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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Pours a clear light gold with a small diminishing white head. Lots of yeasty esters on the nose, some cherry, grass, banana, and orange as well. Taste is citrus, grass, slightly phenolic and tart. Medium bitterness fades quickly in the finish. It’s decent but I would take an American or English style any day to a Belgian styled IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle pours a clear to very slightly hazed yellow gold with a vigorous pour induced white head and some lace. The aroma is rich and lively yeast, coriander, banana, and some fruity undertones. The flavor is banana clove, yeast, coriander, and strong hops - in a weird sort of way for a Belgian Strong Ale. There is even some bubblegum rearing its head around the hops. There is honey to be found, in a back woods and musty sort of way. The palate is rich and lively and lives up to the style. Overall, I’m not sure what to make of it, other than on its own I like it well enough, but as per style, I have some serious misgivings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours golden color with a puffy white head that settles to a thin layer. Aroma is clove, banana, light pepper, and grapefruit. Flavor is banana, clove, grapefruit, pine, light malt. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter, with a nice peppery bite. I like this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Poured from 22 oz bomber, a hazy, yet golden color, forming a nice off white foamy head. Aroma of yeast, bananas, hops and herbs. Flavour was full bodied, yeast, banana cloves, rock candy prevail. Reminded my of Coronados Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA style, perhaps a bit more refined. This beer was smooth and tasty, glad I got two more bottles! Stone does an excellent job here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Bottle. Pours a clear amber-gold with a small white head that dissipates. Big sweet citrus hops aroma, with spices. Taste starts sweet, with a lot of spiced orange flavors and then more bitter hops notes come in. Lingering bitter citrus flavors. Very tasty and drinkable. Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a clear pale amber with a small white head that fades to a ring. Aroma has nice citrus notes, lemon hops, yeast, cloves, banana. Taste still has a lot of hops, with citrus, banana, cloves, grass. Lingering sparkly hops bite. Still really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a crisp golden color with a small soapy white head, and some streaks of lacing. Aroma is banana, clove, citrus, and some hops. Taste is about the same, with some bubblegum aspects and a little alcohol on the finish. Pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (907) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Pretty good, but the bitterness got to be overpowering by the end. There are a lot of Belgian aromas and flavors as soon as you open the bottle, but the amount of bittering hops completely overpowers everything, turning what was already a behemoth of a beer into a bit of a bitter beast.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (877) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2016
Pours golden with a fluffy head. Aroma is ripe banana, sweet peach and Belgian yeast. The flavour is Belgian yeast, spicy coriander, bubblegum with a dry white wine finish.

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