ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Art of Beer í04: Golden color with small tan head. Earthy pine aroma. Malty and sweet but still refreshing with a nice hop finish.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís a pale straw color with a thick head of tightly packed bubbles. Itís very clear and clean looking. It has an aroma very reminiscent of a Belgian ale. There is yeast, spice, and light wheat present. The taste is quite heavily spiced and that hangs around in the mouth. Itís smooth combination of malt and yeast flavor leaves and almost creamy feeling. There is also a present faint citrus taste, Iím assuming comes from the lime leaf. Itís an interesting beer.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is of belgan yeast. pours golden with a white head. flavor is sweet with bannanas and apples, a little bit of spicyness to it. overall a pretty interesting beer.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A slightly hazy golden color with a lush off-white to orange head. Strong grapefruit, yeasty, sugar, banana, and clove aroma. The high abv is noticeable, although it does not distract from the beer. The alcohol is accentuated by the dry spice. The flavor has candy, citrus, and typical belgian spices.
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden particulate-filled body topped by big off-white head. Aroma is banana, some clove. Taste is medium sweet, banana, coriander, finishing with alcohol, giving the impression of a banana liqueur. Medium-full body. I will be curious to see how this will age, but at this point I am not overly impressed.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pale with a golden tint, soft white foam. A confusing array of mild but distinct aromas, itís a border war between Belgium and Germany with Bannanas fighting oranges a peaches for supremacy. Medium bodied, it sarts soft and marshmallow-y then a hint of orange creeps in, followed by a subtle cherry pie flavor then some lime. Saisontripelweizen of the highest order!
Indra (2663) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hugely fruity and somewhat exotic aroma, with suggestions of banana, papaya, pear, mango, tart apple, lemon zest, hints of spices and of the kaffir lime leaf, faint pepper and more; very complex yet festive. Medium golden color, amber cast, lightly sedimented and hazy with a lush, off-white head. Flavor is sweetly malty up front, progressing to a lightly bitter and mellow spiciness before the citric, estery and faintly yeasty finish. Quite refreshing for a beer with 8.5% alc. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent, body is medium-full. Unique and tasty. Thanks a bunch to Emily and Jeff!
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber: poured into tulip glass, and can i say whoA BANANAANANAS? a hint of lime too in the aroma/finish. Cloudy light golden pour. and a nice frothy, thick white head. I wish i had started aging Stoneís vertical epicís since 02.02.02. Tastes of banana maltyness, and a citrus fruity goodness, Slight hops on the finish too. i like it. i want to rate more belgians...
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy golden to tan color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of alcohol, butter, mild spritzy notes and yeast. Very full mouthfeel with booming malt, candy, yeast and some very minor lemon background notes. Alcohol is a bit too much out front in the aroma, but this is a very fine and enjoyable beer. Yum.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber-pours a nice light orange hue with a big whispy white head. Aggressive carbonation and nice lacing! lots of banana, apricot, corriander, nutmeg and other spices on the aroma. foavors are strong and describe the aromas very nicely. banana and corriander are the most noted. I think this is a great beer even though it maybe "unbalanced" for some. 1-2 years of aging would do wonders to this one. The palate is a little bite-y, but I dont mind it. long hoppy/spicy finish with cool citrus notes too. This is close to being one of the best belgians i have ever had! Stone can do no wrong.