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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

549 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | FT: 13
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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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Another VE on tap at Alewife.

A: The ale is a golden tea color, a bit of brown balancing things out. Not much in the way of head, just a thin band.

S: The nose has plenty of spice, lemon and ginger with cardamom dominating with its ususal zeal.

T: The ale is spice-laden, having held up nicely over the years. The cardamom drives a bold profile that is lively and (almost) excessively sweet.

M: I like this kind of spice profile, bold and assertive, domineering even.

D: A little on the strong end, VE07 is a sipper.

akorsak, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

a: white head rolls up from the bottom, nice retention, and a rich bright copper color

s: Candied, well spiced orange upfront with a big backbone of sugary pale malts. Aromas of various fruity baked goods and liquor sauce.. Carries quite a few similarities to a tripel.

m: smoothly carbonated with a slick, full-medum body

t: Lots of spice, particularly orange and coriander. Big load of pale malts and a considerable sweet flavor. Big notes of apple pie with big cinnamon and clove. Subtly hopped it seems. Interesting now but should come together nicely with some time.

d: not bad

bottle from The Caboose in Ashland, carried to Madison

consumed 08/02/2013: Actually survived age quite well, my second favorite so far with the chipotle/pepper VE at the top. Sweet tripel malts, a little earthy oxidation but not much, and a nice fruity coriander spice. Enjoyable.

blackie, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Another directive from V-to-the-Dubb. It pours a very slightly hazy orange amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, orange zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, and lemon pulp. The taste is heavy on the citrus, with large amounts of orange zest and coriander; the usual Belgian spiciness must have diminished over time, consisting now of only pepper, rye, nutmeg, and cardamom, all kinda light but blending together nicely. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, I'd say this brew has held up pretty well over the course of three years, and now stands as a more complex (and clearer) wit. Good stuff, no matter what you call it...I just wish I had been able to try it in '07.

TMoney2591, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of mcallister
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Cloudy, pale, semi opaque fiery amber color. Poured with a nice off white head with a fluff to it that fades quickly into some slight, highly carbonated lacing.

Noce is full of fresh tropical fruit and clove with an afterthough of bubblegum. Pineapple and mango and moderate banane lead into a citrusy orange pear. RS seems like it may show it's face. Some floral hopping as well. Bright and lively acidity.

Again very fruity. With a large undermining of clove. Carbonation seems to be a little flat for this beer especially compared to the bottled sample I tried. Pear, peach, and orange, with less tropical activity than the nose. Still hints of banana and pineapple. A dry finish that is a little misleading considering the amount of fruit. Even a hint of corriander? A more acidic backbone with slightly more carbonation would have greatly benefited this brew. Still a sticky creamy mid palate and a beer I could drink one or two of.

mcallister, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Purchased in Buffalo, always enjoy these vertical epics.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber, medium sized off white head forms, settles to a thin layer, nice sticky lace. Smell is sweet/sour, caramel, some citrus, yeasty, oranges, buttered bread, some spices in the finish, pretty interesting. Taste is similar, sweet/sour feel up front, fruity, caramel/butter, spices and yeast, oranges, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. My least favourite of the Vertical Epics, but we'll see how it ages.

Viggo, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Beautiful copper golden clear body with good carbonation. Slightly off-white head of mostly small bubbles. Low retention and lace.
Sweet bread and marcipan smell. Floral notes swirl on top of an alcoholic whiff with spice.
Taste is alcohol, spice, molasses and malts well balanced with velvety hops. Aftertaste of Lingering malts with some nutskin hops and faint alcoholic flavor.
Medium to full body, some coating and a dry finish. Abit of residual sugars.
Good drinkability.
Though this is a good brew it did not live up to Stone standards. Maybe this one needs to age abit.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore

A-pours a hazy golden amber color with a thin white head.

S-the nose has light notes of yeast, banana, clove, some green apple with hints of spicy alcohol in the back.

T-the yeast flavors are light and don't seem to have that some belgian style kick to it, light banana notes with a fair bit of green apple in the flavor. some spicy alcohol and phenols sit in the back.

