jtclockwork (8961) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours peach gold with white head. Nose/taste of chamomile, grape skin, citrus, fruit cake, candi sugar, honey and some florals. Sweet. Lighter than medium body. Held up well.
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL. Pours a clear orange to gold with a healthy, bright white head. Sticky lacing. Nose is tamarind and sharp citrus candy with a big musty component and fruity pear and apple. Reminds me of De Dolle Stille Nacht in appearance and nose. Taste is thinner and more tannic than Stille Nacht with lots of white grape skins taking prominence. Candi sugar, mild spicy, heavy yeast esters overtake the grapes so that if I were not told about the white grape additions, I would probably glaze over their character. Very nice though. Competent with obvious Belgian character.
Dogbrick (8682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 06/17/2011. The beer is a mostly clear orange-gold color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat vinous with notes of Belgian yeast and cloves. Medium body with flavors of white grapes, grapefruit, yeast and sweet spices. The finish is fruity with a lingering yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange-golden pour. The nose is a little bit sweet. Sweet grape and sweet Belgian malt along with a kiss of light. Sticky and chewy. There is a little bit of spiciness but it really gets cloying. Chewy and sticky along with an odd astringent grapiness. Ack - way too sweet and not enough good. Sweet and boozy with some lingering heat. Buh.
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011-04-16. Crisp dark yellow body with a modest off-white head. 3+ Pleasant aroma, sweet lightly fruity and yeasty character. 7+ Flavour has a similar yeasty character, sweet fruit notes, grapey fruit, light spice, modest bitterness in the finish. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice, a bit sweeter than my preference overall but interesting. Enjoyable. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Capone’s, fresh off the truck. Pours deep gold toard canary with 2-finger clingy white head. Nose is rock sugary pale malty, a bit caro syrupy, with florals, slight dank funky yeasty esters, and some hops. Tastes rich, rock sugary malty, with some funky, floral, chardonnay, apricot, and spicy hop notes. Very complex, and this one has well hidden alcohol, and evolves to become drier as it warms, becoming very saisony late.
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small white head over faintly hazy pale ochre beer. Apricot, root spices, xhamomile again, citrus - coriander? Citrus again in the mouth, other grains, orange zeste, preserved oranges, mould. Slick, fruit filling. No new flavours in the aftertaste, but long-lasting citruszeste, and bit more vinous. Fruity, but not really great. I usually don’t like USA interpretations of what they think of Belgian strong ales, and this is not an exception.
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 First rating
650 ml (bomber) bottle, thanks to ekstedt!
No BB date visible, sampled on December 15, 2010
Hazy golden color, small white head. Spicy, acidic, vinous scent. Belgian yeast taste, also acidic, kokosflarn (coconut dried flakes), and phenolic. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Acidic and phenolic aftertaste.
Alcohol, phenolic, yeasty, but why?
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Hazy apricot color, small white head. Raspberry, fruity, berry, sweet scent. Berry, raspberry, sweet, short bitter taste. Fruity, raspberry aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
I like it way better than the bottle from less than a year ago.
On March 15, 2014. Thanks to RobertGBG and thomat! Bottle, 1 pt 6 fl oz.
Hazy golden color, small white head. Spicy, apple, alcohol scent, a bit unclean, spicy. Spicy, bitter taste. Warming alcohol. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Light acidic aftertaste.
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours an amazing color. It is a peachy orange with the slightest hint of rose. It is crystal clear. The head is foamy and white and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.
The smell is typical Belgian pale, fruity esters, some spice, sweetness. There is an extra bit of earthiness in this one.
The flavor is where this one gets interesting. It is noticeably grapey and vinous. It has a nice dryness, but it is nicely bodied. The grapes add a slight bit of tartness but mostly an earthy fruitiness. It is sweet, but never too much so, the slight tartness helps ot balance it out somewhat. It is a persistent flavor, however. There is a certain spiciness that takes over in the aftertaste.
This is a good one, I have kind of ignored the other Vertical Epic ales and maybe I shouldn’t have, this one is pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-22-2010 06:19:21
BMan1113VR (7874) - 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.