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RATINGS: 939   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 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
2008 bomber, Brandon’s house, split 3 ways. Thanks, Brandon. Spectacularly good Belgian strong. Textbook perfection plus more, with added spicy peppery notes, cloves, and Banana, plus a nice dose of hops. This aged remarkably well and at 5 year old it tasted shockingly fresh. I don’t usually go crazy for Belgians but this was right up my alley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2008
22oz. bomber, pours a clear golden with a fluffy three finger bright white head, good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is spicy, with citrus, banana, light cracked pepper, and cloves that I hope stay in the background. Flavor brings things together nicely, and gladly the cloves maintain a background role and allow dried banana, spice, and citrusy hops to do their thing. Overall not too bad, and enjoyed more than the 07.07.07, my only other experience with the VE series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a creamy head. Big aroma of banana, spices, and fruity. Flavor is similiar with addition of pepper. Creamy mouthfeel. Long bitter and crisp finish. I have concerns that it will get any better in 2012, but we’ll see and re-rate then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (849) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
Gracias hawie desde sta monica hasta el salvador parece una maredsous al principio pero luego se refresca delicioso. Muy buena vale la pena beberla

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (843) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Average belgian strong ale. Flavor and aroma were ok, but nothing special. Light and refreshing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours yellow with orange overtones. Thin white head. Sweet fruit aroma. Body is thin and spicy. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (816) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at Damico’s for the Vertical Epic Series. Pours clear golden yellow with some head. nose is citrus rind and mild funk, first sip is slightly syrupy and malty resin with a slightly cloudy tangy creamy finish. not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Upon aroma... THIS IS A BELGIAN?!? All I smell is sweet syrupy northwest style hop pungency! Citrus hop blast nose, cascade, centennial, clear filtered orange color, (oddly clear for a belgian), minimal white head, spicey flavor, pepper, citrus hops, belgian gold finish, I can certainly detect the belgian yeast flavor but the hops muddy up the belgian attitude, I respect this mesh of flavors greatly but it’s hard to rate as labeled as a belgian strong ale because the belgian characteristics are so thwarted by the hop dominance, I have wondered for a long time what a hop forward belgian strong would taste like and am delighted with this contribution, I’m using this as research for an over hopped trappist gold I plan on brewing in about two weeks on top of the belgian blonde slurry I’ll brew tomorrow, the belgian and hop characteristics help each other out, but this is an all new form of a belgian strong ale! So watch out for the up and coming "Belgian IPA" or "Bitter Monk" style I predict will be the next big thing following the double IPA

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