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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

545 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 46
Gots: 138 | 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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mdfb79

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

From 12/23/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone Veritcal Epic glass. Opened as part of my 2 day, 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 tasting.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, mint, orange, peppermint, spices, pepper. Nice citrus but the mint is a little weird.

t - Tastes of citrus, lemon, oranges, pepper, mint, bready malts, Belgian yeast, fruit malts. taste is very slightly weird, with lots of pepper and mint. Not bad but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol heat, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer, though I preferred 07-07-07 and 09-09-09. This one is completely different as a tripel, with a lot of citrus and spice, probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

12-24-2012 16:26:15 | More by mdfb79
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

A- Nice hazy deep gold; decent white head; yeast particles are visible throughout.

S- Typical Belgian aroma; cloves are predominant; it's not sweet and is kind of saison-like; some good citrusy aromas show themselves as the beer warms (orange and lime).

T- Cloves to start, than a whole lot of herbal hops; the hops mingle with some malt sweetness and the beer finishes dry a with a touch of bitterness; some alcohol is also present. The flavors don't really mesh here. It really needs more malt flavor.

M- Decent medium body with a nice carbonation level.

D- Not bad, although the alcohol is a little high. I'll stick to one bomber.

Certainly not my favorite from Stone. The flavor's just not doing it for me. However, I suppose the beer was designed to age for a few years, so here's hoping that will improve it. As it stands it's just ok, but hopefully a few years in the cellar will smooth things out.

07-02-2007 04:55:13 | More by vtfan77
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%

Served in 10 oz snifter at the 2013 Most Arrogant Bash.

Remarkable orange-amber color; crystal clear with a small but partially durable head. Very little lacing.
The aroma is not promising, with too much suggestion of vinegar. Otherwise, a wild mix of spices over a fruity base. The flavor also has a suggestion of vinegar but, thankfully, this is much more subdued.
M: Still lightly hot, the higher ABV is not well hidden. Low carbonation works well.

O: At 6 years, probably the oldest beer I've had, and probably past its prime, even if specially delivered by Stone. Still, interesting, fun and enjoyable, if flawed and slightly challenging.

06-13-2013 23:24:03 | More by chinchill
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Treebs

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: A ton of cardamom and citrus zest. Some fruity alcohol notes as well with just a touch of sweet toffee malt.

T: Some candied grapefruits with a some spicy yeasty. A little bubblegum with some big cardamom notes. Light caramel malts. A ton of zest with bitter citrus peel.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spicy and zesty on the finish.

O: Definitely one of the better ones of the nights, but I like cardamom and bitter zest. The beer was either liked or hated at the tasting mainly due to the cardamom.

02-13-2013 02:42:22 | More by Treebs
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer appears dark orange and hazy with a small head. The aroma brings candied oranges, peppermint, malt. Sweetness makes its presence felt immediately. Spice character more evident in the flavor than the nose. Citrus soaked in alcohol. Fairly straightforward and one dimensional. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I like orange candies so it's entirely possible that I enjoy this more than the rest of the guys. Overall, Ok.

01-12-2013 21:45:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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cameraman

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

An amber to golden color with quater inch thick white colored head. This dissolves away slowly, to form a thin film on top. The malt is at the front of the aroma, followed by a sweet citrus fragrance, not like grapefruit, more like an orange scent. There is a light gerassy fragrance coming out at the end. The malt rolls right in on the palate, that flavor blends itself to a sweet citrusiness that last till the end, also has bit of ginger flavor as well. A medium bodied feel, there is a foaming sensation of carbonation midway, and a mild burn of alchol in the throat. This beer has been aging for about eleven months, I have another one aging as well. It has alot beligian characteristics of fruitiness and sweet spices, but the unpleasant feel brings it down.

08-20-2008 01:07:11 | More by cameraman
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Well this beer is as the label describes, golden. The head was a short oil slick on the surface. It smells kind of fruity, and kind of like a piece of bubblegum. This is a very good aroma. The taste has some spicy qualities but does not quite deliver on the aroma. The carbonation is a little prickly to the mouth and made the beer hard to down. It took me about two hours to finish the bottle. I will probably buy a couple more bottles for aging in the hopes that this improves. This wasn't a bad beer but the carbonation just made me feel bloated as I drank it.

