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.
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.
dougdecinces (116) - 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.
CaraCurtis (113) - Nevada, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong belgium smell. For a 9.5% beer, it’s a great, well-balanced Belgium style beer. It has a very light colored pour. Basically no head. A little bit of palate at the tip of the tongue. Not a lot of lingering. Overall, I do like it and hope to have the entire epic series 02 to current. It could be interesting and curious to see how much difference this beer is year to year.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Rattle n’ Hum. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with very little head. Scent is Belgian yeast with sweetness evident. Some grapes, light fruit on the nose. Taste is semi sour, oak, slight bitterness, light fruit. Flat. Drinkable.
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There are so many tastes in this I cant pick one out. Incredible beer. Stone has yet to let me down.
emarkd (97) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very orange with a small head. Aroma is mostly chamomile with something sour around the edge, like old chamomile tea left too long in the pot. Some earthy, musty smells come out as the beer warms. The grapes dominate the taste, very wine-like. The citrus hops tastes come through in the end. The beer is very thick in the mouth with plenty of alcohol warmth. The flavors here work pretty well together but I found it way too sweet.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The previous poster must just despise Belgian style ales, because this is a well-crafted, multi-faceted and yet subtle beer. Not much of a head to speak of. The aroma is candi sugar and Belgian yeast with some hint of the wine grapes. The taste is where all of this beer’s ingredients really shine. The esters, grapes in front and the chamomile and triticale rounding it out with some bitter flavors. The palate is really like a hybrid between a Belgian golden and a nice white wine with a touch of carbonation. This should age beautifully.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: crisp, winey, mostly subtle; Appearance: hazy yellow, going towards orange, plenty of carbonation but not much head after the pour; Taste: HEAVY clover, or, as the label says, chamomile flowers, plus abundent white wine, its like someone took a wine and mixed it with chamomile tea, then carbonated the entire thing, a very unique beer, I typically like champaign-y beers, but this one was not tart enough and was almostly awkwardly bitter, still enjoyable for the unique experience though; Palate: aftertaste is honestly more enjoyable than the swallow, with the sugars coming out which are otherwise masked by the two primary notes, those being clover and wine; Overall: not my favorite Stone brew by a long shot, but truly unique and not boring in the slightest, I’d recommend it for the experience but not as "one of my favorites"
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden with orange highlights. Grape aroma, mildly sour, floral hops with light island fruits. Full bodied with a viscous mouthfeel. Very wine like, I get the subtle citrus of Sauvignon Blanc, the body of Chard and the finish of a good sweet muscat. This is an interesting beer to say the least, well crafted layered and unique. I am happy with hint of sourness and the overall complexity of this beer. It may not be a crowd pleaser but good for Stone for pushing the envelope