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RATINGS: 956   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12189) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear and sparkling dark yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt -grain, hay, straw, meal-, average hops -flowers, perfume, grass-, heavy yeast -sweat, horse blanket, barnyard- with notes of clove, apple, peach, and apricot. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Hazy golden. Aroma of malt, old hops, a bit of fruitiness and light oxidized hints. Sweetish malty flavor with a bit of caramel, honey hints, some fruitiness and a moderately bitter finish, slightly spicy, with an orange note. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12131) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (12023) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops, yeats, spice, fruit, smoke, alcohol and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Keg at Whole Foods Charlottesville. Clear golden, large foamy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of yeast, stone fruit, bread, bubblegum, herbal finish, hints of thyme. The taste is spice, banana, herbal and vinous notes, bready malt. Medium bodied, lingering spice.
Earlier Rating: 8/30/2008 Total Score: 3.4
22 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse. Golden pour with a small head and floaties. Aroma of hops, banana, candi sugar and clove. Fruity taste with notes of pear, peach, spice and hops. Full spicy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11593) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bread, citrus, candi sugar, and fruity. Tastes of bread, black pepper and other spices, fruity, citrus, and floral. Alcohol content hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11405) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2012
Bortled. Thx Santa. Light amber coloured. Aroma of yeats,sweetness, fruits, spice and some alcohol notes. Flavour of fruits sweetness alcohol yeast, Spice and some grape. Medium to full bodied. Dry and sweet end with light yeast. in the end

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11341) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2009
Expensive, big bottle shared with Arild and Finn H. at The Rake, London Bridge. Slightly unclear, sunset coloured body. Decent off-white head. Floral hoppy to the nose. Tangerine taste supported by hints of dark spices and quite heavily, dry hopped ending. Well integrated alcohol. Rather sweet textured, but still pleasant to drink (01.08.2009).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11220) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2015
Draft at Beer Temple. Pours hazy amber with a small off white head. Aroma of herbs, caramel, light fruits, Belgian yeast and light spice. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Aroma is like a saison, getting pepper first of all, clove and bannanas. Golden blond colour with white Caesar head. Understated hops. ABove average mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

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