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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

543 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 46
Gots: 136 | FT: 10
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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PhineasGage

Iowa

3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-27-2012 18:54:43 | More by PhineasGage
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-24-2011 00:22:47 | More by jophish17
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-14-2011 23:25:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-08-2013 04:43:59 | More by WOLFGANG
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.4%

02-19-2012 03:22:43 | More by jfcaa193
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charlzm

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Beer pours a cloudy, medium golden-yellow. No head or carbonation evident in glass.

Aroma is sweet grapefruit.

Flavor is a bit sweet and cidery with bitter citrus peel and a slightly powdery, sightly floral yeast note.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and could use some carbonation.

Overall, this was one of the more drinkable VE beers we shared.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 19:30:56 | More by charlzm
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srandycarter

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty copper, somewhat murky, tonds of thick near white head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Spicy. Belgian yeast and spice are about all I get.

T - Like when you use too much salt, there is no way home. Too much spice in this beer. Overpowering.

M - See taste, balance can't be achieved for me on this one.

D - See Taste and Mouthfeel, and obviously, not sessionable for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:16:03 | More by srandycarter
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jakon

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased for 5.99 at Cedar Hills New Seasons. I got one bottle to drink now, and one to lay down for 5 and a half years.

Pours golden amber with a mediocre white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is yeasty and sweet. I can't pick up the citrus, but there are some spices working together to form a smell that doesn't really have me excited. The taste is a bit better, but there is something I'm not liking here. I'm not really getting the ginger or citrus. Mostly coriander, sweet malts, and hot alcohol. I'll do a more in-depth review when I drink this on it's intended date. I'm assuming it will be much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 23:37:33 | More by jakon
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a slight head. Some lacing and a gentle swirl brings this back up. Smells fruity, yeasty, and a bit...off. Taste is more sweetness, big alcohol punch and something a bit...off. Can't put my finger on it. Just a predominant taste to the beer that I cannot identify but I know I don't like. Some spice or other. And, bubblegum. Pink bubblegum. I hate it and its in there. Not as bad a La Fine Du Monde, but there all the same. Is that a characteristic of Belgian Strong Ales?

Drinks high on the tongue. Alcohol is not very well hidden either. This is a real sipper for me, and not one I will be coming back to either. It may just be that the style does not agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 19:35:55 | More by Onibubba
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first taste of the Vertical Epic series. I actually had a sample of it at Belgium Comes To Cooperstown before buying this 22oz bomber last week.

The fine print on the bottle suggests I should age this until 2012. I seriously lack that kind of patience so I'm opening it now at an age of 3 weeks.

Vessel of choice: Orval goblet.

Pours hazy orange-gold. Not much head to speak of, except after the pour itself. The head sticks to the side of the glass in a thin ring when all is said and done. Slight viscosity. There's an earthy/musty aroma wafting from the glass. Saison yeast? I've used it in homebrewing and it smells very similar. Also present is orange peel (coriander).

And now to taste. First impression is sourdough bread. Very yeasty. There is then some slight tartness of citrus laced with faint spiciness from either ginger, cardamom or even peppercorn. Doughiness and spice linger a while on the tongue. Warming from alcohol is barely noticeable. Very oily mouthfeel.

This is indeed a young beer which cellaring could only help. Honestly, I think it tastes good as is but the oily mouthfeel is kind of a turn-off. I imagine the flavor profile coming together a lot better with some time on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 01:47:24 | More by edskirk3
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color with plenty of sediment floaters. Some white froth formed but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A zesty spice up front. The coriander and cardamon are obvious with bits of a grassy lemon and orange zest.

(T)- A zesty spicy orange and a clove/ginger kick. A yeasty profile overall just with an extra citrus and spice punch to it.

(M)- The carbonation level has held up nicely with still a crispness to it. The spices definitely liven things up. Does get a touch bitter for me as it warmed.

