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RATINGS: 960   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours a nice golden color with a smallish white head. Aroma is citrusy and yeasty. Taste is smooth and very citrusy, with a nice malt balance as well, really good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25552) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2008
Bottled@SBWF2008. Golden colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is hops, spices, fruits, peach and not that much other stuff. Flavour is apricot, peach, some mildly glueish alcohol, spices and also mildly sour wood.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
22oz - Aroma of bubblegum, sweet bread, coriander, clove and pepper. Pours clear gold with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with some banana and a touch of citrus hops. Alcohol is well hidden. Palate is creamy with a tart finish. A tasty American triple.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 05/19/2009. Clear golden body with a small white head. Sweet caramel and spice aroma with some floral hops. Spicy floral hop flavor with some caramel and belgian spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/7/4/14 - 3.5 On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. Clear dark amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet cramel aroma with some fruit and spice. Big sweet caramel flavor, light spice and spicy hops with a medium bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/15 -3.6

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bomber. Filtered, gold, small head. Wonderful nose of spices, funkiness, and a minimal hop profile.Smooth profile with acute spiciness, bitterness, some lingering sweetness and a hint of the Stone hop profile. Overall very drinkable with a nice but not overwhelming alcohol presence.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
First whiff was definately not what i was expecting. a Big time hop nose with a massive candy sugar sweetness. The first sip comes across with a typical belgian with light cloviness, and super carbonated. It does not finish too bitter, but has a certain dryness to it that its hard to put my finger on. All in all a good brew, but nowhere near the flagships that Stone usually has .....

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottled. Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, banana, spices, and cloves. Aroma is sweet lighter fruits and spices. Flavor is sweet belgian yeast with some banana and other fruit esters. Sugar and fruit with some hops to keep it from being too sweet. Reminds me a lot of Urthel Hop It.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma was very inviting with hops, fruit, alcohol, bread, and spice. Taste was even more inviting. First, you are taken in by the delicious taste of fruit and bread backed by delicious hops. Then you get the taste of sugars, slight citrus, and malt. A lingering alcohol warmness finishes it all off. I got more than I expected out of this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Aroma of chardonnay grapes, white wine-like with candi sugar. Pours blonde with no head. Flavor starts with chardonnay, sweet malts, a little sulphury with hints of pine with hints of spice in the finish. excellent beer!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is full of grassy hops, banana/clove, white pepper and some NW hop resin. The flavour is heavily hopped, boozy, and very spicey, with a lot of emphasis on the pepper and some apple/pear notes. The Belgian bubble gum yeast is there, but masked by booze and resin hop zest. The bitterness is a bit medicinal, like baking soda. The palate is sharp and a little hot. I’d like to try this a few years later.


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