illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours medium orange amber with an off white head. Aroma smells like a Tripel. Lighter side of medium bodied with fine carbonations. Flavor of pale Belgian malts, herbal tea, and clove phenols. The grapes come out in the finish, along with some yeast and distracting tannic or astringent off flavors. Not really that cohesive, but I could see this improving with age.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very sweet on the nose, with the trippel style coming through. Not sure why all the haters out there are down on this beer. It is a neat take on the style, but certainly different from the last few Vertical Epics. The appearance is golden yellow with thin white head. Definite yeasty flavor with sweet notes of the grapes coming through. Very nicely done, and one that will likely grow on me. Palate is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I am interested to see how this ages. It is a very solid beer now, but hope it will only improve with age. Love the VE series.
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best vertical epic I have tasted. Still the pour is pretty amber with a small white head. On the nose I do pick up some of the muscat and Gewurztraminer notes that I would associate with wines made from tose grapes. On the palate it is well balanced between hops sweetness and fruit.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a fey golden hue with minimal fizzy, fast-fading white head. Aroma is practically null, except for maybe a hint of white grape. Taste is malt and hay, followed by a semi-sweet white wine turn, but it’s all wildly understated. A second sip reveals a touch more sweetness, but overall this brew is pretty bland. Hopefully, it’s just immature and needs to bottle age.
DYCSoccer17 (3481) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Graduate. Aroma is estery with bananas, cloves, and sweet hints. Very Belgian, and not much else going on in the nose. Transparent golden-copper body with a small, off-white head. Starts estery with bananas and clove yeast flavors. Becomes herbal, lightly tart, and astringent in the middle. Finishes floral and herbal. Not enjoyable at all.
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Similar to a barley-wine but not as harsh. Coriander is present in the aroma and taste similar to many witbiers.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle.Pours a semi cloudy yellow/amber with a thin fizzy white head.Nose is yeast and banana with some tropical fruit notes as well.Taste is grassy and tropical wine notes with bready fruit yeasts as well.The flavors are insane!You can pick up the Belgian Tripel side but then you get the Sauvignon Blanc and Mucat wine complexity as well.I’m sure this beer is not for the one dimensional beer drinker who can only enjoy stouts and IPA’s but I really enjoy this one.Unique and solid 4 sure!!
daleharshman (972) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the brewery’s bistro a couple days ago, but this rating is based on a bomber purchased at the brewery ($6.50). Pours a golden amber color with one finger of white head which soon dissipates. Aroma is rather weak but does have significant fruity notes -- mostly from the grapes, but also the hops (citrus) and the traditional Belgian fruity esters (light banana, pear, apple). Flavor is also full of fruit (mainly grapes, of course), along with some bready malts, and hints of spice. I don’t find this anywhere near as sweet as some of the other raters have mentioned, though I should note that the draft version did taste sweeter than the bottled version. The grapes (and chamomile?) give this a really soft and pleasant palate. The alcohol is well hidden. The finish is strangely both dry (like many trippels) but also juicy with the grape presence. This is a weaker link in the VE series (at least of the five that I have rated), but the sum is greater than the parts and it IS very drinkable, actually. (11, 398)
papajohn (1249) - 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.