(O)- I like the play of spicy esters with the citrus. Perhaps the better of the "lighter" vertical epics at this point, but debatable.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 16:09:48 | More by sweemzander
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an effervescent golden amber keeps a thick head afloat. as the foam subsides it applies some good lacing to the glass. the suds are pure white

the aroma is simple. that's not necessarily bad. soft hops allow a glint of sweetness to shine through. some heat

the flavor is a little unmotivating, however. reminds me of mad elf. forced, artificially spiced to emulate a belgian yeast. it's not bad; a little sweet, though

in the end not very endearing. i hope the money i'm paying to refrigerate another bottle of this is worth the final result

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 05:31:42 | More by bruachan
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SMADMS

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 22oz bottle

no chance this is waiting til 12/12/2012 as botle recommends

A-- very nice apricot color with fine bubbly 2 finger head
S-- wonderful fruity tones, flowers, slight spice
T-- follows the nose, fruit (pears) and the spice are there but the zest and peels are lost in the body. nice earthiness
M-- wonderfully clean and light
D-- very nice BSA well balanced flavors (lots of them)

this is my first of the veticals but with only 11 days to go looking forwards to 08/08/08

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 13:34:39 | More by SMADMS
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into snifter
Decanted at approx. 52 degrees

A - Pours a clear copper color with an admirable 3/4 inch off white head. Lacing is moderate, but pretty much only when tipped.

S - Clearly the brewers were not lying when they listed the spices on the label - ginger and cardamom are strongly apparent here, with the three peels (grapefruit, lemon and orange) forming a blend of citrus zest. Ginger is the strongest scent here, which is unfortunate for me because its one of the few flavors I don't enjoy.

T - Really similar to the scent. Ginger and cardamom out front with a bit of citrus. Slight malt sweetness and not much hop activity to detect. It's almost like the spices and citrus combine to give this a slight pumpkin flavor, resulting in something very interesting but not great.

M - Smooth with low carbonation and a light/medium body. Finish is chewy and slightly sticky with little dryness.

D - Not my favorite stone brew right now, but I have couple that will be aging for a couple of years (till 2012?!) so we'll see what happens. Hopefully the spices will calm down and let the malt and hops shine through.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:04:01 | More by gmcfarre
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this installment of the vertical epic series pours a light orange/brownish color with a thin cream colored head with plenty of carbonation to keep it alive

S - saison style spices and citrus peel dominate the nose with a yeasty background, the bottle says its a blend of a saison and a belgian, so far so good

T - more bitter and dry than i expected, almost a champagne like flavor like grapeskins, citrus is present but again more of a bitter citrus like the peels again, some cloying background spices especially cloves

M&D - dry mouthfeel, again like that of champagne, but not hard to drink, perhaps this could use to age more as is suggested

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 16:59:03 | More by sinstaineddemon
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BadBadger

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Belgian Ale pours a copper to amber color, frorm the bottle and into the glass. The head was minimal, even with a vigorous pour. The smell is faint, not really indicative of anything. The taste is bland and nonpleasing, being overwhelmed by a sticky sweetness. There is a bitter, metallic, taste at the end of the sweet. This is not really a pleasurable offering, by Stone's usually standards.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 23:55:24 | More by BadBadger
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warmstorage

California

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, purchased 7/5/07 at Metropolitan Market in West Seattle for $5.99. Poured into goblet at cool cellar temp (probably ~50*F.)

Visual: bright, clear, deep orange. Creamy dense white head, light, dense lace.

Aroma: bright Belgian yeast, phenolics, hints of clove, little else.

Taste: spicy Belgian yeast, and tons of spices. I'd guess at coriander, clove, nutmeg, maybe a little cinnamon. Spices overwhelm everything else, including the Belgian esters and phenolics, which are basically the only other thing I get out of this. Just enough hop body to carry it through, and little else.

Mouth: sweet and medium thick, limited alcohol burn, certainly the 8.4% listed on the bottle is not evident.

Eh. Like many of Stone's beers, I really think this one is really quite overrated, due to beer geeks' (which I consider myself one) almost culti-like devotion to all things Stone. It's good, drinkable beer, but is it all that? No. Do I expect it to improve? Yes. Do I expect it to improve to the point of being all that? No.

