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RATINGS: 912   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
uhclem (417) - 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 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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle into chalice. Pours clear gold, almost no head, just on off-white ring. Nose is bit of banana and clove, some apricot and citrus as well, with a wee hint of floral and resiny hops underneath. Peppery. Some alcohol. A lot going on. Taste starts off dry, spicy, yeasty, a bit peppery, bit of alcohol, very floral, bit of apricot. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness, yeasty. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, light body, carb still has a bit of a bite. Nice beer, quite dry, but lots of very complex flavors.

   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.

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