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RATINGS: 965   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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3.4
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Keg at Whole Foods Charlottesville. Clear golden, large foamy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of yeast, stone fruit, bread, bubblegum, herbal finish, hints of thyme. The taste is spice, banana, herbal and vinous notes, bready malt. Medium bodied, lingering spice.
Earlier Rating: 8/30/2008 Total Score: 3.4
22 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse. Golden pour with a small head and floaties. Aroma of hops, banana, candi sugar and clove. Fruity taste with notes of pear, peach, spice and hops. Full spicy mouthfeel.

3.7
Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2015
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light orange peel, grassy hops, light candy sugar, smooth alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of bitter floral hops, grapefruit pulp, lingering in mouth, coriander, alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at WOB Chelsea.

3.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2008
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is Belgian yeast spiciness. Taste is medium sweet, Belgian yeast, fruity/melon, light pepper. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.2
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear and sparkling dark yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt -grain, hay, straw, meal-, average hops -flowers, perfume, grass-, heavy yeast -sweat, horse blanket, barnyard- with notes of clove, apple, peach, and apricot. Medium bodied, oily texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

3.5
bierkoning (13813) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle from Paiste2002, thanks! Blonde. Peach and melon in the aroma. Initial fruit flavors (peach, melon, pineapple) followed by an earthy oily hopbitterness, lingering on in the aftertaste. Full of flavor, but the balance could be better.

3.5
Rune (13760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2009
Expensive, big bottle shared with Arild and Finn H. at The Rake, London Bridge. Slightly unclear, sunset coloured body. Decent off-white head. Floral hoppy to the nose. Tangerine taste supported by hints of dark spices and quite heavily, dry hopped ending. Well integrated alcohol. Rather sweet textured, but still pleasant to drink (01.08.2009).

3.7
Desverger (13727) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle [email protected] Wines, Edinburgh - golden pour with small white head. Aroma and taste is yeasty and malty, some caramel and treacle sweetness creeping in, some dried fruit, nice hoppy backing, decent stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bread, citrus, candi sugar, and fruity. Tastes of bread, black pepper and other spices, fruity, citrus, and floral. Alcohol content hidden.

3.9
bu11zeye (13239) - 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!

4.1
slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"a dark, dry hopped beer...yummy. fairly unique brew, and even though dry hopped, not overly hopped, especially by Stone’s standards, as another rater noted. frsh re-releases after the 11th anniversary have gotten even better. the last two times i had this nice freshly hoppy dark brew, it’s been awesome


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