notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On paper, this beer sounds pretty awesome - however, something like this requires nuance and subtlety, which are two things this brewer simply does not do well - cloudy gold with a saffron-ish tint - headless - aroma is heavy on the white grape/wine component, but with a hefty dose of yeast and phenols, herbal tea-like character - relatively inviting despite being a bit clumsy - pretty much everything in the flavor is overdone - the chamomile is overuse and generates an unwelcome bitterness - grape is fairly potent, but tastes kind of like cheap wine (the alcohol burn in the finish does not help this) - light phenols - overdone herbal bitterness in the finish, tasting a bit like a mouthful of yarrow - dry finish - too much of too many things.
onceblind (4602) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is a very clear amber, much like a cider without all the visible bubbles. Also like a cider, the head is bubbly and leaves way too quickly. Aroma is heavy on sour/tart white grapes, with a sidekick of grassy and flowery hops. Taste is pretty much similar to the nose, with a herbal and spicy undertone leading to a very dry finish. Some Belgian yeast notes lead the palate to some bread-like flavor profiles. It’s an odd concoction, and it doesn’t quite do it for me. I wanted so much to like this. A better version of this could be made in your home by mixing an average Belgian and an average white wine.
Ernest (6353) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with a strong note of lavender, other notes of gum, pepper, lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I have two major gripes with this: first, the addition of flowers is overdone, and second, the fruit juice sourness is unpleasant (as if there’s a big squeeze of grapefruit juice in every glass). This is one of those cases where "throwing too much stuff" into the pot ruined the beer. Without the lavender or chamomile or whatever, and presumably without the grape juice, this might have been a pretty decent beer...mentally erasing those aspects is hard to do, but what remains at least ^seems^ like it would have been quite solid. Oh well.
argo0 (11645) - 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.
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
Beerman6686 (4704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured a cloudy dark yellow with a white head. Aroma was of belgian candy sugar, yeast, and perfume/potpouri. Flavor was very over the top sweet, lots of candy and perfumey notes and just hard to finish a whole bottle. Definitely the worst of all the ones i’ve had.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
oured into a tulip. Reviewed from notes.
Pours golden with a bit of haze. Slight white head and a moderate amount of lacing. The initial nose is quite weird. Some strange spicing and a bit of grape and mild fruits. The taste is a bit of an improvement, but as of right now this thing is really just a mess. The spicing, grapes, and base beer really don’t go together very well. Feel is a bit spicy. Hopefully this mellows out over the next two years, as this is not the best addition to the series, especially after a really nice offering in 09.09.09.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-03-2010
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A lifeless fruity/juicy and floral/scented golden ale. Very boring
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed almost exactly one year after the beer release
The look: Clear golden body topped by a quickly dissipating head
In long: Nose of cereals, wild flowers, stale water and a mixture of pineapples and apricot juice. Taste is grainy cereals, cooking oil, apricots juice, flower petals, camomile, breakfast grape juice, breakfast apple juice, sparse carbonation, lifeless mouthfeel. Thankfully not very powerful flavour-wise. What a boring beer this was, what a letdown coming from Stone. I did not finish my bomber, something that rarely happens with a Stone bomber. A beer to celebrate the date 10-10-10, a date that only happens once in a lifetime, but then again every dates happen only once in a lifetime, this is how time works people.
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Graduate. Aroma is estery with bananas, cloves, and sweet hints. Very Belgian, and not much else going on in the nose. Transparent golden-copper body with a small, off-white head. Starts estery with bananas and clove yeast flavors. Becomes herbal, lightly tart, and astringent in the middle. Finishes floral and herbal. Not enjoyable at all.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours clear golden, with a light pinkish hue. Thin white head, poor lacing to none. Nose is apple juice, very light tea, maybe some straw/hay. Flavours of chamomile, apple juice, some pears or something deep down, but overall this one is dead simple. Maybe this was better fresh, but isn’t the point of a vertical tasting to see how a beer changes with time? A real disappointment.