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RATINGS: 935   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13825) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Pours a light copper color with scarcely any head, but what there is seems white. Aroma is a mix of light stone fruit, citrus and candi. Flavor is indeed rather grapefruity, and the spice is hot, suggesting pepper. There is light roasted malt as well. Agree that there are some tropical fruit aspects. Finish is surprisingly dry - all things considered. I’m enjoying the heck out of it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 650mL bottle, pours hazy golden orange with a beige head. Aroma of orange, candied sugar, sweet subtle dark fruits and caramel malts. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, dried fruits, orange, yeast and subtle Belgian spices.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13244) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear copper color with medium frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma was complex sweet malty and yeasty. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet dark flavor with medium bittersweet with small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Good brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2008
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is Belgian yeast spiciness. Taste is medium sweet, Belgian yeast, fruity/melon, light pepper. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bomber poured a hazy yellow with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of earthiness, skunk bud, pine, passion fruit and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, grapefruit zest, light passion fruit and a hint of orange with a lightly dry moderatly bitter lingering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12683) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2015
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light orange peel, grassy hops, light candy sugar, smooth alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of bitter floral hops, grapefruit pulp, lingering in mouth, coriander, alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at WOB Chelsea.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
(Draught on 08.08.08) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Fruity aroma of pineapple, orange, banana, mango, passion fruit, pepper, and clove. Flavor of Belgian yeast, hops (pineapple, citrus), and spices. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12182) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle from Paiste2002, thanks! Blonde. Peach and melon in the aroma. Initial fruit flavors (peach, melon, pineapple) followed by an earthy oily hopbitterness, lingering on in the aftertaste. Full of flavor, but the balance could be better.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich white head that laces and hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is pine/citrus hops, some mange, coriander/pepper, medium malt-bready. Taste has a lot going on. Perfumy/spice/citrus hops-somewhat bitter, spice-too much, black pepper (which dominates and detracts), some medium malt/grainy, yeast. Dry. OK for sipping. Some alcohol comes through. Thanksjwc215 for picking this out.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o’s Pre-Beer Exposed Tasting, September 2008.
pours clear golden with a small, creamy white head. Aroma is super hoppy (pine) and wonderfully fruity. Fine, dry mouthfeel. Flavour has some forest, pine, low yeastiness. Not much maltiness behind the heavy hoppiness.


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