Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Purchased a couple months ago, and sampled on 03.28.08, so it's got a solid 6 months or so in the bottle. Overall- it's quite good, but I think it should get better with age, so I think I may keep my other bottle until sometime after 12.12.12 like they suggest.
Upon opening the bottle, the first thing I thought was "Unibroue." This isn't just because it's a belgian ale- it's more than that. The yeast characteristics in both the smell and taste seem to me to be very much akin to a unibroue beer. So I'm thinking it's the same yeast, and if not, it's a damn similiar one.
Color is deep and golden as promised with a huge saison-like head. Not much lacing to my surprise. Very effervescent with lots of floral and citrus notes. Very nice. The glacier and crystal hops do a fine job at bittering, but for now at least, the orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel are just a tad bit too much right now. It seems that I can taste all three, but perhaps I am imagining them to an extent. The mouthfeel will benefit from some more aging as well I think... all those peels just leave the mouth a bit puckered up. Nothing over the top, just a tad bit too much right now.
Overall this is already developing into a very very drinkable and excellent beer. The blending of the various spices I think is going to be outstanding a year or two out from now. Not bad at all right now, but I have high expectations for this down the road.
03-29-2008 04:51:26 | More by lpayette
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Appearance- Nice, slightly orange. Nice, white head with some retention and a decent amount of lacing.
Aroma- Wonderful mix of orangy cirtris, Belgian yeast and a hint of earthiness. Just enough hops in there so you know you're not sniffing fruit juice. Smells very inviting.
Taste- Again, quite citrusy. Tastes great. Just a hint of yeastiness. Not much taste on the front of middle of toungue. Nost of it is on the rear as you swallow. Very interesting. A hint of candy sweetenss in there, and you get a feel for the alcohol as you drink it, but it's not over-powering.
Body- Quite slick. Slides down the gullet very nicely. Perfect level of CO 2 for the style. Okay, maybe a hair more would be nice. It's tought to put a finder on it. Body is medium for the style.
Drinkability- It's delicious, but not very sessionable. If you are just getting into Belgian ales, this is a very good starting point.
12-21-2007 22:27:56 | More by theopholis
2.53/5 rDev -32.9%
A- light copper in color, active brew with constant bubbling, some sediment floating, tiny head that doesn't hold well, but falls to a tiny foam ring that hangs out through the drinking period
S- malty with fruity esters, spicy yeast and phenolic
T- toasted grain and fruit from malts, some citric rind at finish, spicy throughout even more so at finish
M- medium body, spicy and hot(alcohol), dry finish
D- drinkable but not something i enjoyed, and probably wont drink this again until the series completes in 2012
01-26-2008 21:45:21 | More by tonistruth
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
Yes yes I know, I couldn't wait that long either, it simply called to me, and I answered.
A - A very pretty solid bronze color. Minimal head which disappeared fast, no lacing.
S - Very sweet, like grapefruit and orange juice. Makes my tongue water up just a bit.
T - Wow, at first very sweet and spicy, but the aftertaste packs a bitterness so potent it feels like being slapped. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just powerful. Hard to detect the alcohol with the complex battle being waged by the different profiles here. As it warms up the bitterness dies down a bit and this becomes quite enjoyable!
M - Full bodied and noticeably thick, yet it finishes much cleaner than I had expected.
D - I'm not sure how many of these I would be able to handle, but I could definitely go for another. I bet other beers taste like water after this one, it's quite brutal on the palate.
10-12-2007 22:29:11 | More by PhageLab
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
The nicely roasted toffee malt palate features a rich clovey herbal character that is accompanied by a clean, spicy ginger note and some definite coriander. Firm toastiness in the finish.
Nice, especially if youre in to spice-laden Belgians. But, I wonder if several years of aging will do that much good for this one?
10-21-2007 23:02:21 | More by arguemaniac
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head.
S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit.
T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness.
O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style.
12-23-2012 19:21:54 | More by Hopswagger
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden blond into a tulip glass. The head was white and fizzy, but fleeting. Aroma was somewhat fruity, with hints of spice and earth.
I enjoyed the infusion of sweet fruits with the Belgian spices, it gave the brew a bit more depth and personality. Spicy up front, along with sweet malt and a subtle dry finish. Slight hints of alcohol. This is a perfectly delightful beer from Stone. Overall they did a nice job with this one.
11-30-2007 17:08:38 | More by BBM
3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
Extra from Eric way back when. Thanks!
A: Light copper-red color with a thin ring of head. Some sediment floating in the glass.
N: Ginger comes through very clear. Orange is also present. Hints of lavender, peppercorn, some malt and whiskey, and cola.
T: Nicely sweetened with ample citrus flavor. Slight oxidation.
M: Light and well-carbonated.
