Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

Many thanks to Pretzelcity for the excellent trade.
22 oz bottle with the typical Stone VE presentation.
Golden pour into the Duvel tulip. Very bright golden hue, but frankly a disappointing lack of head and lace. More head and lace would give it a better appearance score.
Aromas are a combination of medicinal hops and floral hop notes.
If I had to describe the taste in simple terms, I would say this is a Belgian Pale/Belgian IPA/ Tripel combo. Plenty of sweetness from the Tripel element, but also dry hop character cutting across the beer to give the Belgian IPA note. Add some typical Belgian yeast character and you have a wierd and wonderful combination.
Truly an amalgam of sensations and styles.
Stone once again produces a beer that is worth talking about. I’d prefer a traditional Belgian Pale along the lines of an American Duvel, but nevertheless this is a difficult beer to ignore – I strongly suggest that you do NOT!

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09/26/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.6 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.98
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