glennmastrange (2371) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate hay and lightly toasted notes for the malt, light to moderate grass and lime for the hops, moderate musty barnyard for the yeast with hints of white grape skin, strong white wine, wood and green peppercorns. Head is small, wispy, white with fair slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is clear golden amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the fairly long finish is moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, slick in texture with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. I wasnít expecting a Tripel before I poured this. The grapes used in the brewing of this Belgian Strong Ale stand right out.
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear and golden with a short-lived frothy head, minimal lacing, aroma of chamomile, grapes and vinegar, first taste is boozy but the alcohol hides nicely after, definitely a sipper and not something i would session, maybe a good pairing with dinner, but obviously lacking malt/hops punch,
good idea from Stone, just not my thing
drjay44 (2832) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a very spare short lived white head, reminiscent of cider over a clear orange amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light fruits (pear, apple, grape) with a bit of light floral spice.....taste is layers of light fruits, including pear, apple, fig, bigger citrus, a tiny bit of grape, finishing with a light spicy, dry slightly bitter finish...mouth feel is light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds spritz.. This is a very interesting beer. It looks like a Saison, and has many aromas and flavors of that style. It has some of the characteristics of a Triple and a Belgian Golden Strong. Additionally it is very vinous at the edge and the Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer flavors do come through. Finally the finish is like that of a good cider. Remarkable. BJCP 7/3/15/4/8
highibus (747) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright cclear straw color with thin white head. Aroma of Belgian esters and a light floral note. Lots of flavor, the typical of the trippel but a depth brought by the grapes and flowers. Really complex. Really interesting.
mcberko (8115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 On tap at Brouwerís Cafe, pours hazy golden. Aroma of yeast, orange and a little spices. Flavour mirrors this with the spices slightly more pronounced. Very solid.
QuezXLV (407) - Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly cloudy golden color with lots of particulates. Nice citrus aroma; particularly orange. Its got a bitter taste, but unique, and the alcohol is not very well hidden. I would love to have let this age, but I donít have the patients nor the environment to keep it for that long.
cpetrone84 (1589) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fat Headís Pittsburgh
A-pours a transparent golden amber with a pure white head.
S-the nose is of belgian yeast with notes of candied sugar. hints of lemons with tons of spicy phenolic peppers.
T-the taste is syrupy with an assertive malt body and hints of caramel. a light belgian yeast is present but not enough of it, it is very sugary, candied belgian sugar. there are notes of bananas and lemon and the peppery spice comes in towards the back and is much more present than the nose. Some grassy hops sit in the finish with a light bitterness.
M-this has a full syrupy body, creamy feel on the tongue, very dry champaign like finish with a fair carbonation but lacking a little with the syrupy and dry body.
D-this is tasty and somewhat drinkable. it is well balanced but lacks a little in the integration department. the flavors can be extreme at times and work alon. the finish is univiting as it is so thick, dry, and spicy without the carbonation to give it a certain crispness to balance.
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a quarter inch off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing. The brew smells like bananas, white grapes, coriander, yeast and a bit of bubblegum. It tastes mostly like white grapes/wine, along with coriander, yeast, and some herbs. Both the aroma and taste are relatively sweet, but there is some bitterness too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís a bit slick and dry with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, itís smooth and refreshing. I think this is an OK brew, but Iím not a big fan of it because itís a bit too wine-like for me. Itíll be interesting to see how this beer ages.
BeerFanDan17 (1023) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very solid strong Belgian style ale from Stone. Good flora notes and distinct fruitiness. Though not over sweet.
argo0 (11868) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast/dusky/spicy, cotton candy/bubblegum, some grape, faint ethanol. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/grape, spicy, cotton candy, some alcohol, alcohol astringency. Medium body, some stickiness.