04/21/08

Nine months has done this beer nicely. Apples, grapes abound in both the flavor and aroma. Sticky, sweet, not quite tart. Very interesting and complex taste. This is aging well (so far).

06-26-2007 16:10:01 | More by ArrogantB
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dough

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured this beer into a Tulip at about 50-55 degrees.

Pours an amber color with about 1 inch of head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Nose reminds me of candy apples.

Taste: Hebal, orangeskin fruitiness with a malty undertone. I sense a drying finish.

Overall this is a decent beer and a nice take on a classic Belgian style. I am interested to see how this one ages and looking forward to another review in 5 years.

11-07-2007 03:46:15 | More by dough
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yesyouam

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Aug 31, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale is a rather clear amber ale with tiny particles swimming around in it. The white head mostly recedes, yielding a soft, thin white film that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and very yeasty. There are notes of orange, apricot, cherry and bubble gum. It has a medium (medium-light) body that seems a bit watery. It has a lively, sharp carbonation and a slightly chalky finish. The flavor starts sweet and turns spicy. The citrus flavor at the beginning seems a little at odds with the rest of the flavor. A tenor malt tone takes over and rolls smoothly into bitterness. The aftertaste is of black pepper. It's not bad, but I've come to expect more from stone. This obviously needs some cellaring. Good potential once the flavor and texture smooth out.

01-03-2009 00:25:55 | More by yesyouam
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Drank 1/25/13

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a deep apricot body with a touch of haze and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a thick ring of antique white head. The second glass has a micro-jetsam suspended in the body.

S- The spun sugar aroma has some bright lemon tartness to it with a mellow more full dry spice in the finish. There is some cardamom aroma with ginger warmth and a pale malt sweetness as it opens along with a cream aroma.

T- The jelly marmalade orange flavor takes on some lemon flavors that grow. The mellow cardamom is still strong with ginger heat growing stronger aswell, and some tangerine zest in the finish. The ginger heat shows up in the after taste. The finish is dry but the citrus gives it some perceived sweetness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol heat only on the exhale.

O- This beer improved a bit with age but the flavor profiles are a bit awkward together and has sort of a old time aftershave quality to the flavor. I was hoping for more yeast character to push the spice and citrus into secondary flavors, but it wasn’t there.

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(Served in a tulip glass)
drank 7/20/2007
A- This beer has a crystal clear light amber body with a snow white head that fades to a thin ring around the glass. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The note of perfume and flower petals comes through with a dry spice note like that of cardamom and frankincense. There is a light green vegetation note in the finish but it is not specifically hops. The hints of pale sweet malt come through lightly as the beer warms but it has more corn sugar than malt qualities.

T- The taste of dry candy sugar comes through with a very light white wine note and a note of perfumed spun sugar. The note of cardamom is soft but increases as the beer warms. The finish has a soft grapefruit rind note with slight snap of ginger without the ginger taste. The green notes of hops are soft in the finish but are present with the other flavors.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a light alcohol heat in the finish.

D- The spice flavors are a bit off and stronger than the sugar/malt flavors. I think some age could improve this beer and hopefully quiet the spices a bit. The hops are soft already so it might be a totally different beer in 5 years.

07-20-2007 19:01:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Pale grain malt aroma full of fruity, spicy notes: banana, lemon, clove, and cardamom.

Taste: Light pale malt taste with some candi sugar sweetness and hints of banana, clove, and cardamom throughout. The hops seem especially light, instead leaving the oily, zesty citrus flavors to balance the sweetness. Still, it finishes sweet and carries over the cardamom and some of the purported ginger finally appearing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: That's it for now, I'll be sure and return to this beer to see how it's progressing before the calendar year is up.

08-05-2007 18:51:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -9%

Pours golden amber with a white creamy head that thins, but stays through the duration.

The smell is spicy - ginger coriander, etc. (as listed). Some sweet caramel backs it up.

Nice aroma, but the taste is too spicy - almost like a pumpkin ale meets a Belgian. (In the sense of having an abundance of spices). The spiciness stays ahead of the candi sugar sweetness and caramelish (slightly grassy? - maybe a hint) backing. Perfumy - rendering an endearing aroma, but not quite so endearing flavor. Still - it has enough complexities and support to keep it far from unpleasant. It has a spicy, warming finish.

