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RATINGS: 966   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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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 (26803) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
2Below (1) - , Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2008 does not count
22 oz Bottle from local retailer. Pours gold with medium head and slightly cloudy. Initial taste is very spicy - nutmeg and clove. Quite hoppy as well. WOW is all I can say. Was going to save some for my wife but...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Gold with a white head. Aroma is spicy, coriander, nutmeg, yeast, light maltiness. Much like 040404 fresh, taste is yeasty, light bitterness, clove, nutmeg.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1774) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Pours a pale gold with a white head that’s OK. Coriander and citrus aroma. Sweet candy, citrus, pine, cloves and an assertive bitterness. French Farm Ale meets Belgian Trippel. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2008
Bottled At SBWF08. Pours out in a slightly hazy golden color with a small white foam. Sweet, yeas, quite sugary aroma of oranges, red apples and apricots with notes of cumin and cinnamon. Full-bodied with a strong but still with unrefined and raw sugary flavours of candied oranges, soap and asprcots. Spicy finish of cinnamon with notes of flowers, tangerine and alcohol. I’m not overly impressed. A tad better than the 070707.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Golden color with a white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, pepper and yeast. Flavor is pretty bitter and hoppy with some pepper, yeast and lemon.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2008
This one is all about Marvin Gaye smoothness and style. No big deal aroma, no big deal look. What a big deal with the silky delivery and finish. Grassy, mildly yeasty, apricot butter and velvety all the way. Mild smell and taste but quality all the way. Thanks for the offering. 22 oz. 2008.


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