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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
22 fl oz bottle, huge thanks to sk8viking for sharing this! Pours hazy to cloudy orange with a lacing white head. Smooth wooden and deep caramel malt aroma. Flavour starts light acidic and soon goes into a dry wooden flavour. Solid caramel malt base. Light yeast fruity and with a spiced note. Mild citric and spiced finish with a nice yeasty touch.

3.9
Ungstrup (38423) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with sediment floating around under a thin white head. The aroma is very sweet with strong notes of fruit - especially peaches and oranges as well as a note of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with dusty notes of hops and strong notes of fruit - especially peaches. The alcohol burns the tongue. Huge thanks Sk8viking for sharing this rare beer.

3.7
anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Sk8viking. Pours a hazy orange color with a small longlasting white head. Has a spicy yeasty coriander and orange aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with some bitter hints. Has a dry spicy coriander finish with some yeasty hints.

3.3
cgarvieuk (25992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2017
Keg at the hanging bat... Golden amber..... Thin white lacing.. Big dry banana fruit nose.. Long dry bitter banana fruit

3.3
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of sk8viking. Pours a hazy golden with a very lively and bubbly off-white head. Aroma of yeast and overripe fruit with a somewhat oxidized sherry touch. Medium body with sweet fruit and sherry notes and a little phenol. Very bubbly carbonation. Quite some bitterness in the finish. 260708

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fiulijn (21274) - 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.

2.4
mcberko (18981) - 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.

3
Oakes (18873) - 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.

3.3
brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
A: This mythical libation pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a thin ring of white foam. S: What? No cardboard? A miracle, I say. Sweet oranges and a fair amount of spices (coriander, mostly) on the nose with a decent wheat and bread aroma. A bit of yeast is there as well. T: Surprisingly flavor for an almost 9 year old witbier. There are a lot of fruity notes to this beer which was strange, but enjoyable. Orange and slightly bitter orange peel with some coriander complimenting a (somehow) intact sweet wheat and malt base. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: I was really expecting this to be total crap. As a witbier, it’s very middle of the road. But looking at this beer for "what it has become" in terms of the VE series, it’s actually pretty good. This makes the beer sort of difficult to score...

3
Ferris (16524) - 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.


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