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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

906 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 416 | FT: 15
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-02-2010)
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear orange with a head that dissipates almost instantly. Zero lacing. Strong aroma of spices. This beer smells a lot like wine. Floral aromas as well. Taste is more of that wine flavor. Also a lot of spices and floral flavors. I know the Vertical Epic Series is made for aging so I hope this one tastes better with some age on it because right now it's a flowery, winey mess. If you buy 1 throw it in the cellar because fresh is not worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 05:12:33 | More by PicoPapa
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morningthief

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 23:05:04 | More by morningthief
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Tilley4

Tennessee

2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Chimay goblet and this ones looking cloudy and yeasty.. A pale golden with a surprisingly small head...

Lots of yeast present in the aromas... Also a super strong vinous aspect... Almost like a wine mixed with a Belgian... Slight spiciness perhaps but mostly lots of wine aromas.. Pretty disappointing....

Lots of vinousness present in the tastes as well... Almost overpowering actually... There is some yeastiness and spiciness as well but they definitely take a backseat to the grapes used here....

I wasn't crazy about this one.... Perhaps with some time it will blend together better but as of now it just didn't do it for me...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 21:44:26 | More by Tilley4
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Light orange body. Head isn't as vigorous as I would have expected.

S: Largely vinous and floral.

T: Phenolic notes from the yeast. Vinousness from the grapes. Floral notes from the chamomile. Prickly alcohol. The flavors start out as distinct, but they blend together better as the beer warms up.

M: Medium-bodied. I would have liked to see more carbonation.

D: Stone's Belgian-style offerings haven't really impressed me. For the most part, they strike me as more interesting than good. Unfortunately, this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 06:19:22 | More by BarrelO
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber (22oz) served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a clear, bright golden tone with a quickly receding finger of off-white head; spotty lacing. great color but docked points on the lack of head retention.

nose is a nice and interesting potpourri of white grapes, a big florally presence, spices, and some belgian yeast.

hmm, unique and rather tasty flavor profile. white wine grapeness leading the way, accompanied by clove, chamomile, a very subtle note of funk, and a sweet, candied sugar presence. a touch of warming alcohol in the finish... enjoying this quite a bit.

medium-bodied/carbed mouthfeel and for my money very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:15:20 | More by perrymarcus
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Pahn

New York

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:56:39 | More by Pahn
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, $7.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours slightly hazed medium ginger infused golden, delicate, off white and fine head, no big development nor retention, goes quickly to a minor collar, film and fine and again minor bits of lace.

On the nose, I'm picking up notes of tea, mint, earth, cloves and slight coriander.

Interesting and different to say the least. More mint, more tea, some ginger and yet even more strange spice.

First few sips I was wondering what the heck was going on with this one, after a few more I was seeing the light and enjoying this more and more. Getting some light wood notes as well as some wine like characteristics.

Complex, flavorful, interesting and intriguing. A must try for Belgian lovers, a must put away a few bottles for a few years for fans of Stone and their magical mystery vertical tour...

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:56:44 | More by Billolick
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Rudgers73

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, light-to-moderate carbonation. Not much for a head. It's a deep golden color. It smells like a fruity tripel. Definite belgian candi sugar, white grapes, earthy hops. The taste is very dense. Lots going on here. It has a classic tripel backbone, but the sweetness is sharply cut by the grape juice and the carbonation. I can't tell if it is the oak or the hops, but there is a big bitter undertone that makes it dry like wine. It is going to be interesting drinking another one of these in a couple of years to see where the tannin and alpha acid part ways. It should also have a much different mouthfeel when the carbonation dies a bit. I am guessing the next one I have will taste more rich and sweet.

overall decent tasting. I think it is a bit rough around the edges, but knowing Stone it might have been done with full intention.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:54:05 | More by Rudgers73
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. Nice clear, almost lager like, body with a thin white head on top. Pale golden-orange tint to the body. Very little lacing. Head mostly dies.

Very Belgian-esque nose. Spices, floral chamomile with juicy white grapes. Quite aromatic with a hint of alcohol. Flowery and spicy with sweet malts. Enjoyable.

Wow, this is different. A barrage of flavors ending in white grape juice. Flowery, bitter, orange zest mixed with sweet golden malts. Some herbal hops. Not bad, but a bit muddled and almost juice like on the finish. Some alcohol comes through, but not as strong as the 08.08.08.

