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RATINGS: 911   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 IPAsóbeers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. Itís a big reason 2008ís summer season came to be known at Stone as our ďSummer of the Triple.Ē 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, itís our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Poured from 22 oz bomber, a hazy, yet golden color, forming a nice off white foamy head. Aroma of yeast, bananas, hops and herbs. Flavour was full bodied, yeast, banana cloves, rock candy prevail. Reminded my of Coronados Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA style, perhaps a bit more refined. This beer was smooth and tasty, glad I got two more bottles! Stone does an excellent job here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Clean deep golden hue with a frothy fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of resiny and herbal hop, pepper and clove, buttery bread, earthy Belgian yeast and some candi sugar. The taste is spicy and yeasty with some fruity notes and lots of pale malts in the background. At this moment this beer lacks depth of palate... but then this hop forward beer will likely not take much more that a year of aging either. IMO, this will be like many other VE and will become heavy on the oxidization in due time.

(Dearest Stone Brewers, stick to massive Quad/Abts or English Old Ales/ Barleywines for the VE lineup, thanks)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
The hops make this. It’s like a Belgian IPA--if such a thing existed. It’s a Belgian strong ale or maybe even an abbey dubbel or trippel with extreme hops. My concern with this is that by12/12/12, the hops will have fallen off. I don’t see how this beer can age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Pours with a small white head that is sitting on top of a golden, yellow hue - a very beautiful color. Aroma of spices and herbs, some molasses, some orange and lemon followed with a tad of alcohol. Initial taste is a tad yeasty, and spicy, and the finish is a bit fruity with a tad of bitterness at the very last leg. Light to the palate. A good, enjoyable hoppy beer! Stone comes through once again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev, jerc & garthicus - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Clear, bright golden with a small white head. Aroma is interesting - definitely a Belgian influence, spice and herbs, perhaps some candi sugar, a bit of citrus, and a boozy edge. Flavour is spicy and a bit yeasty, quite fruity (pineapple and apricot), very hoppy, with some grapeseed bitterness in the finish. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2008
22oz from Liquormax - thanks, Nick! Frothy golden pour, very appetizing, and with a dry, hoppy aroma. Getting into the beer, there are a ton of fruit flavors, including pineapple, tangerine, and other similar flavors. Finish is not nearly as dry as I’d expect or like, but still fairly pleasant and peppery. Pleasant but nothing overwhelmingly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours clear golden in color with white head. Aroma spicey and citrus hops. Taste spicey, fruity and lemon with dry finsih.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2011 pours a barely hazed golden yellow color from the bottle. itís topped by a small white head which quickly fades to a ring. smells a lot like orange blossoms... mixed with yeast, candi sugar, dust, pineapple-y hops, spicy burn and an earthiness akin to toasted black peppercorns. itís a touch sweet on the palate but very doable. lots of apple flavor mixes with yeast and the gamut of hops... grass, citrus, pineapple and tons of pine. dry spicy finish. (so spicy it seems like an alcohol burn) medium body with soft airy carbonation. creamy mouth feel in the beginning gets a bit flat as it warms. itís a hoppy tripel without the character?...

cellared bomber consumed 10/31/10 card board-y, spice, belgian graininess without much left in it, white grapes and moist... if moist were a flavor. if i were to rate this it would be in the 2.6-2.8 range. but thatís not really fair. drink em up boys!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Aroma very much the hybrid they claim it to be with yellow and tart fruits and melon from the Belgian side with citrus and tropical notes from the hoppy American side. A slight metallic note creeps in, but hardly a bother. Flavor turned very odd for me though with astringent bitterness, metallic fruits, bittersweet fruits. Something just seemed to go a little awry in the mouth. Overhopped for the style perhaps?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2008
22oz bottle served in a Duvel Tulip. Bottle conditioned. First pour is clear, pale gold with a finger of fine bubbled white head. Interesting aroma, lemon with some spice. Some sugar also as the beer warmed. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Malty sweetness in the start. Spice from the yeast and also spice from the hops in the finish. Fairly bitter for a Belgian style beer. Very drinkable.

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