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RATINGS: 949   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1499) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
The color of a (golden) lit candle. Hazy. Starts with a puffy head that takes a while to subside. Tiny bubbles. Really nice. Dual blast of sweet, citrusy hops, and sweet Belgian spices. Woody, flowery, spicy; a dry, champagne malt. Perfumey and superior. Strong, citrusy flavor. The spices of the flowery citrus hops mesh beautifully with the spices of the Belgian malt. A dynamite, spicy and citrusy flavor. Fizzy in the feel like champagne. A splendid, citrusy and spicy beer. Absolutely outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpbigb (2) - , California, USA - OCT 21, 2009 does not count
Bottle. I enjoyed this one. It had a great flavor and had a nice finish. I will definatley drink this one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Another highlight from BCTC 08 for me. I love the whole "hoppy Belgian" thing that has been catching on a bit lately and that is exactly what this beer is. Big and hoppy with Belgian yeast esters. Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange with a medium sized off white head that left sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma of very floral/citrusy hops, some pine notes Belgian yeast esters, a little bready with caramel malt. Flavor was chewy hops, complimented nicely with the Belgian yeast esters and balanced well with the caramel malt, some pine and floral notes. I think I went back to the Stone table for this 4 times. The thing with this beer though...drink it fresh. With all those hops you really have to make sure you at least try this one fresh. It may hold up well to aging, but if you want to age some, make sure you buy enough to open a few bottles fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2008
A nice light peach color with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving only a ring around the glass. Smell of fresh apricot, peaches, mango, clove, and bread. Bitter beginning with peaches, apricots, mangos, clove, bread, and oranges. Less than medium body and higher than medium carbonation. This is a real fun and exciting beer. I still love Stone’s regular offerings, but this is one I’d like to see made more often. This one is a homerun to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, 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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle. Body-very pretty dark honey orange with a lasting quarter inch foamy white head. Nose-coriander, orange, Kaffir lime leaf, light soap, some unsticky PNW hops. Taste-wet hops, light non-acidic lime, watered down orange juice, lots of soft “foamy” esters, some pear, some grapefruit juice, lively CO2. A perfect mix of citrus, yeasty esters, CO2, and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Stone Brewing Company--Stone Vertical Epic Ale 08*08*08--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.60% ABV--65 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Trippel--Sediment hint. Foamy lacy white head. Fizzy clear thin bright gold color. Rich pine hop Belgian clove ester front. Earthy malty citrus pine Belgian clove ester body. Balanced rich complex Belgian Golden Ale Hop Spice end. Back & Forth Belgium IPA Flavor. Sampled 7/5/2009. $7.99 Each.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Got at McScrooges on N. Peters Road. in 08. Personally aged till 1/Jan/2013. I was a patient one. Amber. Medium beige head. Aroma: Pine hops, spices, sweet malts. Very nice. Flavor: Caramel, Spices, Pine Hops. Sweet, dry malty finish. Very complex, more than my words state. I know this sounds funky but this beer gave me the most tasty burb I ever had with a beer. I had to include it with the pallet rating. Stone beers are known for strong hops but this one was more balanced yet still held the "Devils Attitude". If you didn’t like this, you didn’t age this beer correctly. Stop giving low ratings when it is your own fault, not the beers fault!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kpbutsko (23) - - OCT 10, 2013
Cellar aged. Poured beautifully & still unfiltered with a bright white head. Smells very fruity. Taste is still really potently tripel/alcoholic with lots if fruity fore & aftertaste. Amazing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinlpaul (2) - - OCT 27, 2015 does not count
Fruit aromas that tease you to drink. A modest soft banana aroma. Golden yellow in color with a shade to the orange side. Wow the taste is overwhelming well balanced of fruits and other complex sugars. Starts sweet and finishes with a subtle sour aftertaste. Overall I was very surprised and this is one of the finest I have had.

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