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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (390) - Ioannina, GREECE - MAR 25, 2016
Golden colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is hops, spices, fruits, peach and not that much other stuff. Flavour is apricot, peach, some mildly glueish alcohol, spices and also mildly sour wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2016
1 pt 6 fl oz bottle thanks to Ingo! As the Encore series, bottled 09/02/15.
Slight hazy golden color, small fizzy white head. Sweet, spicy, Belgian yeast, malty, earthy scent. Spicy, clove, orange zest, Belgian yeast, phenolic smoke taste. Phenolic smoke and clove aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (687) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2016
Ja wirklich sehr belgisch und sehr gelungen. Kräuterig trocken mit einem wunderbar langen Nachtrunk gesegnet, ist dieser Tropfen trotzdem schön tripelig spritzig und dabei auch noch extrem gehaltvoll. Toll. Getrunken in der Schankwirtschaft HH vom Fass. 0,2l/6Euro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1439) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Pours a bubbly clear gold, off white head, dissipated somewhat coarsely. Clove and banana on the nose, maybe notes of bubblegum. Crisp on the tongue, more spice, coriander, yeasty banana bread leading to a breathy, slightly boozy finish. Not bad, was expecting more pizzazz from Stone though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (903) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Clear amber beer, decent white head faded, some lace. Aroma malt, banana, bubblegum. Taste is banana, cloves, malt, sprucy hops. Palate is a bit light, carb moderate. In true stone fashion, they’ve maybe overdone the hops, and this is a belgian, not my fav.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
George999 (389) - Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2016
From the bottle to pour is clear with a high carbonation and a medium to thick white head, the color is orange and blonde, the aroma is yeast notes of bread and lemon, the taste is immediately bitter with sweetness following the bitterness there’s a strong presence of citrus the very nice light hop backing comics the mouth feel is medium. My overall impression is this is a very solid ale I get the notes of the Belgian ale and the idea of a Belgian Strong Ale but it doesn’t seem to have as much aged flavorings or carmel notes a typical Belgian type of beer would have. But for an ale this is a great showing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (1376) - - MAR 4, 2016
Bomber. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with light clove notes as well as citrus hops and some banana also. Pours clear golden colored with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Starts with spicy Belgian yeast and a bit of clove. Finishes dry with citrus hop flavors unfortunately though the banana is hidden by the bitterness of the hops. Very nice, but miss the banana of most tripels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (682) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle from beerhive. Pale gold, small white head. Yeasty hoppy Belgian spritz. Medium body, light fizz. Sticky. Sweet bready front. Citrus and bitter hops. Dry. Hefty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeliriumT (491) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2016
A hoppy tripel. Not a style that I'm a huge fan of. I generally tend to think that the hops overpower the best things about the Belgian styles, rather than accentuating the good flavours like they do in a black ipa. This is a good example of hoppy tripel done right. Great blend of tripel sweetness and ipa hoppyness. However, you lose those beautiful banana and clove characteristics that tripels are known for in a barrel of hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopbag (157) - - FEB 25, 2016
Bigger beer. Sweetness reminiscent of apple juice. Pleasant crystal clear gold. Lots of pepper and clove. It’s alright, but I’d like more attenuation and depth. Maybe this would have been better fresh with more hops? Bottled 9/15, reviewing in late 2/16.

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