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RATINGS: 961   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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DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours a golden color with a small lacing white head. Nose is fruity and hoppy.Flavor shows the same with some sweetness in the mix.The finish had some hoppy bitterness to it.

3.5
Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Gold with a white head. Aroma is spicy, coriander, nutmeg, yeast, light maltiness. Much like 040404 fresh, taste is yeasty, light bitterness, clove, nutmeg.

3.5
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
Hazy golden color. There is a strong aroma at first, piney resins, interesting hop. It has a strong body, with malt and caramel flavor, strong hopping, the spicy character of a Triple, some alcohol perception. It just gets too much in the end, when it becomes clear that drinking half a bottle is too much. The fact is that Belgian Ales should be about style, not power.

3.5
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Drinking beer is all about good times and this beer is a good time. Watching Favre try to pull off a miracle in Oakland. Anyway, it’s almost a fine looking beer with an amlost resilient head and aromas of clove, pine and fresh breads. Flavor is plenty hoppy with a bit of bubble gum and banana and grapefruit zest. Better on draft than it is in the bottle surprisingly. Could use a bit more pale malts then hops but I think this ione is more suited to make it to 2012 than any of the others.

3.5
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
<b>22 oz. bottle</b> from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear orangish color with a 2/3 finger thick off white head. Very light lacing. Aroma is yeast and spice. Flavor is toasted malt, yeast, esters, and spice. Medium body. A nice beer.

3.5
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2008
On tap @ Stone Kickoff Party- Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a copper/ amber color with an aroma of sour/ bitter- some wood and herbs. I sense some brett, and flavor is malt, barn, honey, and some funk. I like it.

3.5
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Eh, vaguely Belgian, nothing interesting, nothing overly great about it. Hope it ages well.

3.5
bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Pours just a slightly hazy golden into the glass, with a nice pillowy eggshell head that leaves soapy lace. Fruit and yeasty notes to the nose, which gives the bouquet a banana and melon hint, with some spice hues. The flavors are nicely integrated, of mellow citrus, some yeast, rind/zest notes, and pie spices. The drier notes show forth toward the finish, introducing a nice closing crisp hop and lingering with just a hint of alcohol. A lively mouthfeel makes this definitively quaffable, going down easily. Although maybe not the most highly complex brew, Stone has come away with a very good offering here... it just pulls off as well-integrated and linear from the beginning to the end of the pull.

3.5
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.

3.5
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2010 On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Taste of spice & carrots. American style hops are noticable and make this beer unique. A good offering but not what I look for in a Belgian strong ale. Juniper berries all over


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