Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a small white head and good lacing. The aroma is of hops, bananas, yeast, and a bit of citrus. The flavor is of bananas, citrus, yeas, hay and a hint of lime. The palate was watery. The second half of the bottle was much yeastier than the first, but there weren’t any dregs. I’d say its a decent beer, easy to sip...nothing special though.
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Andronico’s Market. Pours light and hazy with a thing quickly vanishing head. Deep aroma has hops, malt, nuts, and fruit- very inviting and interesting. Palate was surprisingly full and syrupy with light carbonation. The flavors are numerous and well-balanced. Fruit, sweet caramel, malt, nuts, and strong hops interplay but are never overbearing. Warming alcohol in the background so the higher A.B.V is detectable but subtle. Long floral finish with grass, spice, and hops. I had this on a hot summer day and it was a bit heavy-bodied but still refreshing and very enjoyable. This is an impressive beer.
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first VE beer I have ever really loved. But, I am a huge fan of anything with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Aroma jumps out of the glass. Light to medium body with a very dry finish. Lots of great apricot and peach flavors from the hops. Nice brew. Interested in trying on of these after some age.
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stone RBSG. Appearance is very clear and yellowish golden; very clean fermentation. Aroma is strange and funky; very fresh, bright, and a bit of bananas. Bananas, apricots, and bright malt dominate the flavor with a good, mild belgian yeast character. Good carbonation and very bright on the palate. I really liked this beer; just very funky and different. Delicious!
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is thick, heavily carbonated and has a bittersweet flavor. Despite all the hoppiness, the beer doesnt leave a bitter aftertaste. It pours a light golden color with a small head. I wouldnt proclaim the brew to be epic, but is certainly a fine beer worth a try if you see it this year.
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The new and improved vertical epic! A very floral belgian style ale with a slight sweetness to it. Great aroma, great flavor. Buy it if you can find it and hope for good things for 09.09.09!
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.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: light, bread, wood, dust, hops, slight fruit. Appearance: slightly cloudy, medium white creamy head, pilsner light golden. Flavor: yeasty, belgian, fruit, hoppy end with lingering yeast. Palate: smooth start to slightly abrasive back tongue raking finish, dry. Overall: decent belgian knock off - well balanced.
jtodd5dot1 (44) - Marina, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is probably the most complex beer that I’ve been able to tell what the complexities where. Partly a hop heavy IPA type flavor and mouthfeel, yet a spicy (coriander?) malty tastes as well. Very good. Obviously I couldn’t wait ’til 12.12.12.
dankbrewqueen (41) - Morongo Valley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
found this at Bev Mo (beverages and more) and then was fortunate to make it to the brewery and enjoyed it there also. another great one from Stone!