Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stone Vertical Epic 10-10-10

Brewer: Stone
Style: Belgian Golden Triple
ABV: 9.5%

As some of you reading this may know Stone is one of, if not, my favorite brewers. The beer I hold before me is a limited release, one time of year beer. The Vertical Epic line started in 2002 with the first batch being released on 02-02-02. The following releases coming 1 year, 1 month and 1 day after the previous. Each is based off Belgian style brews but then changed, almost in its entirety, by the outlandish geniuses at Stone.

This 9th rendition is no different, starting with a Belgian triple and then adding in 3 different wine juices, dried chamomile flowers, triticale (hybrid of wheat and rye) and Belgian Amber candi sugar.

The pour unleashes a beautiful amber/yellow liquid with a slight head that diminishes quickly. A good deep breath and the chamomile and wine make their first appearance. On to the best part!

The initial taste of the this is beer is primarily that of white wine, the mouth feel gives off the medium high carbonation of the beer with an unexpected smoothness. The finish is that of a chamomile tea, somewhat relaxing actually. This beer really is unlike anything else I have ever tasted and it is not a bad thing. I can't help but to give this a solid A+.


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