Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

563 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 141 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples. As such, the Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic has a deep, deep golden hue and the flavor is spicy, fruity, complex and refreshing. We used four different malts, and a subtle, yet distinct, blend of Glacier and Crystal hops to get just the right balance. Then, for the complexity, we added in some exotic spices --- including ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel (the latter three acknowledging our Southern California home) --- and a special Belgian yeast strain. All in all this is yet another case of us drawing from classic Belgian influences and cavalierly making it our own...San Diego style!
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Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had this on tap at the OBF, but for a variety of reasons couldn't do a review based on that (palate overload being the primary one). However, if anything the bottled version is even more impressive, which is what I had the other night.

Pours a rich, honey gold color, with creamy looking head and great lacing. The beer has a very complex nose, funky nose, with honey, butter, ginger and possibly even coriandor all intermingled. In other words, this beer smells fantastic. On the palate the beer is every bit as good. This is a big, almost viscous beer, with flavors of honey, cherry and ginger. It's pretty sweet, and the beer comes across as very, very rich, with a very long lasting, rich smooth finish. Just delicious. The abv. is noticeable, but is not the least bit obtrusive. However, given the abv. and sweetness of the, a little bit of this goes a long way.

A very impressive effort from the talented folks at Stone.

Edit from 3/15/13. Tasted recently during a vertical epic event at Pacific Coast Brewing. Unlike other recent reviews of this beer, I was impressed by how well this beer has held up. I got considerable tropical fruit, citrus (tangerine) and light butter, and I was frankly amazed by how tasty and rich this beer still was. Granted, my current score was no where as high as what I gave it back in 2007, but nevertheless, this beer has held up very well, and was a very tasty beer. There was even still some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Photo of Risser09
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared at Phatz's tasting

Appearance: Golden orange beer with a unique yellowish white head. The head reveals lots of lacing on the sides of the taster.

Smell: Awesome. Ginger was the main aroma and it was sweet. Belgian spices and yeasts were secondary. Thre was also a fresh bubblegum and tutti frutti aroma as well.

Taste: Very estery and spicy with plenty of warming potential. Very interesting. Plenty of ginger flavor, maybe some coriander. Quite refreshing and complex.

Mouthfeel: I love the ginger flavor in the beer. Perhaps that lends itself to the pincy mouthfeel. There is plenty of carbonation to enjoy and this beer is sort of drying.

Drinkability: Not excellent, but this beer is quite nice. Maybe it's too fresh now and would be better consumed on 12.12.12. This would pair extremely well with sushi.

Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $7.99...
Bright orange, tangerine hue with noticeable foamy head that soon receded, leaving lots of lacing around the top of the glass...
Great smell of fresh fruit, nectarines, pears, apple, honey, clovers, and grapefruit...
A very sweet-aroma bursting with freshness and character...
Equally great taste that strongly complements the aroma, with sweet, sugar-laden flavors dancing around the tongue...
Great thick, rich, creamy mouthfeel...
Perilously drinkable with the hefty 8.4% ABV struggling to be noticed behind ultra-rich and sweet, unique flavors and well-balanced with fruity caramel malts and citrus hops...
This is very different from the usual Stone brews that I've encountered...
With Stone, I'm used to sampling very aggressive and in-your-face beers, while this one, although full of plenty of flavor, was more subtle and easy-going...
Very good depiction of the style... Highly recommended...

Photo of Hershdawg
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into VE Glass

A: Pale amber. Small filmy head. Lots of bubbles even though its 3 years old.

S: Sweet. A little leather, grapefruit, cotton candy. overall excellent but hard to describe. Smells wonderful for a 3 year old bottle

T:Wow! Piney hops at the back, Sweet beginnings, a little leather. coriander, sage, thyme. Citrus undertones, supposedly there is ginger but its seems to have fallen out. I wish I had this new.

M: Crisp, not to much carbonation bite.

D: Supprisingly good for a 8.4 ABV beer.

If I had the other bottles starting from 2002 I'd would have kept this one but I don't.

Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick tan head on a crystal clear dark orange body. Very little lacing left and head retention wasn't to good.
S- It really smells like what you would imagine a triple mixed with a saison would smell like. A nice size banana mixed with spices and yeast. Grass hops and light cloves, hints of some other fruits like maybe a tiny bit of pineapple and pear? Also alcohol is noticed too.
T- Again the flavor is like the two mixed. You get a banana blended about equally with the saison style of yeast and the spices. Alcohol is noticeable, maybe a little to much on the tongue. Some other fruits make there way in there also with a few other spices. The more I sip on it the better it gets. A dry hop bitterness slowly builds up on tongue.
M- Full/medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- The more I am drinking the more I like it. I think it may be a tad to hot right now but maybe in about 6 months it will be tasting better. I think it might actually age well unlike some others think. I can see the flavors blending together a bit more and the alcohol not being as hot. Can't wait to find out.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe glass. Reviewed on 7/7/07.

