Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

As with the 02.02.02 and 03.03.03, we are again making a detailed homebrewing recipe available on our blog. 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 Bière 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. Perfect for a match-up with some Thai in SoCal (or wherever in the world you might be), as kaffir lime is often combined with garlic, galanga, ginger, fingerroot and chiles (in the Tom Yum that is, not in this beer). Or, most certainly, you may choose to enjoy alone in a glass along side its Epic brothers.

Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale Homebrew Recipe

April 4, 2004
Belgian Strong Ale
8.5%
35
Sterling

TASTING & PAIRING NOTES

Mitch Steele
Brewmaster
Appearance
Golden, great carb head, clear, bright, effervescent
Aroma
Spicy, kaffir lime, banana, clove, slight oxidation
Taste
Fruit, lots of lime and citrus, alcohol, dried honey, wheat, bread, some tartness, very refreshing
Palate
Big, bold, silky, good carbonation, medium body
Overall
A bold golden sweet beer, amazing how prominent the lime still is
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Lemon ginger shrimp, weisswurst, chicken satay, ceviche
Salads
Citrus avocado, fruit, Greek
Entrées
Steamed mussels, Chilean sea bass, grilled chicken breast, arroz con pollo
Desserts
Key lime pie, strawberry shortcake, pineapple upside-down cake, lemon bars
Cheeses
Triple Cream Brie, Bucherondin, Cowgirl Creamery Inverness
Cigars
Candelas could work but otherwise not recommended