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RATINGS: 867   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Opening - good carbonation pop. Nose upon opening - phenolic, spicyness (yeast derived) Color -light straw, white head that fades after 30-50 seconds Taste/Flavor - phenolic, bitterness is more pronounced than most strong ales we have here (yes they are more bitter in Belgium when they are fresh) Spicy, Malty Alchohols are present, but seemingly subdude by the phenols. A little too sharp and astringent in the finish for me. Yeast character remains in the finish. Carbonation is lively and appropriate. Overall Its a nice drinkable beer that I think would pair very well with some Morbier cheese and some ripe pears. It does not seem to be very cohesive (possibly time) with regard to all of the flavors. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I would buy again though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (816) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Appearance: pours with a medium off white head, the beer is a very clear average golden color Aroma: lemon, spice, banana, sweet bread, very strong aromas Taste: lemon, that belgium golden sweetness is dominant, has a spicy hop kick and a strong alcohol warmth on the finish Palate: alcohol and bitter aftertaste, heavy mouthfeel, average carbonation Overall: stone has a reputation for very over the top beers and this is no exception, lots of Belgium yeast and sweetness with an assertive hop kick in the background, drink this one slow ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2553) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Clear golden in color, white foamy head... Aroma of stone fruits, bubble gum, fruity esters, Candi sugar... Flavor is fruity, notes of Candi sugar and bubble gum throughout... Some spices on palate... Nice beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1969) - Granollers, SPAIN - FEB 3, 2016
Cervesa amb aroma lleuger, en boca destaquen els tocs dolços com a caramel amb un lleuger toc amarg. Cerveza con aroma ligero, en boca destacan los toques dulces como a caramelo con un ligero toque amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (859) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 2, 2016
Golden-copper colored, clear, medium to small white not very lasting head with nice lacing. Aroma is malty, brewing sugar, fruits, very spicy, some yeast and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet caramel, malt, brewing sugar, some fruits, very spicy, bit lemony, Belgian yeast, dry finish, medium bitterness, alcohol definitely present. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, oily. (on tap, Moeder Lambic, Brussels)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1083) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2016
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours clear pale golden with thin white head. Aroma is rich fruity dry Belgian yeast, and clean sweet caramel malt. Taste is similar - dry with potent but pleasant yeasty notes that overshadow the malt. Some nice crisp hops for balance, but sticks to the standard Belgian profile overall. Cool to see Stone revisiting old recipes like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3330) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2016
Tap. Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels. Clear gold. Film of white. Lots going on here. Heavy, sweet orange and tangerine hop. Clove. Star anise. Solvent. Cough medicine. Taste is chewy sweet. Oily, and fruity bitter. Palate is smooth. Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. Finishes all of that. Sweet, spicy, medicinal cough syrup bitter! On first few sips I thought this hard word. It quickly grew on me, and liked it by the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (1244) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2016
From a bottle. Pours clear with minimal head, big Belgian flavours, it’s pretty epic as you’d expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1063) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 22, 2016
kran w jabeerwocky, na szybko: cos posrodku pomiedzy IIPA a triplem, im cieplejsze tym blizej (mocno nachmielonego) tripla. unikalne dzieki temu. duzo pieprzu, sporo goryczki. niemalo roznorakich owocow. srednio wysycone, lepkawe, latwe do picia, dobrze schowany alkohol, klasa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chadski (7) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2016 does not count
Decent blend of the Belgian and the West Coast IPA styles but likely won’t repeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1272) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Clear copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is a bit musty. Taste is sweet and bitter. I like this one.

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