papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Marine Mart Miramar: Clear golden color with a small, fading off-white head. Aroma is white wine fruity and floral. Flavor also has a wine like start followed by light orange rind, alcohol, a hint of citrus and a long dry orange rind finish. Medium body is tangy with moderate carbonation. Interesting.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very hazy orange with very light head which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is definitely heavy on the grapes and a bit of sweet candi sugar. Taste up front has the belgian yeast and the fruity taste of grape dominating, with the balance being created by the belgian sugars. The drier white grapes certainly create a nice fruity aftertaste, with the sauvignon blanc coming through more than anything else. All in all, a great experiment that should be reproduced in the future.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Second miss in a row for me and the Stone VE series. Pours clearish straw yellow with a medium white head, leaves decent lace. Smells not very good. Very metallic smelling with the standard bread and yeast of a belgian tripel. Grapes in there as well. Eh. Tastes bready and malty yeasty with big, sweet grape flavors. Grapes don’t add much. Metallic sweetness. Eh. Medium’ish body, slick and coating, good carbonation.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The previous poster must just despise Belgian style ales, because this is a well-crafted, multi-faceted and yet subtle beer. Not much of a head to speak of. The aroma is candi sugar and Belgian yeast with some hint of the wine grapes. The taste is where all of this beer’s ingredients really shine. The esters, grapes in front and the chamomile and triticale rounding it out with some bitter flavors. The palate is really like a hybrid between a Belgian golden and a nice white wine with a touch of carbonation. This should age beautifully.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the nose I can already tell I’m not going to like this. It’s got an obnoxiously powdery, floral yeasty nose in the same vein as the yeasts used in past vertical epics, undertones of citrus, alcohol, and belgian yeast phenol spice with a malt-liquoresque quality to it as well. The beer itself is completely clear and bronze with little to no head formation and reminds me of lagunitas. Flavors are strange, the body is cloyingly thick and syrupy carrying with it some clearly non-complimenting hop bitterness, a grapey twang around the edges, and flavors from that floral, powdery yeast strain. The alcohol here doesn’t help either, making it kind of quesy-feeling to drink...and the underlying sweetness just makes it all the more cumbersome. The grape influence is juicy and takes an already awkward tasting beer and makes it somewhat awkwardly childish in the finish. Strange mess of a beer and certainly not one you’d expect from what others like to call a "world-class brewery"...but it’s something I have fully come to expect when Stone tries anything belgian-influenced...It just doesn’t seem well thought out at all and certainly a "F-You" for all those that hype up the yearly epic releases, though, again..to me, it’s not much of a surprise...who comes up with these recipes anyway? really?
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 22oz bottle
This poured an clear golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. The flavor starts out a bit floral then becomes sweet with a bit of stickiness. The presence of the grapes is very noticeable and complements the beer well. I liked this beer; however, the sweetness my not be to everyone’s liking.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a clear golden yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S: The grapes provide a strong fruity component to this beer, but they’re quite sweet; really reminiscent of a sweeter white wine like some Rieslings or Muscats. Candi sugar and spice/herb notes (chamomile and coriander) coming through. A bit dry and some further fruit notes like pears, bananas, and sweet apples.
T: A very sweet beer, again, a lot of this comes from the grapes. The candi sugar provides further sweetness and the fruit esters are present, too. Luckily the flavorings are not overpowering, which is something I was worried about. Very minimal floral hop character, but at least it provides some sort of bitterness.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.
D: I was quite skeptical about this installation of the VE series. I still think this wasn’t exactly the best idea, but at least it tastes okay.
CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at a Bellingham Co-Op. Light golden diaphanous appearance. A wispy head sits on top. Light grape aroma with a bit of flowery aroma popping through. The aroma is not very distinguishable, in the sense that I am able to smell a variety of aromas. I smell the grape aroma, and that’s great, but the aroma is not really popping. The sugar is coming through, but other than that, I’m not getting much. There is a wonderful grape, sugar, yeast, and flower flavor. Light hop flavor pokes through towards the end. This beer is very sweet, and tastes very sugary. Light hop flavor provides a subtle balance. Overall, this beer is decent, but seems a bit too sweet, for now.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
They are not kidding with the wine. This is a very grape addition to the VE series and probably one that will not age as well. Pours a light yellow. Heavy to drink. Sweet with a touch of sour at the end. Lots of fruit in here.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a clear golden body with a white head. Aroma of Belgian year, vanilla, grape, fruity. Flavors of of candi sugar, grape, banana, spice, herbs. Very well attenuated, dry bitter and well done...wish I could have some oak vanilla qualities.