Kinz (3622) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 I was surprised that I just couldn’t get into this one. Pours an attractive deep gold with copper highlights, clear except for a faint haze on the final pour, small but lasting head. Aroma was quite spicy and yeasty. Flavor had an element of bubblegum in the malts, followed by a big spice note, with cardamom leaping out. Somehow the ingredients evoked cinnamon in my mind as well. In the end, simply too much spice for my delicate palate. Could improve significantly with aging depending on which way the spices go in the mix. Not a fan at the moment, but have to keep perspective that this was designed to lay down for a while. RERATE: 7 years later. Nothing left. in the flavor here.
JohnnyJ (5188) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a copper amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cookie dough, spice, orange peel, and a hint of cinnamon. Damn this is tasty. Caramel, toffee, sweet malt, belgian spices, orange, ginger, some nuttiness, and finishes with alcohol bite. Much more like a golden triple than a saison. This should age excellently.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a thin off white head. Smells of caramel, lots of citrus, roses, spices and dough. Tastes of lots of spices, oranges, some earthy hops. This is one I look forward to revisiting regularly over the next 5+ years as it definitely needs some cellar time to mellow out but has a lot of potential. I’m hoping the sweetness balances out the nuttiness over some. If so, this may be the best of the series.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Orange/gold color with white head that fades quickly. Very balanced nose of spice (can’t say I know cardamom real well, I get fresh nutmeg) and citrus peel, with some faint yeast underneath-- Christmas in July! The citrus peel is very distinct and fresh, quite nice. A yeast bite comes through in the flavor and balances the finish nicely. Smooth and creamy, with the alcohol making itself known in the background. Shows remarkable restraint for a Stone brew. Man, this is tasty.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light amber gold with no head after 10 minutes. A spice sweet ginger with good measure of alcohol. a bit of cinnamon with just the slightest hint of apple. Very clean, not too complex. Very subtle body with low carbonation and a bit of thickness. Strong ginger flavor with some cinnamon. Sweet. Unclear, though clean, esters--a bit of banana maybe? Alcohol and sweet light malt. a lingering strawberry tartness maybe? Clean beer, but uninspired.
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, I like this. Has the faint subtle spice aromas of saison with a little creaminiess in the head. The flavor is spicy and smooth, with a full finish, but never letting the alcohol dominate. One of the best of the series so far. Great.
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume/orange, apricot, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, apricot, clove, some perfume, light grassy. Very dry finish. Medium-full body, some acidity.
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought at Hegedorns for 7 dollars on 7/7/07. Consumed right out of the bottle in celebration of Mike Agnello’s birthday, which also happens to be 7/7/07. Though I didn’t actually see the aesthetic appreciations of this beer, it will receive points for its bottle design. Aroma is very powerful; seemed to change smells as the liquid quantity decreased. First sniff was of tons of fruits and alcohol. At other points throughout the consumption, it almost smelled like an exotic flower. Nonetheless, very unique. Taste was ultra sweet, full of what the aroma pointed at; fruits, citrus, a little bit of banana. The taste was very complex as everyone who sampled had a very different reaction. However, everyone was doubly impressed after drinking Labatts and Yuengling... The feel of the palate started off very thick and chewy, then glanced off into a bit of bitter dryness (alcohol or hops?). Became a little hard to swallow near the end of the bottle because it almost overrode all other senses. Needless to say, this beer was most certainly an epic beverage for an epic night.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 7, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY (June 2007) consumed at cellar temperature from a Dieu du Ciel! tulip. Bright, very clear, slightly oily apricot color, moderate-to-large fluffy white head which decays faster than any of the old bottles (?? weird) and leaves just a few traces of lacing....complex aroma of sweet fruits, spices noted in the deScription -- especially the cardamom -- and dry, earthy saison-like yeast; seems a bit sweet, and the melding of the disparate elements doesn’t quite work, but it’s reasonably inviting....the body really offers quite similar traits, mixing huge sweetness and hard, dry, earthy mineralic components but not really doing so organically: the first touch of the tongue is heavy sugar, and just as you’re getting used to that you’re hit with this dry loamy mouthfeel that gets almost chalky by the finish....rather rough at the end, very full if not too full, quite tart and cidery....alcohol more prominent than in any of the other years....really a mess that I would hope will improve because it’s not terribly good right now. I wasn’t sure that tripel and saison would mesh well together before this, and I am less sure now. Unquestionably the least impressive in the series at this point for me.
BrewDad (5274) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 22oz Bomber - Gravity Beer Store Olympia, WA
Jeff an awesome owner hooked me up with this nectar from the gods. A great Belgian ale. has some subtle spices and off flavors I am sure this will hold well for years. Happy 7-7-7 to all. Thanks Jeff. See you all Next Year at 8-8-8