Basically, it's a standard, overspiced, underwhelming Belgian strong ale, and not really distinguishable from hundreds of beers available in any decent supermarket in Belgium, or dozens available in any BevMo for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 21:55:18 | More by warmstorage
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Like past VE releases, this one is another strong Belgian-style ale; but this year's twist is that it's a Saison/Tripel hybrid, brewed with four malts, Glacier and Crystal hops, and spiced with ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel.

Deep golden, with rich, bright amber hues, topped with a healthy-looking creamy white foam head that laces and sticks well. Smells like a fruit cup, with a powdery, slightly metallic background note, soft floral bouquet and some distinct cardamom. Creamy on the palate, smooth and medium-bodied, rounded, but a bit plain due to a thin carbonation edge. Up front there's a nice ginger zing and a smack of citrus. Kind of sweet, with some toasty and bready malt notes, a hint of caramel and a light fruity ester that sits on a somewhat tamed cardamom base. Some gummy notes in the middle. Spicy, peppery alcohol bite and warmth. Finish is really dry with a bready and earthy linger.

A most interesting combination of two very distinct styles--but not the strongest out of the series. Though the cardamom was probably used gingerly (sorry about that), it just doesn't work for us--cardamom is pretty damn aggressive. Removing it and allowing the nuances from the Belgian yeast to shine would have worked better; which, in turn, would have given the ginger and citrus more of a presence. It's also lacking the light-bodied effervescence and dryness found with both styles. Aging could prove beneficial.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:18:21 | More by BeerAdvocate
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robg2251

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange with a creamy 1/4" head that dissipated quickly.
Smell is sweet banana, orange-grapefruit and nutmeg.
Light to medium on the palette, a bit dry. Fizzy in carbonation that finishes with a moderate alcohol feel.
The initial flavor is light sweetness, and finishes moderately sweet - the 8.4% ABV definitely comes out in the finish.
This is Stones sixth in their "epic" series. They started with a batch on 02.02.02 and followed up year after year - obviously, this years was released on 07.07.07.
This is a Belgian style based on two styles - Saisons and Golden Triples.
This beer is pretty complex. You can taste the fruit flavors throughout it, along with a depth of spices. I'm not a real big fan of Belgians, but I do like to try them. This one will probably have to grow on me. The bottle suggests aging this until 2012. Maybe they plan on it tasting much better by then. Too late for me though, my bottle is already opened and I'm about to finish it!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:15:57 | More by robg2251
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sfoley333

Brazil

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Snifter.
The color is a wonderful golden orange with a nice lacy head that retains for a few minutes. The citrus hoppy aroma is mixed with a hint of spice but followed by strong presence of alcohol ( even though some stone beers have a higher alcohol content this one is more apparent). Taste at first overpowering citrus peel esters, with a warm alcohol aftertaste. Very bitter but not because of the hop flavor, needs more malt and hop flavor to support the flavored bitter effect of the oils of the citrus peel. Dont get me wrong this beer is meant to age, and out of all of the vertical epics I believe this one will benefit the most and might be mind blowing in 2012.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 08:26:00 | More by sfoley333
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domtronzero

California

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color with an effervescent appearance and a fizzy white head. Some lacing left. Aroma is very Belgian-ish. Some fruity and malty smells are coming thru. Taste is bold, but too many flavors are running through my mouth. Sweet maltiness, with the typical Belgian banana spice flavor. Hops are slightly noticeable as a grassy presence. Not light and fizzy on the mouth like I thought it would be. The label indicates that the inpiration is from Saisons and Golden Trippels. I think it was a decent beer overall, especially for an American interpretation of a Belgian beer. But I still prefer my Saison DuPont.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 00:44:15 | More by domtronzero
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

03-19-2014 23:39:24 | More by DaftPatrick
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-06-2013 20:10:54 | More by acurtis
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

12-29-2012 00:47:13 | More by dtx00
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-14-2013 20:29:49 | More by mendvicdog
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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