Mouthfeel has light, yet prickly carbonation. Body is on the lighter side but still substantial. Has some nice warming alcohol and a mixed juicy/bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is a bit above average. Kind of an odd beer and the ABV is noticeable. Definitely a unique experience. If you like white grape juice and Belgian spice, then you'll probably like this beer quite a bit. Possibly a good beer to pair with pasta. I'm interested in seeing how this ages and will crack the second bottle on 12/12/12.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:24:53 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Foothills fluted pint glass. revealing clear amber body with lively bubbles under a loose white head that thins quickly. Smells like white grape juice and rye. Nice spicy notes, a little mellow wheat notes, some sweet polleny floral notes and some smooth citrus oil notes that don't identify with any fruit in particular.

Tastes very... very different. Grape presence is noticeable up front, followed by the distinct spiciness of the rye and a slight sweet medicinal quality that blends into the peppery smooth wheat finish. Carbonation is sharp and lends to the light body, adding some acidity. There's a lot going on here and I'm not sure if it's my thing on a regular basis, but it's an interesting try. Decently drinkable, but a sipper and a heavy-set one at that. I think if you like rye beers, this one off is more your thing. There are some lasting Belgian qualities to the flavor like the yeasty sweetness, but that extra kick really puts this beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:20:18 | More by abuliarose
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John_M

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, showcasing considerable honey and perfumy hops, with an underlying sweet grape flavor that is intriguing. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though is more complex and interesting than expected. The moderate sweetness is countered very nicely by some considerable hoppy bitterness in the finish, but I also get some interesting canned peaches and apricot flavor as well. Mouthfeel is fairly full, though not at all heavy or tiring on the palate. This beer is actually pretty light on its feet for the abv., and drinkability is pretty good. I think the level of hoppiness I get in this beer helps considerably in that regard, as it keeps this beer from becoming overly cloying or boozy.

At least for me, I thought this one of the better and more interesting vertical epic beers I've had in a while.

Edit from 3/15/13. I tasted this beer again during a recent Vertical Epic event at Pacific Coast Brewing. While still pretty good, my current tasting notes and scores were considerably below what I previously gave this beer. There was a lot more tropical fruit in the beer I tasted at PCB (in 2/13), and the beer was sweeter with very little hoppy bitterness showing. Still nice, but I think this beer probably needs to be drunk up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 17:15:10 | More by John_M
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Brew33

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was very excited to try this beer, the description had my mouth watering. Drank this out of my Duvel tulip.

The color is a rich gold. Slightly carbonated apple juice. The aroma is odd to say the least. floral, a TON of Chamomile. Reminds me of GLBC Grassroots in the nose. Very herbal. Slight yeast aroma. Odd. The taste is a good reflection of the aroma. Odd herbaceousness. Off flavors. The grapes don't really make too much of a case for themselves. Completely out of whack. What I can say is the base beer seems too be okay, the additives ruin it. The one thing that is interesting is that you can taste each element individually. The integration of flavors is awful. This is a hot mess. You can taste ethyl alcohol. This is not a good beer.

Avoid. No reason to drink this, especially at the price. I usually really love Stone's pricing but the VE series has been pretty pricey.

Update/Edit: I drain poured this beer. It was truly awful.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:56:09 | More by Brew33
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peabody

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:36:17 | More by peabody
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm always interested in partial rye beers (or in this case, partial triticale beers), and always a bit unenthused about partial grape beers. This mixes the two, so we'll see how it goes.

Pours a darkish golden colour, very clear and still in the glass. Head is onlt a filmy of fine white around the edges of the glass, although it was more solid in the centre when first poured. Looks reasonably heavy, but otherwise a little lacklustre.

Spicy Belgian notes on the nose, with pungent lightly phenolic yeast notes, and a hint of acidity. Bit of grain husk adds a bit of gravity to the aromas. Pleasant enough, but nothing particularly exciting.

Taste is where it starts to get a bit weird, and to be honest, where I feel a couple of years of age on it may help it a lot. Taste is quite pungent on the fore, with a slicing grape juice acidity laced with a touch of rank funky rot. Big Belgian phenols well up on the back, along with a sharp and aggressive bitterness than interleaves with the phenols to give a harsh finish. It's big and bold, where the aroma and appearance were lacklustre, but it's far too raw right now.

