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RATINGS: 972   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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tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
thanks to moelikebeer for this one. Sweet spicy and a light hop aroma. Pale gold color with a head that was nice when it was there but it quickly went away. Nicely complex flavor, sweet up front, spice in the middle and a noticeable hop at the end. Nice dry finish.

3.6
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Pours a crisp, clear gold with a short white head. Pale, bready, lightly citrus, Belgian aroma. The flavor is also very bready and light with some citrus flavors and a light lingering herbal flavor. Light carbonation but clean flavor. Easy to drink. Higher ABV is well hidden.

3.7
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Pours light orange with a thin white head. Nice hop aroma with some apricot, funk, and yeast. Creamy body, initial impression is Belgian Trippel. Good yeast and spice flavors along with a moldy orange note. Solid beer.

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BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
many thanks to moelikebeer for this. Pure gold color with miniscule head. Mildly sweet cotton candy aroma with yeast and citrus hops. Similar flavors in the body, but with a notible and ever increasing hop presence. At the start of the glass, I was thinking belgian strong ale. Now I’m thinking a wonderfully spiced belgian IPA. Delcious.

3.6
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a bright, clear, orange-honey color; highly effervescent; creamy off-white head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing; great pour. Honeyed malt sweetness, pine-forward hop character (if a bit light), and basic yeastiness in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: solidly bitter hop presence of pine and oranges coupled to a solid, slightly sweet honey-tinged Belgian core; white pepper and cloves appear to fill out the Belgian half, while the hoppiness is clearly expressed (moreso than in the nose) and lightly astringent at most; nicely put-together, if the spicy, peppery note quickly takes center stage over the honey notes and the hop character; highly carbonated. Lengthy finish: piney hop numbness, light honeyed sweetness, and pepper; nicely balanced ending.

3.3
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Lots of these PNW-hopped Belgian goldens floating around now, the best American version being from Flossmoor Station. This one pours a slightly hazed golden body with a moderate head and so-so lacing. Pleasant aroma of soft fruit, warm spices, pine and citrus smoothly blended together. In contrast, the hops seem to take over the flavor with a tasteless bitterness that overshadows the malty sweetness and yeasty fruitiness. As a hop-head, I enjoy the bitterness, but it seems to defeat the intent of the ’style’ in this case. Not bad, but the nose promised so much more.

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3.7
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 22, 2008
The pour was golden in color and slightly hazy. The head was white and compact and produced average lacing. The aroma was a nice mash up of Belgian yeast and strong piney and citrus hops. Milder spices cut through. The flavor was hop forward with light yeast and spice coming through. A definite west coast take on a Belgian Ale. The mouthfeel was very nice.

3.6
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2008
well i finally got to crack this one open after holding onto it for over a month. This was a hop attack with the spicey figgy nose that was pleasant enough to make me spend a minute just noseing it. The taste really smacks you with a bitterness pretty quickly. Such strong bitter hops usually turns me off from a beer when sitting in for a big bottle but finished this one with great ease and enjoyment

3.4
Skinnyviking (9550) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2008
High creamy lasting off-white head. Clear golden body. Sweet fruity, mainly banana, aroma plus hops. Flavor hoppy banana with peppery notes. High carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste.

3.6
Boutip (6336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a big pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry hops with some sweet malty notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with light hoppy notes. Body is average with some good carbonation and no detectable alcohol. I thought this tasted like a dumb-down Duvel without any of the complex yeast ester and the great hoppy finish. I can’t see this improving over four years thought.


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