Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

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.

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale Homebrew Recipe

October 10, 2010
Belgian Strong Ale
9.5%
45

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Golden, great clarity, good carbonation
Aroma
Clean, citrus notes, grapes, subtle spice, light floral notes
Taste
Hops, bitterness, citrus, fruit, wine grape flavors, yeast characters
Palate
Dry wine feel, semi-creamy, slightly syrupy, tart
Overall
Drinks like a beer aged in wine barrels, aged into great beer, delicious

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr" Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Bacon-wrapped grilled apricots, chicken kabobs, spring rolls
Salads
Waldorf salad, Citracado salad, fruit salad
Entreés
Rosemary chicken, halibut, penne pasta w/garden vegetables
Desserts
Apricot torte, peach cobbler, apple strudel
Cheeses
Langres, Taleggio, Murray's Cave Aged Hudson Red
Cigars
Macanudo Gold Label Tudor, Arturo Fuente 858 Candela, Don Tomas Candela