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RATINGS: 968   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4425) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008
beautiful pour into my duvel tulip! Wicked aroma! lots of spicy american hops, some nice citrus notes, and some subtle pepperiness. There is also a nice creamy sweetness that mixes very well with the citrus from the hops. The flavour is so nice, lots of nie hops, spicy, and lots of citrus, but there are nuances of cloves, and some slight wood notes. Incredibly drinkable, such a nice beer!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Thanks to Dkachur for this bottle. Hazy pale gold pour with fizzy white head. Spiced aroma. Fruity flavor mostly banana and pineapple upfront. Spicy hoppy finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden in color with a nice fluffy white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Spicy yeasty hoppy aroma. Citrusy sweet peppery notes. Peppery hoppy yeasty flavor. Citrusy piney notes. Sweet tasting. Finish is bitter and dry. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle at chris_o’s pre beer exposed tasting. Alround rating: Pppery, dry, quite a bit of raw bittering hop, pale sweet malts, to be honest i found it a pritty boring belgian ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma similar to a tripel with that peppery/yeasty goodness, but with a citrus hop smell added in. The taste was similar with a surprisingly full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours a clear shiny golden yellow with a nice tall white head of foam which looks like whipped egg whites. Very very attractive (Almost looks like a Duvel maybe little more golden) Nose: Definitely hoppy citrus, resiny and some apricot like notes followed by some banana, pear and peppery esters are wonderful. Taste: Really wonderful explosion of flavors tropical fruit notes (maybe apricot) peppery spiciness along with pear and some banana notes. Hop bitterness and flavors really meld with these complex flavors. Palate: Has a long spicy and drying finish and the lingering hop bitterness makes the next sip quenching. Overall: A very well made special ale from Stone. The interplay of hop notes and yeast esters make it a very yummy beer. It seems the beer is perfect to drink right now ... The carbonation is firm and the hop character is expressive - I wonder how this will hold till the end of Epic Series

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (663) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear golden, with a moderate-sized, dense white head. Aroma is Belgian-style yeast, American hops, spices, hint of alcohol, and some light honey-sweet malt. Flavor is a mixture of sweet and ever-so-slightly tart fruits, various spices, yeast, hint of alcohol, and fresh-citrus hops. Less hoppy than expected, even this early in the recommended aging period, and a bit cloyingly sweet. However still quite good.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Crystal clear pale golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is mostly yeast of banana, clove, and pepper. Flavor is much of the same but has a nice balance with the fruity and spicy hops. This is a very, very good beer. Extremely well balanced, smooth on the palate then finishes bitter and slightly dry. This is by far the b est Belgian Strong I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Block (2576) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Pours a yellow orange with very minimal head. Aroma of mostly sweet malts and some hops. Flavor of citrus, grapefruit, yeast, and hops. Medium to strong hops bitterness with a unique finish of sour fruit, hops and yeast. I may have had this one a little early so the head and carbonation was low. Still a very good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Haven’t been a big fan of the VE series but this one is worthy. Bomber pours a golden hued body, radiant in the alfresco evening sun. Capped by an attractive vanilla head that has some legs, patching the goblet with sheets and patches. Aroma is fruity with grapefruit and banana esters, kissed by notes of pine resin. The medium body is accented by a yeasty chalkiness. Taste has fruity grapefruit with a hint of bubblegum, tempered by dry and bitter pine hops. Belgian yeasty notes are prominent. Finishes like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and an IPA. Enjoyable...certainly my favorite of the VE series. My first beer consumed and reviewed here on Mount Tranquility in the higher elevations of Claiborne County, Tennessee.


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