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RATINGS: 964   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.9
Zymurgeist2 (2366) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 23, 2016
On draught. Clear golden-copper with ringing white head. Spicy eaters and slight floral aroma. A spike of bitterness halfway through flavor is distracting. Caramel present. High alcohol warming.

3.2
Cokemonkey11 (1094) - - SEP 20, 2016
Giant brown American bottle. Little transparent. Accidentally aged. Pours weizen amber and opaque with a thin foam subsiding average. Scent is Bologna cold cuts? Taste is exceedingly mild with weizen or saison yeasts, garlic?, Pepper. Probably has gone off but very good anyway.

3.7
magsinva (1433) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle from Wegmans - pours orange with a white head. Has a nice pineness balanced with some nice sweetness. Very nice!

3.6
DiarmaidBHK (5921) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle from Wegman's Fairfax. Pours golden with a thin white head. Biscuity on the nose. Lots of hop notes on the tongue combine nicely with the Belgian yeast notes. Finished clean. Hides it's booze well. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2016
clear golden... nice ribbons of lace. The aroma has a really fruity quality along with some pine...amarillos?? Flavor is bananas and pink bubblegum.. very fruity.. not as much pine and citrus as expected... actually fairly balanced IMHO. Dry finish.. tropical fruit as it warms.

3.7
Scopey (15747) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Keg at The Hay Merchant. It pours clear rich amber - brown with a thick white head. The aroma is rich, sweet, toffee, brown bread, candied fruits, orange peel, pine, resin and varnish. The taste is smooth, bitter, piney, resin, leather, peppery spice, toffee, dried fruits and juniper with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff.

4.2
Beese (3210) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2016
Keg at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin, today. The first time I had a Stone Anniversary beer was in Downtown Johnny Brown’s in San Diego in 2008. Sadly, I don’t have my book on me, so I can’t confirm that it was this beer, as it could have been 2007’s. Either way this is a glorious example of American IPA meeting Belgian yeast. Harmony.

4.1
kespecial (255) - - SEP 4, 2016
Bomber aged a year. Pour is clear orange, medium white head, moderate lacing. Nose is intriguing: sweet peach, pine, Belgian yeastiness, banana, light booze. Taste is full bodied and complex to the point of confusion: vanilla, pine, apricot, biscuit, grapefruit, yum. A bastradized style but success as interesting and compulsively drinkable.

4
mateuszk (2769) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Draught. Belgian fruitiness, floral and sweet malty notes. In taste medium sweet, fruity with spicy finish. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation, finish is bitter. Great Belgian strong.

3.7
Lilja (3489) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2016
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, belgisk jäst, tropisk frukt med toner av ljus torkad frukt. Fin maltsötma, lätt kropp, något kryddig, fruktig, välbalanserad men något anonym.


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