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RATINGS: 629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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.

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3.8
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden with a big white head and lots of lacing. Flavor is sweet belgian sugar with grapes, apple, spice, chamomile. This beer is really a Belgian Tripel, and a very good one at that.

3.6
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Amber pour with white head, aroma of flowers, candi sugar, some hops, and esters. Taste is fairly carbonated, with notes of flowers up front, leading into sweet biscuit, some floral hops, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Good brew.

4
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Pours gold with an off white head. Smells of grapes, dry malt, spicy, some floral notes. Tastes of dry malt, spicy, earthy, lots of citrus, perfumy, some grapey elements, nice crisp finish. Enjoyable and different.

3.2
GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle picked up at SL. Pours a yellow color, with a big frosy white head. Tart aroma, with some bready maltiness. Beer temperture was on the warmer side 55 degrees. Taste is intially tart, then a sweet candy sugar comes through on the tounge. Little to sweet for my taste, but not bad at all. Body is on the lighter side. Overall: I expect hoppy beers from stone and the rest of the CA brewers... so even though this isnt bad just a little let down. Wouldnt buy one again.

3.7
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Golden pour with a 1-finger, white head. The aroma is sweet, musty, and yeasty with lots of boozy fruit notes, bubblegum esters, banana bread, and a strong vinous note from the grapes. The flavor is sweet and yeasty upfront with lots of bready malt, some honey, and a hearty dose of Belgian esters. The finish is heavily influenced by the grapes and has a very dry, tart, white wine character with some herbal and floral notes lingering in the aftertaste. The body is sticky, medium full with lots of effervescent carbonation.

3.6
sblakey (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Collins Pub, Seattle. Light body for a triple. Floral, almost soapy. Leaves oily texture in mouth, lingering aftertaste.

3.4
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2010
bottle. clear, golden pour with minimal and fading white head. aroma of a typical triple, with hints of citrus, circus peanut, banana and clove. flavor is pretty similar and slightly soapy, with added herbal tea, florals, and a slightly cloying honey finish. some white grape in there as well. this style is beginning to bore me.

3.7
50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Tap at the Coffee District. A wacky belgian strong ale with funky tart spices and belgian yeast.

3.5
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Clear gold pour with a white head leaving a fine, heavy lace. Very smooth mouth feel, but ultimately just a medium body. The tripel/sour/infused ale natures all mix together and make this one hard to describe. Banana, ethanol, chocolate, white grape, apricots and singed sugar flavors. Maybe my palate isn’t developed enough, but this one is a bit much for me. I have a bomber I will cellar and crack down the road.

3.8
Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bomber pours gold with nice nearly bright white head. The aroma fairly smooth with modest levels of sweet banana, sweet pears, spicy yeast, some lemon like citrus, a bit herbal spiced green tea like and then a bit perfumy. The taste is pretty soft and smooth and offers up banana and pear then moving into yeasty spices, cloves, a faint pepperiness as well as a touch lemon grass and faint acidity. The yeast seems to coat the mouth creating a near creamy pillowy finish. I’m not sure where this is going with age but it is pretty darn nice right now.


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