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RATINGS: 964   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draft at Capones. Pours an almost perfectly clear gold with no head. Aroma is a nice mix of Belgian spiciness with some aged hoppiness. Taste is almost syrupy, sweet, with the hop flavor being aged out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
bottle- overwhelming spicy notes dominate along with sharp bitterness. Hops are there in the background, in sort of a piney/resiny way, but they are totally lost by the yeast produced flavors. Would try again, but not as good as I was hoping.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2015
On tap at Stone company store, Pasadena. Like an imperial version of the cali-belgique, but somehow not quite as good. Fruity belgian yeast esters and those good ol stone hops. Nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (622) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
Aroma: Dry orange, mineral, yeast, touch of coriander and dry orange "syrup." Palate: Full-body Flavor: Moderately concentrated orange, mineral, yeast, followed by a bitter hop and orange peel bite on the mid-palate and yeasty finish. Comment: Well-integrated. This is a bit reminiscent of a S. French Viognier-like aroma and flavor and viscosity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Nice! Off the bat it reminded me of Hop-It, but as I got through the bottle I realize it’s different in it’s own way. Think Chouffe Houblon, Urthel Hop-It and then make it taste like it released yesterday. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (621) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Stone took a pretty good shot at a brewing a belgian IPA. A close second to Mikkeller/Struise Eliot’s brew. Golden with a fluffy white head. Belgian yeast with a lot of sweet spice, finishes a bit bitter. High drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Aroma is banana, spices, taste is banana, yeasty, spices, alcohol is present, very good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (614) - Linkping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma: hoppy, grapefruits, sweet orange, juicy hops, spices, quite nice and did not expect to find hops in a beer this old...Taste is nice grapefruit,pine, some sweet malts, spice, banana, yeasty. Quite nice!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
BCTC draft. Poured hazy golden amber with a white head. Aroma is of fresh piney and floral hops, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Taste is of nice fresh hops, floral and piney, with a nice Belgian base. A bit fruity and truly nice. I remember this at one of my highlights from BCTC. I can’t imagine how this one is going to make it to 12.12.12, but I’m going to drink the heck out of it fresh.


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