3fourths (8989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber appearance, with a frothy tan head. Smells of heavy sugar, like Koolaid. It's not so fruity, just very sugary, to the point at which it feels gritty on your teeth. Strong first taste, harsh scratchy finish. This stuff is just too sweet to enjoy, but it balances the sugar taste with a honey and bread flavor, which makes it drinkable. The other two bottle I have will be in storage, and so we'll see how it is in a few months of a few years.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2003 very nutty and herb-like aroma with nice sweet cookie dough back drop, small creamy off white ring around the glass for a head standing atop a beer bottle brown body, nice dark rich burnt malty bitter backbone that keeps the alcohol hidden and the other flavors a little subdued the hops are screamy to get out! i hope this beer ages well i have about 5 in reserve waiting future tastings
obxdude10 (2220) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2003
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very disappointing beer, the aroma was very nice & sweet, very typical Belgian style of a nose, but then the flavors were just plain aweful, I guess maybe I don't have the taste for these kinds of beers that taste like V8 and grinded up veggies, again I was very disappointed in the brew that I was looking forward to trying since it came out
Dogbrick (10892) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am hoping I have the patience to get one of each of the V.E. beers to actually do the vertical tasting. This beers pours a solid amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and malty at the same time. For some reason when I tasted it I was reminded of one of those god-awful "12 Greatest Brews of the World" monstrosities brewed by Gluek. Some kind of cardboard taste maybe? This wasn't a bad brew but I could not get the comparison out of my head. Finish is hoppy and toasty. Overall the cardboard flavor and general oilyness kind of ruined what is definitely a brew that will improve over time.
baobubba (454) - 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 (358) - 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 (9165) - 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 (8987) - 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...