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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 949
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 425 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of bbb099
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/31/2011. Shared with mjyoung.

A - Clear, orange-ish golden color with a soft, white head.

S - Sweet fruity aroma with sourness to it and Belgian yeast.

T - Wheaty, grain flavors up front with grape and banana quality. Ends on a slightly spicy and citrusy note. You can feel a considerable amount of alcohol warmth as it goes down.

M - High carbonation. Medium bodied. A little creamy, but not too much.

D - Alcohol taste is hidden pretty well. A tasty, flavorful beer with a savory finish.

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice Belgian triple.
Over three years old and still clear, not much sediment. Amber color with a strong white wine grape smell. Low carbonation. Tastes of a nice mix of the wine grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, Gerwurztraminer, and Muscat with the Belgian Triple in the middle there. Mouthfeel u get a chamomile tea with honey on your tongue. Overall was very surprised how this held up. I thought I waited to long and it was gonna be one glass for me and the rest for the sink. Drink it now!

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Photo of Pahn
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fluffy and fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly into a long lasting foam ring, leaving no lacing. Pours a clear light orange and leaves occasional spots of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: pungent Belgian yeast and booze. In the glass: the same stinky (not necessarily in a bad way) barrage of yeast and booze, along with a kind of overly busy, grape-reminiscent aroma. It will take some sips or some time to make sense of this smell.

As the beer warms, Belgian yeast and booze remain dominant, but some chamomile and grape becomes detectable (along with the faintest hint of white wine). Remains somewhat indistinct.

Taste: First sip: smooth, very interesting array of flavors, leading to a hot alcohol finish. The nose said "garish and confusing," but the taste says "subtle yet bountiful." Cologny, citrusy, and vinous up front, with lots of intriguing grape flavors and random esters weaving in and out before the hot ending.

It's impossible to describe the flavor without mentioning the really exceptionally complex mouthfeel. There's an amazing blend of dryness, sweetness, bitterness, and full body that enhances the enjoyment of all these crazy flavors.

There's a tradition of pretty deep, complex beer going under the names of "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" or "Belgian Golden Ale" or "Belgian Tripel." There's also an expectation that kitchen sink beers (3 kinds of fresh wine grapes, *and* chamomile, what??) will yield both profound complexity and balance if they're not to be a waste of time and money. VE10.10.10 follows through on both accounts, rising to the tradition in which it participates. There's tons going on here, but it doesn't feel gimmicky or non-beer-like as Saison Du BUFF sometimes does. It's a masterful beer, delicately balancing more delicious flavors than I can keep track of.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Hot, dry, bitter, juicy, smooth; complex. Memorable.

Drinkability: This is a really classy sipper. The kind of beer that warrants sitting down and paying close attention while you drink.

Despite being an unabashed fan of Stone, I wasn't expecting a beer like this. I thought it would be very palatable, with some interesting color brought in by the extra ingredients; maybe a bit of a novelty, with decent flavors and the trademark Stone "take bold flavors and balance them." As it turns out, this is a very serious beer. The flavors are ambitious and abundant, and the mouthfeel is world class. This beer is a must try for fans of strong, complex Belgian ales.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale (opened 17 March 2013), opens to a sweet Belgian nose, full of the typical banana and clove notes, but with additional layers of sweet flowers (think rose petal), honeysuckle, white pepper, rye bread, caramel, and an assortment of fruit esters, including orange, apricot, berry, cherry, and even a touch of pineapple. The sugars in here are very pronounced, the cherry and berry mixing especially well with the banana, forming hard candy aromas. Grains add an additional base layer of floury baguette, toast crust, and biscuit. Hops add a touch of lemon and sweet pink grapefruit, as well as a smidgen of pine. As a whole, the nose is excellent, full of flowers and sweet sugars, with just enough of a countering peppery bread and piney hop layer to keep the beer from being cloying. The result is a delicate, but surprisingly potent aroma that takes the natural Belgian notes and amplifies and catalyzes them into a delicious mélange that begs to be sipped.

