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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

552 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 45
Gots: 140 | 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 TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of ginger spice, citrus, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong bite of ginger that is followed by flavors of citrus, Belgian yeast and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence, but I didn't find the type of balance that you normally find in a Stone product. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty if you like the spicy bite, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, Stone doesn't disappoint me very often, but this is one of those rare times.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At our 2013 vertical epic tasting...

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A spicy, sweet aroma of malt, toffee, ginger, carsamom, and citrus.

T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with some phenolic yeast notes. Toffee, and candied ginger in the middle with a finish of pepper, lemon, clove, and a touch of sherry.

M - Medium body, slightly ow carbonation, and a bit of a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it has held up surprisingly well for a five year old, light colored beer. The aroma is very nice with lots of fruit and spice and seems almost fresh. The flavor is a little flatter with kind of muddy Spices and lower carbonation than it should have. There is also a touch of vinous, sherry like character it he finish where the beer begins to show its age. Overall it is still a nice beer.

nickfl, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold. Nic creme head. Nice yeasty sugar laden nose. Decent flavor. More dough than I thought there would be. Yeast is noticeable. Decent feel. Smooth. The profile is unusual though, which knocks the drinking factor down a bit. Seems a bit out of balance, but still a pleasure to drink.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

jlindros, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to johnmichelson for sharing this.
Poured into a standard pint cool.

A - Golden higlights on copper w/ no head and lace is nil

S - Smell is mostly spice. A rush of cardomom sweetness and spice. Honey like earthy odors are also at play here.

M - Spicy, fruity, woody w/ nutty and warming aspects.

T - A real spicey and lively tasting ale with great complementary hops and spice w/ woody accents.

D - Goodness the pungent aroma is enticing. It is very peculier, and it allows the cardomom to dominate the nuttiness. A unique ale that impressed me as sort of barleywine-like w/ added spice. This is not one I would drink often, but full of flavor and pleasant. I am a fan of spice flavors in beer and you get a good dose of that here.

*Edit*- sample again 11/23 poured chilled into a goblet A-4 S-4 M-3.5 T-4 D-3.5

A - A ruddy amber w/ thick smooth foam of ecru, lace clins effortlessly w/ tiny bead supporting + chill hazed

S - A mild citrus + pepper note w/ mild ginger and citrus peel w/ slight clove-like aroma and mild fruit ester from yeast

M - A dry highly carbonated and mildly sour feel w/ acidic elemnent and slight malty, boozy finish

T - The taste has a crisp citrus -lemony taste w/ ginger's clean astringent note. The falvor has an earthy almost soapy clean taste w/ a mild caramel malt flavor and woody hop tinge w/ candy sugar and mild wheat in the middle. The taste has hints of orange peel and bitter tea w/ mild biscuit in the background. The flavor seems almost gin-like when you get into it and it warms slightly w/ botantical earthy elements from the spices and peels - lemon, orange and grapefruit. I found the grapefruit peel to emerge more toward the end of the taste w/ mild herbal notes and alcohol flavor in the finish

D - A strong saison, or Belgian strong pale ale as it is listed here, but it probably should be aged for more than 2 years to give it ample time to smooth out with the candy sugar sweetness still slightly cloying and I consider the drinkability just slightly above average at this point

Slatetank, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey/bronze with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Stays effervescent the whole way through with good lacing & above average head retention

S: Apricot, orange peel & persimmons, falls off a little, once warm

T: Citrussy hops (grapefruit, lemon & tangerine) up front, along with some pepper, ginger (this is working for me) & grains of paradise. Warming booze sneaks in as this warms, along with dates & figs, this is a wild one! Finishes with ginger, lemony hops, figs, jammyness (apple & elderberry) & honey dryness

MF: Slick, juicy with low carbonation

Drinks well for the abv & style. Really enjoyed this, will try to get a bottle to age as well. Loved this year's, was not impressed 06's; will try this every year most likely. The sky's the limit on style possibilities

russpowell, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

MasterSki, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +6.1%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color, slight , off-white head.

Aroma speaks citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and many spices...like a candied orange slice dipped in ginger. sweet, but dry.

Taste: more of the same all over the mouth, very slick and supple, easy drinking, despite the 8% abv, just plump full of juicy fruit, hops, yeast, ...some tartness, some mild astringency, a bracket of bitterness, but overall sweet fruit, some bitter, and spice is the order of the day, some cardamom, ginger, coriander...now and again, it feels hot, too, there's a fierce hop and booze heat that only squeaks up for a bit, before bowing...

A tasty brew, kind of in between a wit, a saison, and a Belgian golden ale, or even a tripel, sort of a mix of those, but delicious and good drinking!

feloniousmonk, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mendvicdog, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winey ale full of Belgian flavors.

Rich with malt and funky with yeasty flavors. Hops are not the feature but taste buds slowly awaken to the bitter edge. Very sweet with plain sugar taste. Maybe it's the color but it makes me think of golden raisins. All the flavorings make for an indecipherable fruit salad, but it's pleasing, like a good fruitcake.

