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RATINGS: 948   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 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 (3183) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Well it finally has happened, A Stone release that just doesn’t appeal to me. I couldn’t figure out what this beer is trying to be, and I can’t help but feel that it’s really underdeveloped. At times this beer showed some promising qualities, but each time these got masked by the awkward bitterness and extremely dry qualities that simply overpower everything in it’s path. Pours a sparkling, golden color. A fading, swirling head coupled by spotty lacing. Mildly assertive hop aroma, I’m guessing Columbus and/or Cascades are involved due to the similarity of a recent home brewed Pale Ale of mine. The aroma is lightly floral and heavily vegetative with some sweetened cereal mixed in. Dry, and I mean extremely dry on the palate as well as overly bitter. Both of these create a distracting, lingering, stinging mouth feel. Aftertaste is soapy. Bold pine hop flavor. Fruity yeast adding notes of banana, and a spicy mustiness. The beer is very hot, high octane alcohol burn is unavoidable. Biscuits with some candied sugar. The hop bitterness is overdone and there is not enough malt flavors to back it up. Good thing I paid the price of most standard Stone offerings instead of the going rate for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma is pretty much that of a Belgian tripel! Lots of spices, melon rind, and a slight bitterness. Flavor is a bit more hoppy than apparent in the aroma (although not overly so), fruity melon, and orange peel. Mouthfeel isn’t as hearty as that of a tripel although the beer does weigh on you after awhile. Interesting at first but then a little boring. Better than the 070707 but not by much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Bomber: pours a cloudy copper with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, hops and candy sugar. Taste: so this beer is quality... a nice citrus, banana, candy sugar and yeast taste followed by a nice touch of hops. The hops are definitely noticeable but they don’t kill the other flavors in the finish and a nice candy sugar flavor lingers. Medium-low carbonation that makes this extra drinkable. This sort of reminds me of the De Ranke XX but better. Hard to taste the alcohol. I am glad I bought this one.

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