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RATINGS: 870   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
lownote (429) - USA - NOV 24, 2015
Anniversary version. Very sweet. Limited head. The Belgian yeast character is full flavored but not too intense. Some hop flavor in there but little to no bitterness. Hops are on the floral side. Gold and clear as can be. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ctplt777 (414) - - NOV 29, 2015
Hoppy nose as soon as you pop the top and pour it into a glass. Definitely a more hoppy Belgian style. Theres some sweetness from the Belgian yeast, bubblegum and clove. Taste is hoppy and sweet. It’s a really awesome combination of dry hop bitterness mixed with a sweet bready, classic Belgian taste. Dry finish, almost bone dry. Overall this is a super solid beer. I can definitely see where Cali Belgique came from. There’s enough going on to make it interesting and stray away from being a run of the mill beer. Of course this is a Stone beer so they usually do a good job of keeping things interesting. Cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Aroma of alcohol, bread, yeast, and some hops. Pours a pale gold with a small white head. Taste is great - bannanas, cloves, bread, spicy hops, lemon, grass. Although the alcohol is prevalent in the aroma, it is very well-hidden in the flavor profile - actually it’s almost unnoticable. Fantastic combination of citrusy American hops with Belgian malts. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 15, 2009
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a very light yellowish gold color with a foamy white head. Also has some nice lacing. The smell is sweet, a peppery, floral hop feel. The taste was sweet as well, a nice malty flavor. with some nice hop feel. A great floral flavor. The mouthfeel is really even, smooth and is quite easy drinking. This is anther good Stone beer. It is full flavor and it really great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours a clear golden body with a very thin white head. Spicy with bananas, cereal, bubblegum, ending dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
uhclem (409) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2008
For a spicy ale, this is not bad. Nose is a subtle mix of pepper, clove and fruit. Taste is a full melange of the same. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Finish reminds me of my grandmother’s potpourri.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2009
22oz bottle from John’s, golden pour with a thin white head. Traditional Belgian aromas of yeast and coriander but with a kick from the hops. Flavor is yeast, citrus hop, coriander, and a little spice. I should pick up another to cellar before August 9th.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Strong Belgian, Trappist, Tulip, Tumbler ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 372 C Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99 Aroma: inviting, fruity overtones, some hops. 8 out of 10. Visuals: brilliant, clear, golden, white head, short lived, very little lace. 4 out of 5. Taste: some fruit, mostly hops, smooth, medium craft. 8 out of 10. Palate: wet, sticky, medium bitter finish. 4 out of 5. Overall: Reminds me of a lighter version of Brooklyn’s Hopfen Weisse or Chouffe’s Belgian IPA mix. I’d have it again, but I wouldn’t wait until 2012 for it. A well crafted beer, but not a favorite. I like the style quite a bit. 17 out of 20.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (395) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2008
This is not my favorite in the series, not at all. Pours without much head and it disappears in a hurry. It’s kinda spicy, it’s pretty yeasty, but there’s something about the mouth feel I don’t care for, seems a little flat. Especially once it sits in the glass a little bit. It’s not bad by any means. I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy it again, though. And I can’t see it lasting four years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Pours with a small white head that is sitting on top of a golden, yellow hue - a very beautiful color. Aroma of spices and herbs, some molasses, some orange and lemon followed with a tad of alcohol. Initial taste is a tad yeasty, and spicy, and the finish is a bit fruity with a tad of bitterness at the very last leg. Light to the palate. A good, enjoyable hoppy beer! Stone comes through once again!

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