M-light body and smooth on the palate. low carbonation with a clean soft finish.

D-pretty straight forward and simple, a little sweet and lacks the spice and yeast flavors to balance, still relatively drinkable and refreshing.

cpetrone84, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, wow, 5" of foam over 1" of beer. Transitions back to beer nicely, but takes awhile. White froth laces the glass excellently over the clear dark golden brew. Aroma is sweet and spicy, but also seems tinged of soap. Taste starts sweet as well, zings with some citrus zest, and then mellows toward the close with moderate spicing, and closes with acceptable levels of warmth. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit flat, but that's not surprising with the foamy start, with drinkability that is reasonable as well. Not wowed by this one, but seems to have the room and character that may improve. Have to check again later.

ppoitras, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Aroma is very spicy, a combo of yeast esters and added spices. I get the ginger that's described on the bottle and some citrus too that could be the citrus peel but also some American hops. Underneath is nice malt aromas with some crystal malt nose. There is a very slight belgian "funk" to go in there too.

Golden with lots of big rising carbonation bubbles but a pretty small rocky head fades to not much head at all.

First sip is very malty sweet. Lots of honey flavor. Later sips as it warms up is more spicy. I really get a bunch of citrus, more like candied peel than bitter rind. Aftertaste is pretty much dominated by the ginger. The flavors aren't really well blended, each stands out pretty much. But the beer is intended to be aged so maybe they will begin to blend with time in the bottle. Right now I find it all a little too much to concentrate on and so harder to enjoy.

Medium to full bodied which hides the strength. Very rough carbonation level that acts to cleanse the palate making it seem even lighter.

Interesting fresh. Not among my favorites right now but I've got my stash for the long haul.

czechsaaz, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of thebarracuda
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a honey/golden color with minimal head. Light floral scent. A strong smack of hops. A powerful alcohol note with a light sweet aftertaste that touches the back of the throat. I can’t wait to try this beer in 5 years, I should have bought an extra bottle for every year

thebarracuda, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Golden color with a tint of red. Fine bubbled head that drops to a thin lacing cap. Smell is spicey and drifts slightly to a alcohol note as it warms. This isn't necessary bad, but there is no hiding that this one has some kick to it. Taste somehow comes accross as somewhat bland, some spice, sugar sweetness, with an alcohol finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Not an overly drinkable beer. I bought a case of these when it first came out and i still have 9 left. It's mellowed somewhat over time but I'm hoping a little more aging improves this one some more. I'm a huge fan of Stone but this one has to be my least favorite of their offerings to date.

beermanbrian, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Sampled at BCTC 2008.

Pours a light amber with a thick off-white head and some lacing. Subtle spice in the aroma as well as some hop pine. Interesting taste with several competing flavors including cloves, pine, malt sweetness, some juicy fruit and a slight, almost saison-like tartness. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy and somewhat chewy. Good drinkability.

TheBCrew, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance: Hazy gold with a bit of sediment floating around. Good head and head retention.

Smell: Gingerbread, citrus and a plethora of spices. Sweet but not cloying.

Taste: Sweet and heavily spiced, the ginger and cardamom are pretty strong in the flavor, though fairly pleasant. Hops are practically non-existant, but the other spices make up for it by adding quite a bit of depth and complexity. This will make a decent Christmas beer when the time comes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy. Moderate carbonation; less than most Belgian ales.

Notes: Having had a few of these now, it's definitely growing on me. I'm interested to see how it holds up over time, though I suspect it may become too sweet.

largadeer, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of shirfan
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Dark gold with a brief 1-finger head, some small particulate matter floating around.

Fruity, estery aroma -- mostly pear, followed by some stawberry and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor starts moderately sweet with some mild pear, pineapple, and strawberry. From there, things fall off a bit -- mouthfeel thins and a mildly sour graniness takes over. A touch of alcohol in the finish, as well as a mild peppery note. "Bland" comes to mind, other than the prickly alcohol heat at the end.