O: Still very aromatic, and this was actually one of the favorites of the tasting amongst non beer geeks. Definitely would drink this one soon.
09-12-2013 19:50:33 | More by writerLJBerg
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
A- Deep and golden. Totally transparent. Head is quite thin in my snifter.
S- Very saison-like with Belgian candi sugar aromas. Fruity and citrusy too. Apples, corriander (maybe) w ith a peppery smell along with orange peel.
T- Definitely candi sugar and very rich. Complexity comes around too with some apples, pears, oranges, and light alcohol. This beer is very much like a saison to me and I dig the Stone description of it.
M- Thin and medium carbonation.
D- Very drinkable, but somewhat sweet and rich.
03-11-2008 02:22:52 | More by MMAJYK
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.
05-13-2011 06:59:57 | More by gpogo
2.38/5 rDev -36.9%
Cloudy orange pour with a bit of white head.
Alot of spiciness in the aroma. Ginger dominates, with supporting clove and coriander notes.
Spicy and boozy are the best ways to describe the flavor. Stale off flavors linger on the tongue long after the swallow. Just nothing worth liking.
Thick, uneven body. I absolutely love Stone's lineup, but Belgians are definitely not their forte. Yet. I'm hoping for the future, but in the meantime I'll stick to one of their world class offerings.
10-21-2007 01:42:02 | More by nortmand
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a deep orange almost brown with a off white head that disipates leaving no collar or lacing. The beer has a sweet fruity floral aroma with some slight booziness in the background. Fruit nose is of sweet cherries. I never would have guessed this was from Stone if I were to close my eyes, but have thought it was a Belgian import. It's a very pleasing and enjoyable scent. First sip was a little nondescript and thus I let it warm some more. After warming the fruity flavors come through although no with as much strength as in the nose. It's well balanced and finishes up with a slight hop bitterness and spiciness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Highly drinkable given the abv and to style.
I'm not sure if I was expecting less from this one because some people were disappointed when comparing it to the previous vertical epics, but this was highly enjoyable.
08-16-2007 17:19:42 | More by Jmamay22
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
This offering from Stone pours a dark orange rusty brown that leaves a thin head that quickly disappears. The aroma is sweet upfront, dried prunes, figs, caramel, some wheat, grassy earthy notes. Def spicy hops that leave a tingle in the nose. The taste is very malty up front, caramel, apple, raisins, but somewhat spicy and dry in the finish what is this beer? I took a look at the bottle it gives a brief description and it is all apparent in the beer but this is one that defies style. I would pair this beer with fresh blueberry, blue cheese, raisins, and nuts on top of a mesculan salad with a nice vinagerette. I know this is pretty boozey for a salad starter but bulk up the salad and split the bottle and let the flavors meld together. Great job Stone looking forward to next years.
07-11-2007 19:01:42 | More by Franchise
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 cant pick up much of the fruit, mostly the earthy spices. Nice beer- hard to see this lasting until 2012 though.
09-23-2007 01:42:23 | More by oakbluff
3.58/5 rDev -5%
Tasted on 7/12/07 -22 oz. glass bottle- color of honey gold, with a medium eggshell colored head - nose of yeast, spice, nutmeg, lime, and citrus zest taste of yeast, allspice, honey, citrus zest and orange- body is medium, dry, and with medium to high carbonation aftertaste of gummy, and orange zest- too much citrus will be a much better beer in a year or two
01-04-2008 06:46:48 | More by stephendr
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Picked up a bomber, shared it with my girflriend.
Poured into my Chimay chalice...
A- A beautiful golden/light orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of my glass- little head, but just enough to make it picture perfect.
S- Smelled fruity, some smokiness, cloves.
T- Very complex. Lots of spices, but not overwhelming. Fruits, tasted some bananas and other citrusy types.
M- Highly carbonated, but worked for this beer. Alcohol leaves a nice burning sensation.
D- Definitely a sipper.
I enjoyed this beer. It's a great rendition of the style and one that I may pick up again to cellar.
07-19-2007 13:13:13 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
A clear light orange colored beer, Inch and a half foamy white colored head faded over about two minutes. Carbonation in very average streams. Watery sheet of lace.
Apple and plum fruit aromas abound. Malt is faint behind the fruitiness, but has a yeasty scent attached to it. A strong alcohol profile pops strongly on the nostrils.
Apple presence transfers nicely from the scent to the taste, but leaves the plums behind. A spiced, mostly pepper, flavor also is quite pronounced. Warming alcohol taste.
Nice thickness on the tongue. A carbonation effect slightly above normal, but not unpleasant.
A very decent choice. Nice beer to pair with seafood pasta dish. Cheers to Stone for another winner in the series. A beer almost everyone can find enjoyable.
11-07-2007 03:48:39 | More by RedChrome
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
09-22-2007 00:44:15 | More by domtronzero
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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