aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very clear beer although there seems to be a tiny fuzz of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This has a nice coppe/pink gold glow. The head is light and a bit fizzy. It's short-lived and fades to a small ring around the edge of the glass. It's a five color with a 2 head. I weigh color higher than head so I'm giving it a 4. The aroma is definitely nice. Pepper, cotton candy, apricots something that I'm missing the word for. The flavor is good, adds on a tad of sourness (barely noticeable). A bit cidery. I'm actually surprised by the bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call this a bitter beer, but it's more bitter than what I was expecting from the style.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this very special brew. An excellent example of the style - very well balanced, complex and interesting, Stone gets it right and adds their own touch of class.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting aroma that smells like garbage at first and then goes into a citrus and coriander feel. Tastes really bitter and dry up front almost wine like yet goes into a kind of dry cider feel. Pretty damn good.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear, beautiful golden ale.
Small, fizzy, white head.
The nose is malty, fruity,spicy and lemony with a small note of bubblegum. Also a marriage of apricot, pear and clove.
The flavor is sweet up front with a burst of the same marriage of apricot, pear and clove. Banana and apple. Well-bittered to mostly balance things out.
Full-bodied with a fizzy and astringent mouthfeel. Lengthy, moderately bitter finish. A winner! A good cause too!
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Translusent, golden color. Aroma is sweet, bready and yeasty. Flavor is slightly sweet with some pepperish flavors mixed in. Finish a nice balance of candi sugar and hops. Thanks go out to Jcalabres for picking me up a bottle and to Stone to do a good job with a style they haven’t tackled in the past.
jaymobrown (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey, spice nose. Clear golden apricot color. Bright golden sweet fruit flavors. Really clean and clear. Not much that is really going on, but easily drinkable. Short finish but good sweet fruit. Good lacing and dry finish.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This had a really nice mouth-watering sweet/spicey aroma. Glowing hazy gold, good head and lacing. Palate was smooth, not real thick. Taste went from sweet to dry with fruit(apricot) and spices. The one thing that I really liked was that the alcohol was not very noticeable. Thanks.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice fruity aroma. Very smooth slightly sweet body. A very good tripel. Now we just have to wonder if they will come out with a hop monster tripel next year.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright brass with nice lasting head. Nose was yeasty, some hints of honey, citrus, biscuit and alcohol. Soft and fruity taste with noticeable hops and alcohol. Apricots, spice and alcohol lurking beneath every sip. Oily as it warms, very dry and hoppy and alcoholic at the finish. Awesome tribute.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think this is an all-around good beer, as definitely has Stone's character, but it isn't one of their best. Fruity notes in the nose and tongue, but the flavor and aroma just needed a little extra "oomph."