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RATINGS: 950   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Pours a clear gold with a small white head, no real lace or effervescence. Strongly floral hops aroma nicely complements an abbey yeast backdrop and a little caramel. Flavor begins with a variety of fruit flavors, citrus, pineapple, apricot, apple peel, with some ginger-clove spice and heat. Lightly caramelized mid-palate, the grain is a bit husky, a slight flaw, finishing with more pineapple, more bitter here on the finish, lingering floral elements. Spritzy, stimulating palate, medium body, pronounced alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
@ Alewife for Stone Tap Takeover Tour 2010. Aroma was malty and yeasty at the same time, had notes of barleywine for some reason. The appearance was a golden color with nice whitish head. Taste was notes of malt, sweet Belgian yeast banana notes with hops straight up in your face. The palate was medium with good carbonation. A nice interpretation of the Belgian strong ale style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Nice fruity nose with dancing notes of bananas and cloves intermingling with hints of citrus hops and a lingering spiciness with a touch of yeast. Hops were present in the flavor initially, and then seemed to fade into the background as the fruity esters came through. Alcohol is well-hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (682) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Draft @ Stone bistro. Mild hoppy flavor. Sweet taste to it. Would like to try these with some age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Smells a bit like bubble gum. Supposedly has a bunch of hops in it, but I don’t really taste them that much. I guess I’m not sure what a hoppy trippel would taste like. Interesting beer, but seems awfully similar to last year’s VE. Would like to see something a little different next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is full of grassy hops, banana/clove, white pepper and some NW hop resin. The flavour is heavily hopped, boozy, and very spicey, with a lot of emphasis on the pepper and some apple/pear notes. The Belgian bubble gum yeast is there, but masked by booze and resin hop zest. The bitterness is a bit medicinal, like baking soda. The palate is sharp and a little hot. I’d like to try this a few years later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured from bottle bomber a golden with minimal white head. Aroma is malty with a touch of spice clove and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet caramel with spice such as clove, pepper, a touch of bubble gum, and maybe a taste of banana. Palate at this point is sweet and spicy. Good carbonation with surprising hop flavors for this style of beer. Over ok. One can only hope that this combo will gel into a great beer with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - NOV 1, 2010
Bottled. A cloudy orange bee with a frothy white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, notes of caramel and spices. Taste is sweet and fruity. Spicy and bitter end. Oily texture.

   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.

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