Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Tasting notes from June 29th 2002 Vibrant hazy orangish-yellow in
colour with voluminous white head, the kind you could float a jingle ball on
according to that old Sam Adams commercial. Feverish carbonation creates an effervescent almost champagne like appearance. Potent aroma of citrus and
spice with a bold hop sharpness. Flavor of hops does not cut through as much
as would be expected from Stone. Instead bold, burning pepper and strong
citric flavors meld with sweet, doughy yeast and spice. Rich, full bodied
flavor and overwhelming mouthfeel. Sweet, spicy finish and aftertaste. A bit
unbalanced at the moment, but I am sure that will change with age. Makes me
think this is some sort of amped up Belgian Wit / Triple hybrid.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly cloudy yellow color with a small to moderate head. Nice intense flavor of coriander and spices, also very yeasty. A punchy and slightly dry aftertaste. Fruity, complex, and a great beer. This is right down my alley.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you Beardedbastard, I never thought I would have tried this beer if you hadn't been so kind to bring one to the SoCal Gathering. This slightly cloudy golden elixir is topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity (raspberry, lemon) with a sour note and a slight yestiness. The flavor is slighlty sour yet slightly bitter with a slight fruitiness and a slight sweetness. Medium bodied and dry.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to beerdedbastard for breaking this one out of the cellar. Beautiful amber-golden color with a creamy white head. Aroma is sweet mild malts, peach, apricot and spice. Flavor is good! Spicy, sweet, malty rich with a nice hop finish. Medium body, thick and creamy. Yum!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark golden with a tight white head. Nose smells like a bowl of tropical fruit. Strange cross between a hefe,wit and tripel that definitely works. Guavas,mangos,bubble gum are all bouncing around with just a hint of spiciness. An excellent brew!
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice fruit aroma. More the color of a trippel, and leave it to Stone to over hop it. I LIKE IT!!! Well, one year down, and it is still great.
TChrome (1436) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours hazy golden with a moderate white head. The head is retained and there appears to be heavy lacing. When I smelled this beer for the first time, I wasn't aware of its categorization. The smell of orange peel and coriander whafted to my nostrils. "This smell like a Belgian ale" I thought. Low and behold, it is a Belgian. Flavor rivals the best American belgian styles, although there is a bit of a twang in the finish that I will put down as the hops Stone is famous for. Delicious yeast strain.
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This vertical epic was a great beer. It had a smooth taste with a light pineapple flavor. It had a light head with a golden color.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apricot color with a light head and wonderful fruity light spice in the aroma. More bitter than a traditional trippel but well balanced with the malt. Malt sweetness gives way to a spicy fruit finish. Well done.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky me, a hunt and seek trip through Ohio(while on business) allowed me to find a bottle of this beer (along with the 03.03.03 release), didn't mind the $11 price tag...Looks and smelled much like a belgian triple, so Stone was right on there. Yes, it is also more hoppy than the traditional style, but that works very well here. Excellent balance, lots of character and no single dominating feature. Sweet but a fruity sourness is also detected on the palate (lasts long past the last sip). Too bad I only had one bottle of this fine brew, I would love too taste it in 2004-05. Ahhhhh. heaven! Way to go Stone!