Stone Brewing Co.’s “Saison” beer is perfect for the spring and upcoming summer season (sasion is French for season). This beer is literally fresh from the farm Stone bought in 2011. Since the farm’s purchase, Stone has been bringing “farm-to-table” to the Bistro and Gardens, and has now it spilled over into the beer.
The Appearance of this is a golden, straw color with a foamy head that does not stick around. The aroma of this sasion has a little more to offer; a lot of fresh lemon (probably because it is fresh), a nice spice note, a smidge of lavender and a lot of banana from the Belgian Yeast that was used.
The taste has a strong lemon flavor, coming from lemon zest and lemon thyme. I taste a little bit of hop bitterness, which I am not surprised, since it is coming from the hop gods. It has a low malty sweetness, which makes the beer a little sour, but accentuates the peppery, spicy finish. This beer feels well attenuated; the flavor leaves the tongue fast, but leaves a slightly sour, peppery finish that makes you want more.
Stone Brewing Co.’s “Saison” says it is a modern take on a Belgian classic, but I feel like it is pretty close to style, I guess the lemon and the freshness is the “modern take.”
I would pair this saison with a Cesar salad, or a roasted lemon chicken, it would also pair nicely with a classic lemon bar. The aroma and the flavor have such strong lemon characteristics that any lemon dish would only compliant the beer.