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RATINGS: 924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2008
22oz bottle: pours golden brown with slow fading white head, could pass for bud light but because its a belgian strong ale ill let it slide. aroma only a hint of malt not much going on here, flavor not bad has the classic belgian taste but is a little lighter almost like westmallie triple. good beer but could use work.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (6025) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 20, 2008
A Belgian Ale that tastes like something else entirely. Very golden. It swishes around in the glass with strands of white head floating in circles. Very aromatic. Lots of sweet here. I don’t feel the high ABV at all. I get a nice sticky taste that lingers. Probably should have bought two bottles.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Smells a bit like bubble gum. Supposedly has a bunch of hops in it, but I don’t really taste them that much. I guess I’m not sure what a hoppy trippel would taste like. Interesting beer, but seems awfully similar to last year’s VE. Would like to see something a little different next year.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle from Discount Liquors. Pours a clear golden with a thin white head (I was expecting a tall fluffy one). Nose has lots of that belgian yeast with caramel, bread, dough, candi sugar. Spritzy carbonation banana, citrus, caramel flavors, belgian yeast, with some alcohol, spice, and hops coming over. The booze lingers as long as the grassy hops do, becoming a little much. The heat resonates in the throat as well tasting somewhat syruppy. But it has been awhile since I’ve had a belgian beer, and so I’m enjoying the carbonation and belgian yeasts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1538) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Wow was I pleasantly surprised by this one! Not only is the Belgian golden base great, but I love the addition of extra hops. It rounds out what is normally a bit too sweet of a style for me. Pours a classic gold color, though the head is smaller than most true Belgians. The aroma is more hops than golden ale - it smells more like an IPA. The flavor brings spices (cardamom and cloves), mild citrus fruits and a great bitterness from the hops. Finishes dry and clean, while still retaining a strong flavor. Very nice!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 <i>22 oz bottle</i>

Another year and another Stone Vertical Epic release has come. I let this one sit for about a month while digging through a backlog. Finally it was time to see how it compared to the previous two years. A slightly different style than what I was expecting it was nice nonetheless. Once again this is probably a release best enjoyed fresh; the shelf life on this is probably no more than four months before it goes downhill.

<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - The carbonated bronze body was decorated by a foamy white head which took a long time to settle. White pepper, wheat, bananas and malt blended into a hoppy and fruity Belgian. It wasn’t quite what I expected but still very pleasant.

<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - The bitterness was not as intense as I first expected but soon made an appearance on the throat. Spicy with an orange base it turns sweet towards the middle. The dry finish wrapped up a blend of Belgian and IPA that turned out quite nicely. Much more aggressive than it smells I think this is best enjoyed fresh. If you have one open it as soon as possible.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8139) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit, yeasty aroma. Sweet malt flavor with yeast, bubblegum, and grapefruit. Medium body. Sweet malt lingers with spice, yeast, and grapefruit. Refreshi8ng and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9363) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours deep gold toward orange with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is grainy pale malt, lemongrassy hops, mild florals, funk. Tastes grainy sticky malty, lemomgrassy hoppy, with floral, spicy yeasty estery, and funky notes. Palate is rich initially, but falls off late, and isn’t terribly complex, but I got this new, and I think it will age well. Not great as a tripel, but as a Belgian style IPA, it will satisfy hopheads and floral heads.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet yeasty aroma with hoppy notes. Sweet yeasty flavour with ripe fruits and hoppy notes. Ends bitter.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
pours golden with barly any head, aroma is very nice, pepper, little bannana and spices. Flavor is fruity, then flows very nicely into a hoppy finish.


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