I think this is one of the most "liqueur" tasting beers I have had. The sweetness mixed with the intensity of the Belgian flavors makes this good for a short pour in a big chalice to take it all in.

mactrail, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdfb79, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and refreshing pale malt scent along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It's also loaded with a wide array of spices and fruit peels. The ginger stands out to me while the fruit rinds are present, but more of a background aroma. The taste is good. It has warm pale malt taste that is complimented with ginger and fruit peel flavors. The orange and grapefruit peels really stand out in the finish. They provide a layer of complexity that blends well with the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great beer. It's interesting to say the least and a wonderful beer for marking a special occasion.

WesWes, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

jwc215, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Today is 08-08-08 and so I rate the 07-07-07 (while watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony).

Impressive initial head that recedes in a rocky fashion but eventually only a single layer of bubbles remains. Gold color and crystal clear.

Orange rind, all spice, and strong ginger aromas. Slightly earthy.

I would describe the initial sip as harsh, perhaps from ginger. The alcohol is very present but doesn't give the typical oiliness. Good body and highly carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent American version of Belgian Gingered Ale. Interesting as a different style of beer.

smcolw, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +6.1%

drewone, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sample June 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear (and I mean brilliant), full copper color that has tons of streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom. The bubbles support an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The nose is quite spice driven, with ample notes of ginger, clove and a fair amount of citrus notes (leaning towards lemon zest and orange peel). In the finish is a hint of something cola like, which makes me think of cardamom. Despite the spices, the aroma is quite clean. It does have aromatic notes of toasted grain & biscuit malt towards the end. At times the aroma reminds me of a spicy ginger ale, though it is not quite so piquant.

Fairly sweet up front with a fairly thick body; I would characterize it as being medium full. It finishes with an earthy spiciness reminiscent of clove, green coriander and cardamom. Light flavors of lemon zest and a note somewhat like pears or green apples add a hint of fruitiness. The spice flavors are not over the top here, yet somehow they seem to dominate the flavor profile. This could also be a mix of hop character & spices, interacting in ways that one is not used to in a Belgian-style beer. I am not enjoying the mix of flavors here, but I think that this might actually improve considerably with some age; perhaps a year or so would be good. As my palate gets used to some of the sharper, more earthy spice notes a bit more citrus character becomes noticeable; it starts to move towards notes of orange peel. The earthy ginger flavors still are prominent though, even lingering on in the finish.

This is not drinking all that great right now, and I am hoping that it will get quite a bit better with some age on it. It is definitely too clean & needs more yeast influence, hell even a bit of yeasty haze would have been beneficial. The body is a bit too thick for me as well. This should still be at least as drinkable as it is now by 2012.

Gueuzedude, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

07/29/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, vintage 2007. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- A semi-flat looking deep orange color. Smaller than 1/4 inch head forms...a bit creamy looking...leaves minor lace spotting behind.

Smell- Got a bit too close to the beer because I couldn't smell jack. Well, I ended up with a nostril full of 070707. It wasn't very nice either. Smelled like sugary corn syrup. Smelled some orange-tangerine notes as it warmed, but mostly sugar.

Taste- Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Overwhelming corn syrup like flavor. Some corriander and cardamom and maybe some white pepper. Can see a touch of tripel and a touch of saison, but not ones that I would want to drink on a regualr basis.

Mouthfeel- Very low carbonation, almost flat. Yucky sugary coating of the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability- Damn, I hope this one really improves with the years. My least favorite of the VE's so far.

GClarkage, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, bought at Seagate in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark orange, with a medium white head, some lacing, nothing special.

S: The smell, however, is outstanding. Very fragrant fruit, citrus, and spice.

T: An interesting mix of flavours in this one. Esters of peach and orange are the main flavours offset by the peppery spice. Some green apple in there as well, quite sugary and sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, with some ethanol in the end, medium-bodied.

D: An complex and interesting beer at the moment, will be interested to see how this develops by 2012.

December 2012 Edit - Pours a murky burnt orange. Smell is still good, orange Creamsicle, lots of flowers, Asian spice. Good flavour, lots of orange and spice, a tad cloying. Sweet as it was fresh. Good beer. Pretty much I like it the same as '07, but in a different way.

Halcyondays, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color. One finger head lingers around a while. Some spots of lace developed during the session.

Smell: big spiciness and some citrus tones are pleasant and enjoyable on the nose.

Taste: citrus is quite dominant with this in its young age. Ginger, oranges, lemon zest, and a yeast spiciness is balanced with a decent maltiness and a good hop bite. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp on the tonge and a touch of dryness finishes it out. Medium bodied beer. Long spicy and citrus laden aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent but this needs to mellow a bit. Definitely buy a few of these so you can try it over time.

Gavage, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +6.1%

imperialking, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of orangesol
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

orangesol, Jan 20, 2013
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.