Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with a strong note of lavender, other notes of gum, pepper, lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I have two major gripes with this: first, the addition of flowers is overdone, and second, the fruit juice sourness is unpleasant (as if there’s a big squeeze of grapefruit juice in every glass). This is one of those cases where "throwing too much stuff" into the pot ruined the beer. Without the lavender or chamomile or whatever, and presumably without the grape juice, this might have been a pretty decent beer...mentally erasing those aspects is hard to do, but what remains at least ^seems^ like it would have been quite solid. Oh well. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Tap at Eureka Burger. Rating# 92. Dark gold with a thin white head. Light, sweet fruity aroma, grapes for one thing. Sweet flavor as well. More light fruits, grape juice, pretty good. chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2010
Not quite the beast I thought it would be,,,, pours like a well oaked chardonnay, some sediment, nose is pears, white peach juice, some malt character coming through, taste is somewhere between a beer and a wine, part of me wishes there was a bit more of that fine grape character showing through although there is a great balance between malty sweet, sour, and bitter. Reminiscent of some belgian trippels, a lot more delicate than any other stone brew Ive tasted and I guess thats why im thrown off guard. robertjm (902) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Very small soapy head. Huge amount of carbonation, which looks like a soda pop. Dark yellow color. Crystal clear. Aroma of peaches and white grapes. Perhaps a slight amount of rubber. Flavor reminds me of a Tej (mead w/hops) than a Belgian Strong Ale. I think that perhaps the chamomile had something to do with that. Mouthfeel is actually a bit on the watery side. Not much of an aftertaste. Just not feeling it for this one. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bomber from Capone’s, fresh off the truck. Pours deep gold toard canary with 2-finger clingy white head. Nose is rock sugary pale malty, a bit caro syrupy, with florals, slight dank funky yeasty esters, and some hops. Tastes rich, rock sugary malty, with some funky, floral, chardonnay, apricot, and spicy hop notes. Very complex, and this one has well hidden alcohol, and evolves to become drier as it warms, becoming very saisony late.
drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Neat brew! Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, off-white head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is dominated by the grapes and then with the malt, candy sugar, yeast, and hop. Flavor is like nose, a little like juicy fruit gum, but not overly sweet as I might have expected. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with bitterness dropping off first then a longer tapering of the fruitiness and hint of alcohol at the end. Good beer; maybe even a session. scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Interesting aroma, jelly beans, coriander, grapes, and grapefruit. Smell is rather dry and tart, with a pear after taste. Good but not what not as interesting as some of it’s predecessors. RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2010
From 22oz bottle in a Trappist glass at 42°. Color is a bright gold with nice carbonation but only a wisp of a head. Aroma is a light Belgian yeast scent. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor is mild with peach and pear that come across slightly wine like, then some honey and a gentle bitterness. After taste has a Belgian character, then as the flavors drop off it leaves you slightly dry. Overall this is a great brew with delicate and complex flavors. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Sampled on 10/16/2010. This Belgian Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, grapes and spice. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and spicy. Lots of grape flavors mix and match with the malts, the gewürztraminer and muscat are very obvious grape varieties present. Mild carbonation, I won’t say flat, but a little more carbonation would have been nice. Interesting beer, folks are either going to love or hate this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2010
The pour is a sparkling golden color with an average, white, pillowy, frothy head which does leave a very thin layer of froth but minimal lace. The nose is interesting but maybe not quite developed yet; banana esters, dusty yeast, some spicy notes (maybe from the triticale? a wheat and rye hybrid?), faint brown sugar, a light Sauv Blanc fruity character, and something I cannot quite put my finger on (chamomile?). The flavor is similar with the fruity components showing through more; kiwi, melon, peaches all coming out, similar light brown sugar notes, chamomile still, faint spicing, and the yeast and ester notes all but diminishing. The palate is lively, light to medium, and lightly creamy. The finish is drying with a less than medium bitterness, still fruity with peach and kiwi, some light spicing, and the chamomile left on the tongue. This was yet another hard one from Stone; so many things going on, it was hard to find characteristics of the base beer. The white grape notes actually did well in presenting something new to the style. I feel like this one has more to offer if I were to age one for a year or more but to be honest, the 9.5% was completely overlooked when rating because it was so drinkable. With Stone’s track record, I feel I owe this one another visit in some time to due it justice.