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.
FullObs (136) - 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.
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.
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.
CaraCurtis (117) - 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.
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.
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.