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RATINGS: 972   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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4.2
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma was very inviting with hops, fruit, alcohol, bread, and spice. Taste was even more inviting. First, you are taken in by the delicious taste of fruit and bread backed by delicious hops. Then you get the taste of sugars, slight citrus, and malt. A lingering alcohol warmness finishes it all off. I got more than I expected out of this beer.

3.2
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Poured a pale orange with a thin white head. Aroma is very nice, with a lot of fruitiness along with grassy and earthy hop. Apple and pearlike aromas were most noticable to me. Flavor is spicy yeast, a bit of the aforementioned fruitiness, and a lot of alcohol. The alcohol seemed too harsh for the flavors to me. It seemed to drown out a lot of the better things I was expecting from the aroma. I didn’t care for this one nearly as much as I did for 09.09.09.

3.8
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Honey colored pour with barely a trace of head. Aroma is faded hops. Sweet flavor of golden brown sugar, and light corn syrup. Enough hops remain for it to be balanced and even leave a nice bitter aftertaste. I think this one has held up exceptionally well. Very enjoyable.

3.7
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy orange with quickly settling white head, no lacing. Aroma is floral, fruity, sweet, apricot, peach, with a mild hoppiness. Flavor is also quite sweet, fruity, peach/apricot, citrus and floral hops, spice, mild alcohol in the finish. Mildly herbal, bitter, fruity aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium-light body, and mildly juicy texture. Seems to have cellared quite nicely. A good belgian.

3.8
Evilkniamhel (941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
From bottle. Pours clear orange. Aromas of allspice, orange zest. Taste follows nose with some sweetness.

4.1
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours clear golden in color with white head. Aroma spicey and citrus hops. Taste spicey, fruity and lemon with dry finsih.

4.1
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
22 oz Bottle. Initially I loved this beer. Citrusy, piney aromas. Flavors followed suite with the aromas citrus, pine, slight pepper and a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel was excellent and the finish was dry and hoppy. Wonder how it will age?

3.7
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a tulip. This beer poured a slightly hazy golden with a one-finger thick head of quickly fading foam. Not much lace to speak of. The aroma of the beer was made up of fresh oranges, pine, white pepper, cloves, bread, and a hint of honey. The flavor consisted of huge, sweet and juicy citrus hops. Mango, grapefruit, oranges, and also some herbal notes. A decent amount of spicy yeast was also present featuring pepper and cloves. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Very crisp. A pretty solid beer. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than last years 07.07.07.

3.9
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
8/15/08: Bottle
Orange-yellow body with a small off white head. Large bread dough/yeast aroma with spice and citrus. Flavors include yeast, spice (pepper, coriander, ripe banana, lemon peel and a bit of grapefruit. (#900)

3.4
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Pours a clear light gold with a small diminishing white head. Lots of yeasty esters on the nose, some cherry, grass, banana, and orange as well. Taste is citrus, grass, slightly phenolic and tart. Medium bitterness fades quickly in the finish. It’s decent but I would take an American or English style any day to a Belgian styled IPA.


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