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.
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 (319) - 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. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Poured a deep brown-red color with a thick, tan head. Some lacing.snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Smells like Belgian yeast, plums and raisins. Some of the alcohol comes through too.
Lots of flavors here. Raisins, plums, dates, yeast and the wheat are all very prominent. The alcohol and hop flavor are there but slight. This should continue to develop flavors as it ages.
Very smooth, thick palate.. Surpised it didn't have that prickly bite that wheat can sometimes lead to in a beer. Great stuff.
Pours a great dark brown-red color. Not much head, I thought the aroma was close to Chimay Bleu. Coriander and pepper in the flavor, a little confused up front but more pleasant on the aftertaste. Hops are very subdued for Stone(thank you!). I'll be interested to see how it ages. omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Murky brown color with a creamy off white head. Sweet and malty aroma. Tasted of toasted malt with a nice subtle hoppyness. Very robust beer. Bitter finish. SHould age REALLY well.