CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a tricky aspect to it. It smells like you are going to be drinking a belgian ale, but then the hop profile just hits your tongue. The yeast aroma is awesome. This beer has a nice yeast aroma to it. Then you taste the beer and the hops just explode on your tongue. Bravo, this beer has that nice dicotomy. The appearance isnít anything special. It is very filtered, but still excellent. Average palate, but again this beer just has that awesome palate of sweet yeast and malt, and hop taste. Overall, an awesome beer with a wonderful yeast, and hop profile taste. I would definitely drink this beer if it were a regular offering.
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a highly filtered gold, with a soapy film and lace - aroma is mostly of light, juicy tropical fruits and earthy/pine-like hops, with some light belgian yeast phenols hiding underneath, adding a bit of depth - quite a light-bodied ale, but it has full carbonation in the mouth - very crisp malts and spicy bitterness - peppery hops throughout make it hard to distinguish the other characteristics of the beer - some citrus/tropical fruit flavors - the belgian influence is definitely there, but it is hard to make out, manifesting mostly in the form of light phenolic character that the hops never give way to - very dry, bitter, almost chalky in the finish - I like hoppy belgians, but when the hops donít leave enough room for the complexities that belgian yeast can provide, itís a little bit disappointing - meh, itís still relatively tasty.
SSSteve (3831) - - JAN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear gold under a fluffy white head. mandarin orange hop aroma. flavor of citrus hops, pepper, malty body. belgian yeasty-ness. medium-full body.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear gold with a half inch head of white. Retention is short-lived and a partial skim coat remained throughout the glass. A few dots of lacework also.
Aromatics lead off with a blend of grapefruit, apricots, spruce, and phenols.
A hint of lemon and earthy pepper follow through. Fairly aromatic but not pungent or extremely floral.
Medium bodied, crisp and drying. A very snappy mouthfeel.
Ripe fruit, bitter citrus pith, and crisp malt start the pallet. Grapefruit, peach pits, lemon seeds, and pine resin.
A firm, drying bitterness steps quickly forward, followed by some warming alcohol, clovey phenols, and a trace of bready malt.
Finishes with a chaulky dryness, lingering bitterness, and fading tropical fruit with pine bark.
Tasty..Of the three recent hoppy Belgians from Stone, this one is the the biggest all around. The VE í08 is the most subdued with the hops, followed by the Collaboration, and then this one.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Walt for the bottle. Pours a clear gold with a very thin white head. Interesting aroma, but light. Belgian yeast, citrus, and some sugar. Flavor is slight sweet from the malt in the beginning but the hops overpower and there is some slick bitterness at the end. Interesting beer and I like the idea/style.
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to and shared with FunkyBrewster. Pours a clear yellow golden, looks more like a pilsner/lager, thin dense creamy white froth on top. Super piney resiny sappy spicy aroma, hint of sugary honey, really smells like ST Krampus, very green. Super resiny flavor with a very light maltiness, lightly woody, christmas tree like, light fruitiness. Again, similar to Krampus. Medium/light bodies with smooth creamy carbonation, lighter mouthful.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Butters at the First Cellar Reduction. Pours a white head and dark gold color body. Fruity hop nose. Floral hop flavor with a balanced malty body.
beerbill (3540) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with dkachur. Pours a hazy gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted until the end of the glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of oranges, lemons and Belgian yeast. There is some malt in the flavor initially, however this is quickly washed over by bitter grapefruit hops and some mild Belgian yeast lurking in the background. The flavor is less fruity than the aroma suggests. Bitter and dry at the finish. An interesting interpretation of the style.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Gold color with a tight white head and excellent lacing. Apricoty IPA aroma, light citrus, and spicy. Definite belgian character in the sweetness. Fairly tame hop aroma as far as stone is concerned. Thereís a sweet fresh herbal smell there also. Drinks much more like a typical IPA. Bitter grapefruity hops, little sweetness, light bodied. I enjoyed the aroma much more than the flavor. But, an enjoyable beer overall.
Tmoney99 (11094) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Riverís Bend.
Poured golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop and pepper aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy spicy bittersweet finish of medium duration.
This is a standout brew and very good for style.