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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is full of grassy hops, banana/clove, white pepper and some NW hop resin. The flavour is heavily hopped, boozy, and very spicey, with a lot of emphasis on the pepper and some apple/pear notes. The Belgian bubble gum yeast is there, but masked by booze and resin hop zest. The bitterness is a bit medicinal, like baking soda. The palate is sharp and a little hot. I’d like to try this a few years later.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - NOV 1, 2010
Bottled. A cloudy orange bee with a frothy white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, notes of caramel and spices. Taste is sweet and fruity. Spicy and bitter end. Oily texture.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured from bottle bomber a golden with minimal white head. Aroma is malty with a touch of spice clove and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet caramel with spice such as clove, pepper, a touch of bubble gum, and maybe a taste of banana. Palate at this point is sweet and spicy. Good carbonation with surprising hop flavors for this style of beer. Over ok. One can only hope that this combo will gel into a great beer with aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (669) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Nice clear golden pour with small head. Aroma and flavor are wonderfully matched, banana, spice and citrus. Very clean and delicious beer. I want more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (669) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 (bottle - august 26, 2008) Clear golden orange with no head. Floral, fruity aroma with grassy, floral hops, grapefruit, ripe banana, bubblegum, clove. The flavor starts out semi-sweet with a slight tang, but bitterness kicks in on the way back and it finishes very dry. Citrus flavor (particularly grapefruit) and piney hops are the clearest characteristics. The alcohol is noticeable. Very interesting: the flavor seems to be constantly shifting from one thing to another. Medium bodied. (bottle - March 4, 2013) Clear orange body, a whisp of off-white head. Floral, honey aroma, allspice, clove, banana, mild hops. Medium body. Flavor of bubblegum, pepper, clove, honey, mild citrus hops.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours hazy orange-gold with a two-finger head. Pretty standard Tripel aroma: very yeasty, with lots of fruit esters, wheat, and a touch of bubblegum. Further concentration reveals a grassiness just below the surface. The flavor is spicier--a bunch of cardamom and white pepper--with a good bit of banana. The hops come through more here, drying out the finish and leaving a lingering grassy bitterness. Very good stuff, but the interplay between the yeast, spice, and hops could use improvement. Maybe some time will iron things out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
Light gold, small head, lightly carbonated. Hoppy aroma, faint peppery notes. Has an almost piney smell. Soft on the palate, light carbonation. Definite flavor of pine. Peppery. Complex flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (664) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear golden, with a moderate-sized, dense white head. Aroma is Belgian-style yeast, American hops, spices, hint of alcohol, and some light honey-sweet malt. Flavor is a mixture of sweet and ever-so-slightly tart fruits, various spices, yeast, hint of alcohol, and fresh-citrus hops. Less hoppy than expected, even this early in the recommended aging period, and a bit cloyingly sweet. However still quite good.


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