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RATINGS: 959   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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3.9
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
(Draught on 08.08.08) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Fruity aroma of pineapple, orange, banana, mango, passion fruit, pepper, and clove. Flavor of Belgian yeast, hops (pineapple, citrus), and spices. Nice!

3.8
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Light orange color with a quickly absent white head. Very hoppy aromas like a Belgian IPA. Light but sufficient malt backbone a hint of spices and a finish of grassy, herbal hops.

4
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
22 oz. bottle - pours straw gold with minor carbonation; foamy white head fades quickly; killer nose - sweet, fruity, lemons, orange peels, peaches; spice is very minor; light bodied and flavor is initially weak; dry and spicy finish; raw, grainy, lemons mostly; doesn’t quite match the nose; slight bubblegum in the finish; very nice overall

4.1
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
oh6gdx (26487) - 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
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
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
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, 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
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
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.


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