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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Lots of banana esters. Aroma is subtle and disappears quickly. Nice bitter hop finish. Pretty dry and drinkable. Ok but not great

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
this beer poured a hazy golden color with a minimal head. aroma is complex of sour grapes, yeast, and belgium sugar. flavor is good but a lot of sour grape masks the flavors of the beer. has a nice finish on the pallet.not a bad beer but a little complex and clashing of flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has floral notes with maybe a hint of the grapes. This feels a lot like drinking a white wine and has hints of that flavor. A nice mixture of slight sweetness balanced out by a little hint of the alcohol and a touch of bitterness. Very interesting brew. It makes me sorry that I have missed the previous years of this release.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
22oz bomber pours a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The body is light auburn. Aroma and flavor are distinctly Belgian. Lots of spice. Flavor starts a little sweet but finish tart. Very nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Pours a light Orange with minimal head into my NB globe. Cold from the fridge I’m not impressed. However as the beer warms it improves a lot IMO. The bitterness fades and a slightly sweet, grape / apricot flavor emerges. Polished off the bomber myself and could go for another glass.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Had this when it first came out, so I will have to see how it ages. As is, this is a pretty straightforward Trippel. The grapes make a slight presence that I feel kinda detracts from where more good ol’ fashioned dryness and spice would have been better. The chamomile is what I liked most about this beer. It makes a noticeable presence and really contributes to the style. Can’t say I was overly impressed with this one, but hopefully it ages well.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours a pale straw color with absolutely no head. Real disappointing... S: Belgian yeast, esters, bubblegum, spearmint and cloves. No complexity at all, such a letdown compared to 09 VE T: Same as above, no complexity to speak of. Metallic note to it as well. Not much else to say MF/D: Thin feel, alcohol is well hidden. Belgian yeast finish Notes: Real letdown, especially for almost $10 a bomber. 09 was sooo much better. Worst Stone offering to date...although it got a b-

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
On tap at My Place in Newtown, CT: poured a rich golden light amber, with an aroma of light caramel, light floral, some grass, citrus, herbs, very enjoyable. A taste of sweet yummy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. I guess it must be close to three years old now. Golden, effervescent. Sour apple aromas and flavors. Belgian esters are present, but not overpowering. Solid beer overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Golden pour with a two finger fluffy white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing. Classic Belgian Yeasts on the smell with some citrus and clove notes. I’m getting a little something more though. Almost a dark fruity hint. Tastes very much like a classic Triple, but the alcohol presence is noted. Very light to begin, possibly from grapes, but that gives way to a warming feeling from the alcohol. Slightly dry finish. Not as light as I would have thought, nice amount of carbonation to pull it all together.


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