Stone Saison

Stone Saison

A modern take on a Belgian classic

In spring 2011, Stone bought the farm, literally, taking over 19 acres of fertile Southern California soil where we now grow pristine fruits, vegetables, herbs and more for our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurants. A taste of our homespun farm-to-tableism is provided in this farmhouse ale. Lemon zest, grains of paradise, lemon thyme and lavender harvested in Southern California fields, including our own at Stone Farms, provide citrus and floral character along with a subtle, tantalizing spice. Thanks to the infusion of fresh West Coast ingredients, this isn’t your everyday saison. It’s our saison—100% Stone.

June 1, 2015
Saison
6%
12oz Six-Packs & draft
35
Perle & Aramis

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours a golden color with a creamy white head and a touch of haze.
Aroma
Great blend of floral (lavender and rose), peppery, citrus and herbal, plus nice Belgian yeast-derived spice and (mostly) banana notes, and hints of continental pilsner malt flavor.
Taste
The taste follows the same path as the aroma, with the addition of a glint of heat in the finish from habanero peppers.
Palate
Very dry and crisp, with a touch of heat on the finish.
Overall
We made some minor changes to the beer this year, using German pilsner malt to increase the malt flavors. Additionally, we adjusted the proportions of lavender, lemon thyme, grains of paradise, lemon peel and habanero peppers to provide a great blend showcasing each ingredient within the overall balance of the beer.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Curry-spiced cashews, deviled eggs, guacamole, salsa, chicken satay, crab cakes
Salads
Spinach with feta and strawberries, arugula and grilled peaches, Asian chicken, garlicky Caesar
Entrées
Filet of sole, pork tenderloin, pad thai, roasted chicken or turkey, wild rice-stuffed roasted poblano chiles, cranberry-stuffed acorn squash
Cheeses
Cypress Grove Chevre Humboldt Fog, Firefly Farms Cabra La Mancha, Capriole Dairy Sofia, Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk
Desserts
Peach cobbler, balsamic vinegar-poached pears, lemon meringue pie, apricot upside-down cake
Cigars
Padilla Achilles, Arturo Fuente Opus xXx, Cu-Avana Punisher

More Information

Our take on this farmhouse-borne style includes ingredients from our very own patch of tillable soil, Stone Farms. We ventured out and harvested a crop load of fresh lemon thyme and lavender. We also sourced grains of paradise and zested a great many lemons, bringing in earthiness and even more bright, citric character. The result is a layered beer with a great number of taste sensations all taking place in the same glass. Big lemon, herb and flower-like flavors come on first, balanced by a subdued and refreshing black pepper quality in the finish.

Stone Saison comes in at a modest (for us) 6% alcohol-by-volume like our year-round session beer, Stone Go To IPA. Like that highly drinkable, immensely flavorful brew, Stone Saison is available exclusively in six-packs across the nation. Unlike its low-alcohol predecessor, it will only be available for a limited time. But look for it to make its return to store shelves each spring.