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RATINGS: 923   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma was very inviting with hops, fruit, alcohol, bread, and spice. Taste was even more inviting. First, you are taken in by the delicious taste of fruit and bread backed by delicious hops. Then you get the taste of sugars, slight citrus, and malt. A lingering alcohol warmness finishes it all off. I got more than I expected out of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Aroma of chardonnay grapes, white wine-like with candi sugar. Pours blonde with no head. Flavor starts with chardonnay, sweet malts, a little sulphury with hints of pine with hints of spice in the finish. excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is full of grassy hops, banana/clove, white pepper and some NW hop resin. The flavour is heavily hopped, boozy, and very spicey, with a lot of emphasis on the pepper and some apple/pear notes. The Belgian bubble gum yeast is there, but masked by booze and resin hop zest. The bitterness is a bit medicinal, like baking soda. The palate is sharp and a little hot. I’d like to try this a few years later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4748) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Deep golden color with nice foamy white head. Clear in look smell is belgian, yeast, fruit, and malts, and hops. Taste is sweet, alchol, some hops bitterness at the back of the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Pours a good golden color. Smell is yeasty with good spice notes and a huge hops presence. Flavor is hoppy and spicey... Probably my favorite Vertical so far!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2008
bottle - Pours golden with a one finger head. It has a yeasty, spicy, hop heavy aroma. The flavor is exactly what it says, a hopped up Belgian golden. Belgian style yeast and pale malt are joined by very ample earthy hops. It definitely puts me in mind of Chouffe Houblon though it’s been a long time since I had that one so it could just be because a heavily hopped Belgian ale is unusual. It’s medium bodied and finishes very dry. While good, I don’t think the hops profile is really my favorite type. Maybe it will meld together a bit better after some aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 25, 2008
2008 Bottle - Pours golden with a small off white head, minimal lacing...aroma is incredible, wheat, spice, hops an sunshine,wonderful...flavour is a different story...immediately tastes chemically bitter, spice stays present but this brew is kinda messy... I only hope 5 years in a bottle will help this one out............

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2008
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours almost clear with tiny impurities and an off-white head with some lacing. Intense and spicy yeast aroma. Quite full-bodied, sweetish fruity with distinct yeast notes, lots of diacetyl and very herbal almost medicinal accents. Not really impressing at all. 180908

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2008
Thanks to my friend Matt for bringing this back from the States. Pours bright golden with fading white head. Citrus-hoppy nose with some yeasty orange-esters blending in with the hops in aroma. Fairly sweet flavor jumps to serious bitterness without much between, citrus backdrop and lively carbonation. Pretty tasty, if a bit sticky. Shows off the hop aroma and flavor pretty well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (22727) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2008
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Lightly hazy golden. Very fruity with coriander, glue and almonds surfacing first. Sweet and sticky, slimmer than expected. Juicy and sugary, very spicy. Soapy bitterish finish. Too sticky at this point.

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