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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

547 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | FT: 12
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:
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!

(Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007)
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mandanss

New York

4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

The Bottle- it is a big ole pints worth of exceptional beer from an extra ordinary brewery that Stone Brewing Company is.

The pour- pours out like any good ole Belgian style beer should like a Trappist with its massive mushrooming head, and deep golden color into any style chalice glass like Chimay with its maelstrom center of spiraling bubbles typical of any Belgian style ale.

Smell- smells like mowed grass on a cool spring day in may.

Taste- holy moely where do you begin, well on the front of the tongue get a big taste of citrus that fades quickly into an effervesce of a tonic and lime or in this case lemon. Which ends in a complex mix of alcohol and tannins that make for a rather refreshing drink so long as you drink it slowly. There is no need to rush this it will be with you for a very long time.

Drink ability- very drinkable just take you time with the best of time and the worst of times.

07-13-2007 01:50:04 | More by mandanss
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +25.2%

22 oz bottle

A: Deep golden, copper under a big white head. Some nice lace and nice retention.

S: Smells fruity and spicy. A bit of apple and pear mixed with some sage, a bit of ginger and maybe some pepper. Perhaps a little saison-like hay character as well.

T: Sweet throughout. Spicy and fruity again, with some drying alcohol in the back end. Sage plays the biggest spice role, again mixed with a bit of apple. Saison-like hay is more noticeable in the taste.

M/D: Very nice mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied, carbonation is just right. Body might be a bit too slick for my liking, but that is nit-picking. Excellent drinkability. Overall, a very excellent bear.

10-08-2008 23:36:30 | More by NCSUdo
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maddogruss

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +24.1%

This is an excellent example of a good Belgian Ale.

A: Pours a golden body with a small head that dissipates after a few sips but a solid lacing is evident that hold thorughout the whole beer.

S: An excellent, sweet malty smell. Also, ginger, cardamon, grapegruit all seemd ot be evident in the smell as well.

T: The taste was just as exquisite. A nice, sweet malt taste with the spices noted above evident but not overbearing. The alcohol was barely noticeable except for in my bloodstream. Smooth, banana esters were present in the aftertaste that did well did balance the other spices and the malts.

M: A crisp, smooth mouthfeel that was bot anjoyable and refreshing.

D: A very drinkable beer. Good taste, great mouthfeel. The alcohol was barely noticeable and the beer was just fantastic overall. An exceptional brew.

01-02-2008 21:34:41 | More by maddogruss
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gkatsoris


4.63/5  rDev +22.8%

Appearance: This beer was an absolute gorgeous golden honey color. When held up to a light there was a hint of amber. The head was 2-3 fingers, and at an inch over the glass the head refused to drip.

Smell: Smells uniquely similar to Dog's 120 min IPA. The smell was tangy. Very tangy. Tangy and honey sweet. W/ a hint of citrus, and a deep hop.

Taste: Again, tangy. Tangy and Sweet; very similar to 120 IPA. It had deep flavors of honey, citrus, w/ a hint of very ripe pineapple. The finish was kind of buttery and hopalicious. The hops underlayed all of these flavors perfectly.

Mouthfeel: After taking a drink, there was a second foam reaction. I take (huge) gulps, which almost made my cheeks pop. Not sure why this is, maybe I didn't let it set long enough after pouring/opening.

Drinkability: I am more than thankful I have a whole case. The only problem will be resisting drinking them before the summers over. Yeah, that good.

07-13-2007 00:38:02 | More by gkatsoris
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

So guess what, it is July 7th 2007 and I have in my hand my first bottle of Stone's Vertical Epic 07.07.07! Hell yeah, this was the first year I was actually able to obtain one, to be able to drink it, by the release date(and by the skin of my teeth, it just arrived today!) Really siked for this as I had been waiting anxiously hopingit would arrive in time. Botle is the sameas theo thers in the series, Ale brewed with spices, and the 07's circling, been awaiting so I shall dive in.

Poured a very cloudy and haze golden amber. Not your pale golden amber, but a nice full, orange tint to it. Great streaming bubbles of carbonation were rippling to the surface through chains from the bottom. A nice one inch head formed immediatly upon the pour, hung around for about a minute then faded and receded back to just a film on top concentrated on the sides of the glass. Some residual lace on the glass was visible during the session.