On the tongue, the beer opens with, again the typical Belgian banana and clove notes, just a touch sour, but quickly adds to these a lovely layer of sugars, including orange, berry, cherry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as honeysuckle, candi sugar, and wildflower honey. There's also a strong touch of white grape juice and red grape skins, which add to the slight sourness. The grains bring in touches of white pepper and rye bread (from the triticale, I’d guess), as well as floury baguette, toast crust, and biscuit. Hops bring in a bit of lemon and sweet pink grapefruit, as well as pine. The profile is mainly geared toward the sweet end of the scale, but there’s a surprisingly strong peppery note in here that mixes well with everything, mingling nicely with the cloves and breads. The 9.5% ABV is very nicely masked, and it says much of the beer that subsequent sips do little to change the overall flavor. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, with a little more sourness and piney, lemony hops, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, even after over two years of bottle aging.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, and a worthy addition to Stone’s Epic series, taking what would be, by itself, a very nice Belgian and ramping it up with a series of very nicely blended and well-balanced flavors. This is a beer that would find a welcome reception as an annual release, and, if you can find it, is well worth trying.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden body beneath a frothy head of white. Good retention and lacing, but both should be better.

Smell: Fruity and wheat-like, floral and slightly herbal, phenols from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Balanced; tartish but not acidic. Fruity with some grape. Sweetish, but not sweet. A hint spicy. Floral. Herbal dryness with mild bitterness in the finish. I'm reminded of cedar or light wood but I can't really pinpoint where that might be coming from. It's smooth and round without much transition from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a median carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite possibly my favorite of all of the Epic series so far. It doesn't offer the bigger, more malty or hoppy components of some of the others. Nor is it particularly complex. But it is quite interesting, and remarkably drinkable.

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Photo of adsomers
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: this review was made after nursing this beer for 4 hours. I strongly recommend spending a long time with this one, it's a very slow evolver.

A - Bright gold, clear. Constant bubbling from bottom of glass (even after 2 hours). Poured with medium vigorousness to reveal a fine head.

S - winey aroma and a *hint* of belgian funk. With time (3+ hours) aroma turns to a hot alcohol with grape juices totally exposed. Can't stop putting my nose in this one (4 hours in).

T - Taste is snappy, a tad sour, very complex as it lingers. Also turns a bit hot and evolves over time

M - A slight pucker, then a smooth dryness, then a lingering tingle and mild bitterness

D - This has your mouth feeling things you didn't expect. But after a long slow session with this beer, what you come to expect is constantly defied. This beer must be had very slowly to experience the many hidden layers.

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Photo of JoePat
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden straw color with a slight haze and a thick white head.

The aroma is amazing I get a little bready malt deep under the white wine and bubble gum aromas. If there ever was a white wine bubble gum I can imagine this smells like it would taste.

This beer gets most of its flavors from the yeast. I made a homebrew using some must and a belgian yeast and this has some very similar flavors. This also has some white wine flavor in the after taste.

Very smooth and syrupy texture on the tongue. The alcohol doesn't come through and for a 9.5% beer this is pretty drinkable but definately not something I want tor drink alot of.

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Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear filtered light beer yellow with one finger of white suds that quickly dissapate.
Smell is fruity and hoppy with a pungent yeast burn to the nose. You can really smell the wine here.
Taste is a champaigne like wine with beer notes over the top. There is a bitterness that seems like hops but I can't tell. Really a sophisticated taste for a Stone brew.
Mouthfeel is very clean and a slight stickyness that quickly goes away. No alcohol taste or feel or smell till the minute the flavor leaves the palate, then you get a very slight burn.
Even though this is a high abv beer it still is a pleasure to embibe.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date is 5/24/2015. This beer is old. Poured into a snifter, no carbonation to speak of.
Very nice beer, smells like it aged well. Belgian and smooth. Definitely can taste the grapes.

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Photo of tapman
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very orange colored beer, though crystal clear on the first pour and stays clear with subsequent pours, though there is sediment and detritus floating around in my last inch of beer in the bottle. Head is just off white and densely rocky. Lacing is a pleasant cobweb.

