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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 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
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.0 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Not much of a head formed. 4.0 S: Smells like its not really that old. Still quite hoppy with pleasant floral and citrusy notes. Sugary with peppery spiciness. Pineapple, mango, and orange stick out. 4.0 T: Tastes as good as the nose. Super surprised at how hoppy this is. Again, lots of citrus and floral. Peppery spice. Quite nice. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. 4.0 D: This one is actually good. ★ 708 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

3.6
StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2016
From a bottle. Pours clear with minimal head, big Belgian flavours, it’s pretty epic as you’d expect.

3.6
mbgrayson (804) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours a beautiful gold, with white head. Aroma of hops and sugars. Taste is hoppy with a mix of complex sugars. A Belgian IPA...very interesting. Thumbs up.

3.6
dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
Clear golden, slightly orange.Aroma is belgian yeast, slightly fruity hops. Smooth candi sugar, yeasty, with a light bitter hop bite. Overall, pretty good but it was probably a lot more out there in 2008.

3.6
thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Pretty good, but the bitterness got to be overpowering by the end. There are a lot of Belgian aromas and flavors as soon as you open the bottle, but the amount of bittering hops completely overpowers everything, turning what was already a behemoth of a beer into a bit of a bitter beast.

3.6
zoucrew102 (2104) - - MAR 4, 2016
Bomber. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with light clove notes as well as citrus hops and some banana also. Pours clear golden colored with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Starts with spicy Belgian yeast and a bit of clove. Finishes dry with citrus hop flavors unfortunately though the banana is hidden by the bitterness of the hops. Very nice, but miss the banana of most tripels.

3.6
Achel (487) - Ioannina, GREECE - MAR 25, 2016
Golden colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is hops, spices, fruits, peach and not that much other stuff. Flavour is apricot, peach, some mildly glueish alcohol, spices and also mildly sour wood.

3.6
pilsnerrogge (2995) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
Bottled:
Golden, somewhat hazy color. Small head. Floral aroma with notes of butter, caramel and hops. Lively mouth feel. Dry, floral taste with notes of hops, pears and a little bit of alcohol. Long bitterness.

3.6
neongolden (1821) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
(650ml Encore Series bottle from Systembolaget, shared) Pours clear dark gold with an average white head and lace. Nose is semi-sweet, floral, grapefruit peel, white pepper, orange flesh, biscuits, bready yeast. Flavour has semi-sweet orange, grapefruit, apricot, floral, phenolic, leafy, bready, white pepper. Semi dry finish with light bittering hops, herbs, grass, grapefruit peel. Medium-full bodied with fairly high carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. Hop fade definitely going on here, par for the course with Stone at SB. An ok tripel behind it, but nothing awesome. Maybe better fresh.

3.6
Pedro_Pinho (242) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2016
Nice and fresh aroma of citrus and hops. Clear golden color with a lacy white head, looks like a lager (scarry). Taste a bit light, could be somewhat more hoppy and some bitternes is missing for me. Nice overall, but slightly disapointing, or maybe I was expecting too much.


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