The smell was highly spiced. Very light, but rich and complex aroma came over you as you took the first smell. Dark fruits, plums, figs, maybe some pear or apple could be detected in the backround trying to make their case known. A definate hoppines was also very much there. A slight citrus twist trying t creep up through the rest of the fruits. Upon warming one could also pick out a fresh cut grass, or earthiness to it as well. Very nice aroma, not as heavy as some of the past years.

Now for the dive in...First impression of the taste, was light, crisp and refreshing with a definate hoppy quality to it. If I did not know better I could almost see this as a belgian IPA. Lots of fruit flavors were readily apparent, bigtime pear flavor as well as some plum could be detected. I also picked up some apple in there. Lots of spices, nutmeg, a banana maybe too... The more you think about it the more you will find, the mark of a finely crafted brew. But the hop was still there, and a nice american citric hop it was, a touch of grapefruit is really what is being picked up here. Nice dry finish, slightly bitter, but more spicey and fruity. Great feel on this. Very light, not slick or oily at all, not watered down, every sip was full of flavor and never dull. Great carbonation helped the flavor simply wash over your tongue and gave it that alive feeling. Well done.

Overall this was sensational. Not apparent feel for the alcohol, very well hidden, made this one extremely drinkable. Not as heavy sitting as the others. This was by far my favorite of the series that I have tried thus far. I am not sure how it will hold up for five more years, but this is definatly damn good now. I would have to say to try it now, and put a couple away if you can. But I dont know how it would improve, just a fine quality beer here.

07-08-2007 03:28:20 | More by mikesgroove
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chileman13

New Mexico

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

a-poured a nice light unfiltered golden with 1 finger of cream head that quickly moved to a ring.
a- smells very spicy and sweet. Reminds me of a spiced ale.
t-strong alcohol flavour with spices. cardomon and citrus are the main flavours.
m- light creamy mouthfeel.
drinkable -Yes! I should have bought more.
BTW- this would have never lasted to 12-12-12

01-24-2008 01:43:08 | More by chileman13
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colts9016

Idaho

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

Poured into a brandy snifter and let decant for about 20 minutes at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A beautiful orange color with a nice amber hue. The clarity of the beer is hazy and there is particles in the bottom of the snifter. The head is a nice rocky foamy white and is two finger and slowly dissipated down to a nice ring around the brandy snifter.

Nose: A nice ripe pear, and orange with a nice fruity ester. There is a nice toasted malt that is nice biscuit aroma.

Taste: There is wonder balance between hops and malt. There a very smooth malt character with an orange and pear flavors. A nice subtle spiciness that is blended well in the beer. There is a biscuit and a toasty hints and a nice sweetness at the end.

Overall: Wow. is all I could say for the first sip. The mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. The finish is slightly acidic and bitter leaving a pleasant finish on the palate. This is why I am Stone Brewery fan. The beer is awesome. The Alcohol is well hidden within the make up of the beer. The beer is well made and I think I found a new favorite style of beer beside Imperials. The balance is so delicate and fine.

01-23-2009 23:21:53 | More by colts9016
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theopholis

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

12-21-2007 22:27:56 | More by theopholis
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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...

02-24-2008 18:56:37 | More by dsa7783
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John_M

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

08-10-2007 18:35:35 | More by John_M
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goalie33

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

12-13-2012 02:27:20 | More by goalie33
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

07-11-2007 23:27:48 | More by BlindPig
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willjschmidt

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

07-08-2007 03:48:16 | More by willjschmidt
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-29-2013 01:45:31 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

02-12-2013 04:08:06 | More by KiMiRaiK
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davexisxrabid

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

12-29-2008 17:43:58 | More by davexisxrabid
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-14-2013 22:53:02 | More by BlissJunkie
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

08-11-2007 12:49:28 | More by Risser09
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-20-2012 15:55:14 | More by bluesplit63
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FARGO619

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

06-24-2011 13:30:46 | More by FARGO619
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kornkid8600

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

12-08-2011 06:59:04 | More by kornkid8600
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Douglas14

California

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

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

08-26-2008 16:17:24 | More by Douglas14
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Hershdawg

California

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

03-05-2010 01:21:46 | More by Hershdawg
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montageman

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

11-03-2007 00:29:34 | More by montageman
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Wildman

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +18%

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.

06-26-2007 01:30:27 | More by Wildman
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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