Stone Brewing Co. Stone SaisonStone 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.

Stone Saison is available on April 14, 2014


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I'm Alex I am currently taking the SDSU Business of Craft beer in pursuit of becoming a cicerone. I currently have been home brewing for 3 years now. My love of beer did not have a good start, I work for Sea world and it used to be owned by Anheuser-Busch. When S.W got bought out I no longer had brand loyalty this is when I started to broaden my beer tastes. 3 years ago one of my friend got me a beer "kit" and from that point I started to homebrew. It started as a 1 gallon batch every few months to a 5 gallon keg pretty much every month. I have been married for 4 years now and have brought my wife through this beer process. She hated beer and over the years she had come to the point where she enjoys beers. I hope to continue to grow with beer knowledge and get to share my love of beer with my new Daughter Adelaide.

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