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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 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 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Clear gold pour with a loose, 1 finger, white head. Aroma smells of fresh fruit, citrus, grapefruit and bubblegum. Very peppery grapefruit and mango flavors with a faintly floral bubblegum ester finish and just a hint of clove. Dry medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that cleans the palate nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (903) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Clear amber beer, decent white head faded, some lace. Aroma malt, banana, bubblegum. Taste is banana, cloves, malt, sprucy hops. Palate is a bit light, carb moderate. In true stone fashion, they’ve maybe overdone the hops, and this is a belgian, not my fav.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap at Capone’s Vertical Epic Week. Pours light golden blond with thin white head. Pineapple, citrus, caramel, bread, earth. Moderately bitter and sweet. Somewhat thin bodied and acidic/crisp. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Lighter yellow, slightly orange with a medium fizzy and fading white head. Aroma is very malty, almost fresh grain or cereal. A bit of fruit in the flavour on a thin but building body.. Has some spice and a slightly drawn out hop flavour to finish. This is a bit off kilter from the previous but I think it may be one of my favourites so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a light amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. Recedes slowly leaving some sticky splotches of lace down the glass. S: Fruity and flowery hop notes some mild citrus as well. A little honey sweetness with some bready malts. Light background yeasty spice. T: Stone fruits, fruity esters and some spicy. Light paper with some sweet malts. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Light level of bitterness on the finish. O: The hops were still around as well as the light spiciness from the yeast. The hops just weren’t as potent, obviously, but it definitely wasn’t bad. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (865) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Appearance: pours with a medium off white head, the beer is a very clear average golden color Aroma: lemon, spice, banana, sweet bread, very strong aromas Taste: lemon, that belgium golden sweetness is dominant, has a spicy hop kick and a strong alcohol warmth on the finish Palate: alcohol and bitter aftertaste, heavy mouthfeel, average carbonation Overall: stone has a reputation for very over the top beers and this is no exception, lots of Belgium yeast and sweetness with an assertive hop kick in the background, drink this one slow ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 4/26/2010. Fortunate to be able to try this on tap at DLD. 08.08.08 poured a honey orange color, with a small 2 cm head. Not much head retention, but a little light lace stick. Sweet aroma. Sweet malt, mellowed fruits, bananas, and citrus. Some mild spices and earthy notes as well. The start of the sip provides a strong initial sweetness, with caramel, banana, and some citrus (orange and grapefruit) flavors. Alcohol really kicks in the middle. Although the hops have not disappeared completely, it definitely does not have typical Belgian IPA character. The soft hop presence reminds me of orange and lemon zest. Finishes a bit spicy. This beer has a medium/high level of carbonation, a little bit grainy. Medium body. Overall I thought this was a smooth, enjoyable beer. Personally, I thought it drank more like a Tripel due to the lack of strong hoppy character. It would have been interesting to taste when it was first brewed, as a comparison. The novelty of having one of the Epics was a great treat, even if the beer itself was not mind-blowing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22 oz purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. Aromas of clove and yeasty dough. Light sweetness, with some pear or apricot, pepper, hopps. A little hot. Can’t wait to try this on 12/12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (852) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Average belgian strong ale. Flavor and aroma were ok, but nothing special. Light and refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 13, 2016
In the glass it has a golden yellow color with a small head. The aroma has citrus with some wood and some pine. The taste has a good amount of citrus up front followed up with some grain, herbs and hops. Medium finish.

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