chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, August 2005. Gold colour. Is it just me , or does this just have too much going on without a clear underlying theme to draw all the strands together? It has a big citrus rush that I put down to the hops, but perhaps the kaffir lime leaves have a role to play there. Something spicy going on? perhaps that the kaffir lime leaves too? Lots of estery tropical fruit that I didnít think integrated perfectly and left the whole a bit sweet for my taste. Not a bad beer at all, just not as awesome as I had expected. Unfortunately, too much anticipation can get in the way of appreciation.
alexsdad06 (7428) - Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a small diminishing white head. The aroma is citrus hops (could be lime, but I think more lemony) and sweet caramel malts. The flavor is much of the same. The fact that this beer was not quite up to the 03 was disappointing. I wounder how this will age? Any chance it improves? Time will tell.
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light golden yellow pour with a thin layer of creamy head. Aroma was quite complex, with some floral notes, bananas, dough, and wheat. Very nice hefe-twist to a Belgian strong! The banana came through with a wheaty backbone. Lime was also lightly present in the flavor. You donít usually find these alongside the Belgian yeast. Finish was somewhat dry, and carried through some yeasty bananas. This has mellowed out since the release, and certainly for the better!
Plovmand (7177) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by madsberg. Pours hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is oranges, lime, caramel, light yeat and sweet caramel. The flavour is spicy lime, lemon grass, oranges, caramel, light yeast and citrus. Taken the age its a very good blonde ale. Thanks Mads!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of Belgian yeast, and plenty of peppery coriander spice. Nice sweet malty and candi sugar flavor at first, turning more dry and spiced toward the finish. Pretty well balanced, but could use some aging, which I guess fits well with the theme.
after4ever (6922) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. thanks, bigern! pours a crystal clear bright gold with a loose white head. big creamy toffee nose with lots of dry honey. creamy medium body with woolly carb. crisp light airy body with sage, honey, caramel, and toffee on the mid plate. long dry herbal finish.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon, herbs), with notes of marshmallow, pineapple, banana, clove, lime leaf. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. As with Sawyerís Triple, not the most attractive Belgian yeast strain, but itís Belgian all right (hey, I donít like St. Bernardusí yeast either, so Iím not picking on Stone here). Smells as sweet as it tastes...and I mean that in the literal sense. Again, as with Sawyers, itís too sweet to drink an entire bottle of (how odd, given the brewerís penchant for overhopping). Kaffir leaves are definitely noticeable (just made some Tom Kha Kai soup last night, as it happens!), but not quite so obvious amongst the other elements that youíd mention it (if you didnít know it was an ingredient). Typical small & quickly dying Stone head (why???).
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours average head, gold, fine haze. Fresh, malt aroma. Sweet front , some ginger , a bit tangy . Alcohol and hops follow the act . Better as it warms up.
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. A great choice to end a night of beer tasting with. Pours a very hazy dark orange with an average size white head. Aroma is quite sweet, very perfumy and hoppy. Flavour of oranges, piney hops and pepper -- now thatís different, I love it! What an interesting and unique beer, kudos to Stone for trying something different.
djd07 (6612) - 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.