crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very clear copper, small white head. Aroma is belgian yeast and light fruits, although the 1 day difference between a trappist glass and a tulip was huge the tulip had bubblegum bigtime. Flavor is very spicy belgian yeast, apples, oranges, and more citrus peels. Warming alcohol with more and more yeasty spice, grapefruit in the aftertaste and coriander with a touch of noble hops for crispness. But pretty much the overall flavor is by far the spicy belgian yeast with some lighter fruit peels in the background.
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle shared with Padrefan. Aromas were very spicy. Much ginger and clove. Some fruit esters too. Deep orange with a very nice head. Flavors were very very similar. Nice bitter finish. Should be very nice in a few years.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUN 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2010 22 oz. bomber bottle.
Poured out a deep orange color, with a thick tan colored head. Aromas are of band aids, funky Belgian yeast, and Chlorophenols. Major funk in the aromas. Flavors are not much better. Hot tasting, phenols, kinda nasty right now. Leaves a burning sensation in the back of your throat. Needs some serious aging. Bottled way too young, IMHO. Maybe itíll age gracefully.
2010 update. This beer has aged out quite a bit of itís original hotness & burning. It has blended into a potent Belgian style ale, with lots of fruit in the background, but lots of pepper in the flavor. Still somewhat hot on the palate.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You might feel like you are drinking apple juice. I could serve an 8 year old this and heíd probably be happy. Or maybe Iíve just had too many stones?
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, honeydew gold color with a medium layer of firm white head. The head disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a splotchy layer of filmy residue. Decent lacing and head reformation, but it doesnít want to hold itself without encouragement. Lots of coriander immediately present in the nose, creating a muddy herbalness layer in some bandagey yeast phenols. Digging a little bit deeper reveals some more pleasant scents of pineapple, ginger, banana, and spice, but the initial bouquet is mostly coriander and bandage. If itís not coriander, than its certainly a lightly bitter herbal hop variety. Light bodied, thinly carbonated mouthfeel. Too sweet on the palate, but not too heavy or sticky. Lots of spice, with ginger and loads of orange peel mostly noticeable. Lots of coriander flavor as well, but adds more herbal, almost vegetal quality rather than a refreshing hop bitterness, which is barely detectable on the palate. Sweet orange finish, with some dusty yeast lingering. Disappointingly sweet without the signature belgian style effervescence. The spices seem to be overdone too, and I feel as though they are battling it out with the yeast on the palate to see who can dominate more, rather than working subtly together to add more depth. Thereís a lot going on with this beer, but it doesnít seem to be presented well in a balanced, eloquent fashion. Iím not interested to see how this one ages, although the novelty of doing future verticals will make saving it worth while.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 Bottle from Bevmo. Pours a light golden color. Even though I read the bottle, and new this was a triple/saison, I still expected this to be darker for some reason. Itís kind of odd to see a golden color beer from Stone. Anyway, the aroma is spicy and yeasty, as one would expect. Itís actually quite a well done beer, in that the description is spot on - this is like a 50/50 beer - half saison, half triple. Lots of things going on in this beer, and very interesting. The only downside is that this is a little rough on the palate right now. Should mellow in time. I agree with others, It will be interesting to see how this ages.
alexanderj (3299) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg. Poured a rich, dark gold; short lived white head. Aroma was alot of clove/other spice, yeast, some lemon and orange; sweet. Flavor was pretty complex, but not overly exciting. A light general sweetness, with lots of spice that lingered on the palate. Also fruit, yeast, candy sugar, and some light bitterness. Agree with an earlier rating that thought it reminded him of a Christmas beer. Will be interesting to see how it ages.
Nephilium (1328) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a light fruit aroma, hints of peaches and sugar. Pours a clear straw with a small, quickly fading white head. This starts with a sugary start, with a Belgian yeast flavor lurking inside, and finishes with a touch of bitterness. Overall, not bad, but I am curious how this one will age.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first taste of an epic. A nice creamy white head that lasted a while. Smells of clove, corriander and spice. A nice sweet beggining with a lingering spicy aftertaste. Thick tasting. Reminds me of a Saison. I think this one will get thicker like a sweet barleywine. Pretty good.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, 777. This version pours a beautiful deep golden color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is decent and leaves a full canopy with a thick lace. Actually the lacing dies off like the San Diego fog at high noon leaving clear skys. Aromas of malted spicey bitters from the Christmas era. Medium full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Well, itís definately of Belgian decent. Malty and spicey w/ accute peachpit bittering from start to finish. Funny, Iím expecting Santa to climb down my chimney any minute now. Very hoildayish. Nuances of pine sap, ginger, banana gum, clove, and, and, more spices. The finish is bittered well into the next holiday season and leaves plenty of spice on the palate to fill a spice rack. It has a sharp, biting, crispness and a dead rustic tart cola essence towards the end that is somewhat annoying. This brew is not balanced and I donít expect it to be since itís brewed to last some five years from now. Time in the bottle will prove beneficial as the bittering will surely fade to allow more nuances hidden within the malty caverns to reveal themselves. Overall: where are my presents ?