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RATINGS: 939   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (908) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Bottle. Pours a clear amber-gold with a small white head that dissipates. Big sweet citrus hops aroma, with spices. Taste starts sweet, with a lot of spiced orange flavors and then more bitter hops notes come in. Lingering bitter citrus flavors. Very tasty and drinkable. Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a clear pale amber with a small white head that fades to a ring. Aroma has nice citrus notes, lemon hops, yeast, cloves, banana. Taste still has a lot of hops, with citrus, banana, cloves, grass. Lingering sparkly hops bite. Still really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2008
22 oz bottle, shared. Pours a cloudy gold color with a small and quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma is very hoppy, which surprised me, though I also detected banana, citrus, and Belgian yeast. Taste is Belgian yeast, banana, and citrus up front, dissolving into a wonderful pine hop bitterness toward the end. It tastes like a cross between a Belgian ale and a pale ale, and I like it a lot. Well-done, Stone. You are rapidly becoming a go-to brewery for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
22 ounce bomber purchased from the Covell Nugget in Davis, CA. Aroma is delightfully hoppy with some herbal, hemp, and orange characteristics. This is followed by some straight forward banana notes from the yeast. There is a bit of sweetness in there, which makes this a very enjoyable beer to smell. I honestly don’t think the aroma will improve with age. I expect the opposite, as a matter of fact. Transparent honey-colored body with a wispy, off-white head that is pretty small. Start is pretty carbonated, which becomes a little herbal with hop flavors. In the middle, there are some big, sweet, yeast/ester flavors which dominate. Some more bitter piney hop flavors come in later, which are followed by an unfortunate, dry, ethanolic finish. This had great potential given the aroma, but this just seems like a cluttered mess. I have a feeling that age will confuse things even more. I enjoyed this more the first couple times I had it when I was drunk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Slightly cloudy orange, rocky white head. Fruity, slightly smoky aroma, with a touch of stone (lowercase "s"). Starts fairly sweet, ends fairly dry.Very drinkable, with some nice yeasty, fruity notes and nicely bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden pour supporting a tall white head. Fruity, yeasty aroma. Crisp flavor with apples, a touch of caramel and spice. Very restrained hop profile for a Stone. Mildly sweet but dry finish that warms slightly at the end. Not a traditional Stone and a significant departure from the most recent Verticals but I really enjoyed it.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (6420) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1602) - 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!

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