Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stone Saison


Last Wednesday, Stone Brewing's Dr. Bill Sysak visited my local Total Wine in Pembroke Pines, Florida. (Speaking of Dr. Bill and Total Wine, check out this Dr. Bill interview I did for the Total Wine Blog.) Unfortunately, I had to turn down an invitation to his class and tasting of some rare beers from their collection. Yeah, I know. But the life of a baseball coach dad makes me miss a few fun events. Anyway, I crossed my fingers and did the rain dance, but alas, it was a dry evening.

Total Wine was nice enough to have Dr. Bill sign a few of the bottles for me though. One of the bottles said "Rob. Drink Stone. Doctor's Orders! Cheers. Dr. Bill". So I decided to follow through on those orders with a bottle of Stone Saison, a beer that I hadn't seen on our shelves before.

2012 Old Guardian. 2008 Imperial Russian Stout. 2007 Double Bastard.
The label has the Stone gargoyle and lets you know this is an ale brewed with spices. The back of the bottle tells you a story about Stone buying a farm where they grow many of the ingredients they use at their Stone World Bistro and Gardens. And it also identifies the spices used in this beer as home-grown lemon zest, lemon thyme and lavender. 2014 Release. 6% alcohol. 45 IBUs.

Floral, lightly hoppy, apples and herbs in the aroma. Spicy herbal flavors, a little minty and cooling. Quite peppery as well. Some fruity apples add contrast. Belgian yeast is also very noticeable. Some sharp lemony flavors and grassy bitterness come at the finish, which also shows off some of the lavender. Interesting and different.

Now who wants to come over and help me put down the three signed bottles?

if you click the link above, you can read the story on their website

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