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RATINGS: 950   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Pours a yellow orange with very minimal head. Aroma of mostly sweet malts and some hops. Flavor of citrus, grapefruit, yeast, and hops. Medium to strong hops bitterness with a unique finish of sour fruit, hops and yeast. I may have had this one a little early so the head and carbonation was low. Still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Haven’t been a big fan of the VE series but this one is worthy. Bomber pours a golden hued body, radiant in the alfresco evening sun. Capped by an attractive vanilla head that has some legs, patching the goblet with sheets and patches. Aroma is fruity with grapefruit and banana esters, kissed by notes of pine resin. The medium body is accented by a yeasty chalkiness. Taste has fruity grapefruit with a hint of bubblegum, tempered by dry and bitter pine hops. Belgian yeasty notes are prominent. Finishes like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and an IPA. Enjoyable...certainly my favorite of the VE series. My first beer consumed and reviewed here on Mount Tranquility in the higher elevations of Claiborne County, Tennessee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2008
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 20 Sep 2008) Golden colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, spicy nose with notes of citrus, apricots and orange peel. Fruity, spicy taste with apricots, orange peel and lots of spicy hops in the finish. Fairly sweet. Lacking something in balance, but still a nice and tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o’s Pre-Beer Exposed Tasting, September 2008.
pours clear golden with a small, creamy white head. Aroma is super hoppy (pine) and wonderfully fruity. Fine, dry mouthfeel. Flavour has some forest, pine, low yeastiness. Not much maltiness behind the heavy hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Served cold from 22 oz. bottle. Sorry, I couldn’t wait until 2012. Pours clear gold in color, with an aroma of mixed fruits. Taste combines cloves, caramel and hops. Good spice, good bitter finish. I’m a big fan of this. If someone in the LA-area wants to share one with me four years from now, drop me a line.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. More tripel tendencies. Not a big fan. Lots of spices and stuff going on. Not unpleasant, just not incredibly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
9/13/08 - Bottle shared with Naka and Nate. Pours orange/yellow with white, rimming head. Nose is aFrazier Fir/Colorado Blue Spruce hybrid that was rolled in a week old litter box that hadn’t been cleaned. Taste is bread and sour lemon with big hop flavor, pine and flowers, a decently moderate bitter and slightly skunky. Interesting beer. Alcohol burn at the end. We’ll see how it holds up over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
(Draught on 08.08.08) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Fruity aroma of pineapple, orange, banana, mango, passion fruit, pepper, and clove. Flavor of Belgian yeast, hops (pineapple, citrus), and spices. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Light orange color with a quickly absent white head. Very hoppy aromas like a Belgian IPA. Light but sufficient malt backbone a hint of spices and a finish of grassy, herbal hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
22 oz. bottle - pours straw gold with minor carbonation; foamy white head fades quickly; killer nose - sweet, fruity, lemons, orange peels, peaches; spice is very minor; light bodied and flavor is initially weak; dry and spicy finish; raw, grainy, lemons mostly; doesn’t quite match the nose; slight bubblegum in the finish; very nice overall

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