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RATINGS: 930   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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aquilo (599) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
I always get excited by seasonals. This one is quite good all around; very drinkable and relaxing, but nothing too complex. Nothing to challenge your taste buds here. Let me break it down for you: Pours yellow with a white head. The color isn’t pleasing to the eye in my opinion, so I dimmed the lights, and it looked fine. Smell is sweet like cotton candy with a hint of popcorn. Flavor is eucalyptus, perhaps pine, and grapefruit. Very smooth and wet going down. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Very thin head, copper color. Very interesting taste, not what I expected at all. Very fruity with figs, grapes, and spices. A good beer that would probably age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (598) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 (bottle - august 26, 2008) Clear golden orange with no head. Floral, fruity aroma with grassy, floral hops, grapefruit, ripe banana, bubblegum, clove. The flavor starts out semi-sweet with a slight tang, but bitterness kicks in on the way back and it finishes very dry. Citrus flavor (particularly grapefruit) and piney hops are the clearest characteristics. The alcohol is noticeable. Very interesting: the flavor seems to be constantly shifting from one thing to another. Medium bodied. (bottle - March 4, 2013) Clear orange body, a whisp of off-white head. Floral, honey aroma, allspice, clove, banana, mild hops. Medium body. Flavor of bubblegum, pepper, clove, honey, mild citrus hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Pours a cloudy gold with medium thin head. Aroma of citrusy hops, spices, and biscuit. Taste is sweet with a hop bite and a spicy finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Clear, bright, very light orange-gold with a dense, fine, quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma of fruity fermentation esters with citrus noes--orange--along with yellow fruit hops notes alongside light sweet malt and some alcohol. Sweet malt and alcohol up front in the flavor surrounded by a fairly dense hops bitterness profile with some spice and yellow fruit flavors. The body comes across as strong, yet light, with a lot of carbonation and a long, bitter, slightly hot finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Advocate_Ames (568) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Pours a clear golden with a dissipating foam head. Aroma is malty bread like sweet, light lemon and banana notes, belgium yeast, subtle hop presence. Taste had a delightful spicy bitterness, noticeable sweetness, malty, minor lemon, and yeast. Overall i enjoyed this. It had a good body and a consistent flavor from the beginning to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2009
Belgian strong ale with elements of amerian ale and german wheat. There self description is quite accurate: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Interesting one, borders on a IIPA with the thick malty presence. Hoppy, but has belgian candy notes to it. There’s definetely two sides to this beer. Sticky, hoppy, only slightly belgian to me though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2008
22oz bottle: pours golden brown with slow fading white head, could pass for bud light but because its a belgian strong ale ill let it slide. aroma only a hint of malt not much going on here, flavor not bad has the classic belgian taste but is a little lighter almost like westmallie triple. good beer but could use work.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Pours into the glass gold with an enormous white head. Aroma has little hop aroma and a bit of a vinegar like scent. I think this is possibly an infected bottle.

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