drunkmonk (13) - hillborough, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle purchased @ beeryard 4/04. nice golden orange, thin lacing head. complex aromas spice,fruit,yeast. yum spicy notes upfront, lead into somwhat citrus finish, slight bannanna esters. very nice, alcohol well hidden, gets better as it gets warmer. better than I remember last april. nice damn beer. gonna let the rest of the case sit even longer.
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. Don’t notice the lime leaf much. I’ll wait and try again. Palate is a bit thin. Liked the 02 much better
Achilleos (11) - Santa Maria, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this bottle, just to try and I wasnt dissapointed. Yes it has overtones of bananas and first taste I could definitely taste chilis on my palette. A thin white head when poured from bottle. Heavy carmel coloring that has definite appeal to it. I was quite surprised by the taste. I would use this as a opening beer on a tasting tray. I think it would surprise even the most discerning beer drinker.
mikevid (11) - - MAR 27, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Darker than night, but with a very strong warm scent like fresh banana bread. Sweet, bitter, fizzy.
785pro (10) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
All in all a pleasent ale, still enjoy Double over this one. Good over all apperance, very strong citrus and yeast flavor.
dhblane (6) - USA - APR 25, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an orangy pale color into a Stone tulip glass with 2 fingers of frothy, white head. Hints of yeast sediment are seen pleasantly floating around, which is to be expected, as this beer is meant to age until 2012. Aroma of light bread, banana and citrusy lime with a hint of alcohol at the finish. Flavor is lightly acidic and sweet, quickly turning pleasantly bitter and crisp and dry at the end. Very, very refreshing! This tastes like a good young Belgian Trippel, yet is very complex, a few months/years should allow the flavors to meld into something very special. I have a case in the old cellar to sample randomly over the next few years, if I can keep my hands off of it.
blazingstar (4) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 15, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light gold with a fine head that continues throughout experience. Not a very strong aroma, but has a hint of bubblebum or bananas. Taste is malty but no hint to the lime. Hop bitterness is subdued but in balance. Should develop very well over time. A little too young. Stone has done well in preparing for the future taste profile.
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.
lambent25 (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little boozy. Lacks any unique character to get excited about. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah