bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit, yeasty aroma. Sweet malt flavor with yeast, bubblegum, and grapefruit. Medium body. Sweet malt lingers with spice, yeast, and grapefruit. Refreshi8ng and easy to drink. DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours deep gold toward orange with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is grainy pale malt, lemongrassy hops, mild florals, funk. Tastes grainy sticky malty, lemomgrassy hoppy, with floral, spicy yeasty estery, and funky notes. Palate is rich initially, but falls off late, and isn’t terribly complex, but I got this new, and I think it will age well. Not great as a tripel, but as a Belgian style IPA, it will satisfy hopheads and floral heads. KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet yeasty aroma with hoppy notes. Sweet yeasty flavour with ripe fruits and hoppy notes. Ends bitter. patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
pours golden with barly any head, aroma is very nice, pepper, little bannana and spices. Flavor is fruity, then flows very nicely into a hoppy finish. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 17, 2008
yellow pour, little to no head. Slight malty hoppy aroma, resinous. Taste is peppery, resinous. citrus, banana, spiciness. a nice mellow beer, but not really what i was expecting.
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Pours a crystal clear, pure golden color. A small, foamy, eggshell colored head settles to a thin but lasting layer. Scant, spotty lace marks the glass like soapy water. The aroma is a cross between a sweet, fruity Belgian tripel and an American pale. Notes of pine resin and citrus hops are spiced with orange peel, coriander, clove, and cracked pepper. The malt base smells of candy sugar, with distinctly Belgian, floral, funky yeast and strong banana esters. The alcohol shows a little hot, almost like a spiced banana liquor. Flavors follow suit, basically resembling a robust, semi-dry Belgian tripel with a healthy dose of pine and citrus hops. Banana, coriander, citrus rinds, and pepper again show strong, while a dose of fusel alcohol burns on the finish. The medium-plus, sugary body is sweet up front, but finishing dry from the Belgian yeast. This is not my cup of tea. Too much like an overly sweet and alcoholic tripel for my liking. mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2008
22oz. bomber, pours a clear golden with a fluffy three finger bright white head, good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is spicy, with citrus, banana, light cracked pepper, and cloves that I hope stay in the background. Flavor brings things together nicely, and gladly the cloves maintain a background role and allow dried banana, spice, and citrusy hops to do their thing. Overall not too bad, and enjoyed more than the 07.07.07, my only other experience with the VE series. leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 15, 2008
First whiff upon cracking the bottle: HOPS!;!;!;!; So they didn’t lie. Transparent yellow with active, quickly and mostly diminishing white head. Pine resin, honey, grapefruit, and a roll of new carpet. Reminds me of my first real big hop beer, which I think was Bells Two Hearted. Initially sweet flavor and sticky mouthfeel followed by prickly pine needles and light banana. Lightly alcoholic and acidic finish with lasting bitter and salty metal. I really like Stone. Another thumbs up. BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 VERY NICE INDEED. sweet with honey and fruit, berries, citrus with a hint of clove and banana. beautiful golden color. the aroma does not let you in for the really great beer you are about to experience. a hop infusion enters the palate and mixes so well to be such a strong hop presence. crystal pine, pine cone and needles. the beer is delicious now so don’t wait! Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours a clear golden orange color with a small white head that is gone quickly. A pineapple Christmas tree aroma. Ridiculously fruity as well. The flavor is very spicy Belgian flavor with tons of piny hop goodness. A little bit of that pineapple flavor, but also some apricot doused in the overall sweetness. It is relatively light, but very drinkable and delicious for the high ABV. Finishes dry and bitter. I love it.