Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, - JAN 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this is how you end a tasting! Big thanks to Harry and blankboy for bringing over so many fine beers to share. Dark yellow, small white head - bubbly and frothy. Dry floral hop and perfume aroma - reading the description I guess this is unfiltered wheat and Kaffir Lime Leaf. I loved it, but I could see how it would be off putting. Wow, I canít believe these floral and perfume notes have translated so well into the taste. Those characteristics plus some hops and wheat taste, all over a medium to light and fluffy mouthfeel. Again I really really enjoyed this beer but could see how others would not. What a unique creation I wonder how this will age. I think this is what a lot of Biere De Gardeís that I have tried have been trying to accomplish. This one succeeds tremendously where they have failed or just come up short. Well done Stone.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"a strong saison indeed...or an UBER hefe...either way...pretty good stuff here. i wasnít a big belgian fan when i first tried this but it sent me down that road. tasted mellower but possibly better 2 years later - havenít had one since."
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at stone co store. Clear gold pour, white head and lacing. Smells old and decaying. Cardboard, garbage, cloves, overripe banana. This is the banana cream pie you forgot about too long but then ate anyway out of remorse and self punishment. Taste: sweet up front. Floral, sort of like banana perfume. Twist of faded lime. Dry empty finish. Palate: body is fullish, but texture remarkably thin. Oily with lively carbonation. Overall: only $3 for this 4oz pour which I appreciate. Perfect example of a beer that is too old. Sad.
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Flying Saucer for 12-12-12. Pours a clear orange gold with paperthin wht head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma is faint yeast and clove. Medium mouthfeel with strong banana and lime, light booze, held up well.
Travlr (12286) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft on 12/12/12. Cloudy golden color. Aroma is an odd combination of peppermint and fruit that grows less pleasant as it warms. Taste is similar.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of John Reagle from way back in 2004. Thanks John. Pours a light rusty orange copper color with a medium off white/light cream colored head. Aroma of banana esters, Belgian yeast, bubble gum and mixed tropical fruit. Taste of banana, Belgian yeast, papaya with a hint of lime skin.
IrishBoy (3855) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber on 04.04.14 from Enniskillen. Nose is light bubblegum, banana, and spices. Clear amber with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, spicy, with only a slight bit of oxidation. Still drinking very nicely after 10 years.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely copper colored beer with a scant thin head, more lacing than foam. Caramel, bread smeared with honey and a hint of citrus in the nose. Sweet candy sugar, yeasty, alcohol, tropical fruit. Finishes sweet, but not cloyingly so. I canít believe this bottle has survived 3 moves, being stashed away in my household goods shipment from Misawa, to Okinawa and then to Yokosuka. Didnít wanít to chance another move to Hawaii. Sorry I didnít call anyone to share this with! Hope I can have this again one day, on tap would be nice!
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is hazy copper with a very small white head. Aroma and flavor is of honey, caramel, citrus peel, and belgian funk.
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Pours a bright effervescent golden body with sudsy white head.
S: Spicy, citrus soap aroma, clove, powdery yeast, bubblegum, pepper corns, lime, bananas and a touch of oxidation.
T/M: Dull fruit flavors, citrus, lime zest, honey wheat bread, booze and timid tartness. Body is medium and has gritty soap chalkiness. Carbonation level is nice a crisp.
O: Flavors are dialed down but after 9 years a truly impressive beer that was a treat to enjoy. Line was the key ingredient in this brew and the spices really complimented it. Easy drinking and smooth.
Serving type: on-tap
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, hazy golden pour. Aromas of citrus and herbs with notes of clove and banana. Flavor has a nice citrus zing at first with the clove and banana notes coming through in the finish. Very drinkable and has held up well. Props to StFun for the bottle!