padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. Aromas of clove and yeasty dough. Light sweetness, with some pear or apricot, pepper, hopps. A little hot. Can’t wait to try this on 12/12.
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the glass it has a golden yellow color with a small head. The aroma has citrus with some wood and some pine. The taste has a good amount of citrus up front followed up with some grain, herbs and hops. Medium finish.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bomber, Brandon’s house, split 3 ways. Thanks, Brandon. Spectacularly good Belgian strong. Textbook perfection plus more, with added spicy peppery notes, cloves, and Banana, plus a nice dose of hops. This aged remarkably well and at 5 year old it tasted shockingly fresh. I don’t usually go crazy for Belgians but this was right up my alley.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a creamy head. Big aroma of banana, spices, and fruity. Flavor is similiar with addition of pepper. Creamy mouthfeel. Long bitter and crisp finish. I have concerns that it will get any better in 2012, but we’ll see and re-rate then.
rcasta (849) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gracias hawie desde sta monica hasta el salvador parece una maredsous al principio pero luego se refresca delicioso. Muy buena vale la pena beberla
b33r (843) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Average belgian strong ale. Flavor and aroma were ok, but nothing special. Light and refreshing
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours yellow with orange overtones. Thin white head. Sweet fruit aroma. Body is thin and spicy. Nice beer.
Macegan75 (816) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Damico’s for the Vertical Epic Series. Pours clear golden yellow with some head. nose is citrus rind and mild funk, first sip is slightly syrupy and malty resin with a slightly cloudy tangy creamy finish. not bad
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upon aroma... THIS IS A BELGIAN?!? All I smell is sweet syrupy northwest style hop pungency! Citrus hop blast nose, cascade, centennial, clear filtered orange color, (oddly clear for a belgian), minimal white head, spicey flavor, pepper, citrus hops, belgian gold finish, I can certainly detect the belgian yeast flavor but the hops muddy up the belgian attitude, I respect this mesh of flavors greatly but it’s hard to rate as labeled as a belgian strong ale because the belgian characteristics are so thwarted by the hop dominance, I have wondered for a long time what a hop forward belgian strong would taste like and am delighted with this contribution, I’m using this as research for an over hopped trappist gold I plan on brewing in about two weeks on top of the belgian blonde slurry I’ll brew tomorrow, the belgian and hop characteristics help each other out, but this is an all new form of a belgian strong ale! So watch out for the up and coming "Belgian IPA" or "Bitter Monk" style I predict will be the next big thing following the double IPA