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RATINGS: 956   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 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 (1456) - 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 (23711) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Pours a hazy gold with a no head whatsoever. Aroma is an odd hoppy, banana-like, yeasty aroma with an odd touch of alcohol and skunkiness. Flavor is something interesting. Sweet malt with yeasty hop something. It finishes really dry though and is unbelievably smooth and oddly tasty. Enjoy this beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Very little head. Not much hops in the aroma at all, but a fair amount in the flavor and finish. Rather spicy. Aroma is fruity and spicy. A fair amount of clove and banana in the dry finish which is rather odd. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Pours a clear, pale gold with almost no head. Aroma is somewhere somewhere between a tripel and a british bitter, but on the whole very pleasant and mild. The flavor reminds me a lot of a beefed up version of Surly’s Bitter Brewer. Earthy, peppery hops that fade out very quickly leaving just a mild, vacant bitterness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-light, very clean and crisp. Pretty good, but a little underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Pours golden and clear with a yellowish head. The aroma has a malt profile between a Belgium blond and tripel with some banana esters, spicy hops and some sweetness. Medium harsh body with minor biting carbonation. The flavor starts as a bit of a mess with earthy dirty hops that don’t mesh well at all with the Belgium yeast and very sweet malt. The finish has biting hops and somewhat sweet, but stale-ish, tasting malt. Not my favorite from Stone by a longshot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (912) - 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 (3637) - 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.

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