StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lots of banana esters. Aroma is subtle and disappears quickly. Nice bitter hop finish. Pretty dry and drinkable. Ok but not great
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this beer poured a hazy golden color with a minimal head. aroma is complex of sour grapes, yeast, and belgium sugar. flavor is good but a lot of sour grape masks the flavors of the beer. has a nice finish on the pallet.not a bad beer but a little complex and clashing of flavors.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has floral notes with maybe a hint of the grapes. This feels a lot like drinking a white wine and has hints of that flavor. A nice mixture of slight sweetness balanced out by a little hint of the alcohol and a touch of bitterness. Very interesting brew. It makes me sorry that I have missed the previous years of this release.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The body is light auburn. Aroma and flavor are distinctly Belgian. Lots of spice. Flavor starts a little sweet but finish tart. Very nice brew.
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light Orange with minimal head into my NB globe. Cold from the fridge I’m not impressed. However as the beer warms it improves a lot IMO. The bitterness fades and a slightly sweet, grape / apricot flavor emerges. Polished off the bomber myself and could go for another glass.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this when it first came out, so I will have to see how it ages. As is, this is a pretty straightforward Trippel. The grapes make a slight presence that I feel kinda detracts from where more good ol’ fashioned dryness and spice would have been better. The chamomile is what I liked most about this beer. It makes a noticeable presence and really contributes to the style. Can’t say I was overly impressed with this one, but hopefully it ages well.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Pours a pale straw color with absolutely no head. Real disappointing...
S: Belgian yeast, esters, bubblegum, spearmint and cloves. No complexity at all, such a letdown compared to 09 VE
T: Same as above, no complexity to speak of. Metallic note to it as well. Not much else to say
MF/D: Thin feel, alcohol is well hidden. Belgian yeast finish
Notes: Real letdown, especially for almost $10 a bomber. 09 was sooo much better. Worst Stone offering to date...although it got a b-
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at My Place in Newtown, CT: poured a rich golden light amber, with an aroma of light caramel, light floral, some grass, citrus, herbs, very enjoyable. A taste of sweet yummy.
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I guess it must be close to three years old now. Golden, effervescent. Sour apple aromas and flavors. Belgian esters are present, but not overpowering. Solid beer overall.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Golden pour with a two finger fluffy white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing. Classic Belgian Yeasts on the smell with some citrus and clove notes. I’m getting a little something more though. Almost a dark fruity hint. Tastes very much like a classic Triple, but the alcohol presence is noted. Very light to begin, possibly from grapes, but that gives way to a warming feeling from the alcohol. Slightly dry finish. Not as light as I would have thought, nice amount of carbonation to pull it all together.