patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours golden with barly any head, aroma is very nice, pepper, little bannana and spices. Flavor is fruity, then flows very nicely into a hoppy finish.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
yellow pour, little to no head. Slight malty hoppy aroma, resinous. Taste is peppery, resinous. citrus, banana, spiciness. a nice mellow beer, but not really what i was expecting.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crystal clear, pure golden color. A small, foamy, eggshell colored head settles to a thin but lasting layer. Scant, spotty lace marks the glass like soapy water. The aroma is a cross between a sweet, fruity Belgian tripel and an American pale. Notes of pine resin and citrus hops are spiced with orange peel, coriander, clove, and cracked pepper. The malt base smells of candy sugar, with distinctly Belgian, floral, funky yeast and strong banana esters. The alcohol shows a little hot, almost like a spiced banana liquor. Flavors follow suit, basically resembling a robust, semi-dry Belgian tripel with a healthy dose of pine and citrus hops. Banana, coriander, citrus rinds, and pepper again show strong, while a dose of fusel alcohol burns on the finish. The medium-plus, sugary body is sweet up front, but finishing dry from the Belgian yeast. This is not my cup of tea. Too much like an overly sweet and alcoholic tripel for my liking.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber, pours a clear golden with a fluffy three finger bright white head, good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is spicy, with citrus, banana, light cracked pepper, and cloves that I hope stay in the background. Flavor brings things together nicely, and gladly the cloves maintain a background role and allow dried banana, spice, and citrusy hops to do their thing. Overall not too bad, and enjoyed more than the 07.07.07, my only other experience with the VE series.
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First whiff upon cracking the bottle: HOPS!;!;!;!; So they didn’t lie. Transparent yellow with active, quickly and mostly diminishing white head. Pine resin, honey, grapefruit, and a roll of new carpet. Reminds me of my first real big hop beer, which I think was Bells Two Hearted. Initially sweet flavor and sticky mouthfeel followed by prickly pine needles and light banana. Lightly alcoholic and acidic finish with lasting bitter and salty metal. I really like Stone. Another thumbs up.
BREWMUSKCLES (2538) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 VERY NICE INDEED. sweet with honey and fruit, berries, citrus with a hint of clove and banana. beautiful golden color. the aroma does not let you in for the really great beer you are about to experience. a hop infusion enters the palate and mixes so well to be such a strong hop presence. crystal pine, pine cone and needles. the beer is delicious now so don’t wait!
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden orange color with a small white head that is gone quickly. A pineapple Christmas tree aroma. Ridiculously fruity as well. The flavor is very spicy Belgian flavor with tons of piny hop goodness. A little bit of that pineapple flavor, but also some apricot doused in the overall sweetness. It is relatively light, but very drinkable and delicious for the high ABV. Finishes dry and bitter. I love it.
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bomber courtesy of dpjuart. Smells like a cat peed on my freshly cut Fraser fir Christmas tree. Wow! Not the nose I’d expect from a BSA. Spicy and piney with a bit of sugar and cooked corn. Otherwise, a great aroma. Dark golden amber clear with a thin white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts fruity with orange and grapefruit, apricot. Fresh. Good bitter finish.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. banana, Belgian yeast, spice and hops... that pretty much sums it up (as well as the commercial description). quite an enjoyable beer, more so than 07.07.07. really nice full body over the top of the palate from front to back. the hoppy bitterness really shines through on the finish. wonderful spices, fruits and hops are present throughout this special release. grab some while you can and hold onto one.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. One of the better beers from that series. Right now it is very drinkable, with some hops bite but also some spiciness and pepperiness. This gives it a long lasting bitter finish. At the same time is quite refreshing and really hides the alcohol well. I am not sure how weel it will age though since there is a very prominent hops component.