Fruit from the yeast, fruit from the grapes and fruit from any hops that they may have put in here. May I just say, "this is a very fruity smelling beer." Tannin-like aroma mixed with some spicy phenolics. Kinda like a hefty Chardonnay. Beerdonnay? Chardebeer?

Like I said, a hefty Chardonnay beer. Everything that's in the aroma, but if you kinda gargle the brew some interesting banana and bubble gum notes come out!

Crisp, dry and refreshing.

An interesting brew and one of the better balanced experimental brews I have had. Take some notes DFH! That's right.

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Photo of danmcg62
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a orangey-reddish color. Looks like your usual belgian style pale ale.

S-HUGE fruity smell up front. Definitely smell the green grapes (it says it's brewed with Sauvignon Blanc grapes). Kind of a grainy/grassy smell as well. I think that's the chamomile. Not as big as the fruit smell.

F-BIG fruit taste. Really masks that it's 9.5% ABV. The hops sneak up on you in the after taste. Big taste.

M-Smooth, light feel through the mouth. Extreme pleasure!

D-Holy crap is this drinkable! Total smooth drinking. Love the hell out this brew.

Solid brew once again from Stone. Stone is proving time and time again that they are one of the best breweries in the country, if not the world.

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Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold with a 1 finger creamy off white head that faded quickly, with decent lacing that slid down fast; a lot of bubbles racing up the beer (that kind of look like a sperm video since the bubbles are flying all over the place).

Smells of sweet malt, fruit like apple, pear, grapes and/or grapefruit, herbs, very light caramel, faint grains and some floral hops; a very tame nose for a Stone beer, the aroma was soft and sweet.

Tastes of sweet malt, apple, pear, grapes, grapefruit, hay, herbs, light caramel, faint grains, floral hops, brown sugar, coriander, citrus hops, light spices like pepper and yeast; the funky yeast taste is light and metallic, yet the grapes give a nice tart wine-like flavor. The more I drank this beer the more I liked it; it has a white wine quality mixed with the traits of a nice Belgian ale. Initially I was disappointed by the appearance and aroma, but the flavor got better with each sip as the fruit and floral tastes brought out more intricacies.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and soft on the tongue, with a tart fruity taste which leaves a bitter pucker, a light body with champagne like carbonation and a sweet finish like a white wine.

Highly drinkable and packed with flavor, this to me could be a great session beer and definitely one to enjoy with a meal like fish. This beer hides the 9.5% ABV very well and maintains good balance and great taste. I plan on buying another bomber to age until 12.12.12 and perhaps another one to share with my wife, as this is really good stuff. Bravo Stone, way to keep things interesting and delicious. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a wonderful tripel scent; pale malts fruity yeast esters. It's exceptionally fruity with chamomile flowers and muscat grapes. It's mildly tart/fruity with a solid pale malt sweetness. The taste is great as well. It's smooth with a sweet pale malt flavor that's complimented with an array of grape character and chamomile flower notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's quite complex, yet easy drinking, even at 9.5% abv..

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a slightly hazy strong straw golden color with slight orange hints. Mostly golden yellow. There is a nice .25 inch head that is white and it recedes pretty quick.

S - Delicious clove hints and slight flower aroma. There is some delicious funk in the beer as well with some slight corn husk aromas. Great grain aroma and sweetness as well as some nice vinous grape sweetness and tart hints. Very near perfect aroma for me.

T & M - Wow what a nice and faithful to the style beer. Starts of with grainy earthy notes that have some good bready notes and slowly develop into some nice sweet clove hints. There is some great phenols and funk to this beer in this middle part of it. There is some slight tartness and vinous character to the beer especially on the trail end of the beer. There are some nice white wine hints as well as some slight granny smooth apple and pear. Very delicious beer. The body is a bit on the lighter side and doesnt feel as fluffy as other BSPA. Still very good.

D - Delicious and refreshing. The ABV is definitely there but its very well hidden. I enjoyed this more than the 09. Definitely a worthy repeat.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into The Bruery tulip, refrigerated since release.

Pours a hazy honey gold, with a thin fluffy white head that settles into a thin soapy cap quickly enough. Nice delicate lacing as the head recedes.

