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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic AleStone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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very good

308 Ratings

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 100
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-07-2004)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Timman87, Jan 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hyuga, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Canada_Dan, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ebrifan, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Rhettroactive, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hanzo, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

nmann08, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This latest version of their one year model bills itself as a Belgian Tripel. As usual, they mess with the formula a bit. This one poured a light gold color and formed a very small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, banana and spices, with really no hint of the lime mentioned. The flavor was of hops, banana and spices. The finish was a slight peppery. Really no hint of the lime. As a Tripel goes, it's not bad, but not outstanding either.

Wildman, Apr 15, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ezperkins2, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very non-typical for this brewery, a beer with little bitterness. A decent example of a Belgian-styled beer, but rather flat and ordinary. Head disappeared almost immediately, and there was less carbonation than you usually expect in a tripel. Reminded me of the Don de Dieu that I followed it with, but the Unibroue is far superior, IMO. Stone is great for IPA's, but this offering falls short.

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 24, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DavidRose, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

sandiego67, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

drummermattie02, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with little head. Esthery aroma, sugary and notes of oak. Body is tripel like with a sharp carbonation. Flavor shows a bit of alcohol along with suagr and light fruit notes. Finishes slightly bitter. Similar to a Belgian Tripel. An ok brew.

BierReise, Sep 13, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BAsbill, Aug 14, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

040404, consumed 121312

appearance: served in my lost abbey teku glass - hazy straw orange body

smell: herbal, lime, citrus, flowers

taste: the kaffir lime leaf is very evident - honey, grass, straw, clove, light belgian yeast. Held up fairly well - these ancient VE beers are seeming to surpass my quite low expectations

mouthfeel: light, herbal

overall: interesting stuff - the lime leaf phase is so 2004 though

dirtylou, Dec 16, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was lucky enough to hook up with two bottles of this thanks to david23. My buddy and I had a bottle today and are cellaring the other.
So here we are at Fat Andy's house. I poured half into his glass and half into mine. A thick white foamy head bellowed from the glass even with a careful pour. The colour was a hazy pale amber. a fine lace wove throught the glass as I drank it.
I wasn't impressed with the aroma. It was very yeasty to the point it was almost like a white bread. It wasn't too pleasing.
The taste was at first overpowering bannana.The yeast then kicked in to give it a wonderful bannana bread taste. Quite pleasant.
Give it a couple years and it will be close to perfect. I hope I can wait.

CBFanWish, Jun 20, 2004
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.