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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (14268) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Clear yellow color, average sized vast whie head. Smell a bit sour and also some berries. Taste some sourness as well. Average mouthfeel, medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (17704) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 10, 2011
Süßer Kaufummiantrunk zu dem später Fruchtnoten hinzukommen. Minimale Säure, weiterhin, wenn nun auch geringer, Kaugummi. Zu süß, zu künstlich. 9/8/8/8//8

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Staffan47 (906) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
Tunn doft. Enkel ale. Blommig smak. Bra kropp. Mycket fyllig. Druvorna ock kamomillen kan anas. Bra balans. För att inte säga mycket bra balans. Frisk

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Pour is a very clear amber, much like a cider without all the visible bubbles. Also like a cider, the head is bubbly and leaves way too quickly. Aroma is heavy on sour/tart white grapes, with a sidekick of grassy and flowery hops. Taste is pretty much similar to the nose, with a herbal and spicy undertone leading to a very dry finish. Some Belgian yeast notes lead the palate to some bread-like flavor profiles. It’s an odd concoction, and it doesn’t quite do it for me. I wanted so much to like this. A better version of this could be made in your home by mixing an average Belgian and an average white wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Sorry to say I did not like this one because I thought the idea of adding grapes to a beer was an interesting concept. Poured this 22oz bottle into some tumblers for tasting. Light white yellow fizzed color with very thin head. Aroma did give a white whine and sweet Belgium candi and yeast elements, but nothing to write home about. Really the let down was that I was getting to much alcohol taste which is ok in some beers but I hoped this would have been better hidden. I may have had this to warm which added to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Boring pour: golden, nearly transparent, no head or lace. Spicy. Reminds me of a Belgian Tripel with its best qualities removed. A bit too sweet, not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with a strong note of lavender, other notes of gum, pepper, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. I have two major gripes with this: first, the addition of flowers is overdone, and second, the fruit juice sourness is unpleasant (as if there’s a big squeeze of grapefruit juice in every glass). This is one of those cases where "throwing too much stuff" into the pot ruined the beer. Without the lavender or chamomile or whatever, and presumably without the grape juice, this might have been a pretty decent beer...mentally erasing those aspects is hard to do, but what remains at least ^seems^ like it would have been quite solid. Oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2010
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast/dusky/spicy, cotton candy/bubblegum, some grape, faint ethanol. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/grape, spicy, cotton candy, some alcohol, alcohol astringency. Medium body, some stickiness.

   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

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