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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 IPAsbeers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. Its a big reason 2008s 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, its our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
screigh (708) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color like a wheat beer color. No head at all. Aroma is sweet, bready and a hint of saison. Taste is a little tart, peppery and again a little like a saison. Bitterness sticks around and a definite alcohol when you breathe. I tasted this thing blind, not knowing at all what style it was until I read the description here. I immediatly placed it as some Belgian style and it caught me off gaurd. I cannot taste the Amarillo hops at all. A decent beer but not a style I care for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours a nice golden color with a smallish white head. Aroma is citrusy and yeasty. Taste is smooth and very citrusy, with a nice malt balance as well, really good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bomber....obviously. Pours a resinous gold with not much head. Smell is of spice and barnyard funk. Very sweet flavor....to the point of being cloying. Malty, spices, some grass, and some toast. Finish is smooth and enjoyable, though this was better when it came out than it is now, for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (689) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Pours a clear gold with a small white head, no real lace or effervescence. Strongly floral hops aroma nicely complements an abbey yeast backdrop and a little caramel. Flavor begins with a variety of fruit flavors, citrus, pineapple, apricot, apple peel, with some ginger-clove spice and heat. Lightly caramelized mid-palate, the grain is a bit husky, a slight flaw, finishing with more pineapple, more bitter here on the finish, lingering floral elements. Spritzy, stimulating palate, medium body, pronounced alcohol warmth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
@ Alewife for Stone Tap Takeover Tour 2010. Aroma was malty and yeasty at the same time, had notes of barleywine for some reason. The appearance was a golden color with nice whitish head. Taste was notes of malt, sweet Belgian yeast banana notes with hops straight up in your face. The palate was medium with good carbonation. A nice interpretation of the Belgian strong ale style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Nice fruity nose with dancing notes of bananas and cloves intermingling with hints of citrus hops and a lingering spiciness with a touch of yeast. Hops were present in the flavor initially, and then seemed to fade into the background as the fruity esters came through. Alcohol is well-hidden.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (682) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours cloudy orange-amber, with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Aromas of vanilla, pine resin, banana, biscuit, grass. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth but hot, medium dry. Medium sweet, then a little citrus, with a lasting medium bitter finish. Good, but not as great as I had been hoping. Still, it aged fairly well.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nicke80 (681) - Sdertlje, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
65 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours amber with big white head. Yeasty caramel with hoppy notes. Sweet after taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Draft @ Stone bistro. Mild hoppy flavor. Sweet taste to it. Would like to try these with some age.


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