Nose is heavy on the white grape juice, lightly floral. White pepper in there also, and an interesting spice presence reminding me of nutmeg. Bit of vanilla. Light alcohol for the size, sweet fruitiness without much of a vinous white grape presence; comes across as more straight fruit juice. I liked it.

Taste is quite nice. Maltier than expected, and not as tart. Bready malt, big, somewhat vinous white grape presence, and the floral chamomile really comes out towards the finish - the exhale especially it has a clear presence over a very light bitterness. Light white pepper, with a spicy alcohol note that's a bit drying. Only lightly tart, the peppery character kind of takes that space in the flavor profile instead. More vinous than the nose. I rather liked this beer. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is very nice; medium in body, a bit on the dry side, with a softish carbonation. Small bubbles, massaging rather than scrubbing, really well executed. Very little heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability is very good also. Alcohol is largely and surprisingly missing. The yeast strain proves to be a good choice, and despite the crazy array of ingredients, everything tends to work in harmony instead of clashing. Complex and simply enjoyable at the same time. This seems to be a love it or hate it beer - put me firmly in the former camp. Nice job.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a year late.

Pours a very golden yellow color. Very good carbonation accompanies about a quarter inch head.

Smells yeasty, with a huge emphasis on the fruity side. I get hints of citrus. The grapes hide somewhere in the background.

A complex taste for sure. Bready yeast floats around, and the grapes make it as smooth as a euro lager. The grapes really contribute just a bit to the flavor; I really like them.

Feels dry and crisp. Normally, I would knock crispness, but I like it. Its crisp on the back end, leaving a dry finish.

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Photo of morningthief
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Watou chalice.

Appears a pale orange, almost the definition of golden. A vigorous pour yields a fleeting puffy white head, with little lacing to speak of.

Smells of familiar Belgian yeasts, some funk, white grapes, and when I get really down into it, some nice vanilla. Yet still, I'm looking for more here and coming up average.

The taste, however, is unexpectedly great. Everything about this beer prior to the point of contact indicates an average brew, but this is far from average. Belgian yeasts dominate up front, and quickly give way to an exceptional floral explosion. Finish is malty and bready and pleasant.

Like most Belgians, this one is heavy on the carbonation, and yet is very pleasant on the tongue. As it warms, it becomes reminiscent of a sparkling white wine (in a good way!). Alcohol is present, but not a bit overwhelming.

10.10.10. is an great offering in a series of understandably hit or miss brews. While I am often quick to judge Stone harshly, this one deserves mucho praise. As a light-bodied, deceptively alcoholic drink, I would not hesitate to pair this with any meal for which a white wine would normally suffice.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour a Belgium gold with a fluffy white capped head that is way to quick to dissipate.

S: Belgium spice and floral notes. Fresh fruit and clove.

T: Wow, this one is great. Fresh fruit, grapes, grapefruit, a light European hop tinge, spiciness from the yeast, complete Belgium inspired goodness. This brew is very earthy, and almost drinks like a strong, pail Saison. Complex, tasty, earthy.

Mf: Mouthfeel is good, but not as full as a good Belgium...almost here though, smooth and carbonation is excellent.

D: Above average drinkability. I feel good drinking this at this time of night, but I definitely will sleep well.

Overall, what a good take on a Belgium style. Glad to age this out. Thanks Stone!

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 month old bottle, poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

You can definitely smell the white wine tones in there. Lemons, grapes, orange zest and various fresh citrus scents. Grassy, herbal tea notes wind throughout. I feel like I'm picking up some vanilla in there too. Overall, it smells fantastic. Bitter, slightly boozey grape, lemon and tart tangerine flavors up front. The chamomile comes in and tones down the acidic flavors, smoothing it out a bit. Its very effervescent and a bit boozey. The heat, although it gets smoothed out a bit, definitely sticks around and warms you up a lot inside. When this one first came out I wasn't a fan and most of my friends didn't like it much either. Either my tastes have changed or it has just matured to a great point. I can't wait for my 07-12 vertical later this year.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Michael Shea's shaker pint glass.

