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RATINGS: 960   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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4.1
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
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.

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scoth (690) - 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.

3.9
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.

3.7
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.

3.3
murran (684) - - MAY 21, 2016
Pours an amber body with a medium head. Faint flat aroma. Full taste with malty tones and a very nice yeasty feel.

3.8
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.

3.8
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.

4
Brentv (680) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2015
I had this on tap a month or two ago and it was so good, I went back the next night specifically to have it again before the keg ran out. SO delicious. Just now I had it from a bomber I found last week. Can I say I was disappointed? Honey colored pour with large white head. Aroma of Belgian yeasts with light fruits. Gentle sweetness. Medium carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 10/27/2015 Total Score: 4.2
On tap at ABV Public House in Hillsboro, OR. Crystal clear light golden pour. Huge banana spice aroma and taste. Fruits and an easy-to-drink sweetness. Medium to light mouthfeel. This was a nice surprise and a really lovely beer.

3.2
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Smells a bit like bubble gum. Supposedly has a bunch of hops in it, but I don’t really taste them that much. I guess I’m not sure what a hoppy trippel would taste like. Interesting beer, but seems awfully similar to last year’s VE. Would like to see something a little different next year.


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