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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

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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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-12-2013 02:34:49 | More by koopa
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DarthKostrizer

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

05-10-2013 01:46:25 | More by DarthKostrizer
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-07-2013 23:15:06 | More by cadaugherty
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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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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-27-2013 09:17:45 | More by Kelp
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david131

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-13-2013 19:34:27 | More by david131
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12. Review from notes.

A: 7/7/7 was a golden orange with a small white foamy head that lasted longer than most of the other VEs. Again, minimal lacing.

S: Lots of ginger, lavender and cardamom as well as a surprising amount of citrus.

T: Lots of citrus rind, orange, ginger, lavender, and flowers/grass.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Liked it, didn't love it, but was impressed by how well this one held up. Held up significantly better than any of the older VEs.

04-09-2013 23:11:41 | More by mdaschaf
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jvillefan

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2013 23:52:08 | More by jvillefan
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-03-2013 06:06:14 | More by robbrandes
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DavidRose

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-24-2013 22:07:46 | More by DavidRose
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brheuer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-24-2013 15:02:47 | More by brheuer
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chippo33

Vermont

2/5  rDev -46.9%

03-13-2013 23:15:05 | More by chippo33
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-09-2013 22:56:21 | More by spycow
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barczar

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a brilliant deep golden copper, with frothy half inch cream head that dissipates into minimal lacing.

Ginger and citrus pith and sprite, of all things, form the aroma, with confectioners sugar pulling things together.

Almost herbal in character, lots of ginger, orange, and grapefruit pith complement the estery Belgian yeast character well. There's confectioners sugar sweetness and tea-like hops at the finish. Brown sugar sweetness dominates as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate to low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Fairly spritzy and herbal. Lots of ginger and tea flavor. I'm not a ginger fan. A bit too herbal.

03-08-2013 00:15:12 | More by barczar
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5%

Probably got this at Discount Liquor, but who knows. Served in a tulip glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, leaving behind spotty lace and wisps on top. Hazed golden body.

S - You can still smell the cardamom and citrus peel in this one, and there's a nice typical tripel-esque stone fruit malt backbone. This is the first of the series that doesn't seem crazy old.

T - The taste hasn't held up quite well unfortunately, as there are some fruity oxidized notes. Otherwise this is mostly caramel malts with a hefty citrus peel finish.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry finish, with a surprising tannic character. Perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth in this one.

D - Not particularly well suited to my tastes, as I'm not a huge cardamom fan, but it's held up reasonably well. I'd be willing to give a keg or refrigerated bottle a chance down the road.

03-06-2013 04:45:42 | More by MasterSki
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obywan59

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Crystal clear with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Small carbonation buttles rise from the center of my oversized wine glass with the occasional larger bubble rising from offcenter. The second glass was a translucent murky orange-brown.

The aroma of bright citrus wafts from the bottle, and after a hard pour, a very yeasty start--like proofing yeast for bread. This was followed quickly by some light metallics, then bubblegum, before morphing into overripe citrus, and finally apple in the end. Spicy Belgian yeast carries throughout.

The taste is almost vinuous at first. Rather dry with some tart citrus. Cardomom is eviedent, and the bite of ginger as well. The second glass tasted much sweeter on the first swallow, but settled down immediately. The saisson parentage is indicated by a definite earthiness. The bitterness of citrus peel was present here also.

Rather light in the first glass, with a nice bite of carbonation/ginger. By the second glas, the carbonation was gone...the bite was all ginger, and the feel was thicker. Oddly, the first glass seemed to leave more of a syrupy feel on the tongue. Very warming.

The carbonation was a bit light, and not surprisingly. The beer is over 5 1/2 years old. Still, it's held up well. It's very tasty and satisfying. Worthy of another purchase. But alas, it was only brewed once. I'll have to resort to the homebrew version.

03-05-2013 04:14:31 | More by obywan59
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

had as part of a big VE tasting at the end of the world party, shared with many friends.

Pours a light fizzy head, murky hazy sediment, reddish orange color.

Nose earthy malts, sweet malts, Belgian like, light citrus and fruit, apple, hint hops, light booze esters.

Taste has aged malts, light oxidation, Belgian golden malts and esters, booze, light tea chamomile like, light spices, phenols, booze, light apple like fruit, raisin, etc.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb for the age at least.

Overall decent Belgian beer, aging took it's toll but still a fairly decent beer overall.

02-28-2013 02:30:48 | More by jlindros
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magictacosinus

California

4.31/5  rDev +14.3%

Had this on tap for the VE tasting (beers 07.07.07-12.12.12) at Pacific Coast Brewing Co. during SF Beer Week. All reviews are from my notes. I liked this enough that I got it in an 8oz flute glass after the first tasting.

Pours a pale amber, perhaps even bronze-like color with literally no carbonation or bubbles to speak of. There was a slight ring upon it as it arrived, but that quickly vanished and left this behind. Not sure at all how this looked fresh, let alone on tap (2007?? I wasn't even into beer then!), yet I'm certain it must have modified over time to appear more hazed and darker. Very viscous liquid, almost to the point of appearing syrupy. Indeed, it looks a lot more like brandy than actual beer at this point. Definitely has held up well after nearly 6 years, with or without bubbles.

At the nose, there definitely is a spiced aroma as advertised, although it's huge on the grapefruit/citrus peel department. Explosive, in fact, to the point where the alcohol and candied sugar has pretty melded together to create a flavor that smells a lot like grapefruit/lemon hard candy. There's a lot of underlying lemon peel as well, which sets a zesty, grassy aroma all around. Other notes I picked up included woodiness, truffles, and wild yeast, to the point of being tarty.

The flavor consists of more dried yet sweetened candied grapefruit peel flavors, combined with big yeasty honey notes. Vetted green apple cider aromas meld with the grapefruit to create an interesting sensation, and the yeast and faded malts make it similar to a nicely spiced saison. However, with age, the sour astringency seems to have really faded with the yeast holding the fort between the zest and the spices. It's far tartier on the tongue than at the nose here, yet it seems to really work with all of the citrus peel flavors and candied sugar finish that this is offering. Aside from being thick, it's still crisp and bright, and contains a near succulent flavor overall.

At this point of aging, this is pretty much unclassifiable. Is it a saison/tripel hybrid? A citrus/candy sugar Belgian pale ale? Hard to say, but I do think that aging has done very nice things to this beer. I wish I could go back in time and buy a few bottles of this, as this VE worked pretty favorably with me. Not all are winners, but this one definitely has its notable characteristics, especially for fans of tripels, cider, and citrus focused drinks.

02-27-2013 06:32:25 | More by magictacosinus
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-25-2013 04:09:29 | More by t0rin0
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-19-2013 03:55:47 | More by drummermattie02
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-16-2013 19:27:47 | More by MaseFace
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-14-2013 19:28:52 | More by GrindFatherBob
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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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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.

02-12-2013 16:52:22 | More by Chico1985
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.