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RATINGS: 924   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1125) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 2, 2016
Golden-copper colored, clear, medium to small white not very lasting head with nice lacing. Aroma is malty, brewing sugar, fruits, very spicy, some yeast and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet caramel, malt, brewing sugar, some fruits, very spicy, bit lemony, Belgian yeast, dry finish, medium bitterness, alcohol definitely present. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, oily. (on tap, Moeder Lambic, Brussels)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1247) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2016
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours clear pale golden with thin white head. Aroma is rich fruity dry Belgian yeast, and clean sweet caramel malt. Taste is similar - dry with potent but pleasant yeasty notes that overshadow the malt. Some nice crisp hops for balance, but sticks to the standard Belgian profile overall. Cool to see Stone revisiting old recipes like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3778) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2016
Tap. Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels. Clear gold. Film of white. Lots going on here. Heavy, sweet orange and tangerine hop. Clove. Star anise. Solvent. Cough medicine. Taste is chewy sweet. Oily, and fruity bitter. Palate is smooth. Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. Finishes all of that. Sweet, spicy, medicinal cough syrup bitter! On first few sips I thought this hard word. It quickly grew on me, and liked it by the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (1385) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2016
From a bottle. Pours clear with minimal head, big Belgian flavours, it’s pretty epic as you’d expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1470) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 22, 2016
kran w jabeerwocky, na szybko: cos posrodku pomiedzy IIPA a triplem, im cieplejsze tym blizej (mocno nachmielonego) tripla. unikalne dzieki temu. duzo pieprzu, sporo goryczki. niemalo roznorakich owocow. srednio wysycone, lepkawe, latwe do picia, dobrze schowany alkohol, klasa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chadski (39) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Decent blend of the Belgian and the West Coast IPA styles but likely won’t repeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1361) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Clear copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is a bit musty. Taste is sweet and bitter. I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1289) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Hazed honey gold color. Medium-sized frothy white head. Slightly yeasty citrus fruit nose. Hint of coriander as well. Fruity malt upfront with earthy undertones. A bit of bread and lemon peel. By midtaste, lot’s of peppery spice and warming alcohol. Long bitter finish and aftertaste. A bit like Duvel but more citrus and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (773) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 13, 2016
In the glass it has a golden yellow color with a small head. The aroma has citrus with some wood and some pine. The taste has a good amount of citrus up front followed up with some grain, herbs and hops. Medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.0 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Not much of a head formed. 4.0 S: Smells like its not really that old. Still quite hoppy with pleasant floral and citrusy notes. Sugary with peppery spiciness. Pineapple, mango, and orange stick out. 4.0 T: Tastes as good as the nose. Super surprised at how hoppy this is. Again, lots of citrus and floral. Peppery spice. Quite nice. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. 4.0 D: This one is actually good. ★ 708 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

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