A: Pours a deep golden amber color. Not a lot of head and it recedes quickly.

S: Lots of great smells; fruit, spices, and yeast.

T: This thing is like a tripel on steroids. Lots of fruit up front in the form of grapefruit, orange, and apricot. The spices are up next; lots of citrus peel and more prominent spices. All of the tripel flavors that you would typically find but in typical Stone style, they are more amplified. Very flavorful and complex yet at the same time it's still refreshing.

M: Full bodied, a bit thick, light carbonation.

D: I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. I've got another bottle that I'm going to age until 12/12/12 and I'm very interested to see how this thing will change with time. I sure did like it fresh. It's very flavorful and delicious. Another excellent brew from Stone.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figure one year was all I could wait til I cracked open this bottle and shared it with my brother.

Poured a nice amber color with a thick white head. You could see the carbonation rising to the top rapidly and the ale left good lacing throughout the drinking period.

The aroma was of oranges and grapefruit.

The taste was similar to many Belgian tripels. There was a strong grapefruit flavor, rich malts, and a medium body to it. Not much in the way of hops, but I don't mind!

There was no heavy aftertaste on the palate other than the lingering presence of the alcohol, which was evident in the first taste.

This ale is very drinkable if it weren't for the high abv, but it's so good it would be a shame not to make a night out of it.

Photo of FARGO619
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EPIC bottle share with some good people. This one was okay, but I'm only rating this beer as I went into it with an open mind. I'm not into Belgian style beers, but love Stone. Maybe with age it'll get better, but here we go.

A-Light in color with with head. Went down quick. Not too much carbination.

S-Ginger and citrus notes. Hint of sweetness.

T-Spicy in the tongue that dissipates quickly leaving a ginger flavor behind. The hops are still very present, especially for a 3 year old beer.

M-It went down okay. The citrus and spice with mild ginger taste.

D-I have two more that will try as the years go by.

Serving type: bottle/22oz.

Photo of Douglas14
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a nice little fluffy head that resides pretty quick. Just by the looks of it, you can see the full body of this beer. The aroma is sugary and heavily of spices, most notably, cinnamon...interesting. The taste follows the notes of the aroma almost identically except for a bitterness that heightens towards the finish of the sip. The mouthfeel is the area of this beer that I feel, lacked the most. The drinkability is great. Awesome beer...thought it would have better reviews...cant wait to try it in the years to come.

New Addition: Aged one year, compared next to the 08.08.08

Same scores, except for appearance, which went up to 4.5

Aged one year...a slight birth orange color with a nice thick head that leaves hood lace but doesn't have great retention. Much darker...more orange than the 08.08.08. This smells very much like orange juice and cinnamon. The flavor has smoothed out a ton. It is much silkier. A lot of citrus notes and spices, but they have come together very nicely. Awesome beer, especially after one year.

Compared next to the 08.08.08

Photo of theopholis
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice, slightly orange. Nice, white head with some retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma- Wonderful mix of orangy cirtris, Belgian yeast and a hint of earthiness. Just enough hops in there so you know you're not sniffing fruit juice. Smells very inviting.

Taste- Again, quite citrusy. Tastes great. Just a hint of yeastiness. Not much taste on the front of middle of toungue. Nost of it is on the rear as you swallow. Very interesting. A hint of candy sweetenss in there, and you get a feel for the alcohol as you drink it, but it's not over-powering.

Body- Quite slick. Slides down the gullet very nicely. Perfect level of CO 2 for the style. Okay, maybe a hair more would be nice. It's tought to put a finder on it. Body is medium for the style.

Drinkability- It's delicious, but not very sessionable. If you are just getting into Belgian ales, this is a very good starting point.

Photo of Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light clear amber color and formed a huge foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, banana, grapefruit, and clove. Definitely a Belgian aroma to this beer. The flavor was of malt, caramel, and candy. A very sweet beer, even for a Belgian style. The body is medium light and the finish is slightly astringent and bittersweet with a warming aspect of the alcohol present. Another fine offering from Stone.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden honey colord body, excellent clarity, mild carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of tight white foam.

