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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 224   ABV: 7.48%
Specially brewed for the 2004 AOB Craft Brewers Conference held in San Diego, CA. This ale is the result of a collaborative effort between three San Diego County brewers and breweries. Peter Zien of AleSmith Brewing, Tomme Arthur of Pizza Port Solana Beach /Port Brewing, and Lee Chase of Stone Brewing all gathered together and brewed this celebratory ale up at the Stone Brewing Co. This Belgian-style strong golden ale was brewed with multiple yeast strains, a pretty substantial amount of Czech Saaz hops, and a touch of lemon grass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle obtained @ the brewery. What would you expect a Belgian collaboration between Stone, AleSmith, and Pizza Port to taste like? Awesome- exactly. The most true to style of all the Belgian beers Stone has bottled. Flavor packs more of a punch than the 7.5% alcohol suggests.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Simply delicious. Mild malt, banana, clove, spice, caramel and sugar are all evident. Unlike most Stone brews which are over the top (In a good way!) this one is so smooth and understated. From the first wonderful smell out of the glass, to the silky swallow, this is a winner!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Pale hazy golden colour with a modest amount of head. Aroma is of banana and lemon grass. Flavor starts out sweet, then becomes a bit estery and spicy almost like a witbier. Finishes pleasingly dry with a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Great strong ale. Best Belgian style by Stone yet. (Thanks to Peter, Tomme? Oops, did I say that?) The only gripe I have with Stone’s Belgian styles is that there is rarely any head whatsoever. On this one the head disappears within a few minutes, but it’s there like marshmallow fluff when it pours. Nice pilsner style hopping, with a beautiful sweet maltiness coupled by that spicy/tart Belgian yeast(s). Thanks to Stone for selling the extras.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5356) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Orange gold color. Slightly hazy. Medium white thick foamy head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity, with orange, peaches and lemons being the most prevalent flavors. Bright yeasts and lots of them, the lemon grass really compliments the yeasts. Very smooth taste. This would make a good session beer, but at 7.5% alcohol, it makes it a little dangerous for that purpose. Very nice beer. I hope that we will see more collaboration between the Big Three San Diego Brewers. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
(bottle from Stone). Pours a perfectly clear, beautiful golden color with a frothy white head. Lots of champagne like bubbles. The appearance of this beer is excellent. Yes, it does look a bit like a pilsener. The flavors are slightly complex: it starts of feeling thick, sticky & sweet on the tongue but finishes dry and smooth. The taste reminds me of the Celis (TX) Grand Cru that used to be made. This is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 24, 2004
Bottle: Pours a very nice clear and bright gold color with a medium white head. Lacing is very good. Carbonation is lively and full. Aroma is very nice...lightly spiced with interesting belgium yeast and malt notes. I was pleasantly surprised with the medium, but distinct, hop profile. jcalabre describes the body perfectly...starts out thick then finishes quite dry. Wow, this beer is really good. I hope the SD brewers collabrate some more in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
very nice brew. Hazy gold brew with a nice white head. Pungent lemongrass nose.To taste you’ll find a very subdued spiciness. Light bodied but packs a nice punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Pours deep golden, with a large creamy head. Spotty lacing. Initial aromas of bitter orange peel, citrus, hops, biscuity, some yeast, and light alcohol. Flavor is intriguing. Starts off a touch sweet, then bitter hops come out. Sweet citrus is abundant balanced with the bitter of the hops and possibly the orange peels. Spicy on the tongue. Maybe some coriander, perhaps paradise seeds. Tangy palate, medium bodied, very smooth. Ends with awesome notes of citrus, both bitter and sweet. Very nice indeed. Thanks to ScottVacula and Buck_Dich for providing me with this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Hazy, golden body with almost no head-just a couple of white bubbles at the edges. Subsequent pours yield better foam, better retention and nice lacing. Very interesting nose. Chuck-full of fruity Belgian esters-banana, orange, lemon grass, cloves, fresh, rising dough and a touch of alcohol. The hops, surprisingly, are not understated. Floral, citric and perfumy. Light, refreshing body that is not too thin. A nice spice kick comes through initially in the flavor. As it warms, more residual sweetness comes through to compete with the strong hops and varied yeasts. The fruity esters are not left behind, but are certainly given a run for their money. The finish is quite bitter and spicy at the same time. It also becomes drier in the finish. Not the most unique beer pushing style boundries, but just one helleva tasty Belgian with a nice American twist. I’d love to see more offerings from the terrific trio. Much is owed to ScottVacula for his willingness to trade.

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