j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a clear orange gold with a thin white head. Yeast, chamomile on the nose, very floral. Chewy wheat, tangy but clean. Bright and lively. Sweet tingly finish. Very nice and well executed. It will be interesting to try this again in a year or two and see how it holds up given how delicate it was.
Gachupines (1063) - USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow with small white head. Aroma is a little fruity with slight malt. Flavor is strong and sweet with a white wine taste. Fruity and strong but not cloying, quite good.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. My first thought was, this beer is a mess. Pours golden with thin white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is wine, like a Cape white, with candi. Some wheaty notes. Medium body with much alcohol power. Many grapy notes, much flavour of the grape. Sweet finish. Didn’t taste chamomile.
Sregnar35 (1023) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic and different. Pours a very plain orange with no real head. Aroma is sweet like being outdoors in the fall. Taste is grapes and wine with a tangy yeasty mouthfeel and finishes with hops.
glennmastrange (2424) - 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 wasn’t 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 (2938) - 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 (755) - 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 (9224) - 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 Brouwer’s Cafe, pours hazy golden. Aroma of yeast, orange and a little spices. Flavour mirrors this with the spices slightly more pronounced. Very solid.
QuezXLV (409) - 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 don’t have the patients nor the environment to keep it for that long.