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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Deep golden pale pour thin white head .... sweet aroma of belgian fruity yeast, grapes and little herbal chamomile ..... taste of grapes, candi sugar, sweet fruity belgian yeast and floral chamomile with a dry fruity finish and a peppery bitter rye finish (triticale) .... lots of flavor in this brew all coming together nicely .... definitely going age well no trace of abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6250) - Utah, USA - NOV 4, 2010
22oz bottle shared by Doug
Appearance: Crystal clear golden with a nice sized white head and some lacing
Aroma: Peppery, banana esters and spices
Taste: Sweet malts, spices and citrus
Ok, nothing special. Very sweet!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7585) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Brewforia. Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a large white head. A sweet nose of banana esters, some assorted fruits, even a hint of cedar(?). The flavor is a crisp smooth banana esters, some spice, vinous, white wine. Smooth no heat at all. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3584) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2010
22 oz bomber purchased at Green Jug in Canoga Park, California with a BIG assist to Brian at BevMo down the street (he could tell I wanted to try this beer, and called around until he found it for me - good service is not dead, people). Pour is mostly clear straw golden with a 1/2 inch white head that fizzles out pretty quickly. Aroma is sweet yeast clove and floral. Nice soft lemon peel mixes in as well, soft inviting nose. Taste is the nose, though the lemon and Chamomile floral feature in the front, turning to the clove yeast in the back. In the finish is a white wine grapiness which finishes long. Palate is medium bodied, lower carbonation and the finish is mouth coating, lasting and a tad on the oily side. This was really interesting - as it warmed, reminded me more and more of wine. Thanks again for tracking this down, Brian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear, light, golden color with a rapidly diminishing off white head. Nose is vinous and spicy, definite Belgian character with big notes of clove, bread, and wine, lighter notes of pale toasted malts, banana, and chamomile. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is fairly dry, peppery and slightly herbal, chamomile is much more noticeable in the flavor than the nose. Up front I get clove and pale bready malts, the beer sweetens towards the finish with notes of grapes and candi sugar. Moderate bitterness throughout, fairly complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Pours mostly clear gold with a medium sized beige head that fades slowly leaving apotty lacing. Aroma of grape and floral notes as expected with the Belgian yeast also coming through strong with banana and gum. Taste is very nice, not overly grapey but does have a mild amount of tart skin on the finish. Malt body is medium with good slightly high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle pour gives clear yellow orange color with very brief white head. Aroma belgian yeast, bread, light fruits. Taste pretty unique with light fruits, spices, honey. Belgian yeast. Finish medium with dull hoppy bitterness, but this is not a hoppy beer. Palate light without being watery, not very carbonated. Alcohol well disguised. Nice beer that is definitely unique but still very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2445) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy liquid yellow orange with a small white head. Aroma of cloves, bubble gum and light banana. Taste of bubble gum, cloves, light banana and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (6101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Pour is a very clear amber, much like a cider without all the visible bubbles. Also like a cider, the head is bubbly and leaves way too quickly. Aroma is heavy on sour/tart white grapes, with a sidekick of grassy and flowery hops. Taste is pretty much similar to the nose, with a herbal and spicy undertone leading to a very dry finish. Some Belgian yeast notes lead the palate to some bread-like flavor profiles. It’s an odd concoction, and it doesn’t quite do it for me. I wanted so much to like this. A better version of this could be made in your home by mixing an average Belgian and an average white wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Tiny bubbles, bright yellow color. A little spicy smell. Quite sour, some herbal notes. Fairly light mouthfeel, a little dry. It’s a fine saison, nothing to win me completely over to the style, but worth trying.

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