goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2003
Pours a medium/dark mahogany, with a medium light tan head, medium diminishing, leaving good lacing on the way down. Aroma is fruity (banana, some apple and pear sneaking through, too), some spiciness (coriander & hops providing most of that). Flavor starts with the banana (apple and pear come through more as it warms up), middle is crisp, and the end has some good hoppiness, and a hint of pepper. Body is full, taste is complex and changes slightly as the bottle warmed, light alcohol showed up towards the end.
Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Burgandy and rich brown color,smell reminds me of tropical fruits, pepper and spice. It tastes of pepper,spicy and malty with lots of sugar. Refreshing clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2003
They ask on the back if you can store the beer and wait until 12.12.12 to drink it. Well, no, I can't :-) So I bought two and put one away. This pours a color that I would call a dark red. It has a small head that dissipates quickly and it has a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Very attractive beer. The aroma is fruity with hints of malt and sweetness with a little bit of spice - smells great. The flavor is very fitting for the Belgian ale classification. It is a mix between a Belgian Dark Strong ale and a spicy Belgian Blonde. There is a moderate amount of spiciness to the flavor that is just enough to give it a small kick, but not enough to make it spicy. Very smooth and easy to drink. I might have to seek this one out again so I don't have to open the one I've put in reserve. Great looks, great aroma, great flavor. What more can you ask for? Unfortunately I've missed the 02.02.02 version, but I will be sure not to miss the one for next year ... and next year ... etc. Hopefully my other bottle of 03.03.03 will make it until the end. Congrats to the people at Stone for this one.
Hopswagger (344) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Review date 12.12.12
Celebrating the 10 year Vertical Epic Series
P: Two-tone hazy brown and tan with translucent top and bottom with sediment floating. Creamy head that leaves delicate spider webs around the glass.
S: Molasses, candied plums, chocolate, bread, bananas, clove, coriander, toffee, wheat and oxidation on the rather boozy aroma.
T/M: Super malty, molasses, big time toffee, fruity, buttery herbs, sweetness backed by wood, white pepper, candy sweetness followed by aged cherries. Silky body that is smooth and finishes dry with surprisingly good level of carbonation.
O: Totally surprised by how well this aged. A beer that is 10 years old and shows a little oxidation but nothing like I expected. Stone has done a fantastic job of brewing a beer that will last. Great beer that come across more as a dubbel.
Serving type: on-tap
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 31, 2003
I think it's really good. Nice dark dubbel color with creamy effervescence. Kind of like Duvel, but creamier and darker. Very spicy with cinnmon and nutmeg.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Aroma is of mellow smooth banana esters. Palate is nice and ester-fied with dark wheaty goodness. The coriander and pepper add a fine touch to the flavor, but the abundance of alcohol overpowers the more desirable flavors. Perhaps I was too impatient and should have waited 12 years to enjoy this beer at maturity. I'll buy another and re-rate in 12 years. Stay tuned. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
MMM good. Interesting with the yeast mix. I'm not so sure it will last nine years like they want. Found a stash in a local liquor store in October. hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Brownish copper in color with medium head. Extremly malty nose with notes of pepper. Flavor is hops and spice. Full bodied and balanced brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Interesting for Stone. A nice "Belgian" aromatic brew. Great lace. Moderate mouthfeel with balanced maltiness and hop/spice profile. A nice quaffable brew welcome anytime. stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Dark brown color, good amount of carbonation. Aroma is slightly spicy and fruity. Taste is the same with a moderate dose of bitterness. Very easy drinking and unlike most Belgian style strong ales I've had.