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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 IPAsbeers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. Its a big reason 2008s 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, its our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (18237) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at the Angry Fist of Santa tasting at Chris_o’s. Like a tripel. Fresh tangerine/satsuma aroma. Lovely aroma. Bit harsh in the mouth. Peppery hop. Pretty excellent tripel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Banana, raisin, herbs, with a clear golden,body and a rocky white head. Medium body. Light pine notes and clove. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a golden hazy beer with a white head. Banana, pear, bubblegum. A nice hop character of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. One of my favorites so far.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Drinking beer is all about good times and this beer is a good time. Watching Favre try to pull off a miracle in Oakland. Anyway, it’s almost a fine looking beer with an amlost resilient head and aromas of clove, pine and fresh breads. Flavor is plenty hoppy with a bit of bubble gum and banana and grapefruit zest. Better on draft than it is in the bottle surprisingly. Could use a bit more pale malts then hops but I think this ione is more suited to make it to 2012 than any of the others.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
Hazy golden color. There is a strong aroma at first, piney resins, interesting hop. It has a strong body, with malt and caramel flavor, strong hopping, the spicy character of a Triple, some alcohol perception. It just gets too much in the end, when it becomes clear that drinking half a bottle is too much. The fact is that Belgian Ales should be about style, not power.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle: Pours a bronze copper color with a nice spunky head and creamy lacing. The nose is earthy and fresh with a nice american hop volley, a estery belgian yeast note along with some sharp carbonation and the usual stone brashness. Huge body and huge bitterness along with the spicy phenols. Fruity and light mouthfeel with a lingering bitter tail and a rounded finish. Good, much better than the 07.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Clear, bright, very light orange-gold with a dense, fine, quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma of fruity fermentation esters with citrus noes--orange--along with yellow fruit hops notes alongside light sweet malt and some alcohol. Sweet malt and alcohol up front in the flavor surrounded by a fairly dense hops bitterness profile with some spice and yellow fruit flavors. The body comes across as strong, yet light, with a lot of carbonation and a long, bitter, slightly hot finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (27737) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Hoppy aroma of fruits, grape fruits and pine needles. Hoppy flavour of fruits, grape fruits and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2008
bomber from G&G. poured into a snifter. pours a bright golden color with good carbonation and bright white head. aroma is distinctly belgian, but with a hoppy twist expected from stone. scents of banana, cinnamon, cloves, orange, and a background of floral hops. flavor is truly something special. the very unique spice and citrus nature of a belgian ale combined with the hoppy bitterness of an IPA makes for a heck of beer. mouthfeel is smooth, with good carbonation and slight warmth from the 8.6%. very similar to Urthel Hop-It, but with a slightly higher touch of class and American hops making the difference. probably the best of the vertical epics to date. drink this one fresh and save one for next year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctvinson (2) - , Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2008 does not count
it was pretty good. better than the previous ones. makes a cool gift. they wouldn’t let me type the minimal amount so i’m supposed to say something about how malty or hopppy it was blah blah blah


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