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RATINGS: 948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
In 2008, Stone Brewmasters Steve Wagner and Mitch Steele traveled to Belgium, where they enjoyed a number of hop-forward Belgian tripels, pale ales and IPAs—beers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. It’s a big reason 2008’s summer season came to be known at Stone as our “Summer of the Triple.” Upon their return, they crafted Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, the seventh beer in the 11-beer Stone Vertical Epic Ale series. Packed with floral, spicy essence from Belgian yeast plus plenty of hoppy New World character, it’s our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2016
Tropical and fruity aroma. Draft at righteous in cincy. Orange with white head. Bubblegum and some mint flavor. Pretty tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pioter (135) - POLAND - APR 20, 2016
Piękna piana. Kolor złoty. W aromacie owoce tropikalne. W smaku ponownie owoce tropikalne. Całkiem ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scirtes (430) - POLAND - APR 19, 2016
Sample at BGM 2016. Golden beer with aroma of bubble gum, medium bodied, lots of malty sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pedro_Pinho (163) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2016
Nice and fresh aroma of citrus and hops. Clear golden color with a lacy white head, looks like a lager (scarry). Taste a bit light, could be somewhat more hoppy and some bitternes is missing for me. Nice overall, but slightly disapointing, or maybe I was expecting too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1042) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2016
Tap at Republic Seven Corners. Tulip glass on the patio with blonderedhead. Attractive golden orange color with a decent white head. Not a lot of lacing. Aroma is citrus and banana with a little bit of yeast funk. Taste is very solid with a balance of hoppy bitterness, a spicy, peppery characteristic, and a malt undertone. Enjoyable sweetness comes into play. Citrus rind a little bit towards the end. Finish is clean and professional. Stone succeeds again and all the more impressive given this isn’t necessarily the brewer’s specialty. Glad they brought it back for an encore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3697) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2016
Draft at Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and large snifter served showing a hazed, ruby highlighted amber/gold color, with a presentably lingering layer of off white head foam, and wavy spray as lacing. The nose was dried fruit, pit fruit, touches of citrus & cherry, sweetness & spice, and ready alcohol presence. Medium+ bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste included an earthy & rind-like bitterness that was lingering, and tempered some by the fruit sweetness that also added subtle tropical notions. A hefty, satisfying Strong Ale that showed increasing warmth as it rested a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adasko (1875) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 10, 2016
Tap na BGM. Świetne połączenie strony słodowej i chmielowej w smaku. Wprost dostaje się "na twarz" wpływy i belgijskie i amerykańskie w tym piwie. Aromat tego nie zapowiada, jest minimalnie słabszy. Fajne piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2355) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
(bottle) clear, bright yellow amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of fruit, lilies; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1226) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
(650ml Encore Series bottle from Systembolaget, shared) Pours clear dark gold with an average white head and lace. Nose is semi-sweet, floral, grapefruit peel, white pepper, orange flesh, biscuits, bready yeast. Flavour has semi-sweet orange, grapefruit, apricot, floral, phenolic, leafy, bready, white pepper. Semi dry finish with light bittering hops, herbs, grass, grapefruit peel. Medium-full bodied with fairly high carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. Hop fade definitely going on here, par for the course with Stone at SB. An ok tripel behind it, but nothing awesome. Maybe better fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (280) - SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
Guldgul, lätt disig med vitt skum. Rejält fruktig doft med mycket tropiskt, lite kryddor och aningen gräs, belgisk jäst. Smaken innehåller mycket tropisk frukt, inledningen är söt men avslutningen blir torr med en bra beska som rundar av, en fin kryddighet kommer också på slutet. Munkänslan är rund och fin, man förstår att den är tämligen alkoholstark. En riktigt lyckad öl, mycket belgisk i sin stil men med en amerikansk avslutning.

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