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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle from Andronico’s Market. Pours light and hazy with a thing quickly vanishing head. Deep aroma has hops, malt, nuts, and fruit- very inviting and interesting. Palate was surprisingly full and syrupy with light carbonation. The flavors are numerous and well-balanced. Fruit, sweet caramel, malt, nuts, and strong hops interplay but are never overbearing. Warming alcohol in the background so the higher A.B.V is detectable but subtle. Long floral finish with grass, spice, and hops. I had this on a hot summer day and it was a bit heavy-bodied but still refreshing and very enjoyable. This is an impressive beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Golden/amber color with white fizzy head. Spicy, fruity, and bitter. Fizzy on the palate and bitter finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Sparkling clear apple juice looking body topped by a quickly vanishing white frothy head. Sweetness leads into a healthy does of citrus hops. The flavor is interesting, initial sweetness with hints of potential cloying, quickly changes into a spicy, hoppy, bready, interesting beer. I really like this one. I would really like to see this one made into a regular (or at least seasonal) offering from Stone. One Roger one Ebert. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Picked this bottle up at City Beer in San Francisco and brought it all the way home to NC. Quite a good belgian style ale, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2008
pours nice gold,with white head,very nice fruity aroma,light yeast notes,banana.I really enjoy the nose on this beer.tast nice grapefruit,hopp notes. Very enjoyable beer.Can’t wait to try this one in a few years!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
On draft at Stone bistro. Poured hazy golden amber. Nose had a fresh pininess with bright floral hops and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Taste is of nice fresh hops, with a insane spiciness, with a nice Belgian accents. I’d say it’ll hit it’s peak in about 4 years. Excellent brew!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1429) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Poured into K tulip and GC chalice, my bottle reads 8.6% alc. not 84%, are there different editions of this release? Why the different alcohol rating? Has a clear gold yellow pour with real faint orange-amber, lots of effervescence that tapers off some, developed a foamy head that fades after abit, leaves fine bubbled lacing, has a gallant look to it, as in this looks like a drink fit for a King, aroma of bananas, sweet melon fruit, floral and pepper-herb spice fragrances, faint yeast fragrances, flavor of malt sweetness with pepper at the finish, faint orange fruit flavor, hop bitterness is present here, faint alcohol presence in the background but it is hidden very well, mouth feel is creamy and is light on the palate, a good amount of carbonation, a personal note, I found the tulip a much better glass then the chalice to sample this ale, this ale looks great, smells terrific and tastes good, I think a hoppy Golden Strong Ale is a great idea and I would purchase this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear gold with smallish off-white head. The aroma is very fruity, with tangerine, peach, pear, lemon, and very light banana; there are also some wood, caramel, spice and distant vinous notes. The flavor starts off like a pretty textbook American IPA, with lots of citrusy hops. Then the character from the yeast kicks in, with some peppery spice, light toast, banana peel, and some hints of wood. The finish is pleasantly bitter, with the sharpness of the hops and the dryness of the fermentation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. A warm, peppery aftertaste lasts for quite some time. I must say, I’m enjoying this beer very much. I was skeptical about this style combination at first, but they seem to have pulled it off well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2008
pours out a clear amber color with a larger head. aroma is sweet, yeasty, and spicy. flavor was sweet with a bit of a twang to it that i didnt find so appealing. the finish was rather hoppy which i was happy to see. over all not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Duvel tulip. Clear coppery-golden body on a small, quickly dissipating head. Banana, spice and maybe some sweet orange aromas. Flavor is a lot of candi sugar and vague fruits with some a touch of bitterness. I also get strong notes of cooked corn with some sips. Thankfully, It does clean/dry up a little in the finish as I could see this being overly sweet. Hard to believe that this is supposed to be "highly hopped". Chouffe Houblon it is not. Some strong flavors and aroma but a bit dull and clumsy overall.

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