papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from MCAS Miramar Marine Mart: Pale, hazy golden-yellow with a small, fading off-white head. Aroma is spicy, yeasty and floral. Flavor starts fruity sweet followed by some peppery yeast and spice, a hint of bubble gum and a rather dry orange rind bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body is oily with lively carbonation.
Bartzilla (524) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice! Off the bat it reminded me of Hop-It, but as I got through the bottle I realize it’s different in it’s own way. Think Chouffe Houblon, Urthel Hop-It and then make it taste like it released yesterday. Nice beer.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours a clear, deep golden yellow with a medium sized off white head. Tons of fruit and floral hops on the nose. Flavor had spice, hops, malt and Belgian yeast. A great Belgian Stonge Ale!!
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from GM Liquors; Nose of floral hops, ginger, corriander, and caramelly yeastiness; hazy gold with a small off-white head; flavor is hop bitterness, ginger, and light caramel.
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, fizzy gold, lacking much of a head - aroma of banana, pineapple, and some phenolic character, with a fairly strong, earthy simcoe hop presence and a peppery quality - the flavor profile is bookended by a pretty strong hop flavor and a bit of dry floral notes - I normally like hoppy belgian ales, but it doesn’t quite work here - some tropical fruits, yeast/bread, and belgian-ish esters run through the middle, but they finish and end abruptly, never trying to integrate with the hoppiness - a little but of alcohol heat in the finish - the hops work well in the finish, though, as if becomes dry and light, more like a belgian golden ale - decent
yespr (29437) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is caramel and spiced. Smooth caramel and spiced flavour lingering into a the finish with a smooth impression.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro. Pours a lightly hazy dark orange, with a small off white head. Fairly mild nose, some caramel malt, and a little dark fruit is all I got. Just was tough for me to pull much out for me for some reason. The flavor is pretty bitter. Got some hops that I didnt detect at first in the nose. Kind of like a blend of hop bitterness, spice, and malts make up this brews flavor characters. Wasnt blown away here, but drinkable.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lighter yellow, slightly orange with a medium fizzy and fading white head. Aroma is very malty, almost fresh grain or cereal. A bit of fruit in the flavour on a thin but building body.. Has some spice and a slightly drawn out hop flavour to finish. This is a bit off kilter from the previous but I think it may be one of my favourites so far.
HughConway (739) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours yellow with orange overtones. Thin white head. Sweet fruit aroma. Body is thin and spicy. Nice beer.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly cloudy, golden yellow. Decent head and lace. Big aroma of tropical fruit, powdered sugar, citric hops, perfume and others. Medium bodied, slick, almost creamy, lots of spiciness, pale malts come out for a minute but the simcoes jumo all over the palate. Nice mix of flvors, the bitterness works here, nothing overdone. Extremley drinkable for a 8.4% brew and I must say i am liking it, one of my favorites of the VE series. No clue how it will age, have to assume hops will fade and hopefully yeast contiues to work to make this a big ,not too sweet estery bomb.