microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap. Brownish-orange color with a nice white head. Smells of strong sage and a touch sour. (i agree with iceman on the black pepper smell) A good sour flavor, some hops and of course sage. I was scared to taste this due to the overpowering sage aroma, but the flavor was very well balanced in my opinion.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very colorful murky orange with lots of white head. Smelled like balck pepper. Tastes like play-dough, with a little fruit in it, probably orange. Very yeasty too.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 8/10/02: Had this at the Stone 6th aniversary party..Wow sage aroma.. I mean fresh plucked sage from the herb garden...Incredible!!!
Golden with a nice head..
spicy sage whispers..with a tad citrus..very sagey with added sweet lingerings..
9/27/02 San Diego Beer Fest:: I still love this beer but i think it should be a tad less sweet
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing sage stuffing like aroma. Hernbal and peppery with a touch of spice on the palate. Some alcohol warmth. Sweet overall with just a touch of hoppiness. Strong, awesome flavor but as drinkable as a Hoegaarden. Great originality.
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is probably one of the most interesting beers that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The fresh sage aroma is immediately evident, with a slight acidic citrus aroma in the back. The flavor of sage and citrus are very powerful with a sweetness that balances it all out. This is Belgium West!
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a couple 4oz tasters of this at Stone’s VI annual festival. This, along with Speedway Stout, were the stars of the festival for ol’ 40oz. Very fruity citrusy aroma, even out of the ridiculously small 4oz tasting glass. Present but not overpowering herby flavor and wheaty acidic twang. A subtle and well balanced Belgian strong ale, more refined than many Belgian made products.
joet (2200) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the most memorable beer at Boonville this year for me. That’s saying a helluva lot considering this is arguably the West Coast’s best fest. A luminous warm gold color and a perfect thick white foam, a detailed herbal peppery sage aroma and flavor that also suggests thyme, curacao, soft aged bitter, plenty of tang, witbierisch and mildly and pleasantly phenolic. A whopping 9% and supremely delicious.