Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks Ron! Poured a clear medium caramel with lots of rising carbonation and a white head that settles rather quickly. The aroma was powerfully spicy with white pepper and cloves representing.. some citrus zest as well.. there is some sweetness beneath, perhaps banana and toffee-based, but it’s down there deep. Lightly-toasted banana sweetness with some grapefruit meat at the flavor’s core.. surrounded by more than ample spices (lemon and grapefruit zest, white pepper, and cardamom among others).. very long, spicy finish. Heavier-bodied with a decent flow (bit syrupy at times).. bit too heavy on the spices. Solid overall.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange gold in color with a big white head. Aroma, spices, yeast, bready malts. Flavor, yeasty, cloves and other spices, bready chewy palate. I thought it was a bit over spiced.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma is light yeast, banana, esters, and spice. Flavor is sweet malt, banana, and spice. Has a slight lingering cloy aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable. A good beer.
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pours an effervescent orangetan with a whitish head that rings and lasts. sweet lemon peel nose with a candy wurthers original note to it. spices are apparent from the get go, not sure if that is from the yeast or the added actual spices. oh yeah, the ginger and multiple peels are noticeable. too sweet, without enough to balance. alcohol dries up a bit of it in the finish, butleaves a soapy grapefruit taste i don’t care for. reminds me of saison avery did. this is not one i would look for on a regular basis, maybe it will improve with time.
LinusStick (2969) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Vertical Epic. Kind of wierd. Aroma of ginger and other spices. Pour was a cloudy orange with a one finger white head. Taste was thick and chewy...yeast and ginger are stongly in the fore. Caramel and malt with a sugary sweetness come out as it warms. Aftertaste of tingly spice and orange.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light amber, tall fluffy head, nose is full of candy, light fruits, banana, white sugar, and more candy. Flavor is not like the nose, wishing it was. Ginger right off the bat, orange peel, hoppy, and achohol bite toward the end. Mouth feel was a bit sharp and seemingly carbonated, didnt smooth out with room temp. But I would drink it again, still a damn good brew from stone.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark golden color, with a small white head. Aroma is dough, some earthy hops, and candi sugar. Taste has those elements with more light fruit involved, maybe some lemon and citrus, as well as some spice I can’t quite put my finger on, possibly coriander. Overall decent, not the best from stone though.
BeerandBlues2 (10612) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small frothy white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (barnyard, earth), with notes of alcohol, peach and coriander. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
DYCSoccer17 (3465) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bottle purchased for $4.99 at the Davis Food Co-Op. I dont understand why some places jack the price up to $6-$7...Aroma has some yeasty, fruity, esters with some banana aromas. A little bit of ethanol is also detected in the nose. Some light honey notes are there, too. Transparent, filtered golden-orange hued body with a VERY quickly dissipating fizzy yellowish head. Still, with no lacing. Looks like mead. A weird peppery astringency to start, which becomes very oily, chewy, and caramelly. Kind of burnt to finish with a little ethanol present. This is really oily and quite weird. Not very enjoyable.
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle shared with a friend. Pour is a beautiful swirly copper color with wispy swirls of tight white bubbles. Aroma is overwhelmingly spicy. What is all this spice covering up? Flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, but I really don’t taste anything resembling Saison. This seems like a jumbled mess to me. The spices seem to cover up the disaster. Tripel mixes well with IPA, but apparently not with a saison.