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RATINGS: 926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
bottle- overwhelming spicy notes dominate along with sharp bitterness. Hops are there in the background, in sort of a piney/resiny way, but they are totally lost by the yeast produced flavors. Would try again, but not as good as I was hoping.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (632) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle from beerhive. Pale gold, small white head. Yeasty hoppy Belgian spritz. Medium body, light fizz. Sticky. Sweet bready front. Citrus and bitter hops. Dry. Hefty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours deep golden hue, minimal foam. Nice spicy funky aroma, touch of hop bitterness. Taste is sweet funky spicy with middling hot resin hops. Some clove and banana in the middle palate before a spicy warm ABV finish. Tight, well- balanced brew. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2015
On tap at Stone company store, Pasadena. Like an imperial version of the cali-belgique, but somehow not quite as good. Fruity belgian yeast esters and those good ol’ stone hops. Nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (614) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
Aroma: Dry orange, mineral, yeast, touch of coriander and dry orange "syrup." Palate: Full-body Flavor: Moderately concentrated orange, mineral, yeast, followed by a bitter hop and orange peel bite on the mid-palate and yeasty finish. Comment: Well-integrated. This is a bit reminiscent of a S. French Viognier-like aroma and flavor and viscosity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (611) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2015
I had this on tap a month or two ago and it was so good, I went back the next night specifically to have it again before the keg ran out. SO delicious. Just now I had it from a bomber I found last week. Can I say I was disappointed? Honey colored pour with large white head. Aroma of Belgian yeasts with light fruits. Gentle sweetness. Medium carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 10/27/2015 Total Score: 4.2
On tap at ABV Public House in Hillsboro, OR. Crystal clear light golden pour. Huge banana spice aroma and taste. Fruits and an easy-to-drink sweetness. Medium to light mouthfeel. This was a nice surprise and a really lovely beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
BCTC draft. Poured hazy golden amber with a white head. Aroma is of fresh piney and floral hops, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Taste is of nice fresh hops, floral and piney, with a nice Belgian base. A bit fruity and truly nice. I remember this at one of my highlights from BCTC. I can’t imagine how this one is going to make it to 12.12.12, but I’m going to drink the heck out of it fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (609) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma: hoppy, grapefruits, sweet orange, juicy hops, spices, quite nice and did not expect to find hops in a beer this old...Taste is nice grapefruit,pine, some sweet malts, spice, banana, yeasty. Quite nice!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
screigh (607) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color like a wheat beer color. No head at all. Aroma is sweet, bready and a hint of saison. Taste is a little tart, peppery and again a little like a saison. Bitterness sticks around and a definite alcohol when you breathe. I tasted this thing blind, not knowing at all what style it was until I read the description here. I immediatly placed it as some Belgian style and it caught me off gaurd. I cannot taste the Amarillo hops at all. A decent beer but not a style I care for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (607) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
bottle 22oz. a smooth ale - great citrus flavors and balance of hops and yeast. a good beer - enjoyable


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