bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 bottled: was at a local bar this weekend when the bartender pulled this out...he knew i would bite. pours golden brown with a large white head. nose of citrus fruit and bananas. mouth nice medium bodied feel. more of the wheat bubblegum flavors pushing up and some crystal malt character, buttery and warm and ending with citrus. rminds me of an american triple. the 8.5 slips away without a peep. some yeast mustiness. this was the last beer of the night, so i couldnt appreciate it as much as i could/should. when the bill arrived....$25 fín dollars. i know areas i can get blown for that. now i gotta try it again, when im sober to see what really was going on.
rerate: 1 year later(6/05) i popped this open the other night with my father in law who is a huge wine buff. he was seriously impressed by this beer. with the initial pour the nose is largely lime wheat characters as the beer warms you get a most intest lavender flower killer nose. the body is quite perfect with a small warmth of alchohol that tickles the belly. rich round robust flavors. one of the most unique beers iíve had, just wish i had more. this has matured magnificiently.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
We should have saved it - we are to gready and we knew - damn it. Nice orange brew, medium frothy head, fizzy carbonation. Light orange nose, grapey bitter taste, also lime. Intense yeastyness. Medium long lasting.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden beer with a good white head. Aroma is a mixture of yeast, hops, lime, and malt with the lime and banana dominating. Taste is of yeast and malt with a little citrus - a slightly heavier wit beer with more depth. Very good beer that finishes clean, smooth, and has you wanting more. Alcohol is there, but not too strong. Not your typical Stone and I wish it would become a regular... Should not be classified as a Belgian strong ale - much less sweet.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again to matta! Now this is more like it. Beautiful golden color - nice white head. Smells like a cross between a nice Belgian Triple and German Hefe. Banana fruit and spicy nose. Flowery. Smooth texture. Mildly bitter bite on the finish but very enjoyable.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured cloudy and golden, very small head. Hoppy and fruity nose. Inital pull is smooth and creamy with fruity notes taking up the front. A little hoppy and some light alcohol tones. All in all, very nice.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Belgian style, obvious Belgian influences, with the yeast and orange peel characters. But i tasted a lot of American style hops in here (could be wrong, i dunno). Didnít taste particularly Belgian to me. Interesting all same. Probably have to hang on to a bottle to let in soften. A little too much alcohol showing in the finish.
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head: I think my glass was dirty -- no head to speak of. Aroma: Mexican banana candy; phenol city; vanilla bean. Color: gorgeous clear straw. Would have preferred more funk in this brew for the purported style (Biere de Garde). Looks good nonetheless. Flavor: too many phenols. Some wet cardboard. The banana esters predominate a little too much for the style. Donít notice the lime leaf much. Iíll wait and try again. Palate is a bit thin. Liked the 02 much better
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 so they wanted me to wait until they year 2012 to drink it.so much for that.....
overall a very nice beer.hints of orange,yeast,and sage in the flavor and smell.i got myself 2 more.one to age,and one to trade.
re-rate june 4 05:
this has become a bit more well rounded.the flavors ave blended well.ill try another in a year or so.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For a belgian, its not all that bad. Clear golden with white long lasting head. The nose is predominantly yeast iwht the nose. Orange peal too. The taste is mostly yeast. I just dont like belgians.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep gold with a good creamy head. Very nice lacing for a beer so young. Aromas of fresh mangos, vanilla, and ripe bananas. Very fruity with lots of esters. A little too much phenolic flavors as well. Very tasty for such a youn belgian style but Iím sure itwill only get better.