I really like most of Stone's beers, but this just didn't quite make the grade. A good brew but not a great one.

shirfan, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

This is my first bottle of the much hyped vertical Epic. This is the stuff people on eBay are paying crazy prices for, especially for older years. It poured an average appearance with not much of a head I'm used to expecting from Belgian Ales. It has a hazy gold color with just one spot of lacing present. It has a good mouthfeel that is very creamy and rolls off the tongue gently. It goes down real smooth and leaves a strong dry lingering bitter finish. The finish also hints with notes of a dry grapefruit and citrus taste. Full bodied with the standard Belgian yeast taste and aroma. A bit too much malt. There is no hop taste or nose noted. The bottle has a lot of yeast sediment on the bottom. Half way through it loses its carbonation and is going flat. You can definitely tell this wasn't brewed by any monks, and should be called Belgian "Style" Strong Ale. Strong ABV is well-hidden. If this is as good as an American Brewery is going to brew a Belgian Strong Ale then its great, but it’s not the best I’ve had. It is very drinkable and has a great mouth feel, but lacks in appearance and aroma. Stone has created this mythological brew with their Vertical Epic that doesn’t live up to their fabled description on its bottle.

kelticblood, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Had the 05, 07 and 07 wine barrel all side by side at Churchkey the other night, and those three were all rather disappointing.

Beer is a little bit of a spice bomb but its probably my favorite vertical epic of the night. Beer is yellow and has a nice head of medium bubbles on it that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like citrus and ginger. OK, this is what you wanted Stone.

Lead off for this beer is a medium to light body, moderate carbonation and ...oh yeah GINGER. Its ginger and coriander I think and that's about it. Its not very sweet, not a lot of malt to hold this one up but its spicy. That's about all. It was OK.

drabmuh, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of oakbluff
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Bomber courtesy of Viggo, and shared with Fisherman34. Pours a fairly light amber with decent head. Spicy nose on this one. Taste follows suit- very spicy and dry. Hops leave a bit of a metallic twang towards the end. Alcohol is somewhat noticable, but does not distract. Body is quite good and carbonation levels suit the style(s). The spice is very close to being over the edge, but do end up working in this brew. I can’t pick up much of the fruit, mostly the earthy spices. Nice beer- hard to see this lasting until 2012 though.

oakbluff, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Chico1985
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%

Along with the 06, having this for the first time with quite a bit of age on it. This one is ~ 5 1/2 years old at this point. Thanks to Cam once again.

Pours copper orange with some haze. An off-white head retains well.

Very musty scent, oxidized caramel, ginger, light fruits.

Taste is luckily alot better. Big citrus flavor here sticks out the most, along with grapefruit and lemon, surprisingly bright fruit tastes here for how old it is. Some farmy saison notes, toffee and buttery malts, and hints of ginger. Some old caramel malts there as well but not too much age noticeable.

Well-carbonation with a pretty full body, not much booze presence at all.

Very fruity, doesn't come off as very Belgian, though it has held up pretty well, better than the 06 anyways.

Chico1985, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of yamar68
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Honey pear gold with a full finger of off-white carb... laces wonderfully with tons of activity below the head, which retains pretty consistently.

Yeasty sweet pear, lemongrass, pale grape skins, apple cider and lots of it... some lemon-lime notes, sweet grains, pretty mellow.

Apple juice, Belgian yeast, some mild citrus flavors... some spicy nutmeg type flavors surface in the finish. Overly sweet initially but it really does grow on you. Pretty good actually.

