beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
radagast83 (6329) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a clear golden yellow color. Aroma was belgian yeast, sweet malts. Flavor was sweet, almost candy like in nature. Touch of spices, apple cider.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light straw aroma with an odd fruitiness – banana skins. Quite ester-y and a bit odd – on the sweeter side. May dry out nicely with some additional age.
Maddog (487) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from BP in Yellow Springs, OH. BP, yes BP.....we call it Beer Place. I was a bit reluctant to buy this beer at first after reading that it was made up of types of white wine grapes. But, I really enjoyed this yeasty, fruity, herbacious, spicy Belgian tripel. I will certainly get this one again, my favorite Epic of the series thus far.
Hair6a11 (1442) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a fairly light, clear golden with an average white head. So - the infamous Vertical epic. Seems that I joined the party a bit too late considering this is my first one and by all accounts it’s the worst one. I couldn’t say that from experience, so here’s my thoughts on this one. Aroma is a bit vinous, a little funky. It’s a surprising 9.5%, to be sure because this brew feels very light for it’s style. With that said, flavors are an odd mixture of Belgian yeasts, sugars, vinousness - there’s a bit of alcohol bitterness here like you’d expect from a wine bottle, honestly. Interesting and unique brew but it seems a bit off putting, honestly -
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On paper, this beer sounds pretty awesome - however, something like this requires nuance and subtlety, which are two things this brewer simply does not do well - cloudy gold with a saffron-ish tint - headless - aroma is heavy on the white grape/wine component, but with a hefty dose of yeast and phenols, herbal tea-like character - relatively inviting despite being a bit clumsy - pretty much everything in the flavor is overdone - the chamomile is overuse and generates an unwelcome bitterness - grape is fairly potent, but tastes kind of like cheap wine (the alcohol burn in the finish does not help this) - light phenols - overdone herbal bitterness in the finish, tasting a bit like a mouthful of yarrow - dry finish - too much of too many things.
dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a great looking clear orange body with an average size frothy white head with lots of continually rising carbonation. Aroma was largely comprised of something between wine and grapes along with a heavy dose of yeast, crusty grains, rock candy and dried tropical fruits. Medium bodied with slightly strong tight bubbly carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of alcohol heat that is so subtle it’s not even noticed until it’s almost at the bottom of your throat. Flavor reminds me a lot of church, chunky bread dipped in cheap wine. This one just tries to hard and has to many ingredients going on for it for any one of them to make a nice addition. Basically it’s easily drinkable but just to complicated for it to translate.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is dusty and doughy yeast, reinforced with underlying floral/fruit notes (primarily from the gewurtz and sauv blanc), a touch of bubblegum and toast. Flavor shows basically the same. Overall body is moderate, with sweet belgian candi sugar quickly being dried by a somewhat astringent oak presence.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours gold with a thin head. Light aroma of floral hops, little bit of Belgian yeast. Crisp beer and a little sweet - you can taste grapes and some chamomile. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden, but I thought the beer was just average.