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RATINGS: 935   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 (494) - Austin, Alabama, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Good lacing. Aroma is peppery with a little banana and alot of citrusy hops. Taste is more of the same, mostly hops with a strong belgian yeast backbone. Finishes very dry and very bitter. Good stuff, like a Belgian IPA. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (488) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a very creamy white head about an inch or two tall. The aroma was a tart citrus one with some lemon. There was a light amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. The initial taste was tart with the flavor of lemon. The flavor developed a nice sweetness in the middle along with a nice hop bite. There was a sense of a thickness to the beer towards the finish as the hops bitterness lingered for awhile along with a mild alcohol warmth too. This was very refreshing to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - APR 8, 2010
Raw bread dough with light floral and slighty resinous hops and toffee. Firm mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Sweetish caramel and medium herbal bitterness that blooms in the finish and sticks around with more doughiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear golden amber, with small white head. Aroma of strong hops, grass, and cloves, not reminiscent of a Belgian at all. Taste was hoppy, spicy, and a bit biting. It grew on me as I drank it. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp. Not bad, but you’ll only enjoy it if you like hoppy American ales. If you’re looking for a Belgian, keep looking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
On draft at Hamilton’s Tavern for Second Saturday (San Diego, CA): Pours golden with a thin white head. Nose of spices, notably clove, herbs, belgian yeast, mens body odor that has just 10 fading minutes of Old Spice deodorant on it left, hay, and a good amount of sweet, fruity, citric esters. Flavors include spiced apple, caramel, banana, light citrus bitters, barnyard, and a loaf of fresh bread. Dry and very stuffy, interesting bitter feel, alcoholic, spicy, and a little soapy. Drinkability: Decent. Would be oh so more refreshing if there was less spice on the palate. Pairing: Any Thai meal. Rebuy: Probably not. #446 on 12052010, DG.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popiela (477) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Aroma is mostly yeasty, not very pleasant. Taste is also yeasty but fruity and complex. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ctplt777 (474) - - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours a clear dark golden color with filmy thin head. Aroma is clove, banana, yeast, pepper. Flavor was fruity with apple, spicy with pepper, and a hoppy bittering finish. A real nice take on a Belgian tripel. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (470) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a hazy golden color with a rather thin white head. The beer has numerous tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, and thought the beer is relatively light in color you can’t see through the beer at all. This beer smells like a traditional belgian golden ale with plenty of malt and a bit of yeast and citrus. The flavor of this beer is solid. It has plenty of body and hops, but the flavor isn’t overwhelming. The beer is medium bodied in the mouth and feels good going down. I imagine this beer will only get better over the next few years.

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