RATINGS: 966   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2008
pours nice gold,with white head,very nice fruity aroma,light yeast notes,banana.I really enjoy the nose on this beer.tast nice grapefruit,hopp notes. Very enjoyable beer.Can’t wait to try this one in a few years!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
On draft at Stone bistro. Poured hazy golden amber. Nose had a fresh pininess with bright floral hops and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Taste is of nice fresh hops, with a insane spiciness, with a nice Belgian accents. I’d say it’ll hit it’s peak in about 4 years. Excellent brew!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1483) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Poured into K tulip and GC chalice, my bottle reads 8.6% alc. not 84%, are there different editions of this release? Why the different alcohol rating? Has a clear gold yellow pour with real faint orange-amber, lots of effervescence that tapers off some, developed a foamy head that fades after abit, leaves fine bubbled lacing, has a gallant look to it, as in this looks like a drink fit for a King, aroma of bananas, sweet melon fruit, floral and pepper-herb spice fragrances, faint yeast fragrances, flavor of malt sweetness with pepper at the finish, faint orange fruit flavor, hop bitterness is present here, faint alcohol presence in the background but it is hidden very well, mouth feel is creamy and is light on the palate, a good amount of carbonation, a personal note, I found the tulip a much better glass then the chalice to sample this ale, this ale looks great, smells terrific and tastes good, I think a hoppy Golden Strong Ale is a great idea and I would purchase this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear gold with smallish off-white head. The aroma is very fruity, with tangerine, peach, pear, lemon, and very light banana; there are also some wood, caramel, spice and distant vinous notes. The flavor starts off like a pretty textbook American IPA, with lots of citrusy hops. Then the character from the yeast kicks in, with some peppery spice, light toast, banana peel, and some hints of wood. The finish is pleasantly bitter, with the sharpness of the hops and the dryness of the fermentation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. A warm, peppery aftertaste lasts for quite some time. I must say, I’m enjoying this beer very much. I was skeptical about this style combination at first, but they seem to have pulled it off well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2008
pours out a clear amber color with a larger head. aroma is sweet, yeasty, and spicy. flavor was sweet with a bit of a twang to it that i didnt find so appealing. the finish was rather hoppy which i was happy to see. over all not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Duvel tulip. Clear coppery-golden body on a small, quickly dissipating head. Banana, spice and maybe some sweet orange aromas. Flavor is a lot of candi sugar and vague fruits with some a touch of bitterness. I also get strong notes of cooked corn with some sips. Thankfully, It does clean/dry up a little in the finish as I could see this being overly sweet. Hard to believe that this is supposed to be "highly hopped". Chouffe Houblon it is not. Some strong flavors and aroma but a bit dull and clumsy overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a creamy head. Big aroma of banana, spices, and fruity. Flavor is similiar with addition of pepper. Creamy mouthfeel. Long bitter and crisp finish. I have concerns that it will get any better in 2012, but we’ll see and re-rate then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Pours hazy peach with little to no head. Aroma is lemon peel, coriander, clove, and sweet nectar. Citrus and peach. Flavor is well hopped and spiced- lots of fruity notes. Palate is light and quite drinkable with a crisp finish. Drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 4, 2008
THOUGHTS: Had this a day after Green Flash Le Freak. This is similar yet way weaker. I can’t really see this one getting that much better over time, especially with its seeming lack of bottle conditioning. But just like Le Freak, it has a nice little funk to it. This one just doesn’t quite have the hop presence needed to pull off this crazy hybrid style. i seemed more like a tweak on a Belgian ale. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a really nice beer, but if I was going to pick between the two beers it would be Le Freak every time. I really didn’t understand why there was no yeast in the bottle. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark yellow to light orange with a small, ever so slightly off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was light bread and caramel malt, light to moderate orange, lime and lemon citrus and lighter pine hops, moderate, sweat, horse blanket and cheese yeast (the funk was more and more as it warmed), candy sugar and a little spice. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and bitter, and sour and funk with a long duration. There was candy sugar, funky yeast, caramel malt, citrus and a hint of pine hops The light to medium body was sorta creamy then very dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic, dry and light to moderate astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2008
pours a translucent dark gold with small bubbly head, evident carbonation. Aroma is very light and sweet, with notes of peach, grapefruit, orange, and hops. Flavor has definite hop and yeast character, with sugary sweetness coming through at the finish- very drinkable and nice. Palate is nice- a bit watery at first, but sticks nicely. Really a pretty solid effort from Stone.

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