BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2004 Very light and transparent, crystal clear yellow with a light creamy head. Smelled like spice, banana and candy. First sip was banana, cloves, brown sugar and a little citrus. Really delicious overall, I look forward to seeing how this one ages.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden body, surprisingly transparent. Strong citrus aroma, light orange note, banana and a hint of lime sourness. The malt begins with a flowery citrus flavor including orange, bubble gum and banana notes. It finishes with a bizarre limey sourness with moderate spiciness. Not very hoppy, surprising for a Stone brew. Overall a good but not great example of a Saison that will perhaps improve with age...strong complex malt flavors although probably too sweet and offset strangley by the slightly cloying sourness in the finish. It is a finish that is difficult to explain and is not sour in the true (lambic) meaning of the term, it is a sweet limey sourness as best I can explain it, very bizarre and probably improving with time.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A brew that pours the color of honey with a wispy lace head. Nose has a bit of spiciness, clove and a bit of peppery yeast.I think the commercial description is pretty accurate by noting saison and hefe as influences. Definitely finishes dry and yeasty. Fizzy with a medium/light body. Interested to see how this one will turn out in 8 years.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold with a one fingered white head. Spicy, yeasty aroma, with some pepper and citrus notes. Definitely has some banana in the flavor.
The finish is a bit dry & flat, which I didn't like. What I find interesting is that some of the other reviews noted how clear this beer pours. At my house, it was hazy.
BTW, one of the tasting notes on Stone's website mentioned how much more kaffir lime flavor was apparent prior to filtering. It would be interesting to try that version of this beer.
haddon90 (1432) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy golden color with bubbles rising to the top. Creamy white head. Spicy aroma, pepper. Some citrus, malt, banana in the flavor. Light carbonation, well balanced. I like this better than the 03.03.03. Seems to be a good aging beer too. Bought this 22oz bottle at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell: first spice, yeast, and then alcohol; Backed up by slight bitterness. Flatness on the tongue; thin sweetness and yeastiness in the aftertaste. Slow burn from the upfront alcohol in the chest. Pale yellow with low carbonation.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured clear orangey-golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly to a thin foam. Very belgian aroma, fruity, yeasty and very sweet. Initial flavor is tart and sweet intricately mixed and dancing on the tongue followed by a bready middle and bitter, slightly acidic finish. Mouthfeel is moderately full with crisp carbonation. This one does seem like it will benefit from some aging - after all, it is supposed to last another eight years - and I look forward to trying it again in a few months (then again in a few months after that, and a year or so after that etc...). Grin!
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good stuff. So buzzed I can't describe the flavors. Seriously, it's a fine Belgian style, better than the Sawyer's Triple from last year. Nice tartness, with a bit of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Good balance of sweetness and spice. I like the 030303 better, though.
cornholio (3) - USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp golden ale with banana / clove yeast flavor and aroma typical of many Belgian ales. First sip finds the beer very bitter for the style, although the bitterness fades after a while. I don't taste any lime, maybe some age will mellow the hops and allow other flavors through.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours with an orangish-gold body topped by a thin to medium thick head with good lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly yeasty with a nice banana note and a touch of spice. The flavor is slightly sweet, with nice banana notes, similar to banana nut bread, with yeasty notes and a slight bitter hoppiness. Medium bodied, crispo and smooth yet slightly dry.