hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle- overwhelming spicy notes dominate along with sharp bitterness. Hops are there in the background, in sort of a piney/resiny way, but they are totally lost by the yeast produced flavors. Would try again, but not as good as I was hoping.
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone company store, Pasadena. Like an imperial version of the cali-belgique, but somehow not quite as good. Fruity belgian yeast esters and those good ol’ stone hops. Nice beer
Aquilo (627) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I always get excited by seasonals. This one is quite good all around; very drinkable and relaxing, but nothing too complex. Nothing to challenge your taste buds here. Let me break it down for you: Pours yellow with a white head. The color isn’t pleasing to the eye in my opinion, so I dimmed the lights, and it looked fine. Smell is sweet like cotton candy with a hint of popcorn. Flavor is eucalyptus, perhaps pine, and grapefruit. Very smooth and wet going down. Wonderful.
brigg (623) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 (bottle - august 26, 2008) Clear golden orange with no head. Floral, fruity aroma with grassy, floral hops, grapefruit, ripe banana, bubblegum, clove. The flavor starts out semi-sweet with a slight tang, but bitterness kicks in on the way back and it finishes very dry. Citrus flavor (particularly grapefruit) and piney hops are the clearest characteristics. The alcohol is noticeable. Very interesting: the flavor seems to be constantly shifting from one thing to another. Medium bodied.
(bottle - March 4, 2013) Clear orange body, a whisp of off-white head. Floral, honey aroma, allspice, clove, banana, mild hops. Medium body. Flavor of bubblegum, pepper, clove, honey, mild citrus hops.
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, 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.
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Dry orange, mineral, yeast, touch of coriander and dry orange "syrup."
Flavor: Moderately concentrated orange, mineral, yeast, followed by a bitter hop and orange peel bite on the mid-palate and yeasty finish.
Comment: Well-integrated. This is a bit reminiscent of a S. French Viognier-like aroma and flavor and viscosity.
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is banana, spices, taste is banana, yeasty, spices, alcohol is present, very good!
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone took a pretty good shot at a brewing a belgian IPA. A close second to Mikkeller/Struise Eliot’s brew. Golden with a fluffy white head. Belgian yeast with a lot of sweet spice, finishes a bit bitter. High drinkability.
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma: hoppy, grapefruits, sweet orange, juicy hops, spices, quite nice and did not expect to find hops in a beer this old...Taste is nice grapefruit,pine, some sweet malts, spice, banana, yeasty. Quite nice!
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BCTC draft. Poured hazy golden amber with a white head. Aroma is of fresh piney and floral hops, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Taste is of nice fresh hops, floral and piney, with a nice Belgian base. A bit fruity and truly nice. I remember this at one of my highlights from BCTC. I can’t imagine how this one is going to make it to 12.12.12, but I’m going to drink the heck out of it fresh.