Notes of zesty pepper hit the nose from a foot-and-a-half away as it pours. Up closer, a strong assertive lemon rises above the spice.

Surprisingly lightly, it rolls across the tongue. While described as a mix of saison and trippel, it also seems a bit witish. A light sweet taste, generously fruity, with a sprinkling of spice. Tangy and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, it dances across the tongue, but also with some body to it. Spices well integrated and not dusty.

Drinkability is another surprise. While I sometimes have struggled with trippels, this goes down so smooth. Winds may be howling this night, but I could see this as a summer nightcap out on the deck.

This was more of "take a shot" purchase than most, but it paid off well. Another winner from Stone.

Photo of montageman
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

My first Vertical Epic. I only bought one bottle, but after tasting this, I may need to get more. Pours a rich amber to orange with a quickly dissipating head that leaves little lacing. The smell is different - there is a cooling, minty component coupled with banana and ginger. Spicy yet soothing. The taste is spicy and sweet up front with a citrus like bitter finish. Mouthfeel is ideal for this - moderately carbonated with an almost syrupy texture. This is an awesome take on the Belgian style - easy to drink and very complex. Delicious! Highly recommended.

Photo of pwoods
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, poured into a Leffe over sized wine glass. Properly cellared.

A: Pours a beautiful glowing tangerine amber color with good visibility. About a fingers worth of white head forms and holds for a bit. A bit of lacing to start.

S: Lots of spices, a spearmint makes up a healthy portion of it. Some natural catnip smell and toothpaste, too, lol. Maybe some white pepper. Fresh spring flowers backed by some malt sweetness. Very interesting.

T/M: Right up front you get exactly what the nose offers with an edge to the spearmint and toothpaste. After the initial burst you get a drying yeast character, full of fruity and floral esters and backed by more spices... maybe some chardomum(sp?) and coriander. Light malt body with plenty of sweetness and candi sugar. Carbonation has held up very well and keeps things alive.

D: Extremely interesting and pretty drinkable. Complex enough to be a sipper... and the ABV :)

Photo of wedgie9
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with white minimal head. There is some sediment. Primary aromas of ginger and orange peel. Secondary aromas of mango, white peppercorn, apricot, and coriander. Very fruity on the palate. Apricot, peach, orange, and ginger. The aftertaste is dominated by pineapple. The body is medium, but the overall feel is bright, due to the weighty carbonation. The aftertaste is medium length with pineapple and ginger. Overall, this is a really fun beer. Rather complex on every level, and worthy of aging even longer.

Photo of chadlebald
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought 4 of these on 6/22. Will keep the other 3 to age, but MUST try one now.

Beautiful golden amber color. Light head that dissipates relatively quickly. Oh, the smell is nice. Unmistakably Belgian esters: yeasty, subtle spice, banana and orange peel. It actually lingers inside my nose.

No surprise, the taste is quite good as well. Nice fruit and spice--the cardamon stays present for a good amount of time in the finish. Just enough hops to put it on the drier side, and with the ginger giving its 'hotness' to encourage the next sip. Warming my insides as I write this (and continue to drink more). Yummy.

It's a very good beer right now, so I wonder what time will do. (can't wait to find out!)

God bless those Belgians for brewing their beers. And bless those San Diegans at Stone for brewing another future gem.

Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light tan/light orange/yellow body with a small soap bubbled type head.

Nose is a cornucopia of smells. Tropical fruits, lots of sugary belgian yeast, candied fruit, pepper, ginger and lime peel. Strong alcohol whiffs and it really starts to have a strong saison mixed with tropical spice and fruit character as it warms. Very nice.

Fruit juice and alcohol. Very reminiscent of a tropical mixed drink like a margarita or daiquiri. Taste is medium to full bodied with a course grain mouth-feel from the start fading into a sharp numbing bitterness in the finish. Loads of fresh cut malt and grain, but the taste is dominated by citrus. Lemons, lime, grapefruit juice, citrus peel, tons of ginger, passion-fruit, mangos, bananas, kaffir lime and a nice spice mixture ending with a big kick of belgian yeast. A very strong bitterness but not a huge hop taste presence. Alcohol is really strong in this beer and really shines through with warmth as well as a kick in the butt after a few sips.

