Reason Be Damned
Stone Brewing

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Pale Ale - Belgian
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: A sour ale with 2 lbs. of Stone Farms Passion Fruit per Barrel. There is lots of red and rosé wine flavor here, as well as plenty of oak. Some acetic sharpness and lactic acid sourness in the flavor and on the nose. Tropical fruit flavors from the Passion Fruit, and a distinct guava and berry note from the two types of wine barrels make for a distinctive, intensely fruity beer.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Pittsford Pub in Pittsford, NY.

This one pours a hazy reddish orange, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells very fruity, lots of passionfruit, clearly, with some orange, and oak, but no real wine or sour character.

This felt like more of a straight up fruit beer with mild funkiness than a sour. It's not sour, really at all, with no red wine character, so it feels like a failure of what Stone was trying to do. However, it does taste pretty good as a fruity Belgian pale ale, so there's that.

This is medium bodied, pretty juicy, with a higher level of carbonation.

An interesting beer, but didn't really accomplish what it was trying to do.

Aug 27, 2015
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

June 5th, 2015 - Double the damnation, half as much reason, this Stone brew is an abbey ale aged in red wine, and it shows. The nose is light and spicy with flowers and a clean, crisp mountain air feel. The flavor is markedly dry and a little tangy, with herbal and saffron touches, and even a hit of turmeric. It's a potent potable, and that red wine aging has cast its spells but I think a 5 oz pour of this is perfect.

September 30th, 2013 - Enjoyed at the Escondido location. Stone's Reason Be Damned is a curious brew. I didn't write the style here, but I am tempted to guess based on my notes. So, here goes. The aroma is bright and sour, with a miniature bouquet of tiny friuits: strawberry, raspberry, and the sweet tart touch of a Fuji apple. More acidic than fruity, it provides a nice excuse to pucker up and roll that flavor of tartaric acid around. The flavor is similarly bright, almost refulgent, with acidity, and again, more acidity than fruity. The aftertaste corrals some fleeing strawberry, apple and saccharine grape notes, but these appear only once the palate is flattened out. Is this a Belgian Strong Ale? Maybe, but highly San Dieganized. To me it gravitates more closely to Sour Ale's stylistic orbit, though not complex, just bright and flashing and almost a little distracting.

Jul 15, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style. Aroma reveals soft peach esters, pear, coriander, and must from the yeast, along with a little pepto funk. Hops are lightly citrusy and piney.

Flavor reveals similar characteristics, with lots of stone fruit skin, finishing fairly bitter and a bit grassy and earthy. Notes of lime and grapefruit provide a solid hop fruit base. I like the balance of esters and hops, though the bitterness is too much for my liking.

Jun 04, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Medium white head with good retention.

Smell - Very fruity. Lots of oak and red wine. Pale malt.

Taste - Not what I expected at all. Immediately oaky. The base Belgian beer lends some yestiness and spice. Passion fruit kicks in behind it. It gets sour and oaky. Lots of wine in the finishand a little bit of solvent lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. All over the place and a little tough to drink.

Overall - Well it's a fascinating combination, but it's also a little off putting. Worth a try.

May 23, 2015
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4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A lighter sour ale with a sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied with a somewhat fruity taste. Not much aroma escapes by way of smell, but as soon as it hits your taste buds the flavor explodes! I highly recommend

Dec 30, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

I am drinking this on tap. Not a big nose but there is some fruit and light tartness.
Pours reddish amber under a 1” off-white foam cap. It is lacy with some legs.
Has a rich tropical fruit palate, some melon finished by an assertive, bitter, citrusy hop finish.
Medium body and medium high carbonation.

Oct 15, 2014
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Samuel906 from California

4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reason be Damned (Aged in Red Wine Barrels):

The pairing of Belgian beer and some wine barrel tempering makes for a fantastic treat for the senses. The palate and nose have a lot going on here coming from the natural complexity of both wine and Belgian beers. Tons of fruits: apple, lemon, grape, cherry with yeast, pepper, bread and oak. Some pleasant tartness and astringency. Fairly light and a surprisingly easy drinker.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope I have the chance to have it again!

May 14, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Reason Be Damned Aged In Red Wine Barrels on tap at the 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).

Pours a beautiful, clear dark copper with an excellent head and lacing.

Excellent wine barrel effects. Fruity/floral aroma. Great complexity and balance. Both tart and sweet. Dry finish. Tastes better than it smells until the aftertaste when too much wine barrel remains.

O: This sipper is interesting and complex

Mar 10, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While the marriage of barrel and beer goes way back- its often assumed that wine barrels are best suited for Belgian ale which has similar wine-like character with which to link. And the rule is- red wine barrels for dark beer and white wine barrels for lighter beer. But lighter beer in red barrels? Its quite obvious that the brewers of Stone have lost their damn minds, reason be damned!

With all facetiousness aside, the ale really shows no barrel aged presence in its pour. Its astute golden-straw coloration perfectly highlights its modestly filtered haze. As its cottony and creamy head builds upon the beer it retains the session easily and trails with broken lace. As a Belgian Golden Ale- the beer simply looks the part.

Aromas work in similar fashion, but with a glimpse into its vinous counterpart. Tangy fruits of apples, oranges and lemons and grape all wrap around a quick scent of baking bread and cracker-like malt. Its balance comes in form of spicy white pepper, wine-like acidity and wood spices that tingle the nose with its near-sourness.

The tartness builds over the palate, but the ale starts off supple and sweet with citrus fructose, shortbread and a dash of powdered sugar. Quickly dissolving on the front of the mouth, the malt quickly recedes as the more acidic tang of the fruit flavors turn dry and pleasantly musty. A blend of red and white grapes give a taste of Rose wine while notions of sandalwood spice, cork and sweat round out its tannic finish.

Its medium-light body provides an arid creaminess to start. But as the carbonation carries away the sweetness, its late bubbles pang away lightly on the tongue and give a heightened sense to the ale's acidity and peppery character in its satisfyingly warm closure.

Quite daring is the feat of turning the tide- lighter beer in darker barrels, but Stone Brewing Company pulls it off with a high level of risk and reward. Its taste isn't quite Merlot-like nor is it Chardonnay. Sharing characteristics of both, its Zinfandel or Rose character is part of its curiosity.

Feb 19, 2014
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TucsonTom from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This version was aged in red wine barrels and was part of a tap takeover at Tap + Bottle in Tucson, Ariz..

The red wine barrel aging appears to have turned the beer into a sour-like beer. Not overly so, but enough to make it unique.

If it shows up in your area, give it a try.

Jan 24, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft. Poured a pale golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of passion fruit, oak and sweet caramel. Fruity taste with some oak, wood and toasted caramel.

Jan 10, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 1" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: a bit of spicy and woody tones come through to the nose.

Taste: grainy malt presence with some Belgian yeast spiciness, hint of pepper, and a bit of red wine in the background. There is a woody tone that arrives late, and bitterness is moderate here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a slower sipping beer, but overall it has a unique flavor profile that is nicely enjoyable.

Nov 30, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Billed as an abbey style pale ale aged for 9 months in Temecula red wine barrels that naturally picked up Brett.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and red wine aromas. Taste is much the same with red wine, wood, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great red wine and Brett flavors that make this one super easy to drink.

Aug 06, 2013
Reason Be Damned from Stone Brewing
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