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RATINGS: 869   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On tap at Stone. Pours a very clear yellow, with no head retention and virtually no lacing. Strictly speaking, looks like a fizzy yellow beer. Aroma has a spicy tropical feel, very hoppy, with some dry Belgian yeast qualities. Some oily hops in the flavor, Belgian yeast, interesting spices and clove. Sticky mouthfeel, not sure of the style at all, but drinkable and all-in-all an interesting beer. Will like to see how this ages.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Clear golden yellow with nice swatch of creamy white head that sustains with moderate lacing. Crisp bread malts, yeast, spices, light fruits, and floral hops. Initial taste of biting pepper and spices along with dry earthy hops; candy, citrus, bananas, pears enter midway with a moderate alcohol presence; pepper and hop dominated finish. Slightly chewy with moderate carbonation exacerbated by the spice profile. Plenty of hops here, but almost overwhelmed by the pepper and spice nuances and hot alcohol, might balance out better with aging.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
bottle. Light amber color with a nice head. Aroma is a mix of hops, yeast and fruit.Medium palate. Flavor starts out hoppy with a yeast middle with a fruity then lightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a Rich golden copper body. Cloudy with a big white head. Nose of floral Pacific Northwest hops and Phenolic esters. Clove, banana, sugar, fruits, and pine resin. I would have liked this beer better if there was not Belgian yeast in it. Not bad, though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12152) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bomber poured a hazy yellow with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of earthiness, skunk bud, pine, passion fruit and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, grapefruit zest, light passion fruit and a hint of orange with a lightly dry moderatly bitter lingering finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2008
22oz. Golden straw color, thin white head. Spiced aroma, banana, bubble gum, alcohol, grass in the way back. Tripel. Similar flavor, marked belgian yeast and candi sugar. Ultra small bubbles. A little bit sweet, with a flat, mushy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6938) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draft during the 40 tap Stone Event @ Rattle n Hum with Andrew, Big Tony, PJ, and Brendan. Pours an orange amber body with slight haze, and absolutely no head or lacing. Aroma is sweet malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium with notes of sweet malt, belgian candy, clove, and citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear gold with a moderate sudsy linen white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Weak aroma of citrus, sweet malt, and some very light spice. The flavor is sweet malt, citrus, sharp pine and black pepper. There is some noticeable alcohol heat that rises towards the finish, along with some moderate bitterness. Medium bodied. Ok, but nothing special.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head and and spots of lacing. S: There is still a surprising hop presence to this beer with some nice bright fruit notes, but those may be from the Belgian yeast strain. There’s a bready and sugary sweetness to the nose along with some mild alcohol. T: Quite a bit of bitterness on the tongue with citrus peel, particularly orange and tangerine. The hops are a bit grassy but provide some pine, too. A bit of pear sweetness along with the bread. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: Not surprisingly, this beer is nowhere near as good as it was when it came out a couple years ago. But it’s still drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of Stephen. Thanks! Hazy, dark orange appearance with an off white head. Spicy yeasty, bready, orange citrusy aroma. Tangy, coriander, orange citrusy, chewy bready flavor. Some oxidation notes, Not bad.


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