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.
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to moelikebeer for this one. Sweet spicy and a light hop aroma. Pale gold color with a head that was nice when it was there but it quickly went away. Nicely complex flavor, sweet up front, spice in the middle and a noticeable hop at the end. Nice dry finish.
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!
PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from local store. Pours deep golden color with lots of bubbles and frothy white head. Fruity aroma with notes of apricot. Refreshing and complex flavor with apricot, cloves, and banana coming to the forefront. Relatively strong alcohol presence, but not too overwhelming.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahhh, 8/8/08- My wife’s birthday nonetheless.. 22oz Bottle. Pours translucent, honey-golden, with a rather light wisp of carbonation clinging to the edges of my St Feuillien goblet. A spicy, zesty, belgian yeast hits the nose- primarily clove ; and as this beauty warms, the american hoppy citrus, and tropical fruitiness start to come out much much more, as well as the banana lurking in the background. The initial burst of flavor is sweet grainy malt, candy sugar, spiciness, stone fruits (ironic?), melon, rich green hop flavor, a hit of alcohol heat ( I mean it is a well hidden 8.6, anyhow) with a well described "refreshing bitterness" .. Indeed.. A very delicious complex beer, that I’d argue might just bunk the myth of aging-The freshness will best serve the hop character that is so pleasant in this year’s version.. I suppose time will tell, but alas, CHEERS to Stone for another unique, delicious offering. The hop character alone on this one deserves some stocking up.. Underrated?