MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
tepid, lightly transparent amber color, no head. Nose of melon, banana, caramel, oxidation, bit peppery and bitter. Flavor is also sweet, bubblegum and banana and dirty wheat most common. Overly fizzy.
muzzlehatch (4424) - 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.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber purchased at discount liqour in Indiana from a very kind Indian man. No 070707s were on the shelf but he once he saw I was from Chicago he kindly enough gave me one from behind the counter that was from his personal stash and refused to sell to anyone else. Clear, orange/amber with small white head. Doughy and yeasty. Flavor is spice, big sweet, dough, but soapy. Filmy med. body, big carb. Pretty nice aroma, but not the greatest taste, unfortuante, we’ll see what happens when all of them are popped together.
Drake (9257) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Do I have the patience to wait five years for the second bottle? Probably not. Both bottles from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours a light amber with small head and minimal lacing. Yeasty aroma, but sadly it takes on the character of that fruit cocktail crap from elementary school. Taste is very strong pineapple with some background spice. I’m not loving this. Guess that will make it easier to wait 5 years!
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma was very winy and cake-like. Very sweet. Looked very clear with decent beading and a thin foam head. Flavourwise it was very viny and alcoholic. A bit on the thin side with regard to mouthfeel. Decent but not my mug of ale.
LearninBeer (399) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank on July 7, 2007. Really looking forward to this beer, bought four bottles to try every two years. The aroma was moderate yeast with the banana/bubble gum smell. The head was creamy, off-white in color and mostly diminishing. The body was amber in color. The initial flavor was a light acidic, a light bitter and a little sour. The finish was acidic and sour and long. The body was light to medium, the texture was watery and the carbonation was flat. The finish was metallic and a light alcoholic.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 12, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a golden color, weak initial head, ample carbonation. The aroma is strong cinnamon and ginger. The flavor was like a stinkin’ imperial pumpkin ale, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sweet malts, honey, slight wheat, not really appealing. Mouthfeel was moderate for the style. Not a winner Stone brew for me, although the verticals from 04 on up haven’t done wonders for me as a whole.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours medium yellow and clear. Aroma is of spice, bread, and vinilla. Flavor is cloeing sweet and over the top spicy. Cinnimon and cloves, corriander and others? and alcohol. Once again an american brewery thinks a belgian style of beer should be sweet and spicy. Better luck next year.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a very hazy golden color from a 22oz bottle. The head was moderate and disappeared quickly. Aroma was fruity with a hint of spices. The taste was fruity with a hint of ginger and other spices. I didn’t really enjoy the combination of spices.
pilsnerrogge (2553) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep golden with a slight haze. Head is quite weak. Big citrus aroma. Flavour has lots of citrus and a quite a lot of spices; cardamom seems to be the main spice. Quite sweet and chewy.