AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upon aroma... THIS IS A BELGIAN?!? All I smell is sweet syrupy northwest style hop pungency! Citrus hop blast nose, cascade, centennial, clear filtered orange color, (oddly clear for a belgian), minimal white head, spicey flavor, pepper, citrus hops, belgian gold finish, I can certainly detect the belgian yeast flavor but the hops muddy up the belgian attitude, I respect this mesh of flavors greatly but it’s hard to rate as labeled as a belgian strong ale because the belgian characteristics are so thwarted by the hop dominance, I have wondered for a long time what a hop forward belgian strong would taste like and am delighted with this contribution, I’m using this as research for an over hopped trappist gold I plan on brewing in about two weeks on top of the belgian blonde slurry I’ll brew tomorrow, the belgian and hop characteristics help each other out, but this is an all new form of a belgian strong ale! So watch out for the up and coming "Belgian IPA" or "Bitter Monk" style I predict will be the next big thing following the double IPA
Macegan75 (809) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Damico’s for the Vertical Epic Series. Pours clear golden yellow with some head. nose is citrus rind and mild funk, first sip is slightly syrupy and malty resin with a slightly cloudy tangy creamy finish. not bad
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.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden color with a large white head. Smelled of citrus and sweet malt. Hoppy beer with a hint of spice. Full bodied beer with a bitter finish. Good beer.
ADfan (797) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the glass it has a golden yellow color with a small head. The aroma has citrus with some wood and some pine. The taste has a good amount of citrus up front followed up with some grain, herbs and hops. Medium finish.
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely a fan of the series.Medium bodied with a hint of carbonation.Looks almost like a lager as its lightly golden and barely hazy,white head which recedes to a ring along the glass.Hops throughout the finish which some may consider bitter. As a fan of saisons I think Stone made a nice effort for distinction.
Padron4KM (790) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1st tasting 8/23/08
Golden straw with a thick creamy head that quickly collapses to a thin cap. Streams of tiny champagne like bubbles rise to the surface.
Aroma is complex to say the least. Definitely banana up front with subtle tones of clove spice, layered with citrus and pine, - "You got IPA in my Belgian Golden ALE, no, you got Belgian Golden Ale in my IPA!"- Whatever happened it’s interesting.
Flavor is complex as a well, peach apricot, spice, followed up by some pine and light citrus.
Finish is long, lightly dry, piney hops and fruity malts. Nicely balanced. This one should hold up well.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden yellow with nice swatch of creamy white head that sustains with moderate lacing. Crisp bread malts, yeast, spices, light fruits, and floral hops. Initial taste of biting pepper and spices along with dry earthy hops; candy, citrus, bananas, pears enter midway with a moderate alcohol presence; pepper and hop dominated finish. Slightly chewy with moderate carbonation exacerbated by the spice profile. Plenty of hops here, but almost overwhelmed by the pepper and spice nuances and hot alcohol, might balance out better with aging.
Nik925 (786) - USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright and crisp. Def. not a Belgian IPA (which is a good thing). The hops actually play well with this bold yeast. Tartness and some citrus mingle with the pine - hoppyness. This is not what you think of when someone says Belgian Strong Ale. This is more like a Heffe yeast-IPA-something else. I’d have to call it unique.
highibus (779) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear as a bell golden yellow into my tulip. nice white head with impressive lacing. aroma of spicy hops and crisp fruit (some alcohol too)). flavor is balance and a little dryfruity. nice finish with some alcohol.