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RATINGS: 867   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Received 22-oz bomber from Liquid Solutions in Oregon, Pours a semi-clear golden pale brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and just barely a ring. Aroma of floral hops, cloves, a touch of banana esters, and a touch of nutmeg. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of grassy and floral hops, a touch of candi sugar, banana and cloves. Finish has a mild alcohol warmth with some banana and clove aftertaste. Nice spicy aftertaste made this one stand out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Clear, gold beer with a white, disappearing head. Fine carbonation throughout. Aroma is clove and banana. Flavor is grassy, spicy, and a bit sweet. Finish is smooth, a bit bitter and nicely sweet. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2008
22oz. Golden straw color, thin white head. Spiced aroma, banana, bubble gum, alcohol, grass in the way back. Tripel. Similar flavor, marked belgian yeast and candi sugar. Ultra small bubbles. A little bit sweet, with a flat, mushy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5119) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours gold into a snifter. White head quickly subsides leaving no lacing. Woody rum and alcohol aromas. Sweet banana and clove upfront. Flat with a lasting, slightly sour citrus and pepper finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4281) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a slightly cloudy gold with a fat off-white head that left a great deal of lacing rings. Nose is powerful, with citrus hops and some pine. Smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of zip. Flavor is complex with hops, some spices, and a little touch of ripe fruit. Dry finish. Great now and we will see how it ages. I bought five bottles, so I have one for each year until the series runs and we all live it up on 12/12/12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours a hazy yellow body with a large, creamy white head. Aroma is nice spicey hops with mango, clove, and rotten banana. Taste is spicey hops and a bit of banana. Smooth mouthfeel, that is a bit dry but has nice lively and light bubbles to back it up. Nice hoppy belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7044) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2008
22. Pours a crystal clear, brightish golden light amber. Fairly dense platinum blonde head that never gets very big or sticks around for very long. Decent sheets of lace. Nice sweet nose: clove, a little bit of bubblegum, maybe some dust and sweet light hop notes (mainly pine). Medium body, tingly carb. Nice resiny mid-palate with some dark spice followed by a rather drying bitter finish. Nice stuff but for a hoppy tripel it’s got a ways to go to reach the top of the heap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Bottle is a low fill, about 1" lower in the neck than other Stone beers I have, although this particular bottle was hand picked from a selection of 3 cases where each other bottle was filled even lower. Crystal clear, gold color with a finger of large bubbled white head. Moderate level of carbonation, but on the low end of the spectrum for something that’s Duvel-esque. Light rubbery phenols were present in the nose immediately after pouring, but as it warms, a really nice combination of black pepper and lemon citrus hops begins to emerge. The hops give a nice solid resinous backdrop to a really nice perfume of banana and violet petals. Hints of marshmellow scented pale malt sweetness and light alcohol presence. Medium light bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, velvety texture. The body could certainly stand to be more carbonated, as it’s missing a carbonic bite to help sharpen up the flavors. Flavors are very yeasty, with a light, doughy maltiness up front on the palate. Much more phenolic than I was expecting, with quite a bit of pepper and rubber band. Finishes moderately dry and hoppy, with a pleasant bitterness lingering in the finish. I love the concept of this beer and was really looking forward to trying it. The nose was pretty good, but the carbonation level and flavors, especially the rubber phenolic characters, were disappointing. Generally speaking, I find Stone’s execution to be near flawless, even if I’m not a fan of the general concept, so I’m not quite sure what happened here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (752) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2008
The color of this beer is great,rich golden like tupelo honey if you put the two next to each other you can not tell them apart.Off white head and leaves finger on a glass almost like red wine.Before I looked at the bottle I was thinking this is like a hoppy belgian then I read the bottle and found out than was the inspiration.All in all great beer must try if a fan of hops and or belgain beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle: this beer rocks. A Belgian Ale meets an American Pale Ale. Poured clear golden yellow with a medium sized white dissipating head. All notes from each are present. Citrusy hops, mild banana, mild clove. Flavor is mildly hoppy with citrus and banana. Mild sweetness after the first sip and then it dried out nicely with a lingering bitter finish. Well done. Very nice.

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