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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Pours a transparent bright golden with a wispy-lacing froth of clingy white head. Aroma of rich, sweet biscuity pale Belgian malts and light fruity esters with a good clove spice. Body starts with a good sweet doughy malted wheat and caramel flavor balanced with resiny piny hops and mild citric grapefruit. Finishes slightly warming and crisp. Should age fairly well and smooth out a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bomber - Poured golden amber in color with a medium whitish head. Slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy with plenty of bready Belgian yeasts... clove/banana and citrus hops. Flavor is rich with bready yeast, clove/banana, spices and resinous hops. Medium bitter in the finish, which was short and clean. Really good...

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bomber at the rip and run. Pours a nice golden with minimal lacing and head. Light carbonation. Nose of salt and spices. Mouthfeel is twisted and quite yeasty, to a distracting level. the salt lingers into the undefinable body and ends with a flat alkaline finish. I will not be puchasing any more of this vertical epic series. I di not think I will partake in this series at all in future years. As in my last year’s review it only seems to take money from my pocket while the rest of this brew gets poured down the drain.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2008
This is not my favorite in the series, not at all. Pours without much head and it disappears in a hurry. It’s kinda spicy, it’s pretty yeasty, but there’s something about the mouth feel I don’t care for, seems a little flat. Especially once it sits in the glass a little bit. It’s not bad by any means. I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy it again, though. And I can’t see it lasting four years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle. Nice orange pour with some white head. Aroma is candy sugar, dark fruit, spices, and fruity yeast. Flavor is pretty sweet belgian malt, tripelesque, banana- bubblegum like sugar, with resinous hops and a fair amount of spicing. The spicing and the hops come off a little medicinal when together like this, but I am guessing that will change in 4 years.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Very thin head, copper color. Very interesting taste, not what I expected at all. Very fruity with figs, grapes, and spices. A good beer that would probably age well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle from Andronicos Market. Pours light and hazy with a thing quickly vanishing head. Deep aroma has hops, malt, nuts, and fruit- very inviting and interesting. Palate was surprisingly full and syrupy with light carbonation. The flavors are numerous and well-balanced. Fruit, sweet caramel, malt, nuts, and strong hops interplay but are never overbearing. Warming alcohol in the background so the higher A.B.V is detectable but subtle. Long floral finish with grass, spice, and hops. I had this on a hot summer day and it was a bit heavy-bodied but still refreshing and very enjoyable. This is an impressive beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Golden/amber color with white fizzy head. Spicy, fruity, and bitter. Fizzy on the palate and bitter finish. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Sparkling clear apple juice looking body topped by a quickly vanishing white frothy head. Sweetness leads into a healthy does of citrus hops. The flavor is interesting, initial sweetness with hints of potential cloying, quickly changes into a spicy, hoppy, bready, interesting beer. I really like this one. I would really like to see this one made into a regular (or at least seasonal) offering from Stone. One Roger one Ebert. Yum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Picked this bottle up at City Beer in San Francisco and brought it all the way home to NC. Quite a good belgian style ale, I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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