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RATINGS: 924   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Eh, vaguely Belgian, nothing interesting, nothing overly great about it. Hope it ages well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2139) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Pours just a slightly hazy golden into the glass, with a nice pillowy eggshell head that leaves soapy lace. Fruit and yeasty notes to the nose, which gives the bouquet a banana and melon hint, with some spice hues. The flavors are nicely integrated, of mellow citrus, some yeast, rind/zest notes, and pie spices. The drier notes show forth toward the finish, introducing a nice closing crisp hop and lingering with just a hint of alcohol. A lively mouthfeel makes this definitively quaffable, going down easily. Although maybe not the most highly complex brew, Stone has come away with a very good offering here... it just pulls off as well-integrated and linear from the beginning to the end of the pull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
Light gold, small head, lightly carbonated. Hoppy aroma, faint peppery notes. Has an almost piney smell. Soft on the palate, light carbonation. Definite flavor of pine. Peppery. Complex flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2010 On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Taste of spice & carrots. American style hops are noticable and make this beer unique. A good offering but not what I look for in a Belgian strong ale. Juniper berries all over

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Poured hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma of spice and fruit. Pretty tasty. Spicy finish.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12668) - 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.

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