cloudskipper (17) - Alameda, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle aged in my cellar. Poured with quite a bit of head, as expected. This really mellowed out nicely. Funky aroma, though more subdued, more balanced. Taste was funky, bready, aged saison-type goodness. I thought this was a lot better aged 2 years than fresh. Wish I had another one.
bikeclj (14) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Gold rose in color with haze. Banana nose and taste rich and full body. Taste ginger and citrus more orange than grapefruit with slight cherry super smooth touch of spice
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davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured hazy amber with good tan head (into a tulip glass). The nose was cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger on a caramel base. Perhaps a touch of sour edge. Interestingly for a Stone beer, there was no west coast hop character at all (perhaps some Saaz or other noble hop spiciness hiding in there, though.)
The taste was amazing like mild pumpkin pie with a very slight sour edge to prevent it from being cloying. The alcohol strength was well hidden in the medium body and it was very drinkable. I could still taste a bit of greeness and expect that it would mellow so I’ll be putting down a few of these for storage.
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with small white head. Heavy Belgian aroma. Taste is a basket of fruit. Unique among Belgians I’ve tried, it expands the domain of flavors in the style. Should be an interesting step in 2012’s vertical tasting.
jclu37 (4) - USA - JUN 23, 2008 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing beer. We got it as a wedding present, because it was brewed on the day that my wife and I got married. Great taste, great aftertaste. All around amazing.
scotts66 (4) - Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2009 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I agree with Yobdoog; a bit overdone. I thought the spices dominated the flavor back in July 07 when I first tried this. I sampled a bottle from my cellar yesterday and the nearly two years of aging doesn’t seem to have added much: still overpowering spice flavors.
ironmanjt (3) - Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2nd day, and already the fourth rater. Carbonation is still quite noticeable, but almost a citrusy sweet flavour. Very light and perfect for the season.
Bubikon (2) - Voorheesville, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The hell with the amll head. Nice aroma, well balanced. This ale went well with Jamaican beans, rice and curry. The Harder They Come of ales.