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RATINGS: 973   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
I was shocked to see this still for sale. a four year old beer! Funny to think that if one were to go into a grocery store and ask for four year old this or that the workers’d give funny looks (same goes for the concept of older wine). Anyways, this is pretty good, but not my favorite. Stone has much better beers. This is very good for it’s style (I suppose), but just isn’t what I expected based on the description. Not nearly as hoppy as the description seemed to suggest. Good beer, but would I spend another 16.99 to acquire this? No, plain and simple.


3.5
mengo81 (55) - - JUL 4, 2017
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3.6
northropfrye (3593) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle in Calgary. Rich, flavourful, Belgian yeasty, with hop elements. Nice beer.

3.7
Arve_Christian (5138) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2017
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, march special releases. Slightly cloudy almost clear color with good bubbly foam. Medium aroma intensity; fruity, a bit artificial fruits / chewing gum, some peach and orange. Medium body & complexity . Some immediate sweetness, good bitterness and pretty good balance. Smooth & Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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garyford (4) - - MAY 12, 2017 does not count
Traditional English Porter. Has all the right notes, but nothing overwhelming. Good session Porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
rob19a (349) - - APR 30, 2017
14/20 really interesting beer. Cross between a Belgian beer and a wheat beer with orange and coriander notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
olsvammel (7220) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. Light spicy smell, herbal and nutty (almonds). Similar taste, abit boozy. Felt belgian, like a tripel.

3.8
oobawa (1394) - Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2017
Bottled 8.27.15. Dry, boozy Californicated Belgian. Big, floral, yeasty nose, dripping with perfume and grass and a mild herbal hoppiness. Pours like a dream, beautiful gold giving up a massive white head and rings and rings of lace. Tastes moderately dry, wheat and meadow mixing with bread and sunshine, fresh and easygoing, light despite the hefty ABV. Refuses to grow cloy, instead getting a boost from the boisterous carbonation and some generous hops on the back end. Sugars start to show as it warms, adding a pleasant apple-peach undertone, but the booze-tinged finish and dry, doughy fade offer balance. I remember hating this beer back in ’08. No problems now. I’ve matured!

3.8
Chudwick (3199) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2017
bomber with bottled on date of late 2015. as I poured it I said WOW as I noticed it smelled like weed. A closer sniff is weed/skunk with honey or some sort of funny sounding berry. Saison funk with citrus hops. I would have liked a fresher version, but I do not own a time machine. Definite Belgian yeast. Grassy oily finish.

3.9
gopherfan99 (1820) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle; pours hazy gold with a white head; aroma of vanilla, yeast, dark fruits, caramel, and hints of spice; taste is light sweet with caramel, fruits, vanilla, and yeast; finish is dry with some spice hints and a hint of alcohol warming

3.7
balloonbuffoon (308) - - JAN 13, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2017 "Bottled on 09//02/15" imprinted on 22floz bottle purchased roughly nine months ago (paid ~$8 for a single bottle, St. Louis MO area). Consumed 01.13.2017 from a tulip glass. It is golden in color with minimal yeast in suspension, topped with a one-finger head. A strong Americanized Belgian pale ale with an earthy-citrus aroma. It is hoppy when compared to traditional versions of the style. So I imbibe it looking for general qualities associated with the style in a broad sense. In short tastes like liquid sourdough with an astringent finish to match. Solid.


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