Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a standout! We happened to have 3 of these at our own tasting and it was the hands-down champ. Amber color with a mellow head (for a Belgian), great aromas of malt, corriander, and spice. Very smooth considering the hop content; balanced and full bodied: bread, malt, and a lightly herbal hoppiness that is only barely perceptible. A pleasant, lingering finish that borders on spicy encourages a minute or two between tastes.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Sweet minty aroma with orange, cloves and coriander. If anything it's clearly well spiced. there's plenty of malt on the palate, but the orangey freshness certainly takes over, showing more of the minty flavors from the aroma in the middle. Dries like burnt toast towards the end with a touch of bitterness and coffee in the finish. Maybe a little too short in the finish. Worked excellently with brie cutting through the sourness.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
What a treat to try this--thanks fly. Deep amber/orange with a big head. Hairspray aroma and effect, hints of bubblegum and the delicate spices, which come out more in the flavor. I'm uneasy with the flavors, however. It gets better with the time you spend drinking it.
Andrew196 (1157) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was very "belgium" grapes, yeast, etc. Orange, yellow, with some pink in the color, avg head. Very spicy, but not as complex as I was expecting...this beer would be much better around this time next year.
joet (2443) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks a bunch to fly for bringing this over! It's got a nice sparkle, Bubble gum, grains of paradise?, heavy clove, big punishing hops. I hope this ages well, I know the hops will mellow but with the spice? Bristly feel and feeling -- these hops against the mellow Belgian yeastyness.
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity, spicey/spiced, sweet, and VERY light for my expectations. While having a nice flavor and fair balance I had a hard time getting over what I perceived as being a light character which made me wonder exactly how well this would cellar. Would the spicyness subside or would they increase in relation to the light body? Maybe this whole light thing is just a complete misinterpretation on my part. All in all a decent beer - and THE BIGGEST PART OF IT- krisbierjaeger - thank you SO much.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Bottle: Reddish and clear with a nice head. Too close to some of their others to be too "special" in my opinion. What an incredibly tough job, though, to make a beer that stands out above their regulars! Would be a terrific addition to nearly any other brewery's stable.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
another good beer from stone. as with most american belgain style beers, it's not overly subtle, but that worked well. The hops mixed well with the belgain citrus flavors. Glad we waited for it to age a little and i'm sure it will continue to improve.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fascinating beer that clearly would get better with age. A dobbelbock gone insane.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate Belgian style beers and was kind of worried about this one after reading the deScription. However this didn't taste like a Belgian beer to me. When it poured from the bottle with it's think head and dark brown color, it was one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. This ale had a nice malty taste and the alcohol was masked very well. If it wasn't so expensive ($10 per 22 oz. bottle) I would buy it again. Is it good, YES. Is it worth $10 a bottle, NO.