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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (636) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber pour 2nd installment in 09-12 tasting..quite light color compared to 09..has some vinous notes in the nose to coincide with the Belgian triple action..nose is slightly sweet with rum butter quality..good offering totally different than 09 to say the least..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured to NB globe during tasting of 06-10 VE’s. A: golden apple juice ale. Little head production. Evident carb from the base. S: Grape and grain. Light hints of chamomile as it warms. Otherwise the entirety is accented by the belgian yeast. T: Grapes, belgian yeast. Too much fruit for me in this one. Maybe tone down in a year or two. M: High carbonation, light body for this kind of ABV. Dries the mouth. D: Too sweet at this time. One and done for me on this one. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011 1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2717) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
Äppeljuicefärgad med ett litet skum. Stor fruktig doft av söta äpplen, aprikoser, söta jordgubbar och aningens jäst. Smaken är först söt, men stramas snart upp och övergår i en torrare, lite syrlig och lätt jästbesk eftersmak. I bryggningen används rågvete, ett hybridsädesslag som främst används för etanoltillverkning. Riktigt gott men kanske lite enkelspårigt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5306) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bomber. Nose of a golden tripel with vanilla and dusty, musty fruit -- I do get grapiness, but it’s more like a Saison than wine. Beautiful rich golden-orange body with a short white head. Taste is tart with jammy fruit, principally white grape and strong apricot, but also some orange marmalade and honey, sweet but controlled, very little bitterness. Clean, full body, little carbonation, distinct candi sugar effect but not too minerally, and there’s a deft pale herbal character (though I wouldn’t think to call it chamomile). Alcohol better integrated than the previous editions in this series, which is a nice compliment. At this point, the showy additions aren’t showy, but as a strong, fruity tripel with vinous touches on the margin, this is a rousing success.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
Tap at Draught 55. Poured a straw yellow/golden with a small white head. Aromas of citrus, grapes and sour fruit. Taste is fucking sour with a fruity citrus backing. Toffee malts come at the end to add sweetness. Almost a grape bubblegum taste about it. Different shit-not my thing though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Notes from 2011 -- From the bottle it pours a transluscent golden yellow w/ white head. Smells slightly carmelly white a little grape on the nose. Crisp flavor of carmel, grapes, slight alcohol bite with citrus on the tongue. Very nice, would love to drink multiples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (1189) - ISRAEL - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle sample at Stone tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Thanks ariel. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and grapes, a bit spicy with some floral notes. Taste - sweet flavor, raisins, white wine, light cherries-like tartness, spicy. Medium-bodied, a bit syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount. Peachy red and cloudy with a small white head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma and flavor of white wine, grapes, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, musty juice, floral hops, fruity esters, light candy sugar and alcohol. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Strong and boozy with a medium to full body, low carbonation and a warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
magsinva (1025) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle - pours cloudy orange. Nice effervesce. Lemon-lime thing happening on the tongue. Very Nice!

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