Yep, this is a beer which needs to be laid down for a while. I love the concept of the Vertical Epics, and would love to be around when it's time to crack them all open together, but this one certainly needs more time. I only hope it has started to blend a bit better when its time comes.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:06:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Neat brew! Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, off-white head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is dominated by the grapes and then with the malt, candy sugar, yeast, and hop. Flavor is like nose, a little like juicy fruit gum, but not overly sweet as I might have expected. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with bitterness dropping off first then a longer tapering of the fruitiness and hint of alcohol at the end. Good beer; maybe even a session.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:04:18 | More by drpimento
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beersensei305

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale is a clear gold, with a white foamy head which dissipates quickly. The scent is nice, a little yeasty; it smells a little like Dogfish Head's Chateau Jiahu, which must be the fact that both beers contain muscat grapes. The taste is sweet and dry probably from the Sauvignon Blanc grapes, the malt, hops, and yeast are subdued by the chamomile. The beer is light, dry and packs a 10% ABV. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:39:26 | More by beersensei305
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the end, VE10 on tap at Alewife.

A: The ale is golden orange, bright even in the din of a bar. A crystal clear pale ale.

S: The nose is yeasty and dry, very tripel like with ample spice presence. Anise makes its way to the surface too.

T: Very yeasty, the beer carries a wide array of spices. Coriander and anise stand out. There is a concentrated flash of booziness that threatens to sidetrack the ale (it doesn't). Sweet flavors, grapes no doubt, add to the swirl of flavors.

M: The mouthfeel has spices, sweet juices, plenty of yeast and a bold assertive taste. Very nice on tap.

D: Another big beer, nearly 10%. A nice ale to slowly work through; there is a lot going on.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 15:41:42 | More by akorsak
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 22oz bomber at ABC Liquor in Ocean Beach for $8.99 and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Pours a super clean golden straw like color with a thin head that dissipates instantly leaving small amounts of lace.

S: Strong yeast, spices, sweet dried fruit, grainy, slightly herbal and hoppy with some woody funkiness in there too.

T: Sweet and dry, malty and a little boozy; some bitter hop that is balanced perfectly with the chamomile that really comes through in the flavor. Overall a classic Stone ale with a unique take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that comes across tasting traditional at the same time, especially for a brewery located over 5,000 miles from Belgium.

M: Medium bodied but pretty thin at the same time - I really wish it had a little more to it or at least a bit more carbonation - this is definitely its weakest aspect.

D: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV. I picked one up after work tonight and really wished I had another. A bit pricey at $8.99, but the high ABV makes it a little less painful.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 07:50:13 | More by DeanMoriarty
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light creamy head fades quickly over hazy ale orange wheat color.

Nose of some farmhouse yeast, a slight dry funky musty aroma, with light grape smells and musty grapes, golden Belgian malts, sweetness, orange peel, saison like spices and malts, and a very light vanilla.

The taste is crisp, with Belgian golden saison or tripel like malts. Somewhat sweet malty flavor, little juicy fruits, orange peel, some light grape flavor with a musty grape especially. Semi dry farmhouse flavor with a touch of subtle chamomile, touch of vanilla, smooth and thick, lightly syrupy. Finishes a little drier, still little sweet, lingering orange peel and spices, a little bitter, light saison and lingering Belgian malts. The chamomile comes out quite a bit on the burps actually. A touch of warming booze.

The mouth is medium to lighter body with light warming booze and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent with a lingering bitterness and orange peel, semi sweet with a dry finish, and touch of warming booze.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:28:36 | More by jlindros
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scottyshades

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale straw color with absolutely no head. Real disappointing...

S: Belgian yeast, esters, bubblegum, spearmint and cloves. No complexity at all, such a letdown compared to 09 VE

T: Same as above, no complexity to speak of. Metallic note to it as well. Not much else to say

MF/D: Thin feel, alcohol is well hidden. Belgian yeast finish

Notes: Real letdown, especially for almost $10 a bomber. 09 was sooo much better. Worst Stone offering to date...although it got a b-

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Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:05:30 | More by scottyshades
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JamisonM

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: very clear rich golden color with a bright white head head did not stick around a bit of lacing

S: smells a bit like duvel with some grape smell in there a bit of a light flowery smell as well.

T: much more grapes in the taste then the smell. getting the yeast along with a zing from the grapes should be interesting to age.

