baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt aroma, light spice (moderate corriander), light roast, light caramelized sugar (cake/cotton candy). Belgian yeast funk (phenolic?). Sweet flavor with a smooth mouthfeel, light coating left in mouth. Finish is a muddled bitterness with a slight spiciness.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby , cloudy , sweet, big malty fruity flavors, some type of berries, finish is slightly bitter. Very enjoyable, can't wait for next years.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy sweet,mild fruity aroma.Sparkling ruby tan appearance.Fruity bitter flavor with creamy coriander and ginger emerging as it warms.Lingering mild pepper,licorice spiced orange tea finish.A fantastic Stone beer thats not blasted with hops.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium/dark mahogany, with a medium light tan head, medium diminishing, leaving good lacing on the way down. Aroma is fruity (banana, some apple and pear sneaking through, too), some spiciness (coriander & hops providing most of that). Flavor starts with the banana (apple and pear come through more as it warms up), middle is crisp, and the end has some good hoppiness, and a hint of pepper. Body is full, taste is complex and changes slightly as the bottle warmed, light alcohol showed up towards the end.
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber. yellowish head, fairly stable. Nose gives... vanilla-and-raspberry icecream??? Eeuh...yes. And diacetyl. Taste: diacetyl, damn: too young. Stone? And then I read the text on the bottle. Right, it's all there. It's me who's been the culprit. Had to wait another 11 years, it seems. Aftertaste & mouthfeel is buttery (of course) and soupy. Why - blame it on me. If I ever find another bottle, I'll rerate; points are given with reservation.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 A highly excited licorice bubblegum pulse yields sweet coriander cells...Agglutinated, they ward off almost all invading hops, save a few cones huddled within a cinnamon and black pepper clot...Throbbing and syrupy mandarines evoke a new flavor of cotton candy...A little more togetherness ans subtlety would carry it near to Abbaye des Rocs grandeur...
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Released 3/3/03. Drank for my 33rd birthday. Oh, beauteous synchronicity, how I love your siren song. Not surprisingly, dang interesting stuff. Nose is very Belgian, orange and lemon mixed with coriander and spice. Initial flavor is big and malty, hefty initial sweetness. Moves quickly to being very spicy, just loads of pepper. Definite hops noticeable, not surprising for Stone. In the finish does have an odd tinge, reminds me of sweetened dish soap and, though I'm not sure I understand this, not in a bad way. Creamy, nice texture. Insanely interesting, looking forward to trying a bottle in a decade or so.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raisins and plums...a good cold weather beer that would really keep you warm. Dark amber color, a little cloudy, and an initially thick, foamy head. The flavor is somewhat sweet, a bit fruity, with vanilla tones. The finish is smooth, yet it is a little thin and metallic.
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber appearance with a little lacing - aroma of fruity candy and children's chewable vitamins - tastes like a dubbel, APA and wheat beer combined - alcohol burns the throat a bit - not as complex as I was expecting, and a bit out of balance as well - the hop bite in the finish seems incongruous with the rest of the flavor.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rich brown color with a moderate head. A pretty good belgian interpretation if you like them a little hoppier.