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RATINGS: 940   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
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours hazy orange-gold with a two-finger head. Pretty standard Tripel aroma: very yeasty, with lots of fruit esters, wheat, and a touch of bubblegum. Further concentration reveals a grassiness just below the surface. The flavor is spicier--a bunch of cardamom and white pepper--with a good bit of banana. The hops come through more here, drying out the finish and leaving a lingering grassy bitterness. Very good stuff, but the interplay between the yeast, spice, and hops could use improvement. Maybe some time will iron things out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
Light gold, small head, lightly carbonated. Hoppy aroma, faint peppery notes. Has an almost piney smell. Soft on the palate, light carbonation. Definite flavor of pine. Peppery. Complex flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (665) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours cloudy orange-amber, with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Aromas of vanilla, pine resin, banana, biscuit, grass. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth but hot, medium dry. Medium sweet, then a little citrus, with a lasting medium bitter finish. Good, but not as great as I had been hoping. Still, it aged fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Nice clear golden pour with small head. Aroma and flavor are wonderfully matched, banana, spice and citrus. Very clean and delicious beer. I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is Nice orange body. Aroma is really fruity with citrus and malts. Flavor is sweet fruits and malt. Easy to drink and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy amber-orangish color. Pour creates a thin 1/2" bone white head which fades to a paper thin layer of foam. Just some spotty lacing adheres to the glass. Mouthfeel presents a touch of slickness and body, but is overall on the thinner side with a slightly elevated level of spritzy carbonation. Flavor profile begins with a sweet and slightly tart presence of green apple, apricot and citrus backed with hints of coriander, honey and clove. A smooth biscuity malt flavor is also perceived. Finishes with a typical Stone citrusy hop presence of orange peel, lemon drops and red grapefruit. A nice lighter, but warming and spicy beer for winter imbibing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Haven’t been a big fan of the VE series but this one is worthy. Bomber pours a golden hued body, radiant in the alfresco evening sun. Capped by an attractive vanilla head that has some legs, patching the goblet with sheets and patches. Aroma is fruity with grapefruit and banana esters, kissed by notes of pine resin. The medium body is accented by a yeasty chalkiness. Taste has fruity grapefruit with a hint of bubblegum, tempered by dry and bitter pine hops. Belgian yeasty notes are prominent. Finishes like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and an IPA. Enjoyable...certainly my favorite of the VE series. My first beer consumed and reviewed here on Mount Tranquility in the higher elevations of Claiborne County, Tennessee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2008
well i finally got to crack this one open after holding onto it for over a month. This was a hop attack with the spicey figgy nose that was pleasant enough to make me spend a minute just noseing it. The taste really smacks you with a bitterness pretty quickly. Such strong bitter hops usually turns me off from a beer when sitting in for a big bottle but finished this one with great ease and enjoyment

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (654) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2009
22. Dry pale Belgian w/ more hops than necessary. But, ummm, still an amazing west coast Belgian! 12/12 or later?, my ass!

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