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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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3.6
b33r (881) - Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Average belgian strong ale. Flavor and aroma were ok, but nothing special. Light and refreshing

3.8
hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Lighter yellow, slightly orange with a medium fizzy and fading white head. Aroma is very malty, almost fresh grain or cereal. A bit of fruit in the flavour on a thin but building body.. Has some spice and a slightly drawn out hop flavour to finish. This is a bit off kilter from the previous but I think it may be one of my favourites so far.

3.8
ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 13, 2016
In the glass it has a golden yellow color with a small head. The aroma has citrus with some wood and some pine. The taste has a good amount of citrus up front followed up with some grain, herbs and hops. Medium finish.

3.9
rcasta (874) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
Gracias hawie desde sta monica hasta el salvador parece una maredsous al principio pero luego se refresca delicioso. Muy buena vale la pena beberla

3
airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Appearance: pours with a medium off white head, the beer is a very clear average golden color Aroma: lemon, spice, banana, sweet bread, very strong aromas Taste: lemon, that belgium golden sweetness is dominant, has a spicy hop kick and a strong alcohol warmth on the finish Palate: alcohol and bitter aftertaste, heavy mouthfeel, average carbonation Overall: stone has a reputation for very over the top beers and this is no exception, lots of Belgium yeast and sweetness with an assertive hop kick in the background, drink this one slow ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a light amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. Recedes slowly leaving some sticky splotches of lace down the glass. S: Fruity and flowery hop notes some mild citrus as well. A little honey sweetness with some bready malts. Light background yeasty spice. T: Stone fruits, fruity esters and some spicy. Light paper with some sweet malts. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Light level of bitterness on the finish. O: The hops were still around as well as the light spiciness from the yeast. The hops just weren’t as potent, obviously, but it definitely wasn’t bad. Serving type: bottle

3.7
DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours a golden color with a large white head. Smelled of citrus and sweet malt. Hoppy beer with a hint of spice. Full bodied beer with a bitter finish. Good beer.

3.8
ZacM612 (870) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Deep golden color with thin white head. Floral hoppy aroma with a Belgian yeast sweetness. Little bit of a fruity flavor, some spice, balanced with a nice bitterness.

3.6
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 4/26/2010. Fortunate to be able to try this on tap at DLD. 08.08.08 poured a honey orange color, with a small 2 cm head. Not much head retention, but a little light lace stick. Sweet aroma. Sweet malt, mellowed fruits, bananas, and citrus. Some mild spices and earthy notes as well. The start of the sip provides a strong initial sweetness, with caramel, banana, and some citrus (orange and grapefruit) flavors. Alcohol really kicks in the middle. Although the hops have not disappeared completely, it definitely does not have typical Belgian IPA character. The soft hop presence reminds me of orange and lemon zest. Finishes a bit spicy. This beer has a medium/high level of carbonation, a little bit grainy. Medium body. Overall I thought this was a smooth, enjoyable beer. Personally, I thought it drank more like a Tripel due to the lack of strong hoppy character. It would have been interesting to taste when it was first brewed, as a comparison. The novelty of having one of the Epics was a great treat, even if the beer itself was not mind-blowing.

3.5
DWestrick (858) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
bottle 22oz. a smooth ale - great citrus flavors and balance of hops and yeast. a good beer - enjoyable


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