jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange-gold with a two-finger head. Pretty standard Tripel aroma: very yeasty, with lots of fruit esters, wheat, and a touch of bubblegum. Further concentration reveals a grassiness just below the surface. The flavor is spicier--a bunch of cardamom and white pepper--with a good bit of banana. The hops come through more here, drying out the finish and leaving a lingering grassy bitterness. Very good stuff, but the interplay between the yeast, spice, and hops could use improvement. Maybe some time will iron things out.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold, small head, lightly carbonated. Hoppy aroma, faint peppery notes. Has an almost piney smell. Soft on the palate, light carbonation. Definite flavor of pine. Peppery. Complex flavor.
scoth (665) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy orange-amber, with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Aromas of vanilla, pine resin, banana, biscuit, grass. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth but hot, medium dry. Medium sweet, then a little citrus, with a lasting medium bitter finish. Good, but not as great as I had been hoping. Still, it aged fairly well.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice clear golden pour with small head. Aroma and flavor are wonderfully matched, banana, spice and citrus. Very clean and delicious beer.
I want more.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is Nice orange body. Aroma is really fruity with citrus and malts. Flavor is sweet fruits and malt. Easy to drink and smooth.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber-orangish color. Pour creates a thin 1/2" bone white head which fades to a paper thin layer of foam. Just some spotty lacing adheres to the glass. Mouthfeel presents a touch of slickness and body, but is overall on the thinner side with a slightly elevated level of spritzy carbonation. Flavor profile begins with a sweet and slightly tart presence of green apple, apricot and citrus backed with hints of coriander, honey and clove. A smooth biscuity malt flavor is also perceived. Finishes with a typical Stone citrusy hop presence of orange peel, lemon drops and red grapefruit. A nice lighter, but warming and spicy beer for winter imbibing.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Haven’t been a big fan of the VE series but this one is worthy. Bomber pours a golden hued body, radiant in the alfresco evening sun. Capped by an attractive vanilla head that has some legs, patching the goblet with sheets and patches. Aroma is fruity with grapefruit and banana esters, kissed by notes of pine resin. The medium body is accented by a yeasty chalkiness. Taste has fruity grapefruit with a hint of bubblegum, tempered by dry and bitter pine hops. Belgian yeasty notes are prominent. Finishes like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and an IPA. Enjoyable...certainly my favorite of the VE series. My first beer consumed and reviewed here on Mount Tranquility in the higher elevations of Claiborne County, Tennessee.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
well i finally got to crack this one open after holding onto it for over a month. This was a hop attack with the spicey figgy nose that was pleasant enough to make me spend a minute just noseing it. The taste really smacks you with a bitterness pretty quickly. Such strong bitter hops usually turns me off from a beer when sitting in for a big bottle but finished this one with great ease and enjoyment
DWestrick (654) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle 22oz. a smooth ale - great citrus flavors and balance of hops and yeast. a good beer - enjoyable
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Dry pale Belgian w/ more hops than necessary. But, ummm, still an amazing west coast Belgian! 12/12 or later?, my ass!