NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Dark honey color. Very thick white head, almost looked like a nitro pour. Big time banana aroma. Lots of banana and citrus flavors mix it up with bisuity malts. Very sharp finish. Nice hoppy presence throughout. Would pair well with a variety of foods. Will probably be better with a little age, just to take some of the edge off the finish.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden orange with a quickly dissapating head, good lace. The aromas are of clove, banana, orange citric hops and some belgian yeast. The taste is interesting for a belgian strong ale citric hops, bananas, some lime, sweet, cloves. A different interperatation of the style.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now I like what stone has done with this guy. This beer has a lot of interesting flavor twists to it. Golden color with a small head and low to medium carbonation. Fruity and spicy, with a nice alcohol presence. On the sweeter side. Very easy to drink. Interesting.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How could this night become any more epic on beer number 36? Answer: Vertical Epic 04-04-04. My first taste of a brew from Stone. Crazy stuff. This is all over the place. The maddening offspring from the marriage of a saison and hefe. Alcoholic. Phenols. Cracked pepper. Dude, whereís my car? (Donít worry; I had a designated driver.)
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2004
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells like dirty socks rubbed in bananas. Tastes like dirty socks might taste with some added bananas. Not a very pleasant tasting beer. Never again!!!
stevencon (453) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Gold pour with some sediment. Still carbonated. Honey malt. Malty honey some oxidation present. Lemon lime. Tastes like a mix of flat sprite and a mead.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Troubled pale orange, the head was pretty frail.
Lemon pepper at first, but then this strange aroma that Iíve never detected in a Beer before. It was hard to describe, soapy lavander is the best I can come up with. Maybe crushed szechuan pepper, but with an added perfume that made me think of that time I went to a Persian restaurant, the desserts were perfumed with rosewater and other flowers.
Matching the aroma, the flavors were like some strange concoction a holistic healer would make out of whatever weird herbs, magic powders and air freshener he had laying around his house (aka the Van down by the river). It had a taste of flowers and flour! It was quite complicated, and honestly, I canít even give you a verdict if I liked it or not. This truly is a case where giving this Beer a score is pointless for me, because the taste is something absolutely new to me and my brain is still processing it, trying to associate it with something and coming up with nada. I think at first my reaction wasnít too favorable (I would have given it a 3), but now a few days have past and Iíd be willing to try it again, just to see how I would react to a second dose (I would have gone up to 4).
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Mammoth, off-white head, lasting 3/4 through the glass, frothy, minimal lacing, albeit thick; clear body, incredibly golden. Aroma is rich and heavy: malt laden sweetness, strong citrus hops, alcohol, clove and with warmth the banana really comes out. Full bodied, some syrupy quality, lightly carbonated with lively bubbles, mouthwatering, yet very dry finish. Heavily malted, caramel, honey front followed by a nice bitter finish, a bit acidic, not overpowered by clove, but well blended; clove maintaining dominance but sharing with citrus hops(lime) and alcohol, touch of banana with warmth. Crisp, spicy, citrus//clove aftertaste, so dry...like biting into a percimon that isnít ripe, but not so bad. Not a typical Belgian(yay!), "American" style with all those hops... This needs the aging as itís kind of sloppy right now, like a freshly brewed barleywine only very complex. Iíll rate it again in a few years. =p
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemon scented geranium aroma.Medium gold appearance.Perfumey rose lemon verbena flavors with banana, bubble gum bread dough flavors emerging as it warms.Long perfumey flowery finish.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is going to be one heck of a good beer in a year. Its a little "young" and a little to harsh right now, but watch out...
I would describe it as
Belgian strong ale blended with a Hefe-weiss.