humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is of mellow smooth banana esters. Palate is nice and ester-fied with dark wheaty goodness. The coriander and pepper add a fine touch to the flavor, but the abundance of alcohol overpowers the more desirable flavors. Perhaps I was too impatient and should have waited 12 years to enjoy this beer at maturity. I'll buy another and re-rate in 12 years. Stay tuned.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMM good. Interesting with the yeast mix. I'm not so sure it will last nine years like they want. Found a stash in a local liquor store in October.
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish copper in color with medium head. Extremly malty nose with notes of pepper. Flavor is hops and spice. Full bodied and balanced
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting for Stone. A nice "Belgian" aromatic brew. Great lace. Moderate mouthfeel with balanced maltiness and hop/spice profile. A nice quaffable brew welcome anytime.
stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, good amount of carbonation. Aroma is slightly spicy and fruity. Taste is the same with a moderate dose of bitterness. Very easy drinking and unlike most Belgian style strong ales I've had.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown-red color with a thick, tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like Belgian yeast, plums and raisins. Some of the alcohol comes through too.
Lots of flavors here. Raisins, plums, dates, yeast and the wheat are all very prominent. The alcohol and hop flavor are there but slight. This should continue to develop flavors as it ages.
Very smooth, thick palate.. Surpised it didn't have that prickly bite that wheat can sometimes lead to in a beer. Great stuff.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a great dark brown-red color. Not much head, I thought the aroma was close to Chimay Bleu. Coriander and pepper in the flavor, a little confused up front but more pleasant on the aftertaste. Hops are very subdued for Stone(thank you!). I'll be interested to see how it ages.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown color with a creamy off white head. Sweet and malty aroma. Tasted of toasted malt with a nice subtle hoppyness. Very robust beer. Bitter finish. SHould age REALLY well.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma of this beer is unique a very strong northwest hop [citrus] presence combined with the unmistakable Belgian yeast aroma. This beer starts out soft and mellow a little sweet but then the spices come in the end. I really love this beer but it seems just a bit harsh. I’m putting a few bottles away. I believe this beer may be special as it ages
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coffee brown in color. Smells like chemicals. Hoppy flavor. Can't read the rest of my writing.