Not quite a saison and not quite a triple, but 150% of each mixed equally. Really very nice right now and I'm having a hard time picturing it aged 5 years, although the alcohol and strong course bitterness should mellow nicely. It should be interesting to see if it retains it's big fruit flavors. I like this one a lot, it's everything I wanted in 040404. Bring on 08.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange golden with a reasonable head that is fine and white and settles to a thin swirly cap. Nice aromas of candi sugar, pears, cardamom, bananas, and some light alcohol. Very integrated and pleasant aromas. The taste is also a seemless blend of Belgian yeast flavors and fruit. Apple, pear , and banana pair with some light clove spiciness and some residual sweetness as well as some citrusy bitterness. Delicious. This beer is smooth, creamy, and lightly spicy, and drinking beautifully right now.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/07/07 Vintage Vertical Epic

Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - White Lemon Ginger Truffle.

A: Pours a light amber/golden hue with an off-white fluffy head, leaving tons of lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet and herbal, faint hop, ginger, earthy and medicinal - very unique and pleasant.

T: Sweet and spicy maltiness, good bitter hop, citrus zest and a bit of booze on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied but definitely more on the lighter side of medium-bodied, dry and smooth with a good amount of carbonation that works well with the style.

D: This is one of my favorite Vertical Epics - such an easy and enjoyable drinker. I had the great pleasure of drinking this one out of an oak barrel last year at the Blind Lady. Just amazing!

Photo of chugalug06
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A Nice soapy, rapidly dissipating white head. Brew is foggy (Chill Hazed?) orange with some nice lt. reds.

S - Very chamomile. Lots of rose hips and peach. Red Delicious Apple. Peppery

T - Toffee, white grape. Awesome! Slightly sour. Toffee apple...

M - Awesome (light) carbonation. Zero heat. Light body.

O - Highly recommended! Awesome brew, plus, it was released on my Birthday. Age has done this brew wonderfully. Can't wait to try my other in another year.

Photo of jamesm7485
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a stone whore myself, i saw this in my local bottle shop and figured eh what the hell ill pick up a few. Im glad i did as a frequent ris and dipa drinker this was a nice lighter change without being flavorless. Nice fruity taste but not in an offensive way and its hard to pinpoint what it is. Not stones typical offering's but its a very good solid beer and im looking forward to trying the rest of the line.

Photo of Trappissed
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of sweet with dark fruit flavors and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Some yeast traces in the nose as well as the taste. Impressive neverending head and sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation in appearance, but not so much in the taste thankfully. Nice clear amber hue. Semi-chewy mouthfeel. Touch of grapes in the nose as well as the flavor.

Probably the best take I've had so far on an American version of this style. I'm not sure how much different this would have tasted fresh, but it seems that a couple of years has done some good to this. I would seek this out again. The fruit definitely outweighs the yeasty taste, which leaves a good impression. For $6.50, I feel that I got a great deal on this beer.

Photo of mattster
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 22oz Bomber and poured into snifter.

Nice foamy light tan head forms atop a vibrant amber brew that is hazy.

Smells quite aromatic. Some hops, some spice. Nothing distinguishable. Taste is weird at first, but after a few sips, it becomes very palatable. Nice bitterness. Good hoppy taste with light citrus and ginger. Really great beer.

Has a really nice body and nice mouth feel. Very drinkable, but it definitely not a chugger. Sip like fine wine.

I plan on purchasing more of these as it is quite worthy. Very recommended.

Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, this was good. Had this in their 22 oz bottle and man was this good. A great murky amber appearance a thin to medium head. Very well carbonated, I can hear the fizzing. The smell alluring: thick fruity malt aromas with big hints of spice and sugars. The taste had a wicked good, smooth aftertaste. Pretty sweet and dragged out flavors. A fizzing carbonation, like previously mentioned, helped make this pretty refreshing but please enjoy this beer without a meal; it should be enjoyed all on its own. Very nice.

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter. This beer is a slightly cloudy medium golden/deep orange/copper color. Very nice color. The head is about an inch thick when poured. It settles to a quite thin surface layer about 10 minutes after pouring. Nice white ring lining the inside of the glass though. Good lacing. Aroma wise sweet spice galore and malt are certainly present as well as some banana. Sort of a fruity and floral aroma too. Very malty and sweet upfront tastewise. Spices such as clove and ginger are present among others. The taste is rounded out by some fruit and hop notes. Orange and lemon are certainly present along with a hint of banana. This beer has a dry, spicy and biting aftertaste. Has a very crisp, bubbly mouthfeel with a full body and moderate to heavy carbonation. easy to drink in the manner that great beer should be. It took me well over an hour an half to finish a bomber of this stuff. Overall this beer is certainly different from any other Belgian style Strong Pale Ale I have ever had before. A lot about this beer reminded me of Stone's Barley Wine, which I like a lot. Another winner from Stone!

Eric

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.