The feel is effercescent with a lingering spiciness clinging to the palate.

Interesting, but I do recall last year's being better and I do expect better from this great brewery, which does a fine job at making intense beers palatable - this one is over-spiced.

10-26-2007 23:24:02 | More by jwc215
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -9%

Bomber I picked up a few days ago poured into Duvel tulip glass.

Golden amber color... very fizzy with lots of head.

The smell of this one is really funky... apples, pears, grapes, Vernors ginger ale, lemon.

Initial flavor is very sweet and "fresh", some kind of spearmint with pears and maybe rosemary or thyme. Finish is strong alcoholic flavors and a hint of metallic influences. Very strange and unique, but I don't know if its something I really enjoy. Despite the strength, it isn't that overpowering but the odd flavor takes some getting used to. Mouthfeel is very fizzy.

A strange colleciton of spices for a beer but not terrible. Worth trying, but I probably won't seek it out again.

04-30-2009 00:35:26 | More by webmanspidey
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williamherbert

New York

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

The color is a crystal-clear, light amber/orange color. Thin layer of head, along with some lace at the top. It looks to be pungent, yet there isn't that much carbonation.

The telltale smell is there of a spicy Belgian/saison. Sour champagne smell. Also some orange peel that goes along with the spicy flavor.

There is an initial sweet orange flavor, followed by a heavy alcoholic taste. The flavor is Belgian/sour. Some ginger ale and champagne. A distinctly perfumey aftertaste. There is a sweet undercarriage which salvages an otherwise harsh flavor.

The feel is bubbly at first, then smooths out. It's a heavy, harsh swallow. It gets a bit creamier as the carbonation bubbles out and it mellows, but it's still fizzy. It's heavy, bubbly, fizzy, sour, champagney, alcohol-fueled and saison-esque.

07-21-2007 05:26:44 | More by williamherbert
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-23-2013 22:24:40 | More by SPRichard
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-03-2013 17:54:28 | More by hagbergl
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wspscott

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

bomber in tulip glass

A: Dark gold color with a thin white head, crystal clear.
S: Spicy with a rich malt smell.
T&M: The belgian spiciness definitely comes through. I can't figure out if it is a yeast spiciness or actual spices like coriander. Highly carbed and rich, must have a ton of malt. Virtually no hint of hops.
D: This is an interesting take on the "style" but I can't figure it out. In the end, I think I prefer a more traditional belgian. Recommended if the price is right or someone else is buying. I would be curious to see how this ages but I don't think I will buy another just to cellar it.

11-02-2007 01:50:50 | More by wspscott
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-21-2013 02:20:01 | More by SpdKilz
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-29-2013 05:30:43 | More by VeganUndead
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a small foamy head with little retention and no lacing. Aroma of spices and rich sweet Belgian malt with some cardamom. Taste is dominated by some spicy notes with lots of cardamom with what seems like wheat. Texture is oily with a thick body and some medium carbonation. Definitely too sweet and oily for what I usually looks for in Belgian ale but interesting nonetheless. Also, as much as I like the experimentation, I have a hard time seeing this one improving over the next five years.

10-17-2007 17:17:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-27-2012 04:22:12 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-30-2013 13:55:45 | More by BuckTuckian
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vacax

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07.07.07 was the first of the Vertical Epic series I tasted and I did not really care for it. I have had the red wine barrel, and it was not very good either. So coming up on three years later here it goes again. This one pours dark orange, bit of suspended sediment, not too big of a hard though some decent lace on the sides. In the aroma the ginger comes through wonderfully with a bit of cardamom, honey, and spicy clovelike notes. The flavor is ripe with ginger, candi sugar, brown sugar, and a spicy orange and cookielike malt finish. The flavor has plenty of ginger, with some Belgian sugar, then cardamom and lots of bready cookie malts on the finish. The spices have finally came out on this beer instead of being dominated by the Belgian yeast and it has improved. Medium to full body with matching carbonation, still doesn't quite feel natural even if it is bottle conditioned. This one has slowly improved, but it still isn't too much of a drinker for me.

04-12-2010 00:33:19 | More by vacax
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-16-2012 20:07:28 | More by Tyrawlings
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dmsohyea

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-03-2013 23:34:09 | More by dmsohyea
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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