Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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. This time around we used some unmalted wheat, just the right touch of Kaffir Lime Leaf, and a really cool Belgian yeast. The result is a bit like a strong Biere de Garde / Saison-esque influenced beer coupled with some aromatic Bavarian Hefeweizen style phenolic banana esters, and a backnote hint of lime from the lime leaf.

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mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2004
Lemon scented geranium aroma.Medium gold appearance.Perfumey rose lemon verbena flavors with banana, bubble gum bread dough flavors emerging as it warms.Long perfumey flowery finish.

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VA Homebrewer (524) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Cloudy golden to tan color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of alcohol, butter, mild spritzy notes and yeast. Very full mouthfeel with booming malt, candy, yeast and some very minor lemon background notes. Alcohol is a bit too much out front in the aroma, but this is a very fine and enjoyable beer. Yum.

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mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
22oz bomber: poured into tulip glass, and can i say whoA BANANAANANAS? a hint of lime too in the aroma/finish. Cloudy light golden pour. and a nice frothy, thick white head. I wish i had started aging Stone’s vertical epic’s since 02.02.02. Tastes of banana maltyness, and a citrus fruity goodness, Slight hops on the finish too. i like it. i want to rate more belgians...

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Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Best of the Verticals so far! Nice forthy head. Pale blonde color. Poured half glash, swirled the bottle and repoured on advice of the brewer. Brought out wonderful banana/yeasty flavor, nice compliment to citrus notes from lime leaves. Wonderful take on a Saison!

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pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
22 oz bottle. This beer blew me away. Belgian style tripel/saison: lots of grapefruit, flowers, lemon and lime. I’ll keep my eyes open for next year’s concoction.

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cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is a damn great beer. A near perfect meldding of American West Coast styles (hopy), Belgian Strong Ale Style, and the the citrus common to Wheat beers. It worked very well for me. I’m going to keep a few on hand and let them age up a year or two.

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JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Ripe banana aroma, belgian yeast flavored spicey Belgian Strong Ale. Golden body, good lacing. Nice beer to share with friends. Thanks to dberger624 for the bottle.

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Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Orangish-gold in colour topped by a medium thick head with good lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly yeasty with a touch of spice. The flavor is slightly sweet with a nice banana flavor. Yeasty notes with a slight bitter hoppiness. Grassy, citrus flavor. I guess this is the lime. I like it, I think I’ll try it in one of my future brews.

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biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Not quite clear yellow look. Spritzy carbonation and a thin white head. Aroma of yeast, bubblegum, salt water and citrus. Strong candy lime flavor supported by a good malt body and moderate sweetness. Finishes with a lime starburst flavor and mild bitterness. Very interesting and well executed ale.

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Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Light golden to copper color and makes a thin off white head. Aroma is rather lighty malted, hoppy and slightly sweet. Banana esters, coriander spice, hints of orange-lemon-lime citrus, nice even hop/malt balance. Has a sweetness to the finish. Body is medium to full and lightly warms the palate. A fine ale.


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