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: not very drinkable for me the grapes bugged me.

Overall: interesting brew glad I tried it I am not going to want to drink another for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 17:09:37 | More by JamisonM
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a translucent golden orange colored body with a full finger of bright white head. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i get from this is a strong floral aroma that is faintly perfumey. theres also some sweet pale malts and some grassy hops. the grapes its brewed with come through a little bit at the end.

T- this starts out with some light bready malts that are somewhat crackery. after that i get some white wine like notes. then comes some herbal and floral notes. a little bit of the alcohol comes through, but for the most part its very well hidden.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. there is also mild heat from the alcohol.

D- meh, this one isnt for me. ive been a fan of the previous vertical epics ive had, but i think they took a big step back with this one. of well, ill check back in on it in another couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 15:45:35 | More by jwinship83
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with decent white head, a pretty beer for sure. Smell is largely spices from the yeast, a bit of light malt, some grapes in there, and some almost phenolic notes. The taste is similar, rich flavor with some nice BSPA base flavors underneath the grapes. The grapes don't add a wine-like character to the beer in my opinion, more of a honey/sweet/meady quality. Again, phenols are noted slightly. MF is pretty good, well-carbonated, pillowy. Not super smooth, however. Good drinkability, a bit hampered by the 9.5%. Overall, a good beer, my first experience with this series. Nothing mind-blowing, however. Bought it at a bar, which jacked up the price a bit, not worth it at the price I paid, and I would probably opt for something else if I had $11 to spend at my bottle shop.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 14:29:47 | More by LordAdmNelson
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours how any good belgian pale should, pale yellow-orange clear body. Plenty of of carbonation noted. Two finger boner white head recedes quickly leaving a slim cap atop. A decent amount of lacing left gripping the side of the glass.

Grapes and spice are prevalent in the nose, once again a bit more traditional belgian than I anticipated. The grapes up front transition to a heavy clove aroma. Just behind is set a bready cracker malt and a bit of pepper.

Just like all the VE beers before, 10.10.10 is designed to age until 12.12.12. I do have a bottle tucked away to open with my mini vertical (a vertical less epic?). Regardless of how long this is designed to age, this bottle is being opened now. As of 10.23.10, the flavor is a bit one dimensional. Grape juice opens up on the palate before transitioning immediately to a strong clove flavor. The back of the palate reveals a bit of a bready malt though the previous flavor slightly muddle things. I do have high hopes for this beer down the road but at this times the flavor is less than spectacular.

Medium bodied beer with appropriately moderate carbonation. The beer rolls across the tongue smoothly and is slightly creamy until the very end of the palate where the tingly carbonation finally hits. The sweet and strong yeast flavor dig in to make for a long finish.

Enjoyable beer though I feel the fresh verison will only be a shadow of what it will become. This beer has the attributes of one which can withstand some age. I will add on to this review and adjust as necessary as I sample in the future. As it sits now, the beer is enjoyable to a point but not something I would order multiple servings.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 05:31:56 | More by kzoobrew
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber with a mild wispy white head. No lace, fair head retention.

S: Perfumy nose (Muscat?) with grapes and chamomile flowers, pungent, with hints of honeysuckle.

T: There is a Belgian yeasty estery upfront which is nice. After that the grapes really come out, particularly the Gewurztraminer which I'm a fan of since I love Alsatian whites. Lychee fruit is the classic flavour with some orange melon (cantaloupe) and Santa Claus melon. Quite an interesting flavour, very fruity but not too sweet, the hops come in on the back end and give a very drying effect.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated but frothy, quite smooth, fruity aftertaste.

D: I really like the French white wine grape introduction here. Gewurztraminer was upfront, the Muscat was also clear but not as dominant. The Sauvignon Blanc I'm still trying to find. But anyways, it's a fun beer to delve into, tasty for sure. A marriage of Northern French wine and Belgian beer, it makes perfect sense. It will be intriguing to see how this beer is in 2012; I really have no idea how it will age, but I'm looking forward to it.

December 2012 Edit - A markedly different beer here than fresh. This has gotten very flowery on the nose with the essence of Muscat. Still a bit too much sugar/cloying flavour; I'd like to age this a little bit longer. In the end I like what we have here, it's certainly more balanced than fresh, all the distinct flavours have integrated. The overt grape flavours have certainly died down.

Serving type: bottle

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