If you happen upon a bottle of this, go for it.

yamar68, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of kmo1030
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

fantastic looking orangey gold, with a thick light tan head that sticks around.
while there is a thick head the yeast shines in the aroma. once that fades, ginger takes over with some of the citrus rind components and clove. grows vaguely plastic-y (soapy?) at times.
the taste seems yeast driven, but the spicing plays a big part as well. it's got a lot of that lightly fruity belgian pale ale yeast type flavor up front with banana, soft mango, peach(?) etc. and as it travels over the tongue the spices kick in in greater amount with citrus peel, clove and ginger being most aparent. bitterness at the finish cleans up the end before it can tunr into a trainwreck, which it might be without that bitterness and dryness at the back end. the heavy spicing grows a little tiresome though, 8 oz or so would be a more ideal size in it's present state. it can be pretty hot too. burps taste like ginger wrapped banana.
full bodied with middle of the road carbonation.
pretty good but a bit much at the moment. this was designed for a long rest though. should be good in a few years.

kmo1030, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

A- Golden red body with a thin white head that stuck around as a foam cap and ring.

A- Dark fruity aroma, but at the same time with significant spice and ginger.

T- Very sweet body. Finishes spicy. Quite a lot of ginger flavor.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly warming beer.

D- Enjoyable beer, but quite a bit of ginger.

gpogo, May 13, 2011
Photo of joepais
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

I poured this Bomber into my Duvel glass because it just seemed right. This brew looked great in the glass big white head that trails off to a thick lace. The color of the body was a clear brilliant orange.

Smells like a Belgian, tons of yeast and spices, along with a big citrus bite in the end. The aromas are great on this and even gets better as it warms the spices become more evident

Flavors of this mimic the nose a lot I can see how cellaring this thing might tame some of these spices. Glad I have one more to try in a few years

Treat this brew like a sipper and you will be rewarded it gets better as it warms and the alcohol will sneak up on you if drink it to fast.

joepais, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

The second of our "epic" night...lol...I kill myself.

A: The same style as the 08 VE, this beer possess more carbonation, along with a darker appearance...resembling a color more similar to a dark amber than a golden hue. Lacing is less impressive than the previous beer, but head retention is greater.

S: I told my friends I got a minty-like aroma...Mauerhan said more medicinal....so I guess it's something inbetween the two. Hop profile has disappeared since the first time I devoured this beverage, and the malt presence has taken over.

T: Again, a mint/medicinal flavor profile that is enhanced a bit by the alcohol...I know, that sounds weird. There also seems to be a nice balance of sweet malts and spearmint taste, which might be contributed to the Belgian spices.

M: More than enough carbonation, a beefy body, and nice lingering taste.

D: Easy to drink, better than the 07', but on the other hand...nothing spectacular!

Overall: A good beer...nothing crazy. Cheers!

OlieIPA, May 13, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%

Next in the series. Bottle says to age this one to at least 12/12/12. Well, I think I've got that covered.

A: A fairly odd shade of yellowish brown. Neither light nor dark. Neither yellow nor brown. I must say, it's not an overly appealing shade. Forms a small fizzy head that fizzes away quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Aroma is nearly non-existent. Swirling the glass, I am barely able to pick up anything beyond a fruity sweetness and some yeasty phenols.

T: Taste is much more pronounced. It is moderately sweet, with notes of ginger ale, candy sugar, herbs, fennel, citrus zest and some light spices. Bright floral notes. A bit alcoholic on the back end.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Low-medium carbonation levels. Spicy-prickly on the finish. Mild bitterness.

O: An okay beer. Not really sure it benefited from six years of aging.

Florida9, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -5%

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a slighty hazy bright orange/yellow hue. A nice half inch of creamy white foam appears atop the brew and slowly falls. Aromas begin with spicy yeast and light citrusy tones. Definetly some ginger in there are as well. Fruity esters abound. Somewhat grainy maltiness as well. Interesting.

First sip brings a crisp, spicy light malt upfront that carries lots of tropical, citric flavors with it. Spicy ginger makes itself known midway through and the brew flows down with just a touch of hops. Finishes a bit dry with a lingering fruity spiciness and a blast of yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish. Goes down fairly easily and the bomber disappears pretty quickly. I'm just not too sure what this beer is trying to be and at no point did it really grab me. I'll let my other bottles sit and see what happens with some age. Thanks to KingG for hooking me up with this one.

orbitalr0x, Aug 15, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.