JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle - Crystal clear medium yellow color with small fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has honey, apricot, coriander, orange peel, pear, apple, faint hint of artifical sweetner, decided cotton candy aspects. Flavor has notes of candy, honey, vanilla, oak, pear, lemon. Finish is relatively sweet. A nice brew, one of my favorite of the vertical epics so far.
IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2014 Bottle from Country Club Liquors, Bakersfield; Nose is spicy, with ginger being the noticeable one, citrus, and caramel malt; clear orange-gold with a huge yellowish head, flavor has a bunch of gingers pepperiness, a lot of spiciness, orange notes, caramel, and some sweetness, but not overpowering; the hops show up as a mild bitterness along with spices, and a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. i liked the 06 much better, but this is decent. Lucky I didn’t start off with a case like last year, but i got a couple for my collection.
Update 07.07.07 very smooth and malty with a much more enjoyable ginger note. Hops not discernable.
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big nose on this one: Apricots, peaches, fresh orange peel, and spices. Body is fairly full. Flavor follows the nose, with moderate sweetness, spice (cardamom and ginger), orange peel, and yeast. A bit sweet for my palate, but a good beer. Worth the $5 price.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange, lemon, grapefruit, corriander in the nose. Oh man it will be a shame to lose this beautiful nose when it has been aged until the end of the epic in 5 years. But at least the flavors will mellow more. No head. Medium body. Lightened yellow-amber color. Slightly sweet, but well balanced.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours golden copper with a big lasting head. Big belgian yeasty aroma. Aroma of orange and spices. Flavor is sweet. Mouthfeel is very creamy and round. Very good example of a belgian strong.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by mreusch at the csbosox tasting 7/3. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is a peppery/spicy apples and citrus, while the mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick with a spicy dry finish. The flavor is a sweet, yeasty and peppery pear with a gueuze-like tartness and dry finish. I rather liked it. Thanks again for bringing this one, Matt.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice saison x2 ale here. Darker than one would expect for a tripel or saison, aroma however is similar to a peppery saison -- mouthfeel is not -- too sticky. I feel this is a bit too much of a sludge beer -- perhaps needs some mellowing time?
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a very small head that disappears quickly. Aroma of yeast, banana, spices. Taste is citrus, some ginger, tutti fruity gum and some more yeast stuff. Turns bitter and dry towards the finish with a little lingering citrus. Interesting brew, I likes.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark golden. Small quickly disappearing head. Aroma of ginger and citrus. Taste is more of the same, but with a nice subtle sweetness. Stays sweet throughout. I really enjoy this. Slightly bitter finish and almost no trace of alcohol. Easily the most I’ve enjoyed a VE thus far. Keeps coming back to the trace of ginger. I’ve had a few ginger beers, and this is the perfect amount.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright orange body. Nose is very yeasty with a bit of spice. Flavors include citrus, nutmeg, clove, yeast and bubble gum. Tingly mouth-feel and a slightly sour finish.