The other main DocumentaryFest beer. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises ginger, coriander, rye bread, clove, banana, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast. The taste falls along very similar lines, with the addition of mandarin oranges and white grapes. The body is a light-ish medium, with a more-fizzy-than-light-but-less-so-than-light-moderate carbonation (that's right, baby) and a full, fluid feel (I really hope that makes sense to someone else). Overall, a rather tasty brew, one of my favorites of the Epic series.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden yellow color with a couple of fingers of frothy white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly and left a decent amount of sticky lacing.

S: A good amount of floral and herbal aroma, with that traditionally ester like Belgian yeast in the background.

T: The flavor was really complex and enjoyable. Some notes of a traditional BPA up front with a good amount of citrus. For me, the grapes really came through in the mid palate as the flavor turned pleasantly sour with notes of green apple as well. The finish was slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Amazingly drinkable for 9.6%. Now I know why I didn't feel so great this morning after drinking a few of these! Another great Stone beer.

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Photo of nas5755
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden beer with amber hues, a small quickly disappearing head and some lacing. The nose has some chamomile and pale malts, with some grapes. The taste is full of chamomile, grapes, sweet honey, phenols, and a little spice with a big lemon chamomile finish . I think age will really help this beer out. The sweetness of this beer gives it a slight syrupy note which become a hindrance later on, but at the moment there are no negative consciences from texture. The carbonation is medium. Overall, I really enjoy this beer, the finish is amazing, although a tad hot, I love to drink a really intense glass of overly steeped loose leaf chamomile tea at times and this beer really reminds me of chamomile tea. I expect age to bring more of the grape flavors, dull out the chamomile a little, but improve the overall taste vastly.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy, golden-orange in color. Head is mild and quickly dissipates to a dense soapy ring and a thin sheen.

Aroma is reminiscent of a farm ale or a saison. Rich in yeasty spices (corriander and clove really stands out), along with a musty basement funk.

Taste is pale and caramel malt up front. Belgian candi sugar brings a great deal of sweetness. Apricot and orange fruit qualities make an appearance. Then the rather intense yeasty spice takes over - corriander and clove from the nose, along with white pepper heat. Finishes with a tart fruit quality, and lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a slick medium body.

Overall, an interesting brew with a multitude of flavor experiences. Sweet and fruity, then spicy and yeasty funk. I'll stick with my first impression of a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light gold with an orange tinge into a Duvel tulip with a thin slick of white head. Initial aroma of slightly funky and spicy Belgian yeast, with sweeter grape notes emerging and a hint of chamomile.

Slightly high carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Sweet grape, banana, and malty honey up front followed by an abrupt shift to slightly bitter chamomile, spicy pepper, banana, and leather on the finish (which has just a bit of alcohol warmth).

I appreciate that despite the grape element, this beer doesn't come across too sweet. While I wouldn't exactly call it balanced, there are definitely lots of big flavors butting heads and it makes for a fun experience. I'll be interested to see how this brew develops over the next couple years.

01/2012 update: Mouthfeel was a little thin/flat, but the grape notes in the aroma and flavor were more dominant and the yeasty spice had faded somewhat. Quite a bit more balanced than I recalled.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

VE 10.10.10!!!

Pours out a slightly hazy, golden-orange, decent carbonation and 2 fingers of a white head.

The aroma has huge notes of white grape, some lemon zest, fruity esters, some orange peel, a bit of an herbal quality with some slight banana and clove in the mix. Smells a bit like wine.

The taste is also packed with a ton of white grape and grape skin right away. There are some floral and herbal notes as well, followed by some banana, but very light on the clove. There is some of that lemon zest and a hint of orange peel too. The Belgian yeast notes are kinda light in this. There is some decent bitterness on the backend.

The body is light-medium and there is a nice creamy mouthfeel. The ABV is so hidden I couldn't tell this was 9.5%. No taste, smell or feel of alcohol. Very easy to drink.

This is a really nice take on the Belgian-style Pale Ale. I never had it fresh, so I don't know if it improved with age, but it's drinking very good right now.

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.