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RATINGS: 948   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 (2159) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy amber-gold with a miniscule white head. Aroma of banana, yeast, sweet malt, citrus, and perhaps vanilla. Very nice aroma. Flavor wasn’t great, barely good for me. I just don’t really like hoppy Belgian style beers; or most of them for that matter. Dry and yeasty, with some fruit and earth/spice in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle, Utobeer, London. Poured a darkish gold colour with a medium whitey head. Grassy aroma with hints of spice and citrus. Hoppy, rather sweet flavour with some tropical fruit notes. Reasonable body. ABV noticable, yet not overpowering.. Finished bittersweet. Good , not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2341) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Medium gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of spicy Belgian yeast, minty/herbal hops, and various tropical fruits. In the mouth, there are elements of black pepper, bubblegum, banana, booze, and some hoppiness. Medium bodied. Reminds me a bit of Green Flash’s Le Freak, although a bit less hoppy. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2009
Expensive, big bottle shared with Arild and Finn H. at The Rake, London Bridge. Slightly unclear, sunset coloured body. Decent off-white head. Floral hoppy to the nose. Tangerine taste supported by hints of dark spices and quite heavily, dry hopped ending. Well integrated alcohol. Rather sweet textured, but still pleasant to drink (01.08.2009).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12350) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle from Paiste2002, thanks! Blonde. Peach and melon in the aroma. Initial fruit flavors (peach, melon, pineapple) followed by an earthy oily hopbitterness, lingering on in the aftertaste. Full of flavor, but the balance could be better.

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