely needed more attenuation.

Overall, I think this missed the mark for the Saison style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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 chilidog
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poued into a stone pint glass.
Dark, black, medium carbonation. Nice half inch tan head that fades as does the lace.

Aroma of dark malts, earthy char and toast.

Taste of dark toasted malts, char of wood, slight smoke and a hint of
Alcohol and hop.

Mouth felt carbonated, soft and left slight dry.

Overall an ok brew, a sipper if need be.

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