Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. Vertical Epic 02/02/02 was not brewed "to style". Instead, we tried to create something new. It’s triple-ish in nature, with wit character, coriander and orange peel, and has way more hops than either a Belgian triple or a Wit would. Belgian yeast was used. Belgian Strong Ale is the closest category that fits -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO. In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe: http://stonebrew.com/timeline/020202
In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops—was a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

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3.4
tderoeck (9968) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2017
15/VIII/17 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Help-Me-Get-to-10K-In-Time-Tasting 2 (home) - BB: VII/12/27 (probably just been bottled last month, as this is the re-release version) (2017-1223) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, creamy yellowish head, very stable, bit adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: lots and lots of ripe banana, sweet, little spicy. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, malty, lots of ripe banana, pretty bitter, soft spiciness, some coriander. Aftertaste: more ripe banana, some marzipan, yeast, pretty metallic bitterness, hint of citrus.

3.8
stef73 (636) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2017
De couleur oranger jaune avec un peu everfesssance et le col est blanc . On n’a des de coriandre menthe et d orange . C est une Biere blanche mais un côté épicé je trouve c est très bon .

3.8
brigg (691) - New York, USA - AUG 13, 2017
(Bottle) Clear, light orange body with a huge off-white head that descends into stiff, foamy peaks. Resinous, herbal-spice (coriander) and orange-peach aroma; a little funky. Light to medium body; creamy texture. Caramel, wood, coriander, and fruit (orange/peach) with herbal notes.

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fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2017
Tasting at SF
Hazy blond color. Smell of cabbage, vegetables. Dry mouthfeel, the alcohol is too evident, the esters are unbearable, there is some chewing gum, banana, pepper, soap, cabbage.
Undrinkable.

3.6
Stew41 (2040) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 12, 2017
Quite authentic. Firm with dark honey and bitter orange, riding any booze characters hard & keeping the beer tight and sharp. Lots of hops? If so works.

3.2
fiery_1 (1363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2017
650ml bottle @ the office. Pours an almost clear golden colour with a small white head. Nose is wheaty, banana, pepper, and a light citrus note. Flavour is Belgian yeasty, banana, with a peppery sllight hoppy and boozy finish.

3
Ferris (15901) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2017
Bottle - Bready and fruity notes. Clear gold with a decent white head. Fruity and sweet bready notes. Not bad, but definitely not good.

3
Oakes (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2017
Hazy blonde. Thin head. This is floral and sticky, with maybe a light orange, and a touch of alcohol. So strong and sticky, with light spicy. A bit underattenuated for my taste, though the spice does lend a nice hit of dryness to the finish.

2.4
mcberko (18065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2017
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear blonde with a small white head. Aroma brings out Belgian yeast, light citrus, alcohol and tons of esters. Flavour is very estery, with lots of alcohol, Belgian yeast, and some phenols. Nowhere close to an authentic Belgian Strong. An estery and boozy mess. Not good at all.

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Inbreak (6205) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2017
08.08.2017, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Nice fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry mineraly, weeds, yeast, fruit stones, overripe banana, minerals, sour grass, hay, flowers, alcohol, spices, bark, metal tank. Taste is harsh mineraly, weeds, yeast, bark, booze, minerals, medicine, fruit stones, paper, metal tank, spices, old leafs, harsh citrus peel. Medium to longlasting bitterness, harsh medical mouthfeel. Meh!


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