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RATINGS: 869   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Pours a clear, pale gold with almost no head. Aroma is somewhere somewhere between a tripel and a british bitter, but on the whole very pleasant and mild. The flavor reminds me a lot of a beefed up version of Surly’s Bitter Brewer. Earthy, peppery hops that fade out very quickly leaving just a mild, vacant bitterness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-light, very clean and crisp. Pretty good, but a little underwhelming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
drank fresh, with more to age. when fresh there is tons of alcohol coming through the nose and palate. a bit of a tart apple bite in there. lots of barly and yeast come through. definatly needs age, but a good drink reguardless

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Tap. Pour is lighter golden with a huge white head. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, bananna, and some yeast. Flavor is full of spice, sweet fruits, and yeast. Nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Eh, vaguely Belgian, nothing interesting, nothing overly great about it. Hope it ages well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Revisited 12-5-10..pretty basic tripel I guess. Lots of grass on the nose. Almost skunky. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pet3rman (369) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Takes me back to 2008. Pours golden with fluffy white head. Perfume-laced fruit ale with bitter finish. Overall very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Grapefruit. Less mild than previous Epics. Citrus, hops, slight lemon. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2008
From the 22-oz bottle it poured golden with a white, clingy head. Smell was a combination of spicy fruit and sweel malt with some hops mixed in. Everything just seemed to mingle together. The taste was balanced, consisting of the same as the smell. I’ve got a couple of more bottles aging and can’t wait to try them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Crystal clear pale golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is mostly yeast of banana, clove, and pepper. Flavor is much of the same but has a nice balance with the fruity and spicy hops. This is a very, very good beer. Extremely well balanced, smooth on the palate then finishes bitter and slightly dry. This is by far the b est Belgian Strong I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours hazy pale gold with a medium off-white head. Aroma is straight up peppery hops, some mango makes it’s way through, as well as slightly funky barnyard. Flavor isn’t in-your-face or extreme at all, especially considering Stone’s fondness for hops (which I’m not ragging on at all). Instead it’s a very well blended quite Belgian tasting creation that is moderately hopped. Citrusy fruits, a bit of caramel-like sweetness, Belgian yeast, and lots of pepper and clove are nicely balanced together. Mouthfeel is fitting for the style, and the finish is really dry. The more I drink of this, the more I like it.

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