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RATINGS: 868   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2008
22 oz bottle poured deep yellow and slightly orange with a small white head. Orange, pineapple, and mango aromas along with the bread-like yeast backbone. Wow, a grapefruit flavor sticks out at me along with some peaches and some herbal hops. My favorite VE by far! Nice job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Good lacing. Aroma is peppery with a little banana and alot of citrusy hops. Taste is more of the same, mostly hops with a strong belgian yeast backbone. Finishes very dry and very bitter. Good stuff, like a Belgian IPA. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - APR 8, 2010
Raw bread dough with light floral and slighty resinous hops and toffee. Firm mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Sweetish caramel and medium herbal bitterness that blooms in the finish and sticks around with more doughiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (484) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a very creamy white head about an inch or two tall. The aroma was a tart citrus one with some lemon. There was a light amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. The initial taste was tart with the flavor of lemon. The flavor developed a nice sweetness in the middle along with a nice hop bite. There was a sense of a thickness to the beer towards the finish as the hops bitterness lingered for awhile along with a mild alcohol warmth too. This was very refreshing to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear golden amber, with small white head. Aroma of strong hops, grass, and cloves, not reminiscent of a Belgian at all. Taste was hoppy, spicy, and a bit biting. It grew on me as I drank it. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp. Not bad, but you’ll only enjoy it if you like hoppy American ales. If you’re looking for a Belgian, keep looking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
On draft at Hamilton’s Tavern for Second Saturday (San Diego, CA): Pours golden with a thin white head. Nose of spices, notably clove, herbs, belgian yeast, mens body odor that has just 10 fading minutes of Old Spice deodorant on it left, hay, and a good amount of sweet, fruity, citric esters. Flavors include spiced apple, caramel, banana, light citrus bitters, barnyard, and a loaf of fresh bread. Dry and very stuffy, interesting bitter feel, alcoholic, spicy, and a little soapy. Drinkability: Decent. Would be oh so more refreshing if there was less spice on the palate. Pairing: Any Thai meal. Rebuy: Probably not. #446 on 12052010, DG.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours a clear dark golden color with filmy thin head. Aroma is clove, banana, yeast, pepper. Flavor was fruity with apple, spicy with pepper, and a hoppy bittering finish. A real nice take on a Belgian tripel. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (473) - Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Trying the ’encore’ version.. A clear mid golden body, the head receeded quickly, fair amount of carbonation.Usual aromas for a Belgian, candi sugar, some fruit notes, a hint of booze and yeasts. Flavor has initial fruitiness which quickly gives way to malts, spices and booze, it isnt as sweet as the aroma let on. Overall, i like it, not overbearing, just solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle from Crown#6, in vertical with 07, and 09, shared with the Bros. Pours crystal clear pale golden with elegant rising bubbles and minimal white head. Nose is dry citrus belgian yeast. Flavor is strong belgian yeast with some orange and lemon. Hops round out the background of this crisp refreshing brew. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
Thanks to ghawener. Drank it in last nite El Salvador Beer Session. Wow, right up my alley. Perfect combination of malt and spices with hops. It is like a belgian meets and American IPA. Nice marriage!

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