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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

550 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | 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 shirfan
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold with a brief 1-finger head, some small particulate matter floating around.

Fruity, estery aroma -- mostly pear, followed by some stawberry and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor starts moderately sweet with some mild pear, pineapple, and strawberry. From there, things fall off a bit -- mouthfeel thins and a mildly sour graniness takes over. A touch of alcohol in the finish, as well as a mild peppery note. "Bland" comes to mind, other than the prickly alcohol heat at the end.

I really like most of Stone's beers, but this just didn't quite make the grade. A good brew but not a great one.

shirfan, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe glass. Reviewed on 7/7/07.

A: Pours a deep golden amber color. Not a lot of head and it recedes quickly.

S: Lots of great smells; fruit, spices, and yeast.

T: This thing is like a tripel on steroids. Lots of fruit up front in the form of grapefruit, orange, and apricot. The spices are up next; lots of citrus peel and more prominent spices. All of the tripel flavors that you would typically find but in typical Stone style, they are more amplified. Very flavorful and complex yet at the same time it's still refreshing.

M: Full bodied, a bit thick, light carbonation.

D: I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. I've got another bottle that I'm going to age until 12/12/12 and I'm very interested to see how this thing will change with time. I sure did like it fresh. It's very flavorful and delicious. Another excellent brew from Stone.

willjschmidt, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of lpayette
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lpayette, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of sailorastro
5/5  rDev +32.6%

sailorastro, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of theopholis
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

theopholis, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PhageLab, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 you’re in to spice-laden Belgians. But, I wonder if several years of aging will do that much good for this one?

Recommended…

arguemaniac, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Hopswagger
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hopswagger, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

dominic4beer, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of BBM
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BBM, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Goldndomer
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Goldndomer, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Sarlacc83, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of MMAJYK
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MMAJYK, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gpogo, May 13, 2011
Photo of dagubna
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%

dagubna, Wednesday at 10:36 AM
Photo of nortmand
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

nortmand, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of RyanGoodman
4/5  rDev +6.1%

RyanGoodman, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Jmamay22
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jmamay22, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Franchise
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Franchise, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 can’t pick up much of the fruit, mostly the earthy spices. Nice beer- hard to see this lasting until 2012 though.

oakbluff, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

stephendr, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

DavidSeanNJ, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ryser2k, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of RedChrome
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RedChrome, Nov 07, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.