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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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3.4
Drake (13739) - 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.

3.2
kermis (13480) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2015
Draft at Beer Temple. Pours hazy amber with a small off white head. Aroma of herbs, caramel, light fruits, Belgian yeast and light spice. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.4
Stuu666 (13425) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle at appellation. Pours clear golden, nose is caramel, sugary, citrus, taste is juicy fruit, sweet, sugary.

3.5
bierkoning (13355) - 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.

3.2
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - 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.

3.9
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!

3.5
Rune (12803) - 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).

3.4
thewolf (12598) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o’s Pre-Beer Exposed Tasting, September 2008.
pours clear golden with a small, creamy white head. Aroma is super hoppy (pine) and wonderfully fruity. Fine, dry mouthfeel. Flavour has some forest, pine, low yeastiness. Not much maltiness behind the heavy hoppiness.

3.9
hopdog (12584) - 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
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich white head that laces and hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is pine/citrus hops, some mange, coriander/pepper, medium malt-bready. Taste has a lot going on. Perfumy/spice/citrus hops-somewhat bitter, spice-too much, black pepper (which dominates and detracts), some medium malt/grainy, yeast. Dry. OK for sipping. Some alcohol comes through